Monday, December 11, 2017

Notations On Our World (Special W-End Edition): On the Prowl Winding Down the Year........

As we wind down 2017, we wanted to report on some of the periodic outreach efforts we receive--this one from Senator Harris with her comments on the #IranDeal in response to an outreach by our Founder that he was good enough to share with us as part of our Commitment to "intelligent engagement" as we gear up for 2018:

December 8, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to contact me about your support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also referred to as the Iran nuclear deal. Americans are more secure when we pursue a policy of non-proliferation with our allies. We achieved this objective in 2015 when our government signed the JCPOA to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon through strong, verifiable, and long-term measures. In the two years since, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed that Iran remains in compliance with the agreement, which we must continue to ensure is vigorously enforced.
While the JCPOA is not perfect, it effectively has ensured that the international community can monitor, inspect, and verify Iran’s nuclear program, eliminate all pathways for Iran to a nuclear weapon, and ensure its nuclear energy program is used only for peaceful purposes.
The JCPOA is a multilateral agreement and all parties—including the United States—must uphold their end of the bargain. This is why I am concerned about the recent decision of the Trump administration to not certify the agreement, which alienates our country from our allies and creates uncertainty regarding the future of the agreement at a time when we’re facing a nuclear threat from North Korea.
Beyond the terms of the JCPOA, we must continue to work with our allies to ensure that Iran ends its support of international terrorism, violations of human rights, and testing of its ballistic missile program, which violates UN Security Council Resolution 2231. Despite Congress’ near-unanimous decision to pass sanctions against Iran in July of this year, I am still waiting for the administration to fully implement those sanctions. Going forward, I will continue to advocate that our policy toward Iran be deliberative, fact-based, and driven by the national security interests of the United States.
Thank you again for reaching out to me. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3553.


Kamala D. Harris
United States Senator

As we close out this special edition, please enjoy this "Thought 4 the Day":

“You will meet many types of people in your life.
You will meet delicate flowers,
raging oceans, quiet forests,
towering mountains and colorful skies.
You will meet thunderstorms,
you will meet lightning.
They will knock you down,
they will leave you breathless.
You will meet sunrises.
You will meet gardens.
They will give you light,
they will take you on adventures.
Explore them.
Get lost with them.
They all have something different to teach you.”~ Author Unknown

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Virtual Treat Celebrating The Holidays.....

Please enjoy this  courtesy of the Team at @Pandora  that we we would feature throughout our Properties during this joyous Holiday Season as it is also our hometown, Laguna Niguel's Holiday Parade:

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Notations On Our World (Special Thursday Edition): On Education.....

We attended the last Board meeting of the Capistrano Unified School District on December 6, 2017 as deliberations ensued about the challenges teachers face in light of the funding mechanism known as the Local Control Funding Formula.    It underscores the profound challenges faced by Public Education.

As California is our home state, we have a keen interest in all that happens here.  What happens in California always has National Implications.    Education is no exception as we are pleased to report on the latest on California Education courtesy of EdSource:

Podcast: This Week in California Education
This week we focus on Gov. Brown's push to establish a new online-only community college. His proposal has generated both interest and controversy. November 30 was the deadline for submitting alternative strategies to the governor for how to establish the online college he has in mind.

EdSource executive director Louis Freedberg talks with California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley about the online college, and the huge population of "stagnant workers" it is aimed at.

Also, Jory Hadsell, executive director of the Online Education Initiative of the California Community Colleges, talks about why online classes work better for several categories of students -- and the 700,000 community college students who are already taking online courses.

In a major development this coming week the California Department of Education is expected to finally release the California School Dashboard which has been under development for several years. EdSource Editor-At-Large John Fensterwald talks with Josh Daniels of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence about how the new support system will work.

Listen Now

Edsource was also "on the prowl" with this on the Local Control Funding Formula underscoring how Governor Brown had basically One Year to get it done or else with ideas to get it done:

Jerry Brown's dilemma: fix school funding formula now or watch others do it later
By John Fensterwald, EdSource

If he chooses, Gov. Jerry Brown can leave office a year from now with the satisfaction of seeing the Local Control Funding Formula, the sweeping school funding and improvement reform he championed, intact and fully funded — at least as the 2013 law defines full funding.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): On Virtual Education Platforms

As part of our broad objective to provide a platform for ideas and the latest that's out there, we are pleased to present this courtesy of the team at Desire2Learn--the company behind one of the leading Virtual Education Portals in the World adopted by leading educational institutions throughout the World:


Brightspace Update

See What’s New In Teaching & Learning This December

The Teaching & Learning Webinar Series is an excellent resource for educators to stay up to date on the latest best-practices, tips, and learning trends from our very own experts. Stay in the know and register for one of our upcoming webinar topics:
Register for a webinar 
A Checklist for Evaluating Time Flexibility in Online Courses
Research shows that time flexibility is the number one reason why students enroll in online courses. However, online learning is not inherently flexible; it needs to be designed that way. Our recent blog post—A Checklist for Evaluating Time Flexibility in Online Courses—looks at the most important factors to consider when designing your online course and how to incorporate flexibility at every turn.

Read the Post 
The Transition from Face-To-Face to Online Learning: Maintaining an Engaging Experience
Teaching face-to-face is a teaching style that we are all familiar (and comfortable) with.  But in today’s classroom, being able to teach fully online is a skill that some of us must adopt.  This article will provide you with some tips and tricks for taking a course from face-to-face to fully online without losing learner engagement and experience.

Read the Post 
Brightspace Feature Highlight: Tracking Learner Performance
Keeping track of your students’ progress and performance should be an easy task. With built-in learning analytics, Brightspace gives you the tools to track class progress, content completion, grades and more, so you can intervene when your students’ need help. See how Brightspace helps you spend less time making sense of learner data and more time helping students succeed.

Watch the Video 
Waterloo Area's Top Employers 2018
At D2L, we love working with our customers and helping to transform the way the world learns.  We also love working in general because our corporate culture is built from collaboration, innovation, and forward movement. Today, we are excited to announce that we have been recognized as one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2018)!

Here's Why 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Notations On Our World (Special Monday Edition): On Money Scams

We just received this at our Virtual Newsroom which we wanted to report on--members of our team have been impacted and we were able to recover but we view this as critical and we hope all are able to take advantage of this courtesy of the team at USA.GOV:

An infographic that explains how to see if you qualify and get a refund.

Learn How to Get Your Money Back!

Were you the victim of a scam that involved sending money using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017? If so, you can now ask for your money back. You have until February 12, 2018 to file your claim. See if you qualify and learn more about how you can get your money back.
See How to Get Your Refund

Friday, December 1, 2017

Notations From the Grid (Special Edition): As a New Month Dawns...

It is December here in our Properties.   Please enjoy this selection on leadership that was featured on this week's Face The Nation we hope all enjoy:

We also hope all enjoy these courtesy of the team at Global Citizen:

Global Citizen Stories
This Girl Just Defied the Odds to Top Her Exams in Kenya
Goldalyn Kakuya beat 1 million other children in the exams, sending a strong message to others who are discriminated against for their disabilities.
Why Justin Trudeau Got Choked Up During His Speech
The Canadian prime minister was issuing an apology to children taken from their families and forced into state schools when he got emotional.
Why We’re So Excited for This Royal Power Couple
Meghan Markle stands up for gender equality and Prince Harry advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness. And that’s just the start.
This Model Just Broke Records at a Miss USA Pageant
Mikayla Holmgren won awards, standing ovations, and people’s hearts at the Miss Minnesota USA pageant last weekend.
‘How Are People Supposed to Poop?’
These kids imagine what life would be like without toilets – and they're not taking any crap.
Children Are Literally Dying Without Toilets
Without waste treatment, poop ends up in drinking water. That can cause fatal health issues like diarrhea, which kills 1,400 children every single day.