What a Contract with Ed Staffing Solutions (ESS) for Subs Looks Like

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In its September 08, 2022, board meeting, Louisiana-based St. Tammany Parish Public Schools (STPPS) introduced the idea of contracting to a third party, Education Staffing Services(ESS) to provide substitute teachers to St. Tammany’s schools.

ESS’s main office is in Knoxville, TN, but it has branches in several states.

Some details from the September 05, 2022, Nola.com on the issue:

School administrators want to bring on an outside company, Educational Staffing Solutions, that would recruit, vet, and train new subs who would be employed by them rather than the school system. ESS would provide health care insurance and retirement benefits as well as incentives that include $100 referral bonuses. After an onboarding process, current subs would transition to the new employer. 

“They can offer benefits that we cannot,” said Steve Alphonso, the school district’s supervisor of human resources. “This is going to help our employees if they need to take off…

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Banning Books Also Bans Critical Thinking.

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If you’re looking for something to read, you might want to consult the American Library Association’s (ALA) list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books by year. The ALA has been tracking this information since 1990.

If you are a reasonably educated person, and especially if you are an avid reader, you will have likely read a number of these titles already.

And yes, the bible did make the top 10 in 2015 for “religious viewpoint,” though I am surprised that other issues, including violence, incest, and sexually explicit content, were not cited. (Genesis 19:30-38 and 38:11-30 are two eye-openers for would-be book banners who mistakenly believe the bible is sterile reading.)

Some titles that have made the list repeatedly include the following, with reasons for the ban:

  • Reasons (2020): Challenged, banned, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a religious viewpoint, and not reflecting “the values of our community.”

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Graphic organizers help to enhance students’ generative cognitive processing

Originally posted on Best Evidence in Brief Index: By Winnie Tam, Centre for University and School Partnership, The Chinese University of Hong Kong A recent study published in Journal of Educational Psychology examined the role of graphic organizers in promoting generative processing in learners. A generative learning process occurs when a learner selects important material,…

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A new year, a new begin

3-Star learning experiences

Gert Verbrugghen and Paul A. Kirschner

This blog was originally published on https://excel.thomasmore.be/2022/08/de-gouden-weken/

And off we go! A new school year is about to start for both students AND teachers. For novice teachers this is often a nerve-wracking moment, because it suddenly hits them: “What if they don’t listen to me?”. But they’re not the only ones. Quite a lot of experienced teachers also have, to a certain degree healthy, or even unhealthy stress when they start a new school year.

As a teacher and (student mentor), I’ll try to help you to get off to a good start this year. And even if it doesn’t work out quite the way you planned it, you can still use the tips in this blog to make a good start the very next day.

May Tulips in My Garden / Happy Flower's Day !
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Take care of your garden

This blog will try to kill two…

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Personnel departments and personality discrimination

Catherine & Katharine

I could have written this post yesterday–and yet it’s 7 years old.

Where is the Neurodiversity Movement when it’s most needed?


  • Does personality diversity count as part of neurodiversity?
  • What about viewpoint diversity?
  • What about diversity within autism?
  • When it comes to workplace neurodiversity, should we privilege some forms of neurodiversity over others?

After all, all of the above is ultimately a matter of neurology–as opposed to physiology or, say, metaphysics.

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Twitter suspensions and their aftermath

Catherine & Katharine

Every so often myTwitter suspensioncomes up on social media, with various detractors of mine voicing different theories about why I was suspended from Twitter.

  • FC/RPM/S2C proponents seem to think I was suspended for “bullying” remarks and/or “violent threats” against autistic individuals and/or autistic advocates.
  • Structured Word Inquiry proponents prefer to think I was suspended because I called SWI a “cult” run by a shadowy man in France with no formal linguistic credentials.
  • Progressive math proponents may think I was suspended for harassing them and finding fault with “social justice math.”

As for Twitter itself, once it suspends an account, it feeds such sundry impressions by one’s sundry detractors with canned messages about the account’s suspension that are automatically sent to anyone who “reported” the account for any reason.

People, naturally, report Twitter accounts for all sorts of reasons, many of which have nothing to do…

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Do motor difficulties really explain speech/language difficulties in autism?

Catherine & Katharine

(Cross-posted at FacilitatedCommunicaton.org).

This post is the fifth in a series of critiques of articles co-authored by Morton Gernsbacher. As I noted earlier, these articles collectively attempt to present evidence for the drastic redefinition of autism upon which the plausibility of FC depends: namely, the notion that autism is not (despite eight decades of research to the contrary) a socio-cognitive disorder, but rather a motor disorder. More specifically, autism is, purportedly, a disorder in which intentional motor movements, including speaking and pointing, are difficult or impossible to perform.

Today’s Gernsbacher article, “Infant and toddler oral- and manual-motor skills predict later speech fluency in autism,” relates more directly to the motor take on autism than the articles I have discussed already. 

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Update, Book Reviews, and the Metric System — More Than A Mile Behind: America and the Metric System

I realize I have yet to post this year, but worry not, as I’ve been working on things “behind the scenes.” Let’s chalk much of this year up to “technical difficulties” on multiple levels + COVID log jams—almost everywhere—from medical care to retailer printer availability. Rest assured, I just keep working to refine my approaches […]

Update, Book Reviews, and the Metric System — More Than A Mile Behind: America and the Metric System