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Morehead named McDonald’s Outstanding Educator | News



Morehead named McDonald's Outstanding Educator |  News

Once Kendra Morehead started helping at a local daycare, it wasn’t long before she figured out what career path she wanted to take.

That dedication to education was recognized Wednesday, Nov. 10, when Morehead, a kindergarten teacher at Metropolis Elementary School, was one of six teachers from southern Illinois and western Kentucky who was recognized as a McDonald’s outstanding educator.

“Mrs. Morehead has been recognized for her ultimate dedication to her students and her dedication to providing the best of education during these trying times, as evidenced by her nominations from her peers and students,” said Conrad Love, who is part of the Love Family McDonald’s franchise.

The second annual award sought nominees from August 30 through September 17. Community members were asked to submit kindergarten through high school teachers who demonstrate ultimate dedication to their students and contribute to the improvement of education.

Love said Morehead’s name was submitted by a local McDonald’s customer via a QR code on a bag filler. Love said Morehead’s name was subsequently placed in a pool “based on the accolades on the nomination list. She was one of six selected in the area to win the award.”

McDonald’s Outstanding Educators received: money to spend on their classrooms; a Best Teacher Ever coffee mug; an Outstanding Educator certificate; and McDonald’s coupons to teach it forward to parents with outstanding students all year round.

“Kendra is a great teacher, like so many others in Massac Unit 1,” said Chief Inspector Jason Hayes. “I’m really proud of them all this year for achievements like this and for all those who go unnoticed in our classrooms every day. We are really lucky with the staff we have.”

MES director JR Conkle has worked with Morehead for five years.

“Mrs Morehead is an excellent teacher. She goes out of her way to make learning fun for her students,” he said. “During the pandemic, she ran the district-wide Camp Kindergarten that was seen by all the preschoolers and families in the district. It’s great to see her efforts being rewarded.”

Conkle noted that Morehead is a National Board certified teacher, a designation obtained by a small percentage of the country’s teachers. She and Teri Russell are currently the only teachers in the district to receive the certification.

“They have to go through extensive classroom work, research and reflection work to get this designation,” Conkle said.

According to its website, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was established in 1987. It is an independent non-profit organization that works to promote a full education for all students. Its mission is to promote the quality of teaching and learning by: maintaining high and rigorous standards for what experienced teachers should know and be able to do; providing a national voluntary system to certify teachers who meet these standards; and advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification into U.S. education and to take advantage of the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.

“Any teacher can choose to try to become National Board Certified,” Hayes said. “From what I’ve seen of this certification process, it’s very difficult and time-consuming to accomplish. The board has its own educational standards that are recognized by all states. This is something that you must request and demonstrate proof of your teaching ability through a series of videos of the teacher’s teaching classes. We have had a total of three National Board Certified teachers in our district.”

The recognition of being named a McDonald’s Outstanding Educator “is amazing,” Morehead said. “All my colleagues work really hard in kindergarten — just to be recognized for your hard work is exciting.”

Teaching as a career for Morehead began when she babysat her own babysitter, Helen Gowins. When Gowins started her nursery, Morehead was one of her first students

“My mother (Sherri Sisk) worked at the City National Bank and she copied ‘school work’ for me to ‘learn’ with at a very young age at Ms Helen’s daycare where I had a captive audience,” she said. “Since then I knew I was destined to be a teacher, right or wrong.”

When Morehead was “of age”, Gowins hired her as a teacher. She graduated and taught at Heath Elementary School.

“I was lucky enough to get a long-term position in kindergarten there. In the year I was hired here (MES), they went to all day kindergarten. I had been teaching kindergarten in Kentucky all day. They asked me a lot of questions during my job interview and they put me in a kindergarten for the whole day.”

The 2021-22 school year marks Morehead’s 19th year not only as a teacher, but as a kindergarten teacher at MES.

“I still love it,” she said.

Morehead noted, “the last years of teaching were some of the most difficult years for anyone in education.

“I am very humbled by this recognition, but honestly I can confirm that everyone at MES deserves one too. We are a family of educators, and so are our support staff – they are educators every day too.” she continued. “I see how our most loving employees work endless hours, constantly worrying about children and even taking care of material things that are always needed – without any recognition. I am so proud to say that I work at MES together with this wonderful people who show selfless love every day I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else because they are really there for the kids That said I urge everyone to contact their child’s teacher/teachers today and simply to say, “We appreciate you.” It will mean more than you know.”



The Los Angeles Times Dropped Its 101 Best Restaurants List




The Los Angeles Times Dropped Its 101 Best Restaurants List

The Los Angeles Times has its annual list of 101 best restaurants around greater LA. The Herculean task was primarily performed by food critic Bill Addison, and encompasses restaurant styles, cuisine types, and coastal neighborhoods. The list is not arranged, just in alphabetical order, and there are separate excerpts for pop ups and places drinks (beer, wine, cocktails, coffee). Congratulations to all winners. Elsewhere the infatuation also released its list of the 15 best restaurants of 2021.

Drive-thru news to know

Big news for fast food fans: Jack in the Box has agreed to acquire Del Taco, the Lake Forest taco chain. by the LA Times, the deal is worth a full $575 million.

A good cause for LA

Chef Michael Voltaggio intervenes to de LA Mission’s Race to Feed campaign, which aims to hand out at least 300,000 meals across South LA this season. Voltaggio is partnering with the nonprofit to create ready-to-eat meals, offer recipe cards, and stock items to food-insecure families in December.

Wine and Appetizers in Downtown

Good Clean Fun pops up at Mezcalero tonight with food specials and wine from Bichi Winery in Mexico. The party includes a flight with three wines for $25 and oyster mushroom vampiros, with a start time of 7:00 PM

Another set of rules in Santa Monica

Unlike actual Los Angeles, the self-contained city of Santa Monica currently has no mandatory proof of vaccine policy, reports the Santa Monica Daily Press. That creates a hodgepodge of mandates that leaves some customers (and business owners) a little confused.

A party in Chinatown

Wes Avila’s Angry Egret Dinette will celebrate its one-year anniversary at Mandarin Plaza in Chinatown on Saturday. For the party, Avila will team up with Biite Club to create an exclusive lobster and mushroom torta, and the team will also serve drinks and hand out merch. Tickets required.

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UPDATE 3 Rohingya Refugees Sue Facebook for $150 Billion for Violence in Myanmar




Facebook says it removes accounts that focused on Vietnamese activists

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are suing Meta Platforms Inc, formerly known as Facebook, for $150 billion over allegations that the social media company has failed to act against anti-Rohingya hate speech that has contributed to violence. A US class-action lawsuit filed Monday in California by law firms Edelson PC and Fields PLLC argues that the company’s failure to control content and the platform’s design contributed to the real-life violence facing the Rohingya. . .com/investigates/special-report/myanmar-facebook-hate community.

In a concerted action, British lawyers have also sent a letter of formal notice to Facebook’s London office. A Meta spokesperson said in a statement: “We are shocked by the crimes committed against the Rohingya people in Myanmar. We have built a dedicated team of Burmese speakers, banned the Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s military), disrupted networks that manipulate public debate and take action against harmful misinformation to protect people. We have also invested in Burmese language technology to reduce the prevalence of infringing content.”

The company previously said it was “too slow to prevent misinformation and hatred” in Myanmar. A spokesman for the Myanmar junta did not return calls from Reuters to comment on the legal action against Facebook.

In 2018, UN human rights researchers said the use of Facebook had played a key role in spreading hate speech that fueled the violence. A Reuters investigation that year, cited in the US complaint, found more than 1,000 examples of posts, comments, and images depicting the Rohingya and other attacking Muslims on Facebook. Almost all were in the main local language, Burmese.

The swear words included posts calling the Rohingya or other Muslims dogs, maggots and rapists, suggesting that they be fed to pigs, and urging them to be shot or exterminated. The posts were tolerated despite Facebook rules specifically prohibiting attacking ethnic groups with “violent or dehumanizing language” or comparing them to animals.

Facebook has said it is protected from liability for content posted by users by a US internet law known as Section 230, which states that online platforms are not liable for content posted by third parties. The complaint says it wants to apply Myanmar law to the claims if Section 230 is raised as a defense. While US courts can apply foreign law to cases where the alleged harm and activities by companies occurred in other countries, two legal experts interviewed by Reuters said they were not aware of a successful precedent for foreign law invoked in lawsuits against social media companies where Section 230 protections may apply.

Anupam Chander, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, said relying on Myanmar law was not “inappropriate”. But he predicted that “it is unlikely to be successful,” saying that “it would be strange if Congress ruled out actions under US law but allowed them to proceed under foreign law.” More than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Rakhine state in Myanmar in August 2017 after a military crackdown that refugees say involved massacres and rapes. Rights groups documented murders of civilians and the burning of villages.

Myanmar authorities say they fought an insurgency and deny committing systematic atrocities. The International Criminal Court has opened a case over allegations of crimes in the region. In September, a US federal judge ordered Facebook to release data from accounts linked to anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar that the social media giant had shut down.

The new class-action lawsuit references claims by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, who leaked a cache 2021-12-03 from internal documents this year that the company does not monitor abusive content in countries where such expressions are likely to do the most damage. The complaint also cites recent media reports, including a Reuters report last month, that Myanmar military used fake social media accounts to engage in what is commonly referred to in the military as “information battle.”

Mohammed Taher, a refugee living in the camps in Bangladesh where more than a million Rohingya live, said Facebook was widely used to spread anti-Rohingya propaganda. “We are happy with the move,” he said on the phone.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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YouTube cancels year-end video ‘Rewind’ for 2020, says it’s been a different year




YouTube cancels year-end video 'Rewind' for 2020, says it's been a different year

Video streaming giant YouTube, owned by Google, has announced that it will not release a “Rewind” video for 2020, the company’s celebratory year-end video featuring top video creators. YouTube made the announcement in a statement, saying 2020 was a “different” year and it wouldn’t feel right to continue if it wasn’t. “We know that so much of the good that happened in 2020 was created by all of you. You’ve found ways to cheer people up, help them cope, and make them laugh. You really made a difficult year better,” YouTube said in a statement.

According to an IANS report, major creators have backed YouTube’s call to cancel its year-end video ‘Rewind’. However, the report said there were disagreements with some creators like JerryRigEverything saying that besides all the wrong things that have happened this year, there are several things to be positive about. “Since 2010, we have closed the year with Rewind: a look back at the most impactful creators, videos and trends of the year. Whether you love it — or you just remember 2018 — Rewind was always meant to celebrate you. Thank you for making a difference,” the tweeted statement from YouTube read.

In 2018, YouTube turned its year-end rundown into a short film with cameos from Will Smith, Marshmello, and more. However, the video became the most hated video of all time, despite a star-studded cast. Last year, YouTube went back to a montage of clips from YouTube’s most liked videos of the year.

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