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5 Opportunities in Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

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When it comes to jobs in the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security career cluster, many positions depend on work experience more than education. Several Premier High Schools, located in areas where there is a high demand for workers in law, public safety, corrections and security related positions, offer a Career & Technical Education (CTE) pathway that offers the hands-on experience employers are looking for. If you are interested in a job in this sector, gaining experience in  a CTE program can help you get ahead in pursuing the career of your choice.

Below is a sampling of jobs in the area of law, public safety, corrections and security.

  1. Crossing Guard
  2. Transit and Railroad Police
  3. First-Line  Supervisor of Police and Detectives  
  4. Judicial Law Clerk
  5. Lawyer

Crossing Guard

  • Job Description: Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites.
  • Growth: 14%
  • Average Wage: $20,127
  • Openings: 115
  • Education: Requires short-term on-the-job training. Most employees have at least a high school diploma or better.

Transit and Railroad Police

  • Job Description: Protect and police railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers.
  • Growth: 16%
  • Average Wage: $50,509
  • Openings: 25
  • Education: Requires long-term on-the-job training. Most employees have some college.

First-Line  Supervisor of Police and Detectives

  • Job Description: Supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.
  • Growth: 16%
  • Average Wage: $81,483
  • Openings: 255
  • Education: Requires work experience in a related occupation. Most employees have some college.

Judicial Law Clerk

  • Job Description: Assist judges in court by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
  • Growth: 18%
  • Average Wage: $42,153
  • Openings: 10
  • Education: Requires a bachelor’s degree. Most employees have a college degree.

Lawyer

  • Job Description: Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, and manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
  • Growth: 22%
  • Average Wage: $134,202
  • Openings: 1,865
  • Education: Requires doctoral/first professional degree. Most employees have a four-year college degree or better.

The information provided about a sampling of occupations within law, public safety, corrections and security is taken from the Texas Workforce Commission and provides averages that can vary with location and time spent working. When looking at a job, understanding the education level need, growth and openings will determine the wage and eligibility. Growth in an industry often means there are more opportunities for students. The number of openings can determine the wage. Even if a job does not require extensive education, but has few openings, the job can be more competitive and pay a higher wage. For more information, visit Achieve Texas’ Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Magazine.

While only five occupations are highlighted here, students can find more information at America’s Career InfoNetCompetency Model ClearinghouseOccupational Information Network, and the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

A Parent’s Guide to Summer Reading

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Keeping up reading during the summer has an impact on academic performance during the school year. Encouraging students to read by making it a natural part of the summer is a great way to help students become lifelong learners. Below are a few suggestions on how to incorporate reading into your child’s daily activities and also some questions to help students think deeply about what they are reading.

Reading is Fun

  • Act out a scene from the book.
  • Draw a picture of your favorite part of the book to decorate the refrigerator.
  • Write a review of the book or write a letter to the author.
  • Read aloud together as a family.
  • Make weekly visits to the library.
  • Always keep a book in the car.
  • Watch a movie with the subtitles on.

Questions to Guide Your Child’s Reading

Thinking while reading, rather than passively reading will help children develop into active readers who are well equipped to discuss literature in class. It can also help improve their writing skills. Here are some questions to ask your child before, while and after they read a book.

Before Reading:

  • Looking at the title, cover and illustrations/pictures, what do you think will happen in the book?
  • What makes you think that?
  • What characters do you think might be in the book?
  • Do you think there will be a problem in the story? What? Why?
  • What do you already know about the topic of this book?
  • Does the topic or story relate to you or your family? How?
  • Do you think it will be like any other book you’ve read? If so, which one, and how do you think it will be similar?

During Reading:

  • What has happened so far in the story? Can you tell me using sequence words (first, then, next, after, finally, etc.)
  • What do you predict will happen next?
  • How do you think the story will end?
  • Why do you think the characters have acted the way they have?
  • What would you have done if you were the character?
  • When you read, what pictures did you see in your head? How did you imagine what it looks like?
  • What are you wondering about as you read? What questions do you have?
  • Think about the predictions you made before reading: do you still think the story will go that way? Why or why not? How do you think it will go now?

After Reading:

  • Why is the title a good title for the book/story? If you had to give a different title, what would it be?
  • Were your predictions correct? Did you have to adjust your prediction as you read?
  • If there was a problem, did it get solved? How did the character try to solve the problem?
  • What happened because of the problem?
  • Did any of the characters change through the story? Who changed, and how did they change?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this?
  • What is the most important point that the author is trying to make in his/her writing?
  • What was your favorite part? Why?
  • If you could change one part, what would you change?
  • If you could ask the author a question, what would you ask?
  • Does this book remind you of another book you know? How is it similar or different?

The School Year is History. Now What?

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Summer break is here. Teachers, parents, and students are thinking about ways to enrich their summer festivities with learning. As stories from history can form great discussions in our everyday conversations, the goal is to allow students freedom of discovery, while at the same time encouraging content engagement. Below are some very simple, yet specific recommendations to help student learning as the warmth and welcome relaxation of the summer arrives.

  • Local library: Fun and free activities abound at one’s local public library. Many libraries in Texas have specific summer reading programs to encourage student literacy. Students may find that books on an historical era, event, or person provide excellent stories for consideration. Parents should ask students about their interests and whether something they learned in school continues to fascinate them. Remember that wonder and imagination are the beginnings of knowledge.
  • Family trips: Many families are able to travel during the summer break. One way to bring history to these family-fun-times is to plan ahead. Our great state of Texas has tons of historical places to visit—San Antonio, Houston, Austin, and Fort Worth, to name just a few. all offer places of historical significance. Make an activity out of it. Sometimes a real gem is right off the road one is traveling. Using cities and towns as a text is not only fun, it helps reinforce the memory of events that occurred in those places.
  • Family tree projects: Perhaps families have men and women of historical significance in their own history. Our own stories are most interesting to us since they, in no small manner, shaped who we are today. Using one’s own family history is a way to engage student learning about the past while learning about where we came from.
  • Encourage conversation and dialogue: If we want students to learn and keep learning, we should encourage them to be inquisitive. If they see we are interested in their questions, they will be interested in learning more.
  • Historical Reenactments: There is nothing like seeing history come to life. See if there are any local historical reenactments or historical villages in your area.

Summer Art and Music

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ummer is an essential time to help your children develop  good habits beyond the classroom. Keeping a routine is vital. Making some time, even if it is just one day a week, to spend enjoying the arts together will help establish a love for learning. It will inspire children and help lay a foundation for them to have a greater understanding of classical ideas as it unfolds in their education. ResponsiveEd’s Director of Classical Methodology Adrienne Freas provides some suggestions for how to guide summer art and music.

Art

How to study a picture:

  • Read a short biographical sketch about the artist.
  • Observe the picture carefully for two to three minutes.
  • Get a first impression, then look in a circular direction for details.
  • Focus on colors, textures, mood, weather.
  • What do you think is going on in the picture?
  • Draw the picture in your mind with words to be able to tell someone about it.

How to discuss a picture:

  • What did you notice?
  • Tell me about the colors.
  • What do you think is happening in this picture?
  • “Where is the light coming from?”
  • What would you hear if this painting came to life?
  • Since this painting captures a moment in time, what do you think happens next?
  • Can you relate to this picture? How?

Music

Many people are exposed to classical works of music without being aware of it. It is often playing as background music or is used in advertisements. By helping children understand the context and meaning behind classical works of music, you can help them appreciate great works of art. Below are a few suggestions and resources for how to incorporate music into your summer.

  • Go to concerts, but make it fun. There are often free concerts in the summer. Have a picnic to stay entertained while listening.
  • Watch movies or read books about the composers.
  • Research the instruments that are used to make the music.
  • Listen to a part of a classic work and play who can name the song and composer.
  • Listen to Classics for Kids to learn about different composers and the elements of their music.

Family Fun Games:

From museums to concerts, there are many opportunities to expose your children to art and music. Below is a short list. Click this link for a more detailed list of opportunities in the DFW, Houston and Austin areas. Some are free.

“Character education: as important as academics?”

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In the words of a famous dialogue found in the “Laws” by Plato, “but if you ask what is the good of education in general, the answer is easy, that education makes good men, and good men act nobly.” At ResponsiveEd schools, we also believe that the goal of education is to produce not only strong academics but also virtuous students who act nobly.

As many schools have increasingly recognized, individuals of character and virtue are essential for the flourishing of society. In the article “Character Education: As Important as Academics,” the author addresses recent increases in the frequency of  violence at schools and the role such disturbances plays in refocusing schools on teaching character.

Many schools have come to the conclusion that promoting  character education results in a  more safer and more positive school environment, deeply dedicated students with strong academic habits, a reduction in discipline problems and—ultimately—good citizens. Bullying, disrespect, cheating, tardiness, vandalism, profanity and drug abuse are less prevalent where good character is actively reinforced. Without the distractions of bad behavior, teachers and students are able to focus on developing the discipline and habits that foster learning.

ResponsiveEd’s classical schools’ focus on the Good, the True, and the Beautiful through a classical curriculum. The natural outcome of this curriculum is students who understand and appreciate virtue. Virtue is primarily taught at the schools through the great literature and history of the classical curriculum as well as through the example of great teachers.

With a strong history and literature curriculum that exposes students to great heroes and villains, great teachers can also guide questions of about big ideas that challenge students to strive for excellence in both academics and behavior. It naturally leads to questions such as: What is justice? What does it mean to be a good person when no one is looking?

In addition to a curriculum steeped in virtue, many of ResponsiveEd’s classical schools have events and programs that reinforce virtue in thought as well as in action. ResponsiveEd sponsors a character program that emphasizes a different virtue in action each month. Several schools have launched a house system to encourages positive behavior. Founders Classical Academy of Lewisville most recent annual Bill of Rights Colloquium focused on the role character plays in safeguarding liberty.

Great teachers are instrumental to guiding all aspects of a child’s development: intellectual, emotional, social and ethical. Great teachers understand the value of high character and cultivate a classroom environment in which it can prosper. If you’re an educator or subject matter expert interested in sharing the rewards of virtuous behavior with students in a unique charter school setting, apply to be a ResponsiveEd teacher today.

Click here to read GreatSchools’ essay “Character education: as important as academics?

Figuring Out How to Excel in Mathematics

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Starting the year off right in mathematics is important because mathematical concepts build on each other. ResponsiveEd’s academic team has some tips for starting off the school year so that students build a strong mathematics foundation.

  • Always have notes from class, a textbook or other resources right next to the homework. If your children get stuck, they are likely to find a similar problem in one of these resources that can help them move forward.
  • Ensure students takes responsibility for their own learning by finding assistance independently; the ability to access help on their own is essential for student success in all areas of academics.
  • Never give children the answers to problems. By giving away answers, you are depriving your children of the chance to develop the mental processes required to learn a new concept. No parent enjoys seeing their children struggle, but providing answers could set them up for frustration when they have to tackle more difficult problems and might even stunt their progress as classmates move to more advanced lessons. Furthermore, your children’s teachers will not be able to address the misconceptions or areas of weakness that should be targeted in school if homework assignments do not reflect the students’ level of understanding.
  • Encourage your children to underline or highlight key words or phrases in situational problems, as these often help students set up a solution.
  • Realize that your children may struggle with abstract concepts if their brains are not quite ready to reason at an abstract level. Your children’s brains will mature in time, and success in math class is likely to accompany this development.
  • If your children are frustrated by mathematics, show them how to focus on concepts rather than procedural knowledge. This might help some students approach and solve problems in a different way—one that makes more sense to them. For instance, ask your children to explain one problem in their assignment each night. If possible, choose one that incorporates both words and computation. If your children are simply reciting step-by-step instructions, encourage them to elaborate by asking questions focusing on the “why” of the problem.

How to Make English, Language Arts, Reading and Foreign Languages a Breeze

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Starting the school year off on the right foot helps the rest of the school year to go smoothly. ResponsiveEd’s foreign language and English language arts reading academic teams have compiled some suggestions for students and parents to help them stay on track this school year.

  1. Come to school every day. Missing classes can leave gaps in a student’s knowledge base that will make it difficult to build on prior knowledge.
  2. Be on time for every class. One of the simplest ways to prevent knowledge gaps is to avoid missing out on important information.
  3. Establish a routine. School can be stressful, but having a familiar routine helps students combat that stress.
  4. Make reading part of the family routine. Practice is important for learning. One way to have fun while reading is to have your children read aloud as someone prepares dinner.
  5. Make sure to read the syllabus and/or class rules very carefully. It is important, especially for the high school grade levels, to stay on track with assignments. Completing assignments as directed is one of the best ways to avoid missing out on easy grade points.
  6. Surround your child with books. Put books in the car and in every room of the house. The number of books in a home often indicates the reading levels a student will attain.
  7. Ask the teacher if you don’t understand something. A student doesn’t have to give up on learning because they feel defeated.
  8. Communicate with your child’s teachers. The school year is a busy time for families and teachers, but the best way to avoid miscommunication is to establish effective communication channels with your teachers.
  9. Complete all assignments that you are given. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it needs to be done completely. The purpose of assignments is to help you learn and to help your teachers know areas where they can help you improve.

5 Jobs in Arts, A/V Technology and Communications

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hen it comes to jobs in the Arts, A/V Technology and Communications career cluster, a range of diverse jobs exist. Many positions and salaries depend on work experiences more than education levels. Several Premier High Schools, located in areas where there is a high demand for workers in Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications offer a CTE pathway in Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications. If you are interested in a job in this sector, getting the advanced experience through a CTE program can help you get ahead in pursuing the career of your choice. For information about more Arts, A/V Technology and Communications jobs, follow this link.

  1. Librarian
  2. Broadcast Technician
  3. Radio & Television Announcer
  4. Photographer
  5. Set and Exhibit Designer

Librarian

  • Job Description: Administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, schools, colleges and universities, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, nonprofit organizations, and health-care providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloging, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers’ advisory services; and performing in-depth, strategic research.
  • Growth: 19%
  • Wage: $54,436
  • Openings: 430
  • Education: Master’s degree. The majority of employees have a four year degree or better.

Broadcast Technician

  • Job Description: Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate radio transmitter to broadcast radio and television programs.
  • Growth: 8%
  • Wage: $32,714
  • Openings: 60
  • Education: Associate’s degree. The majority of employees have some college.

Radio & Television Announcer

  • Job Description: Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.
  • Growth: 3%
  • Wage: $49,476
  • Openings: 55
  • Education: Long-term on-the-job-training. The majority of employees have a four-year college degree or better.

Photographer

  • Job Description: Photograph persons, subjects, merchandise, or other commercial products. May develop negatives and produce finished prints.
  • Growth: 7%
  • Wage: $32,568
  • Openings: 150
  • Education: Long-term on-the-job training. Most employees have a four-year college degree or better.

Set and Exhibit Designer

  • Job Description: Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as a theorist, designer, or inventor. Solve or develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware or software.
  • Growth: 15%
  • Wage: $42,399
  • Openings: 30
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree. Most employees have a four-year college degree or better.

While only five occupations are highlighted here, students can find more information at America’s Career InfoNetCompetency Model ClearinghouseOccupational Information Network, and the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Back to School Science Tips for Parents

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Getting ready for the school year can seem like a feat to tackle, but ResponsiveEd’s science academic team believes that, with five simple goals, parents will be sure to help their children feel more equipped to conquer the academic year. The following information highlights simple tips for parents to include at home that promote scientific growth and nurturing.

  • Healthy Meals

Nutritious, well-balanced meals can help the mind flourish as well as stimulate a healthy lifestyle for growing students. Encourage your child to eat a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, whole grains, and to stay hydrated throughout the day while limiting their sugar intake when selecting meals and snacks. Also, try to include your child in making meals for themselves and the family in order to promote healthy choices. For younger children, try making balanced meals into a game at the dinner table (see Play with Food: A Game Teaches Healthy Diets). Who says you shouldn’t play with your food?

  • Sleep Schedule

Having the right amount of sleep can make a child’s mind more receptive to learning and participating in class as well as impact their emotional and physical health. Summer vacation may have altered your family’s typical sleeping pattern. To gain back control from the summer and shift sleep cycles for the school year, start gradually having your child go to sleep 15 minutes earlier every night until they get to the appropriate bed time in which they will get eight to nine hours of quality sleep (the amount typically recommended). In addition, limit the usage of electronics and screen time before bedtime.  At least 60 minutes prior to bed, have children powerdown their devices so that they can power themselves down for the night and have more productive days.

  • Promoting Curiosity

Encouraging your child to question and to explore will foster success in science.  Lead enthusiastic conversations with your child at home about what they observe outside and what they see occurring at home. Children should explore the world around them and bring what they learn in science to life. Prompting your child to ask questions will help build confidence in class as well as develop skills on how to formulate questions and solve problems.

  • Science Journals

While having your child explore their own curiosities of the world, suggest to your child to create an observation journal for home. Recommend that learning is continuous and have your child make discoveries to share with the family while outside of school to develop lifelong learners as well as advance writing and reflective skills.

  • Scientific Events

Discuss one of this year’s amazing scientific events, the 2017 Solar Eclipse or landfall of Hurricane Harvey, with your child. Click on this link to see a calendar of upcoming astronomy events for this school year or click on this link to visit The Weather Channel online . Having your child incorporate scientific news into family conversations will help develop passion and build connections on concepts taught in class.