Lots of Big Peach Twins News and Please Take a Minute to Answer Survey

5 Months:

Can you believe it’s almost been 5 months since we started this Kickstarter and already so much has happened. And it’s only about 5 more months until all the illustrations are done and the book is finished!

Help Us To Help You (Survey):

If you are a parent or know parents, please help us to help you. Please click (send to your parent friends) on the link below, this survey should take a minute or less.https://usccollege.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3Q28OgEpJrjdgUJ

Illustrations:

Thanks to everyone who helped edit the book so now it is in its final written format and the only thing left to do is finish the illustrations. David has been busy drawing away to complete the artwork by the deadline.

PBS interview:

For those of you who donate to PBS you should be receiving a newsletter sometime in November that will be featuring me and our Kickstarter. Ted Libbey and I spoke about how PBS made such a large impact in my life growing up with shows like Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow that it made me want to give back to the organization. We vow to give a majority of the profits from the book to the PBS foundation so that they can continue to produce quality children’s programming. More about this to come!

Podcast:

Recently I was also interviewed by Entrepreneurs Today Podcast with Toni Guffei. It was a great experience that I was able to speak more about helping parents and children. if you are interested take a listen at http://entrepreneurtalkshow.podomatic.com/entry/2013-10-08T15_16_02-07_00.

Book Publishing Conference:

Last weekend I went to a book publishing workshop and learned a lot about the ins and outs of the publishing industry, set some partnerships and might now have a publisher for our book. A lot of it is still up in the air but it was a great learning experience and definitely helps us build momentum to our project.

As always if you have any questions or comments let us know. Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend!

Michael

P.S. sorry for the lack of pictures but it seems Kickstarter changed how you can add them.

Children’s Safety Network Creates Child Passenger Safety Infographic

Though child passenger fatalities have decreased, motor vehicle-related injuries are still a leading cause of death for children. Proper use of child restraints can significantly reduce the risk of injury and death for children. Unfortunately, many child restraints are used incorrectly. This infographic has information on risk factors, child restraint use and misuse, and more.

 

Provided by http://www.childrenssafetynetwork.org/publications/child-passenger-safety-infographic

New York Times Shows United States Lagging in Skills

A study of basic skills among people ages 16 to 65 showed that the United States is behind other countries in basic math skills and working with technology, and is roughly in the middle of the pack in literacy.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

See it at http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/10/07/us/united-states-lagging-in-skills.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

Slate Says Schools Need To Train Attention + 1 Attention Strategy

Slate’s Barry Schwartz recently wrote an article about how schools must train students to pay attention you can read his whole article about it here.  I agree that the ability to focus attention is a skill and should be increased in order to allow our students to be more successful.

There are numerous techniques to improve ones own attention, what do you think is a simple strategy you can use to improve your attention?  One simple strategy is to create questions.

Questions hook the mind and your mind immediately wants to find the answer.  How can you use this?  You can control your own focus by creating questions about what you should be focusing on so that your mind will try to find the answer.  Teachers and parents often model this behavior by verbalizing questions to show their thought process.

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If you work full-time in a public service job, you may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

What is the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program?

The PSLF Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full time by certain public service employers.

 


What must I do to have any remaining balances on my Direct Loans forgiven under the PSLF Program?

  • You must make 120 on-time, full, scheduled, monthly payments on your Direct Loans. Only payments made after October 1, 2007 qualify.
  • You must make those payments under a qualifying repayment plan.
  • When you make each of those payments, you must be working full-time at a qualifying public service organization.

 

For more information go to: http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/charts/public-service

KPCC Website Shows the California Schools API Results

See the results on: http://projects.scpr.org/static/databases/2013-api-scores-by-school/

“Results released Thursday show California schools dropped two points over 2012, but the Los Angeles Unified School District bucked the trend, according to the state Department of Education. L.A. Unified – the state’s largest district – jumped three points from 746 to 749. The state’s Academic Performance Index ranks schools largely based on test scores and high school exit exams, giving grades of between 200 and 1,000. Overall, California schools dropped from 791 to 789. The state goal for all schools is 800. Taken together, districts in both Los Angeles and Orange counties dropped six points. In the Inland Empire, districts in Riverside county overall dropped three points and San Bernardino dropped five. Ventura was a bright spot. Districts there, on average, jumped seven points.”

 

A New Online Masters For $7,000

The Georgia Institute of Technology rocked the higher education world when it announced plans to offer a fully online master’s degree in computer science for roughly one-seventh the price of its on-campus equivalent – less than $7,000.

The Georgia Institute of Technology, Udacity and AT&T have teamed up to offer the first accredited Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS) that students can earn exclusively through the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) delivery format and for a fraction of the cost of traditional, on-campus programs.  The OMS CS program will begin accepting student applications to matriculate in Fall 2014

For more information see: http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-the-7000-masters-degree-thats-scaring-colleges-2013-8