Education

NSU Expert in Bullying Prevention & Awareness Featured in NBC Story

By jdonzelli NSU’s renowned bullying prevention and school safety expert, Meline Kevorkian, Ed.D., was featured in a story on WTVJ – NBC-6 Miami about bullying prevention and awareness. Kevorkian, who has dedicated nearly two decades of her teaching career to addressing bullying and researching solutions, authored a book 101 Facts About Bullying, which breaks down what research says about bullying and its effects and offers ideas for what can and should be done to minimize or reduce bullying behavior. In 101 Facts About Bullying, she addresses “cyber bullying,” media and video violence, the legal ramifications of bullying, and debunks myth while uncloaking the facts about bullying and its prevention. You can see the story on NBC6- here: http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Bullying-259883861.html …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Education

NSU’s Baudhuin Preschool / Mailman Segal Center Accepting Applications For Free Voluntary Pre-K

By jdonzelli FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – The Baudhuin Preschool at Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development is currently accepting applications for age-eligible children in its free, high quality Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK). Instruction is provided by classroom teachers with a Florida teaching certificate in Prekindergarten Primary Certification. The VPK classes are provided from 8 – 11 a.m., five days a week, starting August 18, 2014. The program runs through the first week in June, 2015. To be eligible for the free VPK program, children must be: four years of age on or before September 1, 2014; born between September 2, 2009 and September 1, 2010. The VPK program at the Baudhuin Preschool provides a school readiness rich environment of instruction in emergent literacy skills, including expressive and receptive language, phonological awareness, print knowledge and vocabulary development. Emphasis is also placed on numerical relations and reasoning skills, gross and fine motor development and social skill acquisition. Participating students participate in weekly specials, such as music, playground time and physical education. Workshops are provided free to VPK families on critical topics such as language, communication and emerging literacy, dealing with behavior issues and transitioning to kindergarten. To learn more about the free Baudhuin VPK Program and …read more Source: NSU News     ...
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Local News

Trantalis' planning board replacement blocked

By By Larry Barszewski Brad Cohen’s term on the Fort Lauderdale Planning and Zoning Board was supposed to end May 31, but the process blew up on Tuesday when Commissioner Dean Trantalis tried to name Steve Glassman as a replacement for the District 2 appointee. …read more Source: Broward Politics     ...
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Christian

Texas Church Wins Injunction to Host After-School Bible Studies at Local High School

By Heather Clark WHITNEY, Texas – A church in Texas has won a temporary injunction against its area school district after it was initially barred from hosting Bible studies at a local high school. Judge F.B. McGregor of the Hill County 66th District Court granted the request for a restraining order on Monday, which was filed by the Christian legal organization Liberty Institute on behalf of the Prairie Valley Baptist Church aka Christian Worldview Ministry. According to the complaint submitted to the court, Associate Pastor and Youth Minister Drew Tucker completed a facility use form last December to request to host after-school Bible studies at Whitney High School. However, even before the application was received, Tucker received an email from Superintendent Gene Solis, who advised that the request was being denied, as “we let you use the facilities, we have to let ‘fringe groups’ use them, too.” After Drew asked Solis to reconsider, Solis suggested that he present his request at the next school board meeting. But the board likewise denied Drew, stating that his ministry was too sectarian. It advised him to speak with the local ministerial alliance about the matter. In February, Drew addressed the board a second time in hopes that …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Local News

Sheriff's budget request gets warm reception

By By Brittany Wallman , Sun Sentinel Israel seeking modest increase compared to last year Broward Sheriff Scott Israel faced a warm reception Tuesday over his spending plan for the coming year, a turnabout from last year’s budget war with the County Commission. …read more Source: Broward Politics     ...
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Education

"Naturalization 101" - How to Become an American Citizen. 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

– Miramar Branch Library & Education Center Multi Purpose United States Citizenship and Immigration Officer Marcos Castells will present Naturalization 101, a free informational session about how to become an American Citizen. Anyone interested in becoming a citizen is welcome to attend. No registration required. …read more Source: Broward County Library     ...
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Christian

How We Forgot the Holiness of God

By Drew Dyck He may not be cruel and capricious. But don’t pretend he isn’t dangerous. A couple years ago, I visited Israel with a group of Christian journalists. We bobbed in the Dead Sea, ate “Peter fish” in Galilee, and ascended the desert fortress of Masada. We toured the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, prayed at the Western Wall, and sat amid Gethsemane’s twisted olive trees. But for me the highlight of the trip wasn’t a place. It was a person—our guide, Amir. Amir was in his late 50s, stocky, with skin that looked like leather from leading trips through the Holy Land for three decades. At each site, Amir would seek out an isolated spot, gather us in a semicircle, and expound upon the historical and theological significance of the site. Sometimes he seemed more like a preacher than a tour guide. I remember one talk in particular. With the Mount of Olives shimmering in the background, Amir described what he saw as the basic problem of the universe. “God longs to come down to earth to redeem the righteous and judge the wicked,” he said. “But there’s a problem.” He leaned toward us and stretched out his arms like a scarecrow. “His presence is like …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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Religion

Russian Orthodox Church the absent player at Pope-Patriarch Jerusalem summit

By Tom Heneghan (Metropolitan Hilarion during an interview with Reuters in Moscow May 16, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov) When Pope Francis meets the spiritual head of the world’s Orthodox Christians next week, the speeches and symbolism will focus on how these ancient western and eastern wings of Christianity want to come closer together. After almost a millennium apart, however, the key to the elusive unity they seek does not lie in Jerusalem, where the Catholic pope and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will embrace on May 25. If anywhere, that key lies in Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), by far the largest church in the Orthodox world and increasingly influential at home and abroad, has long been wary of the closer ties Francis and Bartholomew want to work towards. Its opposition has only stiffened in recent months amid the crisis in Ukraine, where the political standoff between Russia and Europe has deepened tensions between the Moscow Patriarchate and three competing churches, one of them linked to the Vatican which Moscow accuses of trying to woo away its worshippers. “All these unfortunate events … take us back to the situation when Catholics and Orthodox didn’t consider themselves as allies but as enemies,” said Metropolitan Hilarion, the ROC’s “foreign minister” at the …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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