December 18, 2002 East Crescent has been a focal point of Arcosanti construction for many years. Construction of the second half has picked up momentum. [Photo: David Tollas & text:T] Soleri discusses the strategy with the Sicilian construction impresario Salvatore. [Photo: David Tollas & text:T] “All quiet on the construction front” in anticipation of the 60-yard pour with imminent arrival of the casting arsenals. [Photo: David Tollas & text:T]
The state House today unanimously approved state Rep. Aaron Miller’s legislation to eliminate the requirement for a professional teaching certificate to new educators, giving teachers more time to work with students and focus on educational growth in the classroom.New teachers are issued a standard (formerly called a provisional) teaching certificate with a professional teaching certificate available to instructors with more than three years classroom experience, over 150 hours of professional development and additional post-graduate coursework. Although these new instructors can renew their five-year standard or provisional certification multiple times, obtaining a professional certificate may be required as early as three years into a teacher’s career.“We need to emphasize preparation and results for new teachers working with students in the classroom, not worrying about if they have done enough work toward earning a piece of paper,” said Miller, a licensed teacher. “There are already a lot of requirements placed on teachers right now. We don’t need to add to that, especially if they just graduated from college and are starting their career.”Miller noted his bill only make it optional for teachers pursue the professional certification and is supported by the state Department of Education.“New teachers need to be teaching. The time they spend leading their own classroom sets up their career as teacher for years,” said Miller, of Sturgis. “Trying to qualify for certification, especially when they’re already licensed to be a teacher does not help students in the classroom in any way.”House Bill 4614 advances to the Senate for its consideration.##### 27Feb House approves Rep. Miller’s bill to help teachers focus on the classroom and not certification Categories: Miller News,News
Timothy HoettgesDeutsche Telekom wants to be a “content aggregator” rather than an exclusive media rights-holder and will use its forthcoming launch of a new TV platform to support its aggregator strategy, according to CEO Timothy Hoettges, speaking to analysts after the company reported quarterly earnings at the end of last week.Hoettges said that Telekom’s main aim was to make life simpler for consumers by acting as an aggregator for the proliferating online video services and TV channels available, making as much as possible available via a single platform.He said that Telekom had a “partner strategy” for video, and that “our new TV platform, which is coming out soon, supports this idea”, without giving further details.Hoettges said that Deutsche Telekom would “have a look” at the forthcoming auction of Bundesliga rights and that the company had “not taken any final decision” on whether to bid. However, he said, a strategy of spending big on exclusive rights in a market with numerous free-to-air services, on the model of what BT has done in the UK, would “not be the appropriate answer” in Germany.Deutsche Telekom posted strong domestic TV numbers at the end of last week, growing its IPTV and satellite TV base in Germany by 2.5% quarter-on-quarter, taking its total to 3.768 million, an additional 27,000 over the three months since March. Year-on-year growth was 11.2%. Germany also saw strong retail broadband growth in the period.