• Jobs

    Job searches spike in states ending unemployment checks: report

    Workers in states that are scrapping the extra $300 a week in federal unemployment benefits started searching for jobs on the day their states announced the moves, according to a new report. On the day states said they would end the checks — which critics say are making it hard for businesses to hire workers as they struggle to recover from the pandemic — clicks for job postings spiked by 5 percent, compared to the last two weeks of April, according to a Friday report from Indeed.com. From announcement day to three days later, the states in which benefits are ending early received a 3 to 4 percent boost in…

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  • Science

    Can we untangle ecology from its colonial biases?

    Scientists from a range of disciplines and institutions have been grappling with the violent colonial legacies embedded within Western science. From archaeology to public health to natural history, efforts focused around naming and unwinding those legacies have flourished, particularly in the wake of last year’s racial justice uprisings.  A new paper in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution offers some steps that ecologists, in particular, can take to begin unraveling the colonial systems and perspectives that pervade academia.   “Ecology, like most scientific disciplines that exist in the world today, comes out of the history of universities that were founded in colonization,” says coauthor Jess Auerbach, an anthropologist at North-West…

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  • Home Schooling

    six lessons parents can take from pandemic homeschooling

    Now that children in the UK are back to school, parents have the opportunity to reflect on what can be learned from lockdown homeschooling. Or as some rightly took to calling it, crisis schooling. New research we have conducted examines parents’ experiences of homeschooling – and what made their stress better or worse – during the first lockdown in England. A total of 323 parents completed a quantitative online survey between May 1 and July 24 2020. We found that although most parents reported feeling stressed, some had used effective coping mechanisms, which improved their wellbeing. Those who were the most stressed reported not enjoying homeschooling their children and felt…

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  • Exchange Student

    Julian Hoss, Germany exchange student, new family, school, friends

    What Julian Hoss knew about West Virginia before coming here as an exchange student can be summed up in two words, “Country Roads.” “That’s all I really had ever heard about this state,” Hoss said. “I did know the governor’s name and the state capitol. But I came here with no real idea what to expect.” Hoss, who lives in western Germany, said his father encouraged him to sign up with the International Cultural Exchange Service (ICES) which matches students with families. “I had never really tried anything so different from my daily life,” he said. “Others in the program said I’d end up making new friends and gain a…

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  • Online School

    G2S launches online school store May 26 | Community

    SCOTTVILLE — Gateway to Success Academy will launch its first-ever online school store from its website, with student-made products as well as apparel and other gear featuring the school’s logo and mascot. The store is scheduled to open on Wednesday, May 26 with special Market Day products available through June 1. Proceeds will benefit class projects and student experiences. G2S is a free public charter school open to all sixth- through 12th-grade students. The school’s instructional model is project-based learning, which teaches curriculum through hands-on projects and experiences. “Your purchase doesn’t just show that you bought something, it shows that you are supportive of what students are doing here and…

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  • Education

    Brian K. Ashton is the new president of BYU-Pathway Worldwide

    Brian K. Ashton will become the second president of fast-growing BYU-Pathway Worldwide, headquartered in Salt Lake City. He will succeed Elder Clark G. Gilbert, who will be the new commissioner of education for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to a news release issued Wednesday. Both appointments begin Aug. 1 and were made by the church’s Board of Education, which includes the First Presidency. Ashton has been working for his longtime friend Elder Gilbert as field operations vice president at BYU–PW, which has more than 51,000 students in over 150 countries. His role included oversight for the global efforts of 2,500 Pathway Connect service missionaries. The Board…

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  • Jobs

    Why it’s so hard to fill jobs in certain states

    Janney Montgomery Scott chief investment strategist Mark Luschini says current state of the economy is ‘indicative’ of ‘very strong’ growth The labor-market recovery after the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdowns is playing out unevenly across the U.S., from states where there are five openings for every unemployed worker to several where historically high jobless rates persist. In some regions, including less populated areas that imposed fewer Covid-19 restrictions — states such as Utah and the Dakotas — the labor market is red hot, with many employers struggling to fill open jobs. Elsewhere, including in urban areas and tourist hubs that have been slower to ease restrictions — such as New…

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