Lake Union Floating Home / Vandeventer + Carlander Architects

first_img United States CopyHouses•Seattle, United States Photographs:   Ben BenschneiderText description provided by the architects. Continuing a long and distinguished history of floating homes in Seattle, this new floating home is located on Lake Union, in the heart of the city. Offering panoramic views south of downtown Seattle, Queen Anne Hill to the west, and Gas Works Park northward, this home takes full advantage of its location. The clients requested a contemporary home which would provide the spaces required for comfortable living and gracious entertaining. The final design strives to meet these performance needs in a house that transforms what could be a banal “box” into one with architectural integrity.Save this picture!©  Ben BenschneiderGiven a limited allowable footprint and the desire of the owner to maximize both interior living and outdoor entertaining spaces, the plan flips the typical residential model by locating public spaces on the upper level and private spaces on the entry level. This strategy allows for the consolidation of entertaining spaces in one large space on the upper level with direct access by circular stair to a rooftop deck. The design promotes flexibility of use and affords maximum exposure to views and light for the living areas. Save this picture!©  Ben BenschneiderThe massing of the house is an exercise in carving; the challenge was to meet the clients’ needs for space yet develop an envelope that is visually interesting and coherent. Various decks are recessed into the volume and changes in materials and surfaces provide accents that speak to differentiated interior uses. A translucent stair tower “knits” the two floors together and becomes a central visual element. Large sliding doors on the upper level open the interior to the exterior thereby enhancing the connection of living spaces to the surrounding lake. In bedrooms, the placement of glazed doors and windows was carefully considered to maximize views, to accentuate visual connections to the neighboring floating home community, and to provide natural light. Save this picture!©  Ben BenschneiderExterior materials were chosen for their aesthetic qualities and low maintenance. Aluminum panels cladding the entry level bathrooms complement the storefront windows on that floor. The upper level features rain screen cladding with fiber cement panels. These integrally colored panels complement the lighter toned Alaskan yellow cedar framed windows. The exterior composition is a direct reflection of internal uses. Save this picture!©  Ben BenschneiderInterior materials were carefully chosen to complement the owners’ furnishings and color palate. The selection of woods such as mahogany for entry level casework and zebrawood on upper level cabinets build on the clientsí rich and eclectic furniture collection. Light hued bamboo flooring and Alaskan yellow panels at walls and ceilings recede into the background allowing the stronger furnishing elements to come forward. Save this picture!©  Ben BenschneiderIn response to environmental concerns, the location and treatment of glazing promote passive heating and cooling while providing abundant natural light. Sun screens and overhangs provide effective summer shading. Efficient hydronic in-floor heating utilizes an energy efficient heat pump system and the fresh air ventilation system utilizes an energy saving heat exchanger.Save this picture!©  Ben BenschneiderProject gallerySee allShow lessCasa Mediterraneo / STLArticlesNew York Designs 2010: Call for submissionsArticles Share Photographs “COPY” Lake Union Floating Home / Vandeventer + Carlander ArchitectsSave this projectSaveLake Union Floating Home / Vandeventer + Carlander Architects Houses Lake Union Floating Home / Vandeventer + Carlander Architects “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/58850/lake-union-floating-home-vandeventer-carlander-architects Clipboard Year:  Projects Architects: Vandeventer + Carlander Architects Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2824 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/58850/lake-union-floating-home-vandeventer-carlander-architects Clipboard 2008 ArchDaily Save this picture!©  Ben Benschneider+ 20 Share CopyAbout this officeVandeventer + Carlander ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSeattleHousesUnited StatesPublished on May 08, 2010Cite: “Lake Union Floating Home / Vandeventer + Carlander Architects” 08 May 2010. 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Gaya House / Candida Tabet Arquitetura

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/930622/gaya-house-candida-tabet-arquitetura Clipboard Houses Arquitetos: Candida Tabet Arquitetura Area Area of this architecture project Projects Save this picture!© Fran Parente+ 31Curated by Matheus Pereira Share 2019 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/930622/gaya-house-candida-tabet-arquitetura Clipboard CopyAbout this officeCandida Tabet ArquiteturaOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBrazilPublished on December 23, 2019Cite: “Gaya House / Candida Tabet Arquitetura” [Casa Gaya / Candida Tabet Arquitetura] 23 Dec 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Gaya House / Candida Tabet Arquitetura “COPY” Photographs ArchDaily Year:  “COPY” Gaya House / Candida Tabet ArquiteturaSave this projectSaveGaya House / Candida Tabet Arquitetura Photographs:  Fran ParenteInteriors:Candida Tabet ArquiteturaContractor:Scalla EngenhariaElectrical:Pessoa & ZamaroConcrete Structures:BenedictsWood Structures:Orbital Estruturas de MadeiraHidraulics:Pessoa & ZamaroCity:AtibaiaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Fran ParenteRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40DoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. Casa Gaya proposes a fusion between the architecture, its interior and surroundings. The project explores the interaction between the house’s white sophisticated irregular volumes and the site´s impressive and special vegetation. The complex and detailed design suggested proposes a unique, discrete and minimalist house. To do so, our main strategy was to deconstruct the idea of a traditional plain roof by adding purposeful folds and calculated cuts.Save this picture!© Fran ParenteThe combinations of various pitched roofs shape the different environments of the house and give rhythm to the design. This solution introduces our exclusive and effective architectural style while satisfying all needs and requests expressed by the clients. This project serves as a home for a middle-aged couple who chose to seek refuge from São Paulo´s chaotic metropolitan lifestyle in the countryside. The house is projected to intimately entertain friends and family while preserving the couple´s privacy. This was achieved by constructing two different wings – one for the hosts and the other for guests. Save this picture!© Fran ParenteSave this picture!PlantaSave this picture!© Fran ParenteTo support and encourage social interactions, these are connected by a shared common axis. This segment combines internal and external areas, and includes an open kitchen, barbecue space, extensive dining tables and pool. The Casa Gaya final project is comprised of 460m2 indoors, 260m2 outdoors and a pool with its patio. On the inside, it includes a complete master suite, three guest suites, dining and living rooms, washroom, kitchen, pantry and laundry room. The complex is located in the vicinity of Atibaia, 80km from São Paulo.Save this picture!© Fran ParenteSave this picture!CortesSave this picture!© Fran ParenteProject gallerySee allShow lessPlanstone® Industrial Pavilion / Paulo MartinsSelected ProjectsTrippenhuis Complex / Office WinhovSelected Projects Share Brazil CopyHouses•Atibaia, Brazil Area:  720 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Colombian plebiscite, a dangerous detour to peace

first_imgColombia’s Oct. 2 plebiscite rejecting the Final Agreement that the FARC-EP [Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia-Ejército del Pueblo] and the Colombian government signed after four years of difficult peace talks in Havana, Cuba, dangerously rerouted the peace process in that country.It must be stated that the narrow rejection — 49.77 percent for “Yes” and 50.22 for “No” — in no way reflects the will of the Colombian people. By itself, although “legal,” the vote is illegitimate.Why?First of all, only 37 percent of those registered exercised their right to vote. There were regions in the northern coast where people could not even get to election booths because of flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew. These were places where the “Yes” vote was expected to predominate.How legitimate can this result be when the regions on the periphery — which have the most victims of the armed conflict — voted “Yes” to the accord? Yet the plebiscite was decided by the zones less impacted by the war and with fewer victims, those in the center of the country.Why the ‘No’ vote wonPolls taken before the election announced a 70 percent vote for “Yes.” That caused some people who were originally planning to vote “Yes” to stay home, considering their vote unnecessary.Most important was the nasty disinformation campaign launched by the right-wing Democratic Center (DC) led by ex-president Álvaro Uribe, who is a fierce pro-paramilitary opposed to the peace process. Juan Carlos Vélez, the head of Uribe’s “No” campaign, exposed the DC strategy in an Oct. 5 interview with the newspaper La República:“We discovered the viral power of social networks. For example, on a visit to Apartadó, Antioquia, a counsellor gave me a photo of [President Juan Manuel] Santos and [FARC commander] ‘Timochenko’ with a message of why would you give money to the guerrillas if the country was in the pot [i.e., poor]. I posted it on my Facebook and last Saturday had 130,000 [people] sharing it, reaching six million people. … The strategy was to not explain the agreements [and instead], focus the message on the outrage.” (larepublica.co) This strategy was devised with different deceptive messages to appeal to different regions and social strata.Then there was the religious sector that actively organized against the agreement because of its special focus on behalf of benefiting women and the LGBTQ community. Women and the LGBTQ community actively participated in this development.On the other side, the “Yes” campaign failed to launch a successful campaign explaining the accord in detail.Despite Uribe’s reactionary actions to sabotage the agreement, President Santos invited him to the presidential house to “negotiate” and promised to listen to DC’s proposals. The DC’s aim is to renegotiate the agreement.Renegotiation represents a danger to the peace process since the DC’s changes will be aimed at punishment of the guerrillas and prohibiting the legal and public political role of demobilized FARC-EP members.We should remember that when Uribe was president, he negotiated for  amnesty for demobilized paramilitaries who had committed proven crimes against humanity. Uribe himself is a known criminal responsible for massacres, drug trafficking, illegal phone tapping, displacing thousands of poor people and killing innocent people in the zone of Soacha. There, youth were killed and then dressed up in FARC uniforms.Now Uribe is a senator in Colombia’s legislature, enjoying complete impunity.Divisions in the oligarchyThe plebiscite result actually underscores divisions within the Colombian oligarchy. Uribe represents the big landowners and cattle-raising wealthy class, who are afraid of the impact on their businesses of the Final Agreement. What impacts them is the part of the Agrarian Pact that calls for distribution of land to small peasants and compensation to the victims of the conflict.Santos, on the other hand, represents the segment of the oligarchy that wants to establish the mining megaprojects and the industrialization of the Colombian economy. This sector needs the “peace of the cemetery” to attract foreign companies.Up to now, the armed insurgency, both the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the FARC, has been the most important impediment to the profit-hungry transnational corporations’ takeover of the Colombian people’s land and wealth.This was illustrated by a casual conversation this writer had on Sept. 19 with the owner of a small souvenir stand in Bogotá. The owner, a woman from one of the coastal regions, said that she was going to vote “Yes” because she wanted peace in her country. She said that she was no friend of the FARC because she had relatives who were victims of the insurgency. She, nevertheless, acknowledged the role of the FARC in preventing the transnational corporations from stealing land.Massive protest backs agreementAt this point, it’s not only the oligarchy that decides which route for the peace process. Outraged by the result of the plebiscite, a group of young people immediately took to the streets demanding the establishment of the Final Agreement. Under the hashtag of #PazAlaCalle, they started organizing through social media to demonstrate support for the signed agreement in the streets.By the thousands, people in Colombia on Oct. 5 held what has been called the largest protest in years. Sixteen cities participated. A permanent — and growing — encampment has been established in the centrally located Plaza Bolívar in Bogotá.Juan David Ojeda, one of the protesters, told teleSUR, “We invite young people to set aside the social networks and come to Plaza Bolívar, to parks and other scenarios of public use, to enforce an agreement soon; we do not need more war.”Protests and events on behalf of the agreement have, since then, occurred in different places in the country. Medellín, Uribe’s stronghold and one of the cities with almost 63 percent “No” votes, held a massive mobilization on Oct. 7 under the slogan: “Peace belongs to us.” Youth called the action, which many groups supported, including civic, university and women’s groups, in addition to war victims and members of the LGBTQ community.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New Consultant Surgeon Appointed ULHG

first_imgFacebook Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Email Linkedin WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Advertisement UL HOSPITALS Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Mekki Medani, Consultant Vascular Surgeon.Mr Mekki Medani graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in 2006, where he was awarded first place prizes in the form of the McLean Gold Medal for Surgery and the Beaumont Hospital Desmond Lyons Memorial Medal for Proficiency in Surgery.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He commenced his internship in Connolly Hospital Dublin and in 2007 moved to UL Hospitals Group to commence his surgical training scheme.  In 2011 Mr Medani obtained his MD by research from UCD, and then returned to ULHG, from where he went on to complete his higher surgical training and his CCST.Mr Medani went on to complete a fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Toronto, where he gained significant experience in managing complex vascular cases, and became proficient in thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) decompression.His clinical specialist interests include complex aortic repair, lower limb revascularisation and salvage, and TOS decompression. He has also demonstrated a clear interest in the delivery of training to future surgeons.He carried out the role of the RCSI surgical tutor, and from 2015 to 2018, Mr Medani was the Councillor for Ireland on European Vascular Surgeons in Training (EVST) of the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS).He has organised and chaired multiple sessions and training workshops at international meetings, including Charing Cross and ESVS.From an academic standpoint, Mr Medani has published numerous papers in high impact international journals, and is continually involved in producing high quality research.Mr Medani has joined the vascular team in ULHG, which now consists of four vascular surgeons who provide acute and elective vascular services to patients from Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary, North Kerry, and North Cork.The Vascular Department at ULHG has a state-of-the-art hybrid operating theatre suite that opened in 2018. This enabled ULHG to maintain its leading position as an endovascular centre to provide leadership in quality vascular surgery for the Midwestern region.UHL is recognised as a leading centre for aortic aneurysm surgery in Ireland, and strives to deliver the highest quality of care for its patientsNeed information and advice on COVID-19? Go to www.hse.ie/coronavirus LimerickNewsNew Consultant Surgeon Appointed ULHGBy Meghann Scully – October 13, 2020 963 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFamily sleeping under bridge after being evicted from their homeNext article71 patients waiting for beds at UHL Meghann Scully TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

REASONING TOGETHER By Jim Redwine

first_img Gavel GamutBy Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.com(Week of 17 April 2017)REASONING TOGETHERMediation has been required in the courts of Posey County for over twenty years. The Bar Association members are critical in the successful resolution of matters by the encouragement of fair and equal bargaining between opposing parties in court cases.Last Monday’s Law Day (April 10, 2017) verdict decided the competing interests of North Posey High School students and Mt. Vernon High School students. In the Mock Trial presided over by Judge Brent Almon and decided by a jury composed of Posey County attorneys, the wisdom of reasoning together in good faith was reaffirmed. The real-life attorneys ruled that both teams of student attorneys won.The issue to be determined was which party or parties, i.e., which high school, would have the legal right to auction off the naming of the newly discovered planets of the star Trappist-1. The jury wisely decided that each school could name half of them.As a spectator I was impressed with the hard work, intelligence and imagination of the students from both schools. The excellent supervision and guidance of their teachers, Michele Parrish, Mike Kuhn, Lucy Steinhart and Tim Alcorn, was evident.This year’s Mock Trial was the thirty-fifth straight year Posey County’s high schools have participated in celebrating Law Day with the Posey County Bar Association. About two thousand students and many regularly practicing attorneys have joined in this important commemoration.Perhaps next year at Law Day you may wish to join us and should you need justice from a Posey County court the Bar’s approach should give you confidence in the outcome.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

INVITATION: A Public Showing of “No Choice (How HUD Controls Your Property Rights)”

first_imgINVITATION: A Public Showing of “No Choice (How HUD Controls Your Property Rights)”by Jim Bratten Director, Hoosier PatriotsCo-Founder, Vanderburgh County Tea Party PatriotsEvansville, IN Vanderburgh County Tea Party Patriots will hold its next membership meeting on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Evansville Public Library, Central Branch, 200 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., in Browning Room B, at 2:00 p.m., and invites you to attend this event.We will feature the new release No Choice (How HUD Controls Your Property Rights), hosted by John Anthony and produced by the Sustainable Freedom Lab, 2016. This new documentary deals with the “redistribution” of property and uncovers the details of the most deliberate attack on property rights and society in America’s history. This is progressive social engineering… on steroids.Th is federal Department of Housing and Urban Development ( HUD ) power grab , under the new “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” rule (AFFH) , is so massive most find it hard to comprehend. No Choice breaks it down and explains how HUD destroys local government and annihilates individual property rights. All while the agency denies it is happening!No Choice unravels the tricks HUD uses to disarm local officials and homeowners. Evansville and Vanderburgh County already accept HUD money from the federal government, so you’ve accepted the rope… see what comes next. It’s not good, whether you are aware of the ramifications or not.This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, go to www.vc-tpp.org.In Liberty,Jim BrattenDirector, Hoosier PatriotsCo-Founder, Vanderburgh County Tea Party PatriotsEvansville, INFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Brace’s appoints new CEO

first_imgBrace’s Bakery, the South Wales family-run bakery, has appointed former sales and marketing director Scott Richardson as its new chief executive.Richardson has been at Brace’s Bakery for 16 years and, in that time, has helped build the company to the brand leader it is today, the company said.He has previously held positions at Rank Hovis and Danish Bacon Company.He said: “I am absolutely delighted to take on this great new adventure and help shape the future of Brace’s, a company that I have loved working for, for the past 16 years. With the continued support of the Brace’s family and committed staff I am sure we can continue to build on the great success of the company so far.”Mark Brace said: “We are delighted that Scott has agreed to help us take the business to the next stage. He has proven to us over the years that he is dedicated to the industry and will build on the Brace’s family tradition.” And, Jonathan Brace, added: “We have some very exciting plans in the pipeline. With Scott taking over the operations we are sure that the business will go from strength to strength.”Earlier this year Brace’s undertook a complete redesign of the bakery’s 20 different bread products, which featured a reduction in colour usage to make it more eco-friendly.last_img read more

Weather presenter Sian Welby urges public to get baking

first_imgWeather presenter and charity volunteer Sian Welby has urged people to bake this summer to help provide life-changing care and support for disabled people.Launching on 1 July, Give & Bake is about the public showcasing their baking skills to give their friends, family or work colleagues their cake creations in exchange for a donation to charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.Donations from the Give & Bake initiative will fund a range of care services, including therapies enabling those involved in accidents to regain movement and benefit from physiotherapy at the charity.Welby volunteers at the charity’s Randall Close service in Wandsworth, a day centre for people with physical disabilities, and is asking people to get involved in the cause.“You don’t need to worry about your bakes having soggy bottoms, it’s just about having fun and raising loads of dough for Leonard Cheshire Disability,” Welby said.“I’m delighted to support Give & Bake, and help make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people.”To get involved with Give & Bake, register through the Leonard Cheshire website.last_img read more

Minds in the making

first_imgGive a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. That’s the guiding principle of the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative (HASI), which seeks to increase learning opportunities for young people by arming teachers, parents, and community partners with techniques and resources that boost student achievement.Enabling all students to fulfill their full potential is paramount for any school system, but can be a challenge in a district as big and diverse as Boston’s. HASI endeavors to support learning opportunities for Boston’s young people by providing school grants and professional development programs that strengthen the link between out-of-school time and the classroom, empowering schools and families to engage students on a whole new level.“By having teachers and parents take on responsibility for the work, you’re getting them invested,” said Tamara Blake, principal of the William E. Russell Elementary School in Dorchester, Mass., which has worked with HASI for the past three years. “If don’t engage them, they’ll never take ownership and the program will only last as long as Harvard is working with us. We need to make sure that these strategies continue, that this work continues, regardless.”HASI is also an integral part of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino‘s StepUP initiative, an innovative partnership among Boston-area universities and select Boston Public Schools (BPS) working collaboratively to support student achievement. Through StepUP, HASI seeks to enrich learning by providing schools with research-based professional development, grants, and standards-aligned materials and activities.HASI’s extensive work in Boston is composed of two key programs: SmartTALK, designed to improve the quality of academic programming in out-of-school time through the use of hands-on learning centers, coaching support and ongoing professional development for staff; and Mind in the Making, a national program that translates the science of how children learn to real-world practice in early care and education.SmartTALK activities now take place in 26 Boston schools, serving nearly 1,000 schoolchildren each year and providing professional development activities for hundreds of staff and school volunteers. Last year, HASI staff provided more than 330 hours of on-site SmartTALK coaching support for teachers, staff, and administrators at nine StepUP schools.“SmartTALK lent itself nicely to what we try to do here,” Blake said of her school. “It helped our students engage in more academic talk with their teachers; they could express themselves better.”In the past three years, HASI has also formed a mutually beneficial relationship with Boston’s City Year Program, a corps of young people committed to a year of full-time service.  Since 2007, HASI has provided learning materials, professional development, and regular coaching to the City Year members running the afterschool program at the Agassiz School. HASI officials have also conducted professional development sessions for Boston’s entire City Year cohort.“We’ve gotten all this coaching and materials,” O’Connell said. “We wouldn’t be as good without it.”Programs in which after-school staff members have integrated SmartTALK materials and practices report that students are developing better organization and study skills; have become more effective problem solvers; are better able to talk about and show others what they know; and can work more effectively in groups.“HASI’s work gives us the ability to make after-school time more fun and engaging,” said Stephen O’Connell, one of the 10 City Year corps members assigned to the Agassiz School in Jamaica Plain last year.A key element of HASI’s engagement in schools is a series of family nights held throughout the school year designed to engage parents in their children’s education. Parental involvement in learning is a critical factor in promoting student success, according to a recent report by the Harvard Family Research Project, which found that children whose parents help them with homework and have high academic expectations do better in school. More than 2,700 parents and children have attended SmartTALK Family Events, participating in learning activities and taking home materials designed to advance learning at home.For parents like Graciela Sosa of Roslindale, the combined efforts mean that her children’s learning doesn’t stop when the school day ends. All three of her children attend the after-school program at the Agassiz School, where HASI-trained City Year volunteers help them with homework and engage them in educational games that draw upon what they’re learning in school. Thanks to the SmartTALK family nights, Sosa says she’s better equipped to help them at home.“My kids want me to be a part of what they do in school, and this helps me keep in touch with what they’re doing,” she said.HASI continues its mission to improve student achievement in Boston through Mind in the Making (MITM). Developed by the nationally known Families and Work Institute (FWI), MITM offers a first-of-its-kind approach to translating what we know about how young children really learn to practical application in program practice. The work of nationally known experts from Harvard University is featured in video-based learning modules.Last year, HASI sponsored the launch of a new MITM group at the Haynes Early Education School and completed a two-year project at Ellison/Parks Early Education School in Mattapan.Achievement gaps can start as early as pre-kindergarten, when more affluent students with well-educated parents and access to learning materials arrive at school with better developed reading skills than their peers. To overcome this and build strong reading skills in all students, early childhood education teachers like the ones at Ellison/Parks need to understand child development, said Principal Nora Toney.Over the course of two years, all 50 teachers and paraprofessionals at Ellison/Parks participated in regular MITM training sessions.“The teachers looked forward to it,” Toney said. “It really helped them look more closely at the social and emotional development of children.”Serving nearly 200 students in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood, students at Ellison/Parks personify many of the challenges that educators face when trying to ensure academic success for all students. Children at Ellison/Parks come to school speaking more than 10 different languages, and almost half are considered limited-English proficient. Nearly 80 percent of students at the school receive free or reduced lunch, a common poverty indicator.In MITM, teachers learned how to understand and practically apply two key research findings: 1) learning, especially in the early years of life, takes place in the context of nurturing relationships with caring, trusting adults; and 2) social, emotional, and cognitive learning are inextricably linked.“They learned that we cannot think of students as anything other than a child who needs extra support,” Toney said.As the MITM course went on, Toney noticed changes in her school. Teachers became invested in their students’ success in a new way. They interacted differently with their pupils. Standards rose.“It helped make things clearer in terms of why we do what we do,” she said. “I didn’t have to do as much background explaining…. And now that they understood exactly what a child of a certain age is capable of, their expectations rose. They pushed students to the next level.”At their last session at Ellison/Parks, HASI facilitators asked participants to share some of their thoughts on what they’d take away from the two-year MITM engagement. One teacher’s response: “I realized that it is necessary to be a reflective and caring teacher, and to be mindful of the impressions I make on children’s lives each day because they will remember it.”last_img read more

Family reunions

first_imgBy Allie ByrdUniversity of GeorgiaSummertime is here. That means family reunions filled with food and fun are right around the corner. To stop that post-gathering bulge, families can cook healthier versions of traditional foods and include physical activities, says a University of Georgia expert. Family reunions often include a lot of sitting around and eating foods high in fat, sugar and calories, says Connie Crawley, nutrition and health specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension. The preparation methods and ingredients used in traditional reunion food can often be modified to make them healthier. For example, grilling chicken or fish instead of frying reduces calories and fat. “People can look for healthier recipes in countless cookbooks on cooking lighter or modify their own recipes by using light margarine, reduced fat salad dressings, reduced fat cheese, light mayonnaise, brown rice and whole wheat pasta,” Crawley said. Smoked turkey wings can be used to season in place of fatback or bacon. Entrees featuring skinless poultry, lean pork loin, lean ground beef or ground white meat or turkey can be used in place of fattier meats. Potato salad made with light mayonnaise, macaroni and cheese made with reduced fat cheese, gelatin salads made with sugar-free gelatin and broccoli or squash casseroles made with lower sodium condensed soups and reduced-fat cheese are a few options to consider. Alcohol can lead to an excess in calories at family gatherings, too, and may be consumed in larger than normal quantities. Too many sugary drinks like sweet tea, lemonade and soft drinks can be bad, too. Alternative choices such as sugar-free beverages and water are healthier options. Overeating at family gatherings is also a problem. To prevent overeating, don’t go to the event too hungry. “Eat a healthy breakfast and have a light snack, like fruit, one hour before the meal,” Crawley said. “Choose the smallest plate possible and fill one half with vegetables or salad, one fourth with a protein like meat, poultry or fish and one fourth with a starch or bread.” It also helps to sit away from the buffet or serving table to avoid the temptation to get seconds. Move serving bowls off the table where the family will be eating. Once the meal is done, clear away all the food immediately so snacking on leftovers is minimized, Crawley said. Another treat at family functions that is hard to resist is dessert. Alternatives to calorie-rich treats are angel food cake, fruit, reduced-fat ice cream, fruit smoothies, frozen fruit bars, fudgesicles and oatmeal or peanut butter cookies. “Wait at least 20 minutes after the meal before selecting a dessert,” Crawley said. “You will feel less hungry and will be satisfied with a smaller portion.” Families can also participate in physical activities that are not only fun, but help burn off part of a big meal. Family members can go on scavenger hunts, play kickball, swim, play flag football, take a walk in the neighborhood, ride bikes, play hide and seek, have sack races, dance, shop on foot orwalk around a museum or historic site. “You may want to offer several of these activities at the same time so everyone has the chance to choose the one that suits them best,” Crawley said. “These activities can get the whole family involved and provide a fun way to exercise during the summer.”last_img read more