Daily Archives: January 28, 2019

Yale National Initiative to Strengthen Teaching in Public Schools

The Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools® is a long-term endeavor to influence public policy on teacher professional development, in part by establishing exemplary Teachers Institutes in high-need school districts around the country. Following the approach developed in New Haven and implemented in other communities, the Initiative is timely because of the emphasis that public policy makers and educators continue to place on the fundamental necessity of effective teaching for student learning, the precept on which Teachers Institutes are founded.


US and Taliban peace talks make progress toward ending war in Afghanistan

PBS NewsHour

Published on Jan 28, 2019

The draft framework of an Afghan peace deal: If the Taliban agree to a cease-fire, working directly with the Afghan government and preventing terror groups from using Afghanistan as a base for planning attacks, U.S. forces will withdraw. John Yang talks to the International Crisis Group’s Laurel Miller and the Center on International Cooperation’s Barnett Rubin about this “complicated” process.

Washington state’s measles outbreak coincides with low rates of immunization

PBS NewsHour

Published on Jan 28, 2019

Washington state is experiencing an outbreak of measles, with 35 confirmed cases in a single county. The disease’s flare-up is reinforcing concerns about insufficient immunization in some communities. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health about why measles remains a serious disease and how to address misinformation within the anti-vaccination movement.

‘State of Empire’ & Perpetual War will Bankrupt Us – Col. Wilkerson

RT America

Published on Jan 28, 2019

Rick Sanchez explains why we ought to be skeptical about recent reports of US and Taliban achieving “a framework to a plan that would allow principals toward peace.” The same people who orchestrated failed US efforts in both Iraq and Afghanistan are now seemingly in control of the White House, Congress and the US Media. We’ll also hear from Rick’s exclusive interview with retired US Army Colonel and former State Dept. official Lawrence Wilkerson, who saw such machinations first-hand and is convinced that US elites accept perpetual war as a condition of US world hegemony and that endless wars of empire has become “our reason to exist.”

Climate Change in Video Games: The Ultimate Boss Battle

The YEARS Project   Published on Jan 28, 2019

One of the most popular video games of all time just added a new enemy – climate change.

SOURCES: [i] Top PC Strategy Games of All Time. Accessed: Jan 22 2019. https://www.videogamer.com/top-games/

[ia] Sid Meier: Games are taking over the world. May 10 2011 http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/gaming.g

[ib] Game Never Over: Top 10 Most Addictive Video Games. Mar 11 2014. https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/

[ii] CIVILIZATION VI: 10 TIPS TO START PLAYING. Accessed: Jan 22 2019. https://civilization.com/news/entries

[iii] Civilization: 25 years, 33M copies sold, 1 billion hours played, and 66 versions. Feb 18 2016. https://venturebeat.com/2016/02/18/ci

[iv] CIVILIZATION VI: GATHERING STORM ANNOUNCED. Accessed: Jan 22 2019. https://civilization.com/news/entries

[v & vi] Ibid. [vii] Firaxis just announced Civilization 6: Gathering Storm – here’s everything we know. Feb 11 2018. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20

[viii] See [iv] [ix] Civilization 6: Gathering Storm Expansion Focuses on Climate Change. Nov 21 2018. https://www.denofgeek.com/us/games/ci

[x] Firaxis just announced Civilization 6: Gathering Storm – here’s everything we know. Feb 11 2018. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20

[xi] Civilization VI: Gathering Storm adds volcanoes, a World Congress, and more. Nov 21 2018. https://www.gameaxis.com/breaking-new

[xia] Civ 6: Gathering Storm: release date, new civs, climate change, and World Congress. Accessed: Jan 22 2019. https://www.pcgamesn.com/civilization

[xib] Gathering Storm Expansion Brings Climate Change To Civilization VI February 14. Nov 20 2018. https://kotaku.com/civilization-vi-ga

[xii] CIVILIZATION VI: GATHERING STORM ANNOUNCED, RELEASES ON PC FEB 14. Accessed: Jan 22 2019. https://civilization.com/news/entries

[xiia] Civilization 6: Gathering Storm’s climate change not a political statement, Firaxis says. Nov 20 2018. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20

[xiii] Nearly 70% of Americans Play Video Games, Mostly on Smartphones (Study). Sep 11 2018. https://variety.com/2018/gaming/news/

[xiv] Two-Thirds of American Households Regularly Play Video Games. Apr 19 2017/ http://www.theesa.com/article/two-thi

[xiva] 2018 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry. http://www.theesa.com/wp-content/uplo

[xv] Game in The Classroom: What the Research Says. Jun 27 2014. https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/36482/

[xva] Using the technology of today, in the classroom today. 2009. https://education.mit.edu/wp-content/

[xvi] Replaying History: Learning World History through playing Civilization III. Jan 2003. https://www.researchgate.net/publicat

[xvia] Games to Teach. Accessed: Jan 22 2019. http://icampus.mit.edu/projects/proje

[xvib] Games and Social Studies – Kurt Squire. Jan 7 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYf1m

[xvic] Using Civilization Simulation Video Games in the World History Classroom. 2007. http://worldhistoryconnected.press.ui

[xvii] ‘CivilizationEDU’ takes the strategy franchise to school. Jun 24 2016. https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/24/c

[xviii & xix] SimCity’ game rebuilt for age of climate change. Mar 8 2012. https://phys.org/news/2012-03-simcity

Youth across the world call for climate change action | #TheCube

euronews (in English)   Published on Jan 28, 2019

#TheCube | “I have been striking every Friday at the United Nations Headquarters in solidarity with Greta Thunberg”. Thirteen-year-old Alexandria is among the youth across the world who are calling on leaders to tackle climate change. From pledges to manifestos and marches, Alex Morgan looks at what young people are doing to highlight the crisis.

The Methane ‘Time Bomb’: How big a concern?

Published on Jan 28, 2019
Examining short- and long-term risks of global warming methane “time bomb”. Scientists explain the evidence.

Questions And Answers On Food System by Christopher Cook

The Real Truth About Health
Published on Jan 28, 2019

Christopher Cook is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author who has written extensively on agribusiness, food policy, the environment, labor, and social justice issues for a wide array of national publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The Economist, Mother Jones, The Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, The American Prospect, and others. Christopher is a contributing writer for The Progressive magazine and former city editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has also worked as a reporter for The Oakland Tribune, United Press International, and other daily outlets.

Christopher also works as a research and writing consultant for numerous national institutions, including Oxfam America, Friends of the Earth, Food First, Natural Resources Defense Council, and others. In this capacity, he has written reports on climate change and the food industry, agroecology, food industry labor abuses, and other topics.


#WarOnOurFuture: The Next Keystone XL

The YEARS Project
Published on Jan 28, 2019

These indigenous people built checkpoints to keep a pipeline off of their land…then the police were called in.

Brian Becker discusses the latest news surrounding the Khashoggi murder international inquiry

CGTN America
Published on Jan 28, 2019

CGTN’s Elaine Reyes spoke with Brian Becker from the ANSWER Coalition, about the latest developments in the Jamal Khashoggi murder international inquiry and how that might impact Saudi and global relations.