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6: Making Earned Income Tax Credits Work for Workers

Wade Rathke Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

There are programs that are designed to increase income and security for working and other families at the bottom of the ladder. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working families is certainly the most popular, and perhaps the most effective, of these programs, but some other income maintenance and support programs still exist for low-income families.

But despite the intentions of such programs, there paradoxically continues to be a significant income gap that translates into families being poorer than they should be and available dollars being unspent to address the issues of income and wealth. Without full participation of all eligible families in these programs we are not taking advantage of existing authorizations and appropriations, and programs are missing the benchmarks of success that they should achieve. Borrowing a term from Lyndon Johnson’s time, we need to join in a campaign to achieve maximum eligible participation where all families entitled to income support benefits actually receive them. (We will focus on this campaign at more length in Chapter 9.)

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Examining Preservice Teachers’ Applied Learning Experiences in the Teacher Education Done Differently Project

Teacher Education and Practice R&L Education ePub



ABSTRACT: Reviews have criticized universities for not embedding sufficient praxis for preparing preservice teachers for the profession. The Teacher Education Done Differently project explored praxis development for preservice teachers within existing university coursework. This mixed-method investigation involved an analysis of multiple case studies with preservice teacher involvement in university programs—namely, Ed Start for Field Experiences 1 (n = 26), 3 (n = 23), and 4 (n = 12); Move It, Use It (health and physical education program; n = 38), Studies of Society and Its Environment (n = 24), and Science in Schools (n = 38). The project included preservice teachers teaching primary students at the campus site in gifted education (the B-GR8 program; n = 22). The percentage range for preservice teacher agreement of their praxis development leading up to Field Experiences 1, 3, and 4 was between 91% and 100%, with a high mean score range (4.26–5.00). Other university units had similar findings, except for Studies of Society and its Environment (percentage range, 10%–86%; M = 2.33–4.00, SD = 0.55–1.32). Qualitative data presented an understanding of the praxis development leading to the conclusion that additional applied learning experiences as lead-up days for field experiences and as avenues for exploring the teaching of specific subject areas presented opportunities for enhancing praxis.

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Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub


Hackescher Markt | Hauptbahnhof | Oranienburger Tor | Torstrasse

For more detail of this area, see Offline map and Offline map

Coming to grips with the absurdity of a divided city at the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Click here ), Germany’s central memorial to the victims of the Berlin Wall.

Glimpsing high drama, abstract mind-benders and glowing colour among the contemporary artworks at Sammlung Boros (Click here ).

Exploring idiosyncratic shops, galleries and cafes in the charismatic maze of the Hackesche Höfe ( Click here ).

Swinging your legs to salsa, tango, ballroom, waltz and swing at the grand retro ballroom Clärchens Ballhaus or, in summer, at Strandbar Mitte (Click here ).

Sizing yourself up next to giant dinos at Berlin’s own Jurassic Park, the Museum für Naturkunde (Click here ).

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2. Building an Awesome Team Culture

Brian W. Fitzpatrick O'Reilly Media ePub

Team cultures are incredibly varied and reflect a wide range of values and priorities. Some promote team success, and others promote team failure on a grand scale. However, even among the cultures that lead to successful teams, some are incredibly efficient and focus the majority of your teams effort on writing software, while others provide a great deal of distraction from the task at hand. In this chapter well talk about culture, with a strong focus on various communication techniques that contribute to success. Well identify how these techniques can be used to write software more efficiently with a team of great engineers.

When you hear the word culture, your thoughts typically wander to either an evening at the opera or the dish of jelly growing bacteria that you had back in high school biology. It turns out that engineering team culture isnt all that different from the latter.

If youve ever had a really delicious piece of sourdough bread and took the time to hunt down the person who baked it, you would find that the key ingredient to the bread is a starter containing yeast and lactobacillus bacteria living on a diet of flour and water. The yeast is what makes the bread rise, and the bacterium is what gives the bread that amazing tangy, sour flavor. However, not all lactobacillus strains are alike, and some create a more desirable flavor than others, so when a baker finds a starter (i.e., a bacteria culture/yeast mixture) that gives a really great sourdough flavor, shell take care to maintain and grow the same bacterial culture by adding more flour and water to it. Shell then take small amounts of the starter and inoculate the ingredients for a loaf of bread, and voil, shes got a great loaf of sourdough! This works because the culture in the starter not only creates the taste that she wants, but is strong enough to overtake any other wild strains of yeast or bacteria that might be in the bread ingredients or the air of the bakery.

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11. Getting to the Web

Sharon Crawford O'Reilly Media ePub

For millions of people, using the Internet is one of the most important functions of a PC. Few computer features have the potential to change your life as profoundly as the World Wide Web and email.

To join the Internet party already in progress, you need three components: a connection, such as a modem, cable modem, DSL, or corporate network; an Internet account; and Internet software, such as a Web browser or email program. This chapter guides you through setting up your computer for Internet access, and then shows you how to use Internet Explorer to find your way around the Web.

Microsoft constantly improves and updates Internet Explorer. Windows 2000 comes with version 5.01, but that version has been succeeded by Internet Explorer 5.5 (or an even later version). Use the Windows Update tool (see Section 3.11) to upgrade your version to the latest available.

While you're at it, you may want to install the free software component called Windows 2000 High Encryption Update. Doing so not only adds a few features to your browser, but also improves the security and stability of your system.

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