Middlebury Interactive Languages names Jane Swift CEO

first_imgMiddlebury Interactive Languages (MIL), the premier provider of world language instruction for K-12 students, has named former Massachusetts Governor and national education leader Jane Swift as CEO. Swift brings more than two decades of leadership in education technology, public policy and administration to MIL, a joint venture of Middlebury College, renowned for its world language programs, and K12 Inc., the nation’s largest provider of curriculum and online education for K-12 students.‘Learning a world language is important for students in many ways, but of greatest concern is the reality that America is falling behind other nations in preparing students with the language proficiency needed to compete in the global economy,’ said Swift. ‘It really excites me that MIL has the potential to transform how we teach and learn languages and better connect us to the rest of the world. I am delighted to work with such a great team to help more students gain the 21st Century skill of world language.’Founded in 2010, MIL offers a rich portfolio of world language products, both online and in brick-and-mortar schools, using language immersion as well as other techniques to accommodate different learning styles. By leveraging the online tools and reach of K12 and Middlebury College’s century of excellence in world language instruction, MIL provides proven and cost-effective world language programs for students, teachers and school districts across the country. As a result, MIL is well positioned to help reverse the alarming trend of public schools dropping world language programs due to budget cuts.Swift is also a Distinguished Lecturer of Leadership Studies at Williams College, where she has taught a class on leadership in politics for the past three years. Prior to MIL, Swift served as the Senior Vice President of Government Solutions and Strategy for ConnectEDU, a Boston-based private education technology company focusing on student college and career transitions. She also served as a General Partner at Arcadia Partners in Boston, a national education venture capital firm, and founder of WNP Consulting, an educational consultancy with clients across the country.‘With a leader of Jane Swift’s stature at the helm, we’re confident that Middlebury Interactive Languages will set a new standard in the world language learning industry across the nation,’ said Ron Packard, founder and Chief Executive Officer of K12 Inc. ‘The need for strong world language skills is critical in today’s 21st Century global economy, and Jane’s deep understanding of K12’s virtual school model and her proven record as an education leader will help MIL reach more students across the country.”MIL is leading the way to support world language proficiency as a critical core skill for all students. Better communication skills, along with cultural awareness obtained through world language study empower pre-college students entering a competitive and increasingly global workforce. Additional academic benefits to second language acquisition include improved cognitive abilities, better memory, and higher academic achievement. In fact, according to the College Board, students who completed at least four years of foreign-language study scored more than 100 points higher on each section of the SAT than students who took a half year or less.‘We are delighted to have Jane join us on this important educational initiative,’ said Ronald D. Liebowitz, President of Middlebury College. ‘World language opportunities for primary and secondary school students in this country are declining due to financial pressures, yet the need has never been more important to our nation’s global competitiveness and to each student’s future success. Jane’s leadership can help expand the reach and effectiveness of Middlebury’s renowned language immersion methodology, bringing both global culture and communication to an even wider audience of young students.”While serving as a public official for more than a decade, Swift made ensuring excellence in every Massachusetts school her top priority. As a three-term state Senator, Swift assisted in drafting the landmark 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act. As Governor from April 2001 to January 2003 she implemented many of the critical components of the new law. She also implemented sweeping changes in the Massachusetts public schools, which have been consistently ranked among the best in the nation. Recognizing the gains made under Swift’s watch, the U.S. Department of Education in January 2003 declared Massachusetts schools a national model.Swift, who has received seven honorary degrees, received a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Trinity College, in Hartford, Connecticut. During college, Swift spent a term abroad in Rome, Italy, where she was immersed in the local culture and became conversational in Italian, a language which she had heard regularly growing up when visiting her grandmother’s home. Her daughters are currently engaged in learning world language as well, and have been studying online with the Powerspeak12 program for the past three years.A native of North Adams, Massachusetts, Swift resides with her husband, Chuck Hunt, and their three daughters in Williamstown, Massachusetts.About Middlebury Interactive LanguagesMiddlebury Interactive Languages (MIL) is the premier academic leader in world language instruction for K-12 students. A joint venture of Middlebury College and K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), MIL is a national leader in providing greater access to superior world language programs and a key contributor to the success of digital learning initiatives to provide students with the skills they need to be competitive in a 21st Century global marketplace.Middlebury Interactive Languages offers a portfolio of world language products as a total solution, both online and in brick-and-mortar schools, using academic teaching methods to meet national ACTFL standards. Products include the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy, a full-immersion summer residency program; Middlebury Interactive courses, intensive online coursework for high schools offering Middlebury immersion; Powerspeak12 robust online language focus courses for grades 3-12; Avant STAMP assessment; and MIL Professional Development.  MIDDLEBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–last_img read more

World Cup preview: France vs Argentina

first_imgArgentina are looking to put their tricky World Cup start behind them against 1998 winners France in the last 16 on Saturday.A 1-1 draw with minnows Iceland and a humbling 3-0 defeat to Croatia left the 2014 finalists on the verge of elimination, but a 2-1 win over Nigeria saw Argentina through in second place.Jorge Sampaoli’s position was reportedly in doubt before that crucial Nigeria victory, but the Argentina coach is now looking forward to playing 1998 winners France in the last-16.”We are going to play against a team with great individual players,” Sampaoli said. “They are among the very best contenders and we will need to be very consistent to come out on top of a very difficult match.”After Argentina’s victory over Nigeria, Sampaoli headed to the dressing room without celebrating alongside his players, but Lionel Messi went over to hug his coach before he departed in a show of unity with the under-fire manager.”Leo’s gesture with me makes me proud. He knows all the passion I put into everything I do,” Sampaoli said. “We share the dream of coming to Russia to achieve something important for Argentina.” Much has been made of Messi’s influence on the Argentina side, but France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rejected suggestions they were a one-man outfit.He said: “There is so much expectation around Messi, which I think is normal, but still I think the Argentina team has a lot to show.”They have had difficult times and still have been able to qualify. I am sure they will feel like going much further in the competition, they have won the World Cup before.”This is going to be a big match, and a difficult one, we are going to have to step up our level.”Team newsBenjamin Mendy will miss out for France through injury, having come off the bench in their dead rubber with Denmark last time out. There are no new concerns for Argentina, who could name the same side that beat Nigeria to qualify for the last-16.Opta stats France and Argentina will be facing each other for the 12th time. The South Americans hold the upper hand with six wins to two (D3), keeping a clean sheet in eight of their previous 11 encounters with the French.Argentina have won their two World Cup encounters with France, back in 1930 (1-0) and 1978 (2-1). On both occasions, they reached the final, losing it in 1930 and winning in 1978.The last South American team to beat France at the World Cup were Argentina in 1978. Since then, France are unbeaten in eight World Cup fixtures against CONMEBOL opposition (W4 D4).Argentina have gone past the first round for the 12th time in their last 13 World Cup appearances, the only exception coming in 2002. Their last four knockout games in the tournament have produced only three goals (2 goals for, 1 against).Since the introduction of the round of 16 in 1986, France have always made it past that stage whenever they’ve reached it (1986, 1998, 2006, 2014).Messi has never scored in the knockout stages of the World Cup: 666 minutes, 0 goals. He is the last Argentinean player to score against France, back in February 2009 in a friendly (2-0).Lionel Messi is the third Argentinian player to have scored in three different World Cup tournaments, alongside Diego Maradona (1982, 1986, 1994) and Gabriel Batistuta (1994, 1998, 2002).France’s Olivier Giroud has failed to score in his last 357 minutes at World Cup/Euro, his longest drought at major tournaments, with his last goal dating back to the Euro 2016 quarter-final against Iceland. He’s yet to register a shot on target at this year’s World Cup, having spent 200 minutes on the pitch. The will be live on Joy FM. See our live commentary schedule here —last_img read more

Lindsey Blansett charged with first degree murder

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lindsey Blansett, 33, of Wellington has been charged with first degree murder – an off grid felony Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer announced tonight.Her bond has been set at $500,000.According to the court complaint, it states:“Lindsey Blansett has been charged on Dec. 14 with unlawfully, intentionally, and with premeditation kill a human being to wit her son Caleb Blansett, 10 years old, who had gone to bed.“Lindsey Blansett decided that Caleb Blansett’s life would be full of suffering and it would be better for him to go to heaven tonight so she took a rock and a knife into the bedroom and struck him with rock and stabbed him with a knife multiple times until he was dead.” Spencer would not comment in further details. He said charges were filed based on Wellington Police Department’s head investigator’s report.Her first court appearance is set for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Sumner County District Court with judge Scott McQuin residing.“I do not anticipate she will have enough money to make bond,” Spencer said.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (13) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +10 Vote up Vote down concerned mother · 295 weeks ago Did Caleb have any medical problems or why would his life be full of suffering? Report Reply 2 replies · active 295 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down halfokiegirl · 295 weeks ago OMG how sad. If she didn’t want or couldnt care for the child someone would have! God bless this poor baby. Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down former cc resident · 295 weeks ago Disgusting!!! How someone could do that to any child let alone one you gave birth to is absolutely horrible! Someone some where would have cared and loved that boy! Rip sweet caleb Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down evelyn rose · 295 weeks ago I don’t understand how a person can kill a child he was such a good boy and a friend to my grandson he will b missed we love u kaib Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down Monty Schmitz · 295 weeks ago Why should we speculate this case? We should, instead, be praying for her and especially the remaining family. Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 295 weeks ago An eye for an eye. Nobody deserves to suffer even her but somebody will take justice into their own hands. Maybe now the cops will stop messing with innocent people and actually get some of those problematic drugs out of town. Everybody knows meth is a problem there so why doesn’t someone do something about it. Remember that Olivas murder (meth) this one (meth) how many more innocent people have to die? You never know people any of you can be next and not even know it. I pray for Caleb and his family during this incredibly sad time. All of his friends although grieving should look at the power of what drugs can do to a family, a community and to someone you care about. Report Reply 1 reply · active 295 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down CrusaderCountry · 295 weeks ago Thirsty – Nowhere does it say that drugs were involved. All of the facts in the case have yet to come to light. Please stop spreading unfounded rumors. It is disrespectful to the family. Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down little bits · 295 weeks ago The first report stated no drugs were found. Sounds like a mental incompetency defense. How sad for the entire family. Can you imagine being the mother, father, sister or brother of the accused? Devastating ordeal for everyone involved. Sending prayers to the family. Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Ashley Kraus · 295 weeks ago My name is Ashley Kraus Clint was my uncle and we have set up a GoFundMe page for funeral costs and we would love any of your help or even just prayers. If you have any questions you can contact me via Facebook my email is [email protected] thank you http://www.gofundme.com/j08jw8 Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down WatchingEyes · 295 weeks ago Shame on our system! RIP Caleb.. and I hope her daughter and that her Ex-Hubby finds peace and justice in this time of sorrow. Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. 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Babies, Kids and More at The Gift Gallery

first_imgSubmitted By Kaylene Fischer for The Gift Gallery, LLCTutus from Rhea Rhea’s BowtiqueDid you know that The Gift Gallery carries children’s items? People may often think of our store as only for certain occasions or ages. But did you know that we carry everyday items, as well as seasonal? So whether you’re in need of a gift for a special occasion, or just browsing for something you may like for yourself, The Gift Gallery is the place to find it.We have two new vendors that we are really excited to tell you about. We welcome Denise Beechler with her baby blankets, sock monkeys, bears and horses. These stuffed animals you won’t want to miss out on.We also welcome Ashley Taylor with her Rhea Rhea’s Bowtique. She makes tutu dresses, tutus, bows and headbands for girls ages Newborn to 5 years old. Her tutus and bows are the cutest around! If you are a Seahawks fan, you’ll love the Seahawk tutu dress with headband. Your little girls are sure to love everything in her booth!There are also a few other vendors that have been with us for awhile that carry children’s items.  The Sewster Sisters make beautiful, soft baby quilts. These quilts are colorful, two-sided and made for boy, girl or either.Stinger Stitches makes the best quality burp cloths with a unique design that you won’t find in any local store. They are so reasonably priced, you won’t believe it. There are bibs and receiving blankets to match.We have Crochet by Erica G. with her cute and colorful crocheted baby items. She has booties, mittens, animals and more. We also have Joan Cross who knits baby sweater-sets that come with hats and booties.Denise Beechler creates baby blankets, sock monkeys, bears, horses and more.Theresa Chace embroiders a variety of items and she features the grandfather pillow. If you have a flannel or dress shirt that you would like made into a pillow as a keepsake, she will personalize it for you with a really neat poem.The Krafty Krew can knit and crochet just about anything you want, but they specialize in their cloth diaper covers. These are such a neat idea! They come in different colors and sizes, they even include the cloth diaper. There are even all-in-one pants that you just throw right in the wash. Tired of spending hundreds of dollars on disposable diapers? You can’t beat these ladies prices!The Gift Gallery itself features a wonderful line of CuddleBarn. These are animated stuffed animals that dance and sing. We also have teddy bears that change color and Mother Goose that tells 5 different nursery rhymes. Our antique and collectibles section carries children’s items as well. They have dolls, books and more.Come see us today, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what treasure you may find!You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and our website. Facebook41Tweet0Pin0last_img read more