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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Joint Letter from Massachusetts Heads of Church on the Executive Action Suspending Refugee Resettlement

A Joint Letter from Massachusetts Heads of Church on the Executive Action Suspending Refugee Resettlement
"Our Increased Compassion, Not Our Hardened Hearts"

A Joint Letter from Massachusetts Heads of Church on the Executive Action Suspending Refugee Resettlement

We speak together, as Church leaders in Massachusetts, on the injurious Executive Action restricting refugees, issued on Friday January 27, 2017 entitled, "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States."

Our Christian tradition is clear. Deuteronomy 10:19 commands, "You shall also love the foreigner, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt." ?The Holy Family was forced to flee the violence of their homeland (Matthew 2). Our Savior was a migrant. We hear Jesus Christ declare in Matthew 25 that His followers will be judged if we do not welcome the stranger. We stand under that judgment today.

We believe in the aspirations of our nation, a place where all people long to live in safety. We remember with horror our nation's decision in 1939 to refuse the refugees on the MS St. Louis, a ship of German Jews, condemning many to death. Refugees invite our increased compassion, not our hardened hearts.

We echo the words of Bishop Joe Vasquez of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

"We believe in assisting all those who are vulnerable and fleeing persecution, regardless of their religion. This includes Christians, as well as Yazidis and Shia Muslims from Syria, Rohingyas from Burma, and other religious minorities. However, we need to protect all our brothers and sisters of all faiths, including Muslims, who have lost family, home, and country."

We grieve this decision to limit refugees, as it will cause further suffering, not just to our fellow Christians escaping persecution, but all refugees fleeing violence.

As Christians we try to live our lives in accordance with Jesus' Great Commandment - to love our neighbors as ourselves. We want safe homes, the freedom to worship, stable governments, and opportunities to thrive. Refugees desire the same. Our nation is founded on this welcome. We must make sure that we do not allow fear to overwhelm us, crowd out our compassion, or fundamentally change our character.

Therefore, we pledge our voices and our churches' active support to resettle refugees in Massachusetts.

We call on elected leaders, including President Trump, to reconsider the Executive Action to limit refugee resettlement.

We have and will continue to welcome and support refugees. Our churches are in every single city and town of Massachusetts.
And, we ask our churches to reach out in love and Christian hospitality to the refugees living near them. We encourage our churches to show compassion and support to those who have fled hardship and violence.

Signed:
  • The Rev. Fr. Arakel Aljalian, Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

  • The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Minister and President, Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

  • Mr. Anthony Barsamian, President, Massachusetts Council of Churches

  • Reverend Howard K. Burgoyne, Superintendent, East Coast Conference, Evangelical Covenant Church

  • Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River

  • Reverend Dr. Harold M. Delhagen, Synod Leader/Executive for The Synod of the Northeast, Presbyterian Church (USA)

  • Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, Bishop, United Methodist Church, New England Conference

  • Reverend Laura Everett, Executive Director, Massachusetts Council of Churches

  • The Rt. Rev. Douglas Fisher, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

  • The Rt. Rev. Alan Gates, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

  • The Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris, Bishop Suffragan, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

  • Bishop Jim Hazelwood, New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

  • Reverend Jocelyn Hart Lovelace, Presiding Elder, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Boston-Hartford District

  • His Grace Bishop John, Diocese of Worcester and New England, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

  • Reverend Mary Day Miller, Executive Minister, The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts

  • Noah Merrill, Secretary & Frederick Weiss, Presiding Clerk, New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers)?

  • Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts

Raise Up Massachusetts Campaigns for Paid Leave, $15 Minimum Wage

Raise Up Massachusetts Launches Legislative Campaigns for Paid Leave, $15 Minimum Wage, and the Fair Share Amendment
BOSTON –?Raise Up Massachusetts, a coalition of community organizations, religious groups, and labor unions, today launched its 2017 legislative campaigns for paid family and medical leave, a $15 minimum wage for all workers, and the Fair Share Amendment to create an additional tax of four percentage points on annual income above one million dollars, with the money dedicated to transportation and public education.
At a legislative briefing on Beacon Hill, policy experts and people who are affected by Raise Up Massachusetts’ campaigns spoke about how the agenda would help build an economy that works for all people in Massachusetts.
"Our broad coalition of community, faith, and labor groups is committed to building an economy that works for all of us, not just those at the top,” said?Deb Fastino, Executive Director of the Coalition for Social Justice and a co-chair of Raise Up Massachusetts. “With our campaigns for paid leave, a $15 minimum wage, and the Fair Share Amendment, we're building an economy that invests in families, gives everyone the opportunity to succeed, and creates broadly shared prosperity. With everything that’s happening at the national level, this work has never been more important."

Paid Family and Medical Leave (HD2573/SD1768)
Raise Up Massachusetts’ paid leave legislation would make employees in Massachusetts eligible for job-protected paid leave to recover from a serious illness or injury, to care for a seriously ill or injured family member, or to care for a new child. The legislation prohibits employer retaliation against workers who take time off under these conditions.
“If I had paid family leave when my wonderful husband was dying of lung cancer, I could have stayed home, given him comfort, and advocated for what he needed,” said?Christine Lavault of Fairhaven. “He would not have had to suffer like that. When families have a crisis they should be able to take care of their loved ones without fearing loss of finances or their jobs.”
Employees taking paid leave would receive partial wage replacement equal to a percentage of their average weekly wages, with a maximum weekly benefit of either $650 or $1,000. Paid leave would last up to either 12 or 16 weeks to care for a seriously ill or injured family member or to bond with a new child (family leave), and up to 26 weeks for an employee’s own serious illness or injury (medical leave).
“No one should have to choose between a paycheck and their own health or the wellbeing of their families,” said?Senate Committee on Ways and Means Chair Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland), the lead sponsor of paid leave legislation in the Senate. “Paid leave is a common sense benefit that workers in nearly every other country in the world receive. Most working families cannot afford unpaid leave - we may need to take time off from work, but our financial obligations don’t ever take time off.? We have also heard from many Massachusetts businesses that it is in their competitive best interest to offer paid leave, in order to attract and retain the most talented workers.”
“I am excited about this bill because it’s good for everyone – it’s good for families, it’s good for workers, and it’s good for small businesses,” said?Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), the lead sponsor of paid leave legislation in the House. ?“This program would allow employers who have workers on leave for inevitable situations to replace them at a neutral cost, either through a replacement temporary worker or additional hours for current employees.”
Benefits would be funded through employer premium contributions to the new Family and Employment Security Trust Fund or to private insurance plans. Both bills would allow employers to require employees to contribute up to 50% of the cost of premiums. The bills phase in over a few years, create a one-week waiting period before employees can receive benefits, use existing agencies for administration and enforcement, and allow companies to keep existing plans, all of which reduce costs.
"Today, 87% of workers in New England lack access to paid leave. Many workers risk losing their job if they take time off from work to care for a family medical emergency or after the birth of a child. Even workers with access to job-protected leave face financial hardship if they have to leave the job that puts food on the table to care for a family member they love," said?Elizabeth Toulan, a Senior Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services. "With this bill, Massachusetts can join a growing number of states that offer paid leave so that no one has to choose between their job and their health or that of a family member."

$15 Minimum Wage (HD2719/SD984)
Raise Up Massachusetts’ $15 minimum wage legislation, HD2719 (filed by Rep. Dan Donahue) and SD984 (filed by Sen. Ken Donnelly), would raise the state’s minimum wage by $1 each year over four years until it is $15 an hour in 2021. The minimum wage would then be adjusted each year to rise along with increases in the cost of living.
"I love my work taking care of children and helping prepare them for a lifetime of learning, but it’s hard to get by on such low pay. Between groceries, rent, heat, and gas, it’s tough to keep up every month," said?Marites MacLean, a family child care provider who owns and operates Children First family child care in Fitchburg. "If I made $15 an hour, I'd be better able to support myself and my family. Imagine how much it would help local businesses and our economy if all low-wage workers had more money to spend in our communities."
“Raising the minimum wage is one of the most important actions we can take as legislators to help the working people of Massachusetts,” said?Senator Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington), the lead sponsor of $15 minimum wage legislation in the Senate. “This is an issue worth fighting for and I look forward to working with everyone to get this crucial bill passed.”
“When workers have more money in their pockets, they spend it at small businesses in their neighborhoods – helping those local businesses grow and create more jobs,” said?Representative Dan Donahue (D-Worcester), the lead sponsor of $15 minimum wage legislation in the House. “If we want economic growth in all communities across the state, workers need to earn a living wage so they can provide for their families and support their local businesses. Raising the minimum wage is critical if we want to help working people and grow our economy from the bottom up.”
Increasing the minimum wage to $15 by 2021 would raise the wages of roughly 947,000 workers, or 29 percent of the state’s workforce, according to a?report?by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. 91 percent of workers who would be affected are over 20 years old, 56 percent are woman, and 57 percent work full-time. Workers who are paid low wages include highly skilled professions, like nursing assistants, childcare providers and paramedics.
The legislation would also increase the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, currently $3.75 an hour, over 8 years until it is equal to the regular minimum wage.
“The sub-minimum wage for tipped workers leaves servers at diners, pubs and pancake houses; hairdressers; car wash staff; airport wheelchair and parking attendants; valets and other tipped workers facing financial uncertainty, and relying on tips makes them vulnerable to harassment and discrimination," said?Marisol Santiago, the Massachusetts Executive Director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United. According to a recent ROC?report, over 90% of female restaurant workers experience sexual harassment, and the industry that produces the most complaints and violations, according to the EEOC and DOL, is the restaurant industry. “We should join the eight other states, from California to Maine, that have eliminated the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, without seeing any harm to restaurants or a reduction in tipping.”

Fair Share Amendment
The Fair Share Amendment would amend the Massachusetts Constitution to create an additional tax of four percentage points on annual income above $1 million. The new revenue generated by the tax, approximately $1.9 billion in 2019 dollars, could only be spent on quality public education, affordable public colleges and universities, and the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges, and public transportation.? To ensure that the tax continues to apply only to the highest-income residents, the $1 million threshold would be adjusted each year to reflect cost-of-living increases.
"We're one of the richest states in the nation, but we rank 33rd in the share of our state's economic resources dedicated to public education,” said?Tom Gosnell, President of the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts. “We need the Fair Share Amendment to make critical investments in education from early childhood through college."
“For Massachusetts to address congestion and daily commuter frustration and to compete in tomorrow’s economy against other regions around the nation and the globe, we need to invest in modern, reliable transportation: safer roads and bridges, public transportation that works for everyone all around the state, and safer ways to walk and bike,” said?Josh Ostroff, Interim Director of Transportation for Massachusetts. “Today, our transportation network is still stuck in the last century, with a large backlog of neglected and obsolete bridges, roads, bikeways, and public transportation infrastructure in need of repair. Reform is essential, but it’s not enough to meet the proven need. If we don’t provide the funding soon to deal with these problems, they will only get more dangerous and more expensive to solve in the future.”
“The MTA is proud to be a part of the RUM coalition and to fight for workers, families and students in Massachusetts. This work has never been more important given the attacks coming from Washington,” said?Barbara Madeloni, President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA). “Passage of the Fair Share Amendment will give our public schools and colleges the resources they need to meet the broad and complex needs of all of our students, as well as provide much-needed improvements to public transportation.”
In 2015, Raise Up Massachusetts collected over 157,000 signatures to begin the process of amending the Massachusetts Constitution, all without using paid signature gathering companies. In May 2016, the state legislature, meeting jointly in a Constitutional Convention, voted 135-57 to advance the citizen’s initiative proposal. The initiative now needs a second approval by 25 percent of legislators in a Joint Session of the Legislature in 2017 or 2018 to appear on the ballot on November 6, 2018.
“A second affirmative vote in the Constitutional Convention will give voters the opportunity to generate new revenue for transportation and public education, which we need to ensure opportunity for our citizens," said?Peter Enrich, a Professor of Law at Northeastern University and one of the drafters of the Fair Share Amendment. "The Fair Share Amendment will pay for those critical investments with a more equitable tax that simply asks our wealthiest residents to pay at a level more comparable to the rest of us.”

Monday, January 30, 2017

西班牙裔移民之子宣布参选麻州州长


??????????? (Boston Orange整理报导)麻州州长查理贝克(Charlie Baker)2018年竞选连任,出现了第一位正式挑战者。曾在派屈克(Deval Patrick)州长任内监管麻州营运预算的龚沙雷(Jay Gonzalez)130日宣布要争取成为民主党州长候选人,

龚沙雷暗示,他将把查理贝克和去年11月在麻州输得很惨,这一星期以来,不断有人上街抗议他的美国总统川普连起来。他说,川普损害了人们的价值观,将把人们带回头。现在比以往任何时候都更需要一名能够为大家的价值观站出来争取的州长,他要当那个州长。

他认为查理贝克太满足於现状,经常在人们需要他时靠边站,一直都是个等等看的州长。

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龚沙雷的竞选顾问Sydney Asbury表示,龚沙雷是一名西班牙裔移民之子,反对川普的移民禁令,参加了柯普利广场的示威游行。

2010年时为派屈克竞选连任作竞选经理的Sydney Asbury表示,龚沙雷将以包容,社会及经济不平等,让所有34岁的小孩上幼稚园学前班等等为竞选纲要。

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??????????? 另一名可能的麻州州长候选人是牛顿市市长塞提华仑(Setti Warren)。民主党籍的塞提华仑去年就已开始为可能竞选州长展开募款活动了。他也聘请了派屈克以前的助理,John Walsh做顾问,以抬高声势。他上星期也就川普的移民禁令,州议员们的加薪,麻州营运预算,查理贝克的州情咨文等发表声明。

龚沙雷现年46岁,已婚,住在Needham。他曾经担任布鲁克兰镇(Brookline)镇议员,麻州健康连系者(Mass Health Connector)董事会主席,以及麻州生命科学中心共同主席。

2007年时,他是派屈克第一批聘用的人之一,从Edwads Angell Palmer & Dodge律师楼离职,出任麻州资金财务及州政府内部事务助理署长 (assistant secretary for capital finance and intergovernmental affairs)2009年接任行政及财务署署长。

20131月他从州政府离职,随後宣布获麻州的医疗计画公司CeltiCare聘用。一年後他成为该机构执行长,上个月卸任。

??????????? 查理贝克早前曾透露有意於2018年时竞选连任。在财务上,他的实力很强。截至115日,他的竞选财库中还有470万元。人们相信,他还有共和党全国党部这靠山。2014年他和玛莎寇克莉(Martha Coakley)竞争时,共和党州长协会就曾注资1100万元。

中华公所选举小组将提案屏退黄光野

??????????? (Boston Orange 周菊子报导)纽英仑中华公所2017年要大地震? 131日晚举行的2017年开年董事会,将讨论是否取消黄光野顾问衔,永远禁止他担任公所董事的提案,严重程度前所未有。

??????????? 纽英仑中华公所的20171月董事大会议程,在例行的通过上一次会议纪录,主席及各小组报告之外,还包括介绍新董事,填补各小组委员席位空缺。

??????????? 小组报告部分预先透露了中华公所计画和倍投方案图片顿华人布道会(BCEC),戴维斯(Davis)发展公司合作,联袂向倍投方案图片顿市政府申请指定计画发展区(designation of planned Development Area)资格,以期把目前出租给中国超市公司的喜露街50号,建成包括可负担住宅的大楼。

??????????? 选举/修章小组报告将包括修正有关中华公所职员任期,以及投票权的议程,透露出中华公所已在为年底干部改选做准备。

??????????? 议程中有关选举小组提案取消黄光野顾问衔,永远禁止黄光野担任侨团出席中华公所董事代表的提案,

??????????? 纽英仑中华公所主席陈家骅在发给公所董事们的主席报告中指出,选举/章程小组在110日小组会议中,无异议的通过了两项议案,一为建议中华公所董事大会取消黄光野的顾问头衔,二为建议大会禁止黄光野代表任何侨团担任出席中华公所董事大会代表,为期10年或永久。

??????????? 陈家骅在交给麻州总检察官办公室的季度报告,点明了选举/章程小组作此提案的主要原因。

??????????? 该报告在有关营运及管理的需要注意事项中指出,去年726日,在担任中华公所主席期间,签署中国超市(C-Mart)租约的黄光野,出人意外地在中华公所董事大会中质疑,为什麽中国超市的年租涨幅那麽小,他以为应该是5%才对,一定是合约打错字了。由於签署租约的黄光野本人竟然也那麽不清楚租约内容,中华公所董事大会因此指派了三人小组根据会议纪录来研究董事大会有关租约的决定,以及黄光野实际签署的租约内容。

??????????? 董事郑慧民代表该小组在9月份的中华公所董事会议中回报,基本上中华公所董事大会所理解并同意的租约和黄光野所签署的租约,有差距。首先是租金每平方尺19.5元,隔壁的平价市场付的租金却是每平方尺23元。平价市场没有停车位,中国超市在喜露街50号那儿,有26个停车位,却不知是因为甚麽理由,没有算进租金内。

此外,新租约是在旧约到期日之前的14个月就签了。这一匆促加签租约,固然是因为承租户想要翻修承租地,但若无长约就不愿这麽做,但是新签的租约中却没有租户需做翻修的相关条文,黄光野说服董事大会提前续约该做的那些翻修,也迄今不见踪影。此外,出席同意签约那次董事大会的董事们以为,只要提前6个月给通知,就可随时收回喜露街50号另作发展。然而,合约中的条文却是在第一个10年之後,给6个月通知。

再者,租约打出10年的说法,但实际上却是20年的租约,业者有权在第一个10年结束後,才有权因为要做新发展而结束合约。

黄光野允诺会在签约前,给出一份合约最後版本,让公所董事大会批准,但却未如此做。不但如此,黄光野还在很长的一段时间里,拒绝拿出一份他签署的合约给公所董事。也因此公所董事不能够马上知道实际的合约条款。

??????????? 根据中华公所发给董事们的开会资料,中华公所选举小组还在小组会议中讨论了是否聘请行政主任,特别活动筹办人,巡逻队负责人,以期更有效率的处理中华公所事务,意味着中华公所在资金充裕後,有意转型成为更专业的社区服务机构。

2016 Thiel Fellow 中有5名华裔


(Boston Orange 周菊子整理报导)泰尔(Thiel)基金会鼓励年轻人追求学校以外的创新发展,发给每人10万元奖金的"泰尔学者"项目,2016年有来自世界各地的6000人申请,共29人获选。从姓名看,其中有5名华裔,3人来自麻州。

泰尔基金会董事长Blake Masters表示,泰尔奖学金创立於2011年,旨在测试一个简单理论,那就是大学院校并不适合每一个人,尤其是想要创造新事物的年轻人。他表示,过去这些年来的泰尔奖学金获得者的成功,申请人数的每年递增,以及越来越多的年轻人在大学院校以外创造了他们自己的事业轨道,已证明了这一点。

截至20166月,泰尔学者所创建公司的市值已达14亿美元。

2016年的29名泰尔学者中,约5人为华裔,包括加州山景的安东尼张(译音,Anthony Zhang),麻州剑桥市的伊娃尚(译音,Eva Shang),格蕾丝萧(译音,Grace Xiao),旧金山的亨利胡(译音,Henry Hu),加拿大多伦多的詹姆斯孙(译音,James Sun)

Anthony Zhang与人合作,创办了EnvoyNow这家外卖递送服务公司,并出任执行长。该公司以大专院校为主要重点,藉招聘住校学生为工作人员,EnvoryNow可把食物直接送进宿舍,课堂,或是研读室,而且比任何一家靠地图软体来支援递送服务的公司更快,更准确。

Eva Shang 和人合作,创办了Legalist这家法律分析及提醒平台公司,帮助律师关注案件的新发展,以俾律师们能更有效率的代表他们的客户。

Grace Xiao Raul Jordan合作,创办了Kynplex这家通讯软体公司,为科学实验室提供通讯工具。藉着连接各自做片断研究的科学世界,Kynplex旨在加速发现的速度。

Henry Hu原籍北京,和人合作创办Café X,并出任执行长。这是家设计,生产并由机器人做自动化经营的餐厅,可在10秒内做出本地烤的咖啡。

James Sun和人合作创办Revlo,并担任执行长。Revol是一家社交游戏公司,提供了平台让播放者Twitch这游戏可以更容易地和所有粉丝互动,并打赏。

泰尔学者中还有一名亚裔,根据姓氏看应为越南裔的Brian Truong。他和人合作创办了Hello Token这家企业软体公司,容许数位出版者藉着刊出简单的市场研究问题,而不需要靠广告,就能以内容赚取10倍或更多收入。Hello Token已创建了可向数以百万计人做实时语境研究的引擎。

MIRA谴责川普移民禁令

MIRA Condemms the Executive Order on Refugees and Muslims

Boston - The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) strongly condemns President Trump’s latest Executive Order on immigration issued on Friday. The order suspends America’s refugee program for 120 days, suspends our refugee program in Syria indefinitely, and suspends all visas for people from seven predominately Muslim countries for at least 90 days. While we are not surprised by this order, we are appalled that this administration would so quickly, and without any consultation with stakeholders, issue an order that amounts to an attack on some of the most vulnerable populations in the world.

“This Executive Order is a repudiation of our nation’s long tradition of providing protection to those fleeing violence and terror throughout the world, as well as of our ideals of civil rights and religious inclusion,” said Eva Millona, Executive Director of MIRA. “We believe that America is the land of opportunity for all, not just some. We are heartened that thousands have stood up in the last few days here in Boston and around the country to support refugees and immigrants who contribute so much to the fabric of our nation. These outpourings of love and support demonstrate most truly who we are as a country. Here in Massachusetts, we don’t just talk. We stand up, we organize, we advocate, we litigate, and we march.? MIRA, our members and our allies are committed to advancing and strengthening the movement that protects our people, our values and our Constitution."

波市公校拨款200万助四五年级学生精进学业

BPS Bolsters Commitment to Excellence For All,
The Groundbreaking Program that is Expanding Educational Opportunities to Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Students
Boston, MA - Monday, January 30, 2017 - The Boston Public Schools (BPS) is strengthening its commitment to Excellence For All in the 2017-18 school year by increasing its investment to $2 million in this groundbreaking initiative that offers students in the fourth and fifth grade rigorous instruction and enriched learning opportunities.

BPS launched Excellence For All (EFA) at the start of this school year with the aim of expanding opportunities for all students to access the same demanding coursework and quality enrichments provided in Advanced Work Class (AWC), a full-time program with an accelerated academic curriculum that has traditionally been open only to those students who score high enough on a standardized test given in October of third grade.

"The goal of Excellence For All is to close achievement gaps at an early age by ensuring all students in general education and inclusive settings have the same opportunities to challenging and enriched learning," Mayor Martin J. Walsh said. "The schools participating in the Excellence for All initiative have student populations that mirror or exceed the district averages for black, Latino, english learners, and special-needs populations, which were underserved by the AWC program."

BPS last year committed $1.2 million to develop and implement Excellence For All to serve 875 fourth-grade students at the 13 schools where it is being piloted. The district will increase that funding in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget by an additional $715,000 to support the expansion of the program to a new grade of students. Next year, Excellence For All will reach 4th-grade and, for the first time, 5th-grade students in those 13 schools - doubling the number of students served by the program. ?

Those 13 schools include ten that never offered AWC (the Mendell, Sumner, Holmes, Philbrick, Grew, Guild, Gardner, Harvard/Kent, Orchard Gardens, and King) and three schools (the Curley, Edison and Bates) that previously had AWC but elected to switch to Excellence for All.

"Excellence For All is ensuring that fourth- and fifth-grade students can successfully engage rigorous curriculum and learn at high levels in inclusive classrooms. It is giving many of our young students a more compelling educational experience that previously they would never have had access to," BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang said. "This will put them on a better pathway to academic success by instilling in them a true belief in their ability to take on challenging work."

Excellence for All schools offers students many of the same quality enrichment opportunities afforded to AWC students. EFA students can begin to learn languages such as Spanish, French, Chinese and Japanese. They will also be exposed to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) instruction through a LEGO Education robotics course that teaches computer coding skills. And they will have the opportunity to attend the Northeastern University Center for STEM Education.

The demographics of students served by EFA match or exceed the district's percentages of key subgroups that are currently underrepresented by Advanced Work classes. For example, black students, who represent 30 percent of the district's fourth graders, made up 33 percent of the students in EFA compared to 11 percent of students in AWC. Meanwhile, students with disabilities, who account for 21 percent of the fourth-grade students in BPS, represented 24 percent of the students in EFA versus 1 percent in AWC.

"EFA is an important step towards equity in our district. It is rooted in the belief that all students have a right to a challenging and enriching educational experience. Within that paradigm, it is our job as educators to provide the conditions in which all populations can thrive," said Regine Philippeaux-Pierre, the BPS project manager of Excellence For All.

Dr. Chang stressed that Excellence For All is also providing valuable coaching models, instructional strategies and professional development to its teachers in order to better support them in offering their students more rigorous instruction and personalized learning in safe-learning environments. For example,

  • 70 teachers at EFA schools have received professional development to teach writing skills specifically to students who are English Learners.
  • 36 Grade 4 and 5 teachers are participating in a year-long institute at Harvard University on "Universal Design for Learning," a new approach for developing rigorous instruction that meets the needs of all learners.
  • 12 teachers are receiving intensive math coaching and training through a partnership with EdVestors, a non-profit school improvement organization.
  • 8 teachers are participating in professional development training in executive functioning designed to teach students organizational and study habits to help them be successful, independent learners.

Katie Grassa, principal of the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, said that by moving to Excellence For All at the fourth-grade level ?- the school still has AWC for existing students in fifth and sixth grades - it has had a positive impact on students' confidence. ?

"I have noticed an improvement in students' self esteem and their view of themselves as learners, thanks to Excellence for All," said Grassa. "Students who had not "tested" into AWC are given the same opportunities as those accepted into AWC, and we are now seeing some of those very students reading at the highest levels as their AWC-accepted peers.'"

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TESTIMONIALS:

"The 'Excellence for All' program was the answer to our family's dilemma. Our daughter tested into the Advanced Work Program, but was reluctant to leave the school that she loves and has attended since first grade. With the EFA program, she was able to stay at the Sumner, and still receive the benefit of being exposed to a tailored and challenging curriculum." ??- Lisa Conley, mother of Lila Jane Conley, a 4th-grader at the Charles Sumner Elementary School.

"I am really excited that August has the opportunity to study robotics and engineering at this age and that August and the other students seemed so engaged in these new projects. Robotics is one of the few subjects that he's willingly volunteered information about what he learned that day and it's always exciting to talk about what cool new thing they are working on." - Bridget Colvin, mother of August Shenk, a 4th-grader at the Mendell Elementary School.


Excellence For All Cohort 1 Demographics Data
This table illustrates the percentages of students, by DESE-designated subgroups, in Excellence For All, Advanced Work Class and the district as a whole. It is for the 2016-17 school year.

Subgroup
EFA Cohort
AWC Grade 4
BPS Grade 4
Black
33%
11%
30%
Hispanic
50%
24%
47%
White
11%
24%
11%
Asian
6%
35%
8.7%
Students with Disabilities
24%
1%
21%
English Language Learners
39%
10%
34%

Sunday, January 29, 2017

中华民俗艺术工作坊春聚? 餐叙拜年红包抽奖样样来


中华民俗艺术工作坊春聚? 餐叙拜年红包抽奖样样来



驻倍投方案图片顿台北经济文化办事处处长赖铭琪伉俪向大家拜年贺岁
纽英仑中华民俗艺术工作坊(CFAW)128日大年初一晚间在ACAS中心举办鸡年春聚,现场布置春联、灯笼、鞭炮和许多鸡年饰物,充满浓浓年味,全团家长学员及教师近200人参加,场面热闹欢欣;驻倍投方案图片顿台北经济文化办事处处长赖铭琪伉俪、组长陈佩莹夫妇、副组长林美呈及侨教中心主任欧宏伟夫妇也应邀出席,共襄盛举。

赖铭琪对CFAW的春聚餐会大为赞赏,他表示来波服务已参加过两次该团的新春活动,尤其是家长所准备的美食,已在倍投方案图片顿地区排名前两名,也代表中华民国政府向大家拜年贺岁;欧宏伟也肯定CFAW多年来在主流社会推展台湾多元优质文化的贡献,特别感谢全团在今年侨教中心主办的元旦升旗典礼活动的协助,获得所有侨社各界人士一致好评。

倍投方案图片顿侨教中心主任欧宏伟夫妇(右二及左二)感谢CFAW的支持
与协助,与活动主持人吴宇怀(左一)、杨泓仪(右一)合影。
当晚餐叙由高年级团员负责接待服务,让与会人士尽情享用台湾美食,团长张昆及黄美琴夫妇也依循传统安排青少年团员向父母亲拜年、领取红包,并穿插抽奖活动,让华裔第二代子弟了解我国优良传统节庆文化,并传承孝亲敬师的精神意涵。(图与文,倍投方案图片顿侨教中心提供)


CFAW春聚活动安排团员向父母亲拜年

CFAW团员向团长张昆夫妇()拜年

团长张昆夫妇()与高年级团员合影

高年级团员负责餐叙接待服务

高年级团员负责餐叙接待服务
高年级团员负责餐叙接待服务


高年级团员负责餐叙接待服务

纽英仑专协新春灯谜 八大侨团共襄盛举


纽英仑专协新春灯谜 八大侨团共襄盛举



餐会主持人王世辉医师()感谢八大侨团与专业人员协会共同
举办新春灯谜餐会。
纽英仑中华专业人员协会於128日中午举办新春聚会及年度灯谜活动,该会理事长蔡明机致词欢迎侨社成大、台大、建中、北一女等校友会以及玉山科技协会、新英格兰大倍投方案图片顿台湾商会、华美福利会、客家乡亲会等八大侨团共同合办,并邀请驻倍投方案图片顿台北经济文化办事处副处长陈铭俊及侨教中心主任欧宏伟等贵宾致词,向与会人士贺节,欧宏伟也请与会的九大侨团共同筹组倍投方案图片顿地区侨界关怀救助协会,以整合侨社资源及展现侨胞爱心,让侨胞、留学生及旅外国人感受侨胞的关怀;随後由该会董事长王世辉医师主持新春趣味节目,并致赠鸡年邮票组予各侨团负责人。

侨教中心主任欧宏伟在餐会中说明侨委会
致赠鸡年手提灯笼「圆满鸡」具备「圆满
如意」、「鸿图大展」、「生生不息、
永续发展」的意涵。
当天重头戏猜灯谜依循往例由「专协才子」袁尚贤出题及主持,他先介绍以「断章取义」、「歪打正着」、「牵强附会」、「力求典雅」、「切忌犯面」等5项原则猜谜;今年全部20题灯谜全数猜出,由侨教中心主任欧宏伟猜中5题夺冠;最後也举办抽奖活动,欧宏伟也提供侨委会今年的鸡年小提灯作为摸彩奖项,并说明「圆满鸡」灯笼「圆满如意」、「鸿图大展」、「生生不息、永续发展」的意涵。(图与文,倍投方案图片顿侨教中心提供)