Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb hosted the first International Textbook Summit in London on Thursday 14 June, bringing together curriculum experts and teachers to discuss how to use textbooks to improve education for every child and help tackle teacher workload.The Minister welcomed government representatives and international experts from 15 nations including Finland, Singapore and Germany to the Royal Society in London to share the latest international evidence on textbooks and explore ways of emulating the success of textbook based teaching programmes, such as Teaching for Mastery.Evidence suggests textbooks save teachers around 18 minutes a day and high performing countries, including those in the Far East, have a strong focus on textbooks to help raise education standards.The international symposium builds on the recent launch of a £7.7 million curriculum fund to support the development of high quality resources. These resources will also help teachers deliver the government’s new curriculum while freeing them up to focus on what really matters in the classroom.School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: Tim Oates CBE from Cambridge Assessment said: The Summit developed an extraordinary consensus about the value and function of textbooks; the discussion of what ‘quality’ means will help with both new generations of textbooks and allied digital resources. Textbooks support teachers to translate the vision of a curriculum into carefully sequenced and well-resourced lessons, reducing teacher workload and increasing the quality of classroom teaching. That’s why we are encouraging the creation of these resources through our £7.7 million curriculum fund. It was an honour to host world-leading experts for this first ever summit and to discuss how we can use these resources to improve education for every child, building on the 1.9 million more children now in good or outstanding schools than in 2010 thanks to the hard work of teachers and our reforms. The evidence of best practice and the discussions at the summit will help to shape the development of resources as part of the curriculum fund. It will also inform the development of the department’s teacher recruitment and retention strategy which is due to be published later this year.The Education Secretary has been clear that there are no great schools without great teachers and his top priority is to make sure teaching remains an attractive and fulfilling profession – removing unnecessary workload is at the heart of this commitment.Also speaking at the event were: Tim Oates CBE, Cambridge Assessment; Professor Bill Schmidt, Michigan State University; Professor Dr Eckhardt Fuchs, Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research; Lee Fei Chen, Times Publishing Limited; Rickard Vinde, Swedish Association of Educational Publishers; Dr Nuno Crato, University of Lisbon; Debbie Morgan, National Centre for the Excellence in Teaching Mathematics; and Professor Xingfeng Huang, Shanghai Normal University.International Textbook Summit – 14 June 2018: summary document (PDF, 4.76MB, 11 pages)Read Nick Gibb’s full speech here.
View All Tour Dates On Thursday night, neo-soul and gospel torch-bearer Leon Bridges made his way to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to show off a track from his new album, Good Thing, released this past May via Columbia Records. While he was there, Bridges also recorded the latest installment of The Tonight Show‘s “Cover Room” series, inflecting Neil Young classic “Helpless” with his trademark silky croon backstage at the show’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studio. “Cover Room” was recently nominated for a 2018 Emmy Award in the “Outstanding Short Form Variety Series” category and, in April, received a Webby Award for the webisode featuring Kesha’s performance of The Eagles‘ “The House of the Rising Sun.”Watch Leon Bridges cover Neil Young’s “Helpless” for The Tonight Show‘s “Cover Room” below:Cover Room: Leon Bridges – “Helpless” (Neil Young cover)[Video: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]This is not the first time we’ve heard Leon Bridges help transform a classic Neil Young cut. In September of last year, Bridges teamed with Jon Batiste and Gary Clark Jr. for an exclusive Spotify session that saw the three contemporary greats reimagine protest hymn “Ohio”. You can listen to Bridges, Batiste, and Clark’s rendition of “Ohio” here. For more videos from The Tonight Show‘s “Cover Room” series, head to the show’s YouTube page here.Leon Bridges recently announced an extensive tour with supporting acts including Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Masego, and Khruangbin. Up next for Bridges is a performance at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, tonight on August 9th. See below for a full list of dates. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to Bridges’ website. Leon Bridges Tour Dates:August 9 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater ^%August 27 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater %August 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park %August 29 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater %August 31 – New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheater %September 1 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater %September 2 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater %September 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre %September 5 – San Diego, CA @ Open Air Theatre %September 7 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre %September 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater %September 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre ^September 12 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl ^September 14 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu ^September 15 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield ^September 16 – Vancouver, BC @ PNe Ampitheater ^September 18 – Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewing Company ^September 20 – Saint Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre ^September 23 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion ^September 24 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom ^September 25 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre ^September 27 – Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach ^September 28 – Montreal, QC @ Place des Arts – Wilfrid Pelletier Hall ^September 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore ^October 3 – Washington, DC @ Anthem ^October 4 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena ^October 5 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall ^October 6 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall ^*with Jon Batiste & Stay Human% with Masego^ with Khruangbin
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) will observe “black day” throughout West Bengal on August 4 and 5 to protest against the detention and “manhandling” of its leaders at the Silchar airport in Assam yesterday, a senior party leader said today. TMC secretary general and West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said the party will observe “black day” in every block and district of the state on Saturday and Sunday. “We condemn the way the public representatives were manhandled and detained by the Assam police at the Silchar airport. They being MPs had every right to visit a place, but all rules were violated and our party delegation was stopped. This is shameful,” he told reporters here. An eight-member TMC delegation, which had six MPs, were stopped at the Silchar airport when they tried to enter Assam’s Cachar district to assess the ground realities after the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published in the north-eastern state on Monday.
State Rep. Scott VanSingel today announced a grant has been recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund board to purchase property in Newaygo County that will be used for hunting, fishing and wildlife observation.VanSingel, of Grant, said the $213,800 land acquisition also will contribute to a plan to protect the habitat of the Karner blue butterfly, a federally endangered species that is found locally. Funding for the purchase is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.“This is a significant acquisition of 354 acres in Newaygo County that will help connect the east and west units of the Muskegon State Game Area,” VanSingel said. “It is a perfect example of how state and local governments can work together to create recreational opportunities for Michigan families.”The property also has 1,430 feet of frontage on Maple Lake and contains 4,100 linear feet of a tributary of the Maple River.The Legislature will consider the recommendations in 2018.##### Categories: News,VanSingel News 20Dec Rep. VanSingel: Recommended grant will help preserve natural resources