Uintah Basin educator named Utah’s Carnegie Professor of the Year

Rich Etchberger, a wildlife science professor at Utah State University’s Uintah Basin campus, has been named the 2015 Carnegie Professor of the Year for Utah by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Etchberger, who created the wildlife science program at the Uintah Basin campus when he arrived in 1995, was presented the award during a ceremony Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C.

“I motivate my students to grasp the opportunities to change their lives, to earn a degree and to contribute to their community,” Etchberger said. “I have been extremely fortunate to work with an amazing bunch of undergraduate students over the past 20 years.”

That dedication and focus on his students’ successes is one of the many reasons Etchberger took home the award that salutes the most outstanding undergraduate educators in the country. As one of only 35 to take home the award, Etchberger is the 14th honoree from USU.

“Dr. Etchberger pioneered a very hands-on wildlife science bachelor’s degree at the USU Uintah Basin campus,” USU President Stan L. Albrecht said in a statement. “His vision has given local, often nontraditional students a route to professional careers they would never have been able to achieve otherwise. Graduates

Washington university cancels classes over hate speech

After a racist thread on social media sparked outrage on a quiet Washington state campus, college officials sent students home a day early for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Western Washington University sent out an alert cancelling classes and an email to students just after 6 a.m. Tuesday from President Bruce Shepard. It is unknown if the people who posted the threats are students at the state university in Bellingham, but the posts were made from a phone located within 10 miles of campus, Shepard said.

“I need to be very clear here: we are not talking the merely insulting, rude, offensive commentary that trolls and various other lowlifes seem free to spew, willy nilly, although there has been plenty of that, too. No, this was hate speech,” Shepard wrote in an email posted on the university website.

A series of threats against minorities were posted over the weekend on YikYak, an anonymous social media platform populated by college students.

The posts mentioned almost every ethnic group, including blacks, Muslims, Jews and American Indians, blaming them for an effort on campus to debate changing the university’s mascot, a Viking. The threats came days after some student leaders suggested that the mascot is

Midvale Elementary addition gives students, teachers a space of their own

The Midvale Mustangs have a few new corrals, so to speak, now that a $1 million expansion at Midvale Elementary has been completed.

Four classrooms were added to the 4-year-old school, located at 7830 Chapel St., to address high enrollment numbers.

Midvale Elementary Principal Chip Watts says there’s been a marked change in the attitude of the students in the month since the school’s fourth-grade and Dual Language Immersion program moved from portable classrooms to classrooms inside the building.

“I think the best feedback I have received from the students is that they feel like part of the school now,” Watts said in a prepared statement. “When they were in the portables, they felt like they were separate from the rest of the school. Teachers say they have noted a sense of community, and the feeling in the class has improved by being a part of the school.”

Watts said the addition, the first construction project completed with funds from a $250 million bond approved by voters in spring 2010, makes it easier for the students to access the lunchroom, restrooms and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) classes that are part of the elementary school’s curriculum.

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Time for Utah to develop comprehensive plan to address inequality in public education

Canyons School District recently changed its boundaries to shuffle students among its high schools, notably Alta High, which is well under capacity, and Corner Canyon High, which is operating at 115 percent of capacity. The district’s solution is to move only 63 students from Corner Canyon to Alta while moving 175 students from nearby Jordan High School to Alta. All this despite the fact that Jordan doesn’t have the overcrowding problem facing Corner Canyon, and, in fact, will ultimately end up with more students overall than before the boundary change.

Many parents, particularly those at Jordan High, see the changes as nonsensical. They insist the logical move is to make up Alta’s shortfall with Corner Canyon students, not Jordan students. They also point to the fact that Corner Canyon is slated for a multimillion-dollar expansion in the coming years, and a boundary change that diverted some of its student body to Alta would relieve some of the pressure making an expensive expansion necessary. Corner Canyon parents, however, overwhelmingly prefer to keep their children where they are, despite the fact that class sizes are large — 45 students per classroom in some cases — and are likely to remain so

What Is Little House of Science

Little House of Science is an in-school and after-school science workshop for children as young as 2 years. It was founded by three ladies – Veronika Covington, Liliana Crachilova and Elisabeth Keck. They wanted their own kids to find answers about how the world works in a fun and safe environment, which led to the birth of Little House of Science.

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Saudi women face off against men for first time in elections

Outside of the Saudi capital, in one of the country’s most conservative provinces, Jowhara al-Wably is making history. She’s running in this weekend’s elections.

Saturday’s vote for local council seats marks two milestones for Saudi women like al-Wably: Not only can they run in a government election for the first time, it is the first time they are permitted to vote at all.

The municipal councils are the only government body in which Saudi citizens can elect representatives, so the vote is widely seen as a small but significant opening for women to play a more equal role in Saudi society.

Still, women face challenges on the campaign trail: Because of Saudi Arabia’s strict policy of segregation of the sexes, they cannot address male voters directly and have to speak from behind a partition — or have male relatives speak for them.

In an effort to create a more level playing field, the General Election Committee banned all candidates, both men and women, from showing their faces in promotional flyers, billboards or in social media. They’re also not allowed to appear on television.

This suits al-Wably, a 52-year-old community activist and Ministry of Education employee. Like all women in Saudi Arabia, she wears a loose-flowing

Do boys and girls perform better in school when separated by gender?

The teachers at Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy sat in stunned silence on their first day back from summer break. It was the fall of 2011, and principal John Haley had just announced that the state had given their school a “D” grade.

A year earlier, Haley and his team had taken over the failing middle school in Tampa, Florida, and turned it into an all boys magnet school, hoping a new culture of higher expectations and mutual respect among young men would lift the school’s performance.

After one year, that plan was in doubt.

That “D” grade was a gut check, but it wasn’t a pink slip. Changing a school’s culture takes time, Haley reassured his teachers. And he was right. The next year the school earned a “B,” and each of the past two years the school earned an “A” grade.

Franklin is part of a radical experiment that could reshape how we think about education. Its success hinges on a simple, albeit controversial, premise: boys and girls do better academically when separated by gender, and this is especially true among students who are struggling.

Critics, including many social scientists, decry the notion of separating genders. But the parents and administrators who

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Watching my daughter transform with Candor!

My daughter has been studying in Candor International for two years and we have seen her change, from being a withdrawn girl to a more confident one. It makes me so happy as a father as she wasn’t always so confident and struggled with major issues from the time she turned eight.  She was always a quiet and shy child but was good in studies and though she took long to make friends, when she did she cherished her friends and was so generous with them.  We were living in Chennai then and she was studying in a pretty famous school. Her primary years in school seemed okay, but once she went to middle school she started to change. She became withdrawn and sullen. She stopped eating and there were days when she refused to go to school. We tried talking to her and cajoling her to tell us what had happened, but she just kept silent.

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Lawsuit over stolen Nazi art at U of Oklahoma suspended

A federal judge has suspended activity in a lawsuit that challenges the ownership of a painting that hangs at a University of Oklahoma art gallery as negotiations continue with a French woman who claims the artwork was stolen from her family by Nazis during World War II.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton signed an order to suspend activity in the lawsuit until Feb. 28 as negotiations continue between attorneys for Leone Meyer and the university over the painting “Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep” by the impressionist master Camille Pissarro.

Meyer filed the lawsuit in May 2013, saying the painting belonged to her adopted father. Meyer, a Jewish woman who lives in Paris, wrote an open letter in 2014 that said her biological family was killed at Auschwitz between 1942 and 1944. Meyer survived the Holocaust and was adopted by Raoul and Yvonne Meyer in 1946.

Raoul Meyer fled to the United States, but returned to Europe in 1945 and found the painting missing. He discovered it in Geneva six years later — a year after the statute of limitations ran out. He claimed subsequent owners made a weak attempt to prove the Pissarro wasn’t on a list of known Nazi-looted works. A Swiss court

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Why your child should start kindergarten a year late

A study by Stanford Graduate School of Education professor Thomas Dee suggests that delaying kindergarten by one year, known as “redshirting,” can significantly reduce hyperactivity and boost attention spans.

The benefits can be traced as late as age 11, and do not seem to come with attendant academic liabilities. “The reading, writing and other academic skills are more easily learned when a child is able to better self-regulate, even if that happens at an older age,” Dee said in a Stanford press release. “At that age, play is learning — it’s not an either or.”

The research centered on Denmark, where children enter kindergarten in the calendar year they turn 6, with Dec. 31 as the cutoff. A resulting survey of over 50,000 parents of 7-year-olds and of over 35,000 parents of 11-year-olds provided the data.

“This is some of the most convincing evidence we’ve seen to support what parents and policymakers have already been doing — choosing to delay kindergarten entry,” Dee said.

Already, the report notes, many parents hold their children out an extra year, with roughly 20 percent of American children entering kindergarten at age 6.

Dee seems to be reacting, at least in part, to academic pressure now reaching into kindergarten

BYU Museum of Art’s departing contemporary art curator leaves notable legacy

With its marvelous mountain ranges, sprawling deserts and rich history, Utah has inspired countless artists to attempt to capture the state’s unique spirit. Sumptuous landscapes and educational illustrations of Utah’s Native American and pioneer heritage abound in the canon of recognizable Utah art. Utah’s contemporary art scene, however, may be a bit elusive to casual art observers.

In response to the challenging yet intellectually relevant nexus of contemporary artistic practice in the modern world, the Brigham Young University Museum of Art hired Jeff Lambson as the museum’s first curator of contemporary art in 2008. Since then, Lambson’s work has contributed greatly to the appreciation of contemporary art in Utah and to Utah’s art scene as a whole.

“Jeff Lambson has had a profound and hopefully lasting impact on contemporary art in Utah,” said Gretchen Dietrich, executive director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. “He’s curated numerous thought-provoking exhibitions, brought many amazing contemporary artists from around the world to BYU and Utah, and done much to support and promote artists working in our state.”

Now, after eight years, Lambson is relocating to Denver. The move comes as his wife, celebrated art educator Ann Lambson, has accepted a position as the senior educator for

Escalante Elementary gets $10K for computer equipment

Cameron Wilson, vice president and chief operating officer of government affairs at Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, presents a $10,000 check to Escalante Elementary School computer teacher Mischelle Colby and Principal Liz Gonzalez during an assembly at the school in Rose Park on Monday.

The funds will be used to buy computer equipment to support improved student outcomes in computer science. The award is part of the state’s partnership with Code.org to increase computer science opportunities for all Utah students in grades K-12.

Monday also marked the start of the global movement Hour of Code, which was created by Code.org in 2013 and reaches tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

Brussels schools reopen, maximum threat alert still in place

When Annelaure Leger dropped off her two children at school on Wednesday, it was like nearly every other day — except for the machine gun-toting policeman.

After a two-day school shutdown sparked by a threat alert across the Belgian capital, Brussels resident Leger was relieved that classes were back in session, even though she and her kids had to take their bikes since the subway was still not running in her neighborhood.

“It was like Christmas come early for the children,” Leger said. “They stayed at home and played with the neighbors’ kids.” She said the family lives partly in Paris and that the children are very aware of what’s happening both there and in Belgium.

“It would be better if the police had caught the terrorists, but the children know they are trying to do that so that everyone is safe,” she said.

Though the Belgian capital continues to be under the highest-level threat alert, meaning that authorities fear a serious and imminent attack, schools and subways began reopening across the city on Wednesday. That is restoring a sense of normality in the city, parts of which have been deserted since the alert was first raised to the top level in the capital

West Valley mural celebrates students’ cultural narratives

University of Utah student artists Beth Adams, left, and Hannah Miller, center, talk with U. graduate Kelsey Watts as a 1,500-square-foot mural at Esperanza Elementary School is unveiled in West Valley City on Friday. Artists from the U.’s special topics art class, led by professor V. Kim Martinez, painted the mural, which honors the cultural heritage of the school’s almost 98 percent Latino student body. Martinez and her students created a tapestry of cultural narratives that reflect the interests, curricula, identities and loves of the students who inspired the mural’s many themes: chess, sugar skulls, soccer, mountains, mariachi bands, sunflowers and folklorico dancers. However, the importance of the project goes far beyond vibrancy and color. The Title I Language Immersion charter school specializes in creating inclusive educational spaces that serve and empower underrepresented children from vulnerable socio-economic backgrounds. Principal Eulogio Alejandre sees the mural as culturally and socially empowering. “I never wanted to be in a school that tolerated culture,” Alejandre said in a press statement. “I wanted to be in a school that celebrated culture. With this mural, we are letting kids know that their culture is valuable.” The project was part of a class offered by Martinez that

Pleasant Grove student who allegedly triggered lockdown charged with making a false report

PLEASANT GROVE — A Pleasant Grove High School student has been charged with initiating a massive police response at the school after falsely reporting a gunman in the school.

The boy, who was 15 at the time of the incident and has since turned 16, was charged Wednesday in 4th District Juvenile Court with making a false report, a class B misdemeanor, according to the Utah County Attorney’s Office.

Because the juvenile was not charged with a felony, his charging documents are not public.

On Dec. 3, an estimated 200 officers from 19 local, state and federal agencies — many wearing tactical gear and carrying assault rifles — cleared the high school, room by room, as they looked for a man carrying a gun. It wasn’t until the school was almost completely cleared that the teenager told police he had lied about seeing a man with a gun, allegedly to get out of a class assignment.

Alpine School District officials said last week that the boy’s status with the school would be reviewed pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

CNN honors Delaware teen who started literacy program

A Delaware teenager who started a literacy campaign that brings men into schools to read to children is among those honored as heroes by cable news network CNN.

The network is honoring 14-year-old Imani Henry of Wilmington as a Young Wonder as part of its annual CNN Heroes tribute recognizing those who have distinguished themselves by helping others.

Henry will be among those recognized by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper in a telecast airing Sunday evening.

Henry, who started a program called 100 Men Reading, also was one of five winners picked from more than 1,100 nominees nationwide last year to receive $25,000 prizes, given by Peace First, a national nonprofit that encourages young people to work for positive social change

Tragic deaths of home-schooled kids rarely lead to new rules

A Detroit brother and sister vanished more than two years before they were found dead in a freezer in their home, and an 11-year-old Florida girl disappeared more than a year before she, too, turned up in a family freezer. And a 7-year-old Kansas boy hadn’t been seen for more than a month before authorities found the gruesome remains of a child in a pigsty inside his family’s barn.

All of them were home-schooled, but despite their disappearances going unnoticed for so long, opposition from the government-wary home-schooling community means it’s unlikely these states will start keeping closer tabs on home-schooled children.

“It’s largely a conservative thing, but even progressive home-schoolers tend to resist oversight,” said Rachel Coleman, co-founder of the nonprofit Coalition for Responsible Home Education. “Part of it is because there is an assumption that parents always know what’s best for their children.”

The most recent case, at a home near Kansas City, Kansas, is still being investigated and authorities said it could be weeks before they positively identify the child whose remains officers found in the barn. The officers were responding to a reported domestic disturbance at the home the day before Thanksgiving and were told of the 7-year-old’s disappearance.