Schools Serving Military Families Strive to Make Children Feel Welcome

first_imgAs schools across the country prepare to track the academic progress of military kids under education legislation passed in December, a number of districts already have programs in place to support the children of service members.Silver Strand Elementary School in the Coronado Unified School District, outside of San Diego, has a full-time military family life counselor and eight part-time specialists who work closely with small groups of students on reading, writing and math, reported EdSource. The tutors are funded by federal grants; the counselor is paid for by the Navy.“We want students to feel, first and foremost, welcome and secure,” said Principal Bill Cass.Five other schools in Southern California are part of the Welcoming Practices consortium, a DOD initiative of the University of Southern California aimed at helping schools develop support systems for military children. The schools have adopted practices such as prominently displaying military family photographs and establishing a welcome center to ease the registration process for newly arrived military kids.At Chula Vista’s Veterans Elementary School, a mobile app developed by the consortium helps military families connect to programs and after-school activities run by their school district, the community and DOD, according to the story.Starting in the 2017-18 school year, students from military families will be assigned an identification number that will allow schools to monitor test scores, graduation rates and other results.About 60,000 military dependents live in California, but in many cases school districts don’t always know which students are from military families or how to address the challenges facing them. The problem is especially prevalent in “outlier districts where there isn’t a concentration of military-connected children,” said Kate Wren Gavlak, chair of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Not in the Mood to Battle Corporate Customer Service Get a Jerk

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read If you’re not up to the task of fighting the beast known as corporate customer service, there are plenty of jerks willing to get ‘er done for you.That’s right, we’re talking Class A assholes. The professional kind, now at your service over at, a hilarious new online service just launched by former Reddit general manager Erik Martin and journalist and former Popular Mechanics editor Erin Scottberg. Both claim they aren’t really meanies, even if they don’t always use their “nice” voices.Related: 5 Strategies to Triumph Over Customer Support Over the Holiday SeasonWe’re like the X-Men, but for assholes. Join our caring & resourceful assholes who will fight faceless corporations.— erik martin (@hueypriest) December 8, 2014They want you to think of the talented members of Assholes On Demand (AOD) as the X-men of methodically and effectively tearing customer service reps a new one. Seriously, that’s pretty much their tagline: “We’re like the X-men, but for assholes!”Related: Difficult People Suck: 5 Quick Tips on How to DealAOD’s manifesto of sorts says it all:Some people shy away from confrontation and just let large faceless bureaucracies walk all over them. Some people can’t muster the passion to fight for what they deserve. Some people just don’t have the time or resources or knowhow to relentlessly do battle with insurance companies, airlines, cable companies and the like. That’s going to change. We are starting a project that’s going to give a loud, persistent, and annoying voice to the meek.ah @erins is so good at yelling at bad companies on the phone & getting shit done-can’t wait to make her do it for me— LW (@lindseyweber) December 8, 2014Yep, AOD’s only mission is to “help people get what they rightly deserve,” loudly, persistently and annoyingly, care of scrappy spitfires unafraid to tango with horrible, rotten, no-good customer service reps.Related: The Esquire Guy on Dealing With Difficult People“We’re caring and resourceful assholes who will fight the faceless corporations causing your customer service nightmares,” the website proclaims. “You are not alone and you aren’t going crazy.” Oh, good, because we were sure we were the last time we rotted on hold with Verizon for two full hours before finally getting through to someone who, but of course, couldn’t help us anyway.   AOD only accepts pro bono cases at the moment and it’s not just for anyone. For now, its growing team of toughies will only go to bat for active duty military, non-English speakers and senior citizens who “have nowhere else to turn.”Related: How to Deal With JerksIf you’re a real-deal squeaky wheel — and you know who you are — AOD wants you and your “talents.”Your assholeness may have ostracized you from friends, may have held you back at jobs, and may give people the wrong impression, but we see your assholeness as a gift, not a curse. Your talents are real and they are needed in the world. Unfortunately the job doesn’t pay. It’s strictly a volunteer gig, but somebody has to do it.Why not you? Think you’re cut out for the job? C’mon. Go for it, jerk.  Related: 3 Strategies for Dealing With Toxic People Register Now »center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 8, 2014last_img read more

Become Your Offices Excel Master with These 40 Bootcamp Courses

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Microsoft Excel’s status as a vital business tool—and consequently, a crucial job skill—cannot be understated. According to a recent analysis of more than 27 million online job ads, 82 percent of middle-skill jobs, or roles that require less than a bachelor’s degree, necessitate fluency in Excel and other digital skills.Not too shabby for a spreadsheet program that’s about to turn 32. What’s more, these so-called “digitally intensive middle-skill jobs”—roles in finance, sales, and health care, to name a few—pay 17 percent higher wages than their non-digital counterparts and offer greater opportunity for growth, even with the development of automation.”Digital skills provide a level of ‘future-proofing’ for job seekers, as the skills are critical to jobs at lower risk of future automation,” reads the report, which was compiled by Burning Glass Technologies and Capital One. “Generally speaking, digital skills enhance analysis and creativity, skills that are less likely to be supplanted by machines.”Additionally, digital skills allow workers to advance proactively through their careers,” it continues. “By learning high-demand digital skills, employees can advance through their careers with skill sets to increase their attractiveness to the market.”We won’t bore you with any more statistical tidbits. It’s time to cut to the chase: If fluency in Excel is what you’re after—a wise choice in today’s job market—look no further than the eLearnExcel Microsoft Excel Mastery School for a valuable, expert-taught education that could take your career to new heights. Across eight different modules comprised of more than 280 lessons, you’ll explore a variety of Excel functions, including making calculations, creating reports, analyzing raw data, and sorting information. You’ll be able to access your training 24/7 and on any device, and receive new content as it’s released so you’re always up to speed on the latest edition of Excel. Plus, once you’ve completed the course, you’ll receive an internationally recognized, CPD-certified master diploma in the software that you can add to your résumé to impress potential employers.Entrepreneur readers who act fast can sign up for a lifetime subscription to the eLearnExcel Microsoft Excel Mastery School for only $39.  Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. December 26, 2018 Enroll Now for Free 2 min readlast_img read more