Commonwealth Education Continuum to increase teacher diversity, career readiness

State leaders announced Thursday the creation of the Commonwealth Education Continuum, a “cradle to career” initiative that will focus on building a more diverse teaching workforce and helping more students earn degrees and credentials.

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The Commonwealth Education Continuum is a partnership between the Council on Postsecondary Education, the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Kentucky Department of Education.


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It will be co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, who also serves as secretary of the state’s Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, as well as CPE President Aaron Thompson and Kentucky Education Commissioner Glass.

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The continuum’s 27 members, with expertise ranging from the early childhood to adult education, will soon be announced, officials said Thursday during a news conference.

“This is an education first administration, and building a better Kentucky starts with our public education system,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This continuum ensures that we’re taking advantage of every opportunity that helps our students and teachers.”

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only 51% of Kentucky children are kindergarten-ready and 40% of Kentucky fourth graders are proficient in mathematics, with that percentage falling to 29% by middle school.

The Commonwealth Education Continuum will seek to improve those learning outcomes and create more equitable opportunities for students to transition to the next level in the education system.

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Thompson layed out three areas that Kentucky cannot ignore in order to better serve students.

The state must provide “more and better information about how to plan and pay for college,” he said.

It must improve access to high school dual credit options and other early college experiences and “ensure these opportunities are available all students,” Thompson continued.

“Finally, we must attract and retain more teachers, particularly men and people of color,” Thompson said.

Currently, students in the Bluegrass State are twice as likely to be male when compared with their teachers, and while minorities make up 23% of public school students, only 4.8% of the state’s teachers are, according to state officials.

“The change has to start with our schools, because schools are a microcosm of our larger society,” Glass said.

Thompson also pointed to how only 60% of Kentucky high school graduates are college- or career-ready, which leads to an in-state college attendance rate of just 51.7%, down from 55% during the 2013-14 school year, and well below the national average of 70%.

Those gaps remain higher for non-white students.

Coleman said the continuum will not cost the state extra money but is more a matter of using existing resources and “bringing us together so that we can all work together in a much more efficient way.”

Thursday’s announcement “is another step toward ensuring every Kentuckian has the tools they need to succeed from cradle to career,” she added.

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Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Partners With MANRRS to Increase Diversity in Veterinary Profession

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov 30, 2020–

Pet owners represent a much more diverse population than the veterinary professionals who care for them and their animals, a gap the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) 1 and the Association of American Veterinary Colleges (AAVMC) 2 are working hard to fill. Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) is committed to being part of the solution and is proud to announce a new partnership with Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS). This collaboration will further RUSVM’s long-term commitment to increase diversity in the veterinary profession and strengthen the pipeline of highly qualified, diverse students pursuing an education in veterinary medicine.

The partnership will introduce RUSVM to MANRRS chapters across the U.S. with MANRRS members gaining access to exclusive webinars and virtual workshops from RUSVM to increase exposure to the profession. Additionally, qualified students may apply for a newly launched MANRRS scholarship. The partnership will also help establish a professional chapter of MANRRS at RUSVM that will create mentoring opportunities for current RUSVM students and enhanced networking opportunities. To learn more about this partnership, click here.

“It is vitally important that the field of veterinary medicine is representative of the communities that we serve, and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is thrilled to take this important step toward increasing diversity in the field,” said Sean Callanan, MVB, CERTVR, MRCVS, PHD, FRCPATH, DIPLECVP, dean of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. “As one of the most ethnically diverse AVMA-accredited veterinary schools, the partnership with MANRRS will provide new opportunities for prospective, current and former students, and pave the way for a more diverse workforce.”

According to an American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) report, more than one-third of African Americans surveyed own a pet. However, the vast majority of practicing veterinarians in the U.S. are white 3, highlighting a disparity in the diversity of the profession and the people that they serve.

“While facing the dismal reality that more than 85% of Veterinarians are white, MANRRS is committed to partnering with RUSVM to provide underrepresented students access to pursue a career in veterinary medicine,” said Ebony Webber, chief operating officer for MANRRS. “Provided that MANRRS is one of the only and largest organizations focused on diverse talent in agriculture, our student and professional members expect MANRRS to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in areas where minorities are needed to help solve the world’s biggest challenges relating to animal health.”

RUSVM, supported by its parent company, Adtalem Global Education, is committed to cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusivity and creating a diverse global workforce that reflects that culture. To learn more about Adtalem’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, click here.

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) is an institution of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE; member S&P MidCap 400 Index). Founded in 1982, RUSVM is committed to preparing students to become members and leaders of the worldwide public and professional healthcare team and

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Climate change may increase drownings as ice thins, study finds

Falling through ice and drowning is a perennial risk in northern communities where winter ice is a defining part of the environment. But to Leary, the four-wheeler accident stuck out as an especially harrowing one, in part because of its timing: It occurred in late March 2019, a time of year when the Kuskokwim River, which runs through Bethel, should be frozen solid and safe for locals to use as a highway to drive from place to place.

“I thought to myself as I was [going] out there — this shouldn’t be happening,” Leary said in an interview. “We should have at least another month of safe travel on river ice.”

Far from an isolated incident, Leary’s experience reflects a reality facing northern communities around the world: As winters grow warmer because of climate change, seasonal lake, river and sea ice is becoming treacherous. Now, a new study is warning that this trend could have widespread and tragic consequences.

The research, published last week in the journal PLOS One, examined records of more than 4,000 fatal winter drownings worldwide alongside weather and climate records. It found that winter drowning events “increase exponentially” as air temperatures approach 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the freezing point of water. The findings point to a potential for more drownings as winters become milder, with small children and people in remote Indigenous communities facing an acute risk.

“This is the saddest research I’ve ever done,” Sapna Sharma, an associate professor of biology at York University in Canada and the lead author of the new study, said in an interview.

In many northern countries, warmer winters are one of the clearest signals of climate change. In Canada, wintertime air temperatures have risen nearly six degrees over the past 73 years, faster than in any other season. In parts of Alaska, winter has warmed by closer to 10 degrees. In Finland, winters have warmed by about five degrees.

This rapid winter warming is having a clear effect on winter ice. Rivers, lakes and even parts of the open ocean that have long served as seasonal ice roads or sturdy platforms for fishing and recreation are freezing up later in the fall, thawing earlier in the spring and becoming less stable throughout the winter. A huge number of people face potential harm: Research published last year in Nature Climate Change found that a 1.8-degree Fahrenheit uptick in global average temperatures could cause 100 million people to lose access to a reliably frozen lake in winter.

“We know that lakes are warming; lake ice is melting earlier in the spring, forming later in the fall; and that we have more freeze-thaw events and thinner ice,” Sharma said. “And we wondered if that directly affected people.”

To answer that question, Sharma and an international team of collaborators compiled nearly 30 years of records of fatal winter drownings from coroners’ offices, local police stations and lifesaving societies in 10 countries that are home to seasonally frozen rivers and lakes, including Canada, the United

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