Fun ways to help kids enjoy math, science and art

Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) concepts are especially important for young minds. While these are among the most challenging school subjects, at home, these topics can be brought to life through play.

“Children should be encouraged to endlessly explore their creativity and be provided outlets to continuously discover through creative play,” says Hiu Lee, senior VP of Horizon Group USA, a leader in the creative DIY marketplace.

Consider these items that allow children to put real-world science theories to the test while learning fun facts along the way.

Lab Work

A kid’s activity kit gives little scientists an opportunity to start creating. With the Project MC2 Lip Balm Lab, kids can create single- or multi-layer lip balms. This kit includes all of the ingredients required, plus kids can decorate the finished product with science-themed stickers.

Chemistry Connection

Transform your kitchen into a scientific laboratory with the 40 fun and interactive experiments and simple chemical reactions found in the Discovery Extreme Chemistry Set. From creating temperature reactions to testing your taste buds, these hands-on experiments are great for parents and kids to do together. Create liquid ice, work through color-changing litmus experiments, create creepy, crawly, slimy worms and more to show children just how connected to chemistry the world around them is.

Science That Glows

Illuminate your child’s knowledge by combining simple chemistry with glowing power. With the Think Box Glowing Science Lab, kids can explore the basics of chemical compounds and reactions, while creating their own glow-in-the-dark toys and science experiments. The kit includes a ball mold, glow-in-the-dark power ball crystals, zinc sulfate, baking soda, citric acid, guar gum, sodium tetraborate, resealable bags, glow-in-the-dark paint, a mixing stick and a fun poster with instructions.

Bath Time Bubbles

Mix together compounds, add color and shimmer, and create a molded bath bomb in the shape of your choice with YOUniverse Galactic Bath Bombs. Once you have made your creations, pop them into the bath tub and watch as they fizz and bubble.

By giving kids the tools they need to explore the world around them, you can make the most of play time. -StatePoint

Posted on January 27, 2018 .

Facts and Figures (Ohio prek-16 stats 2015-2016)

Posted on August 8, 2017 .

The Adecco Group signs memorandum of understanding with Ohio Department of Education

The Adecco Group, the world's leading provider of workforce solutions, today announced a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ohio Department of Education, becoming a partner with the state in on-the-job training efforts aimed at strengthening Ohio's labor market.

The announcement follows The Adecco Group's October 2016 pledge to facilitate 10,000 work-based learning opportunities by 2020, with an emphasis on apprenticeships. In addition, the partnership supports Ohio's New Skills for Youth grantand will build on the state's Success Bound program, an initiative that is providing career readiness resources to students.

Small, medium, large and Fortune 500 businesses are encouraged to work with The Adecco Group to coordinate on-the-job training programs tailored to each business' needs. The human resources company is not only a resource to employers interested in exploring work-based learning options but also can act as the liaison between employers and other stakeholders, such as educators, ensuring that all requirements are met in order to activate work-based learning at a job site. With a network of skilled, local recruiters who understand Ohio's employment landscape, the staffing company also is positioned to take on the role of Employer of Record for work-based learning participants ages 16 or older.

"We're seeing a shallow pool of talent available to fill open positions across nearly every sector and geography in the U.S., including Ohio," said Tyra Tutor, senior vice president of corporate development and social responsibility at The Adecco Group. "As workforce gaps continue to keep employers up at night, we believe work-based learning and apprenticeship models are a feasible solution to matching talent with the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow."

"We share The Adecco Group's vision for supporting student learning through work-based and apprenticeship experiences that supplement classroom learning. These experiences give students important skills that support their success in further education or in the workplace and contribute to a high-quality talent pool for Ohio's businesses," said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction. "Enormous opportunity exists for Ohio's businesses to partner with educators in setting students up for lifelong success while developing our state's future workforce."

The Adecco Group has seen firsthand how on-the-job training can transform a community. The company partners with Kentucky's Department of Education and area businesses on a program geared at developing the state's talent pool. In its third year, 96 percent of students who have completed the program have gone on to continue their education, extend their time in the program or receive a full-time job offer.

"Our senior leaders see co-ops as one of the most effective ways to address employment gaps," said Holly Brady, assistant manager of human resources at Toyotomi, a Toyota supplier that was an early adopter of The Adecco Group's Kentucky program. "They've allowed us to engage with young talent that we otherwise wouldn't have access to. Each student we work with learns the skills needed to be successful at our business, and we see them as potential full-time employees."

"Gov. Kasich's budget contains provisions to provide high school students with more work-based learning opportunities," said Ryan Burgess, director of the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation. "The partnership with Adecco will provide Ohio's businesses with customizable solutions so they can focus on engaging students in work-based learning and building a skilled and productive workforce."

Companies are encouraged to reach out to The Adecco Group if they are interested in offering work-based learning opportunities or enhancing their current training programs. For more information, contact or visit

"There are a number of misconceptions about work-based learning models. Right now, what we really want Ohio's businesses to know is that on-the-job training goes beyond corporate responsibility. Ultimately, it is a smart human resources strategy," said Tutor.

About The Adecco Group
The Adecco Group is the world's leading provider of workforce solutions, transforming the world of work through talent and technology. Each year, The Adecco Group provides over 1 million people around the world with career opportunities, guidance and insights. Through its global brands Adecco, Modis, Badenoch & Clark, Spring Professional, Lee Hecht Harrison and Pontoon, The Adecco Group offers total workforce solutions including temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition, talent development, and outsourcing. The Adecco Group partners with employers, candidates, colleagues and governments, sharing its labor market expertise and insights to empower people, fuel economies, and enrich societies.

The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company, based in Zurich, Switzerland, with more than 33,000 FTE employees in 60 countries and territories around the world. Adecco Group AG is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN).

About the Ohio Department of Education
The Ohio Department of Education oversees the state’s public education system, which includes public school districts, joint vocational school districts and charter schools. The Department also monitors educational service centers, other regional education providers, early learning and child care programs, and private schools. The Department’s tasks include administering the school funding system, collecting school fiscal and performance data, developing academic standards and model curricula, administering the state achievement tests, issuing district and school report cards, administering Ohio’s voucher programs, providing professional development, and licensing teachers, administrators, treasurers, superintendents and other education personnel. The Department is governed by the State Board of Education with administration of the Department the responsibility of the superintendent of public instruction.

Posted on July 25, 2017 .

Online retailer celebrates 50 amazing teachers

(NewsUSA) -Education is a cornerstone of our culture and society. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are more than four million teachers in the United States. Every day, they go above and beyond to shape children's minds through their passion for lifelong learning.

The average teacher spends $500 investing in his or her classroom, with one in ten having spent $1,000 or more. Some teachers work in economically challenged districts where purchasing gym equipment, art supplies or even groceries with their own money helps engage a child, or their family, in education.

For the projected 60 million children who attend preschool through grade 12, the lengths to which educators go to invest outside of their curriculum and official hours is staggering.

Companies have earnestly started recognizing the work of educators everywhere, and online retailer zulily has taken National Teacher Appreciation Week a step further. zulily is launching a series of curated collections inspired by six teachers, selected through its Thank a Teacher Contest. The contest invited individuals from across the country to submit inspirational stories about a teacher who made a difference in their students' lives.

The brand received an influx of stories highlighting the different ways that teachers show dedication to their students. These stories include a teacher who created a Kindergarten Santa project to ensure that every child would have a Christmas present, and a teacher who continues to teach while undergoing chemotherapy because she wants to be with her students, who "give her life."

Teachers from across the country were nominated from preschool through grade 12, with schools including public, private, Head Start, Montessori, court school system and homeschool represented.

"We wanted to bring visibility to everything that teachers do and spotlight a few stories that are emblematic of all teachers," zulily's CEO, Darrell Cavens, says.

"Great educators have encouraged and impacted everyone in meaningful ways, big and small, which is why we wanted to share a heartfelt thank you, from all of us here at zulily."

During National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12), zulily will run the curated teacher-inspired sales events, featuring classroom-ready merchandise in education categories, including: STEM, Art & Creative Play, Foreign Language, Homeschool & Montessori, Special Needs, and Teacher Supplies & Furniture. zulily is offering an additional 15 percent off items purchased from any of these six events.

Visit The Find to learn more about the 50 winners of the zulily Thank a Teacher Contest.

Posted on July 24, 2017 .

Back-to-school tips to help reduce stress

School can be a stressful place, from finding a seat at lunch to making new friends, but don’t let supplies be one of those stressors. Make life just a bit easier with the right supplies, so students have more time to focus on the important things. To help reduce stress, consider the following tips and tricks.

Lighten the Load

Students are always on the go -- shuttling to and from school, attending rehearsals, practices and other extracurricular activities, and moving about from class to class. Managing mobility is crucial toward alleviating physical stress.

Use multifunctional tools that can help them carry less, such as the Five Star Flex Hybrid NoteBinder. It acts like a notebook and works like a binder with flexible, durable rings that open and close, allowing students to add, remove or re-sort their papers. Carrying less means less to worry about.

Further lighten the load by carrying only what is needed. Pack backpacks the night before to avoid bringing textbooks or binders that won’t be used. Another tip is to look for a backpack that features ergonomic straps to help distribute weight evenly and reduce physical stress. A backpack that has this feature is the Five Star Expandable Backpack; not only that, it also has expanding compartments offering extra room when needed. Other things to look for are pockets to help keep small supplies organized and easy to find, and padded sections for holding and protecting technology.

Stay Organized

Being organized can reduce so many headaches. Yet somehow, it’s all too easy to let backpacks, lockers and even bedroom floors get messy. Use effective organizational tools to ensure assignments aren’t misplaced in the shuffle. For example, the Five Star Storage & Organization Divider features mesh storage pockets that are great for smaller school supplies; plus, it can snap into a notebook or be stored in a binder for easy organization of important papers.

Write it Down

Write down assignments as soon as they are given. Being proactive will make sure there are no surprises. A planner is great for accessing information anytime, however you may want to display this crucial information on a wall calendar or planner at home as well.

Remain Balanced

Beyond selecting smart gear, students can help ensure a successful school year by making room in their schedules for activities that help reduce stress, whether that’s listening to music, going for a run or spending time with friends.

Find a few systems that help keep mental and physical stress low, and work hard to keep them in place throughout the year. - StatePoint

Posted on July 15, 2017 .

Ohio expands options for students to earn industry-recognized credentials

Ohio’s high school students now have 49 more industry-recognized credentials at their fingertips, thanks to the input of companies and industries throughout the state. The Ohio Department of Education added the credentials to guide career-based program development and help students understand and prepare for Ohio’s in-demand jobs and careers. Some students go right into the workforce after earning credentials. For others, the credentials allow students to earn money to help finance college.

“We owe a big thanks to Ohio’s businesses for their input on these credentials. This invaluable information is helping show students all the great opportunities for their future success,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “With these new credentials, students can create road maps to a career and even to higher education opportunities.”

Finding, hiring and retaining high-quality employees is a monumental task for businesses. Industry-recognized credentials help employers validate the knowledge and skills of potential employees and saves valuable time in assessing the skills of job applicants. 

“ODE’s innovation to allow HUMTOWN PRODUCTS to have insight and input to these new credentials is revolutionary in connecting education to business,” said Mark Lamoncha, president and CEO, HUMTOWN PRODUCTS. “Without them, we are just hiring people that show up to work at a job. These credentials align the graduates with skills that they can perform as a professional in a career.”

Two examples of the new credentials include:

Certified Registered Central Service Technician
Central service technicians work primarily in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical facilities to sterilize medical equipment for patient care or surgery. They must be familiar with all tools used in surgery and other activities within the hospital, as well as methods of sterilizing these tools and equipment, as maintenance may vary from one item to another. Average hourly rate is $14.56 per hour. Range is $23,921-43,313. Source:

Certified Logistics Technician
A logistics technician makes sure that all supplies and equipment for a certain location are taken care of. This usually involves the choosing, ordering and distributing of important equipment. In order to maintain the best organization, all supplies and equipment must be accounted for when doing inventory. These inventory reports must be completed with the highest amount of accuracy for everyone at the specific location to get the supplies they need. Average hourly rate is $16.71 per hour. Range is $26,837-59,864. Source:

One way students can earn a high school diploma is by earning an industry-recognized credential and achieving a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment. Here is the complete list ofindustry-recognized credentials in 13 career categories. Each one links to the sponsoring organization, which can be national, statewide or regional. The sponsoring organization determines the qualifications and testing that the credential requires. 

Interested students and families should contact their local school districts about the opportunity to earn a credential and be job ready upon graduation. There are some credentials that high school seniors can earn in one year through the Senior Only Credential Program.

Posted on July 13, 2017 .

COTC offers evening and weekend degree programs for working adults 

NEWARK – We know that for many adults going back to school seems impossible. They have busy lives with work, children and other responsibilities. That’s why Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is trying to make completing a degree easier. COTC is offering degree programs for working adults that can be completed by taking evening and weekend classes on its extended campuses.

The 321 Countdown program will start this autumn semester offering business management technology and accounting technology degree programs in Coshocton, Mount Vernon and Pataskala. Students will attend classes three days a week, two during the week and one on the weekend, and at the end of two years, they will have the one degree they have been working toward.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to students,” said COTC Director of Enrollment Management & Gateway Operations Robin Washington. “We know that time is limited. This program lays out the path to a degree by showing students what courses they’ll take to get their degree completed in a timely manner.”

More degree programs will be offered in this format in the future. The first cohort begins August 22. To learn more about the 321 Countdown program visit:

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.

Posted on June 12, 2017 .

‘Make Music Day’ is coming: How to get your family involved

The benefits of music education are endless. Studies have associated music education with higher test scores, improved concentration and more. But if you are a parent, you probably know how it goes: many children will begin a music program with enthusiasm, only to complain about practicing a short time later, sometimes even asking to quit.

Music should never be a chore, however. In honor of Make Music Day, celebrated June 21st, here are tips for parents to incorporate music into their family routine in ways that are fun and positive.

• Plan a music night. Create an evening where all activities revolve around music. Take turns at the karaoke machine. Play a music-themed trivia game. Hold a family concert night or talent show where everyone gets a chance to perform. Sing instead of speak. Watch a favorite musical.

• Take a class together. You can inspire by example by taking a music class with your child. You don’t necessarily need to find a class designed for parents and kids, although there are plenty of such classes available.

• Use new tools and tech. New tools can be used at home to make music fun. For example, Casio keyboards feature a Dance Music Mode, which divides the piano keyboard into different instrument sections, like drums, bass and more. Fifty built-in styles, as well as familiar effects like stutter and filter, make it easy and fun for anyone to create and remix dance music. To learn more, visit

• Attend a live performance. Take time to simply appreciate music. Sample different musical styles and broaden your horizons by attending live concerts and shows.

• Play name that tune. In the car with the radio playing? Play “Name that Tune.” Keep a running tally of who knows the most songs.

By making music fun, your children will be more likely to reap the benefits of making and enjoying music their entire lives. - StatePoint

Posted on June 11, 2017 .

Make no mistake—play is crucial, experts say

While most kids score an “A” in play, many parents need to understand just how crucial play is for their children’s development.

  Parenting experts and educators say that if parents understood just how crucial play was for their children’s development, they’d encourage their kids to play more often.

Parenting experts and educators say that if parents understood just how crucial play was for their children’s development, they’d encourage their kids to play more often.

That’s the consensus experts share in “The American State of Play” report published by The Genius of Play™, a national movement to raise awareness of play’s vital benefits.

“The latest research shows that children are spending less time playing than ever before and it’s a problem,” says Dana Points, a parenting expert and one of the report’s contributors. “Play is one of the most essential elements of learning, helping kids develop social, emotional and cognitive skills. Yet overly structured schedules, increased screen time and diminishing recesses in schools are getting in the way.”

To help your child learn, explore, create and evolve through play, check out these tips:

• Engage in All Types of Play. Kids learn through all play, but not all play must be structured and not all play is the same. Kids may take part in active, cooperative, creative, even solitary play in a single afternoon, with and without actual toys. 

• Use Play as a Learning Tool. Enrolling children in a program to learn a skill is not the same as just letting kids play. The pressure parents feel to make sure their kids are getting the best training can be counterproductive to the positive emotional, social and skill-based learning they get through play. 

• Recognize the Power of Recess. Recess helps kids learn. Research shows that children are more attentive after recess.

• Trust Your Kids, Within Boundaries. Teach kids problem-solving skills to help them make better decisions and then set certain parameters in terms of knowing where they are, giving them space and trusting their judgment. That’s how kids learn independence, competence, and confidence they need for success in life.

• Guide Children’s Tech Use. Give kids time to explore virtual worlds and tech-based play but set limits, just as you do with everything else. Parents can be role models in how to use technology in a responsible way. 

• Let Kids Lead the Way. Parents learn much more from children when they interact and play with them on their terms. Just being present plays a significant role. 

More expert advice and everyday play ideas based on a child’s age or developmental stage are available at To support The Genius of Play’s mission to bring more play into kids’ lives and get daily play inspiration and facts, follow @GeniusOfPlay on Facebookand Instagram. - NAPSI

Posted on June 11, 2017 .

The psychology of higher learning: Student finds home on Newark Campus

NEWARK – Psychology is defined as the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context. Junior Arisha Rahman, 21, is now majoring in psychology after her experience at The Ohio State University at Newark helped her discover what environment she needed to thrive in the classroom.

“Class size makes a real difference for me,” said Rahman. “I took classes on the Columbus campus and on the Newark campus and realized large class sizes did not work for me.”

Rahman was born in Bangladesh and moved to the United States when she was six months old. She graduated from Dublin Coffman High School in 2014 and always wanted to go to Ohio State. Rahman started as a pre-medicine major and took classes on the Newark campus the summer after she graduated to get a jump start on college. When she went to Columbus, she quickly learned there was going to be a problem.

“I did not realize how important class sizes were for me,” said Rahman. “In Columbus, when you are sitting in a general chemistry class there are 500 or 600 students. There is a balcony in the room. My mind kept wandering, and I felt like I was watching a YouTube video. There was no teacher-student connection. For students like me who need personal interaction, it just doesn’t work well.”

The average class size at Ohio State Newark is 25 students. Rahman said that was closer to what she had in high school and is what worked best for her. The entire experience sparked Rahman’s interest in psychology and how minds work differently in different environments. She changed her major from pre-medicine to psychology and transitioned to the Newark campus to complete her degree.

“I realized I like to explore how humans work,” said Rahman. “I don’t care about the atoms or the electrons, I care about the bigger picture. I want to learn about how humans are behaving or interacting and what is going on in their brains.”

Rahman lives in the residence hall on the Newark campus. She has done well academically in Newark and said the connection with her professors helps motivate her to study. Rahman is involved on campus as well. She is currently the vice president of Student Cultural Council, a research assistant in the psychology lab and a lab monitor.

“This is the right place for me. I think the smaller community here at Newark fosters learning,” said Rahman. “I really value the education and experience I am having here.”

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.

Posted on June 8, 2017 .

Independence Day concert and fireworks is July 3

NEWARK — Celebrate Independence Day this year on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). The annual concert and fireworks display will be held on Monday, July 3. The event is free and open to the public.

The evening’s celebration will begin with the local cover band Sticks & Stones at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra at approximately 8 p.m. A fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m. After the fireworks, Sticks & Stones will return to the stage for an encore presentation. All performances will be held at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre.

A number of local vendors will be selling food and beverages on the campus grounds beginning at 6 p.m.The Licking County Veterans Project will also be on display in Hopewell Hall during the event. The poster presentation with pictures of local veterans was put together by the Licking County Library. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnics and blankets for a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment.

Free parking is available on campus. The city of Newark has closed Sharon Valley Road at the intersection of Evans Boulevard and the north access road to the campus. Vehicles must use alternative entrances located on Country Club Drive and Granville Road.

The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks is sponsored by COTC, Ohio State Newark and the Reese Family Foundation.

Posted on June 6, 2017 .

Groundbreaking ceremony held for SciDome Planetarium at The Works

NEWARK – The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology and The Ohio State University at Newark held a public groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, June 2 for their collaborative $1.4 million SciDome planetarium to be built on The Works’ campus, 55 S. 1st Street in downtown Newark. The 2,200 square foot facility will house a 30 foot tilted dome with 4K digital projection and NanoSeamTM technology and theatre-style seating for 60 guests. Completion is anticipated in June 2018.

Marcia Downes, The Works’ managing director, stated, “With the building of the SciDome, we are extremely proud to continue our founder Howard LeFevre’s legacy of access to high-quality educational programming, and we were pleased to be able to invite the entire community to celebrate this newest addition to The Works with us at the groundbreaking event.”

“This is an amazing opportunity for the students at Ohio State Newark and for the Newark community,” said Ohio State Newark Dean/Director William L. MacDonald. “The mission of Ohio State Newark is to provide access to the university by extending Ohio State courses, programs, research and service to many Ohio communities. This partnership allows us to reach and educate so many in our region in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) using the latest technology and make a significant impact on future generations.”

The SciDome will be located at the site of The Works’ current Discovery Garden, between the museum’s administration building and main museum building, the former Scheidler Machine Works.

This innovative collaboration will result in a dynamic educational partnership bringing state-of-the-art fulldome simulations and interdisciplinary programs to the public as well as Ohio State Newark students. To accomplish this breadth of programming, the SciDome will be a shared facility, open to The Works’ guests and school tours as well as Ohio State Newark classes and programming. A complete schedule is yet to be determined.

To further facilitate this unique partnership, the SciDome will include a dedicated office for Ohio State Newark faculty member Dr. Michael Stamatikos, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Department of Astronomy and Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particles Physics. Dr. Stamatikos—widely recognized for his work on Swift, a NASA satellite mission that was ranked the best science mission in its class in two consecutive NASA biennial senior reviews—will serve as The Works’ Chief Science Officer funded through an endowed professorship at Ohio State Newark. The university will also provide funding for three internships each year (one per semester) to assist with Ohio State Newark programming.

Initial programming will include Starry Night and The Layered Earth fulldome simulations. Designed for educators by dome builder, Spitz, Inc., these planetarium presentations can be manipulated in real time to empower educators to customize each educational presentation.

For more than 20 years, The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology, has offered hands-on educational and cultural activities for all ages. The Works is an official Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM), and Time Travelers network.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life.

Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.

Posted on June 5, 2017 .

How to use social media to build your career

 Avon representative, Alicia Hessinger Dias uses social media as a sales tool.

Avon representative, Alicia Hessinger Dias uses social media as a sales tool.

Seventy-seven percent of American women want to be their own boss, a new survey from Avon finds. While their reasons vary -- from scheduling flexibility to more control to less office politics -- now it’s easier than ever to start living like a boss or simply to advance in your career.

In the digital age, getting ahead begins with your social media accounts, which are literally at the fingertips of the people and companies with whom you would like to work. Experts say that having an engaging presence on sites like LinkedIn and Instagram can help you make connections, spread your expertise, and show potential employers and partners that you’re a good fit.

Indeed, 78 percent of salespeople engaged in social selling are outselling their peers who are not using social selling. Whatever your professional goals are, take steps to hone your online presence.

Avon, a company with a 130-year track record empowering women to be their own bosses, points out that today, social media plays a big role in the direct selling model. They are sharing proven practices to build your brand sales opportunities through social media.

• Go in with a strategy. How would you like to be perceived? Make sure the reality of your online presence matches this vision, as well as your professional field. You may also consider strategically using privacy settings on certain channels to ensure your public-facing persona remains professional and on-message.

• Be genuine. It’s important to be genuine, so use social media to be yourself and celebrate what you love. “I blog about the things I am actually wearing and doing, not what I think other people want me to say. Your readers want to hear your authentic voice and that is what they will respond to best,” says Alicia Hessinger Dias, an Avon representative and entrepreneur. She started her blog about a year into her Avon business and uses it as an opportunity to share deals, steals and tips that let her express her artistic and fashion-forward side.

To learn more about becoming your own boss at Avon, visit Avon Insider at or sign up at

• Play into your strengths. Spend the bulk of your energy using the online platform that works most naturally for you. For example, if you agree that “brevity is the soul of wit,” spend your time on Twitter. If you’re a visual storyteller, focus on Instagram.

• Be consistent. Stick to the topics you are passionate about, and remember to post regularly. Consider using a hashtag that speaks to your personal brand. Lastly, don’t just post content and then disappear. Remember to engage with followers in positive ways.

• Give shout-outs. Connections come more easily when you give shout-outs. Use the event hashtag while live tweeting an industry conference. Add those you admire to your blogroll. These actions will help you earn high-quality followers.

These days, having a savvy digital strategy can be the most crucial step you take professionally.

“From the start of my blog, it has been an essential sales tool,” says Hessinger Dias. “The soft sell of showcasing product is much more effective than a direct sales pitch.” - StatePoint

Posted on June 5, 2017 .

Soft skills, community relations are necessities to improve policing efforts

  Many police officers have found the more they learn about technology and social media, the safer and more efficient they can be. 

Many police officers have found the more they learn about technology and social media, the safer and more efficient they can be. 

Police officers today face very different challenges than a decade ago. Social media and an increase in overall visibility of officers’ actions place them under increased scrutiny, and may have fueled disconnect between law enforcement and the communities they protect. According to a Gallup survey, only 58 percent of whites and 29 percent of African Americans trust police officers, up slightly from the lowest point it reached in 2015. Recent incidents with minorities and limited community presence may contribute to the lack of trust. 

Understanding the efforts police departments undertake to prevent crime is especially important as the United States Congress in 2009 designated March as National Criminal Justice Month. The month is meant to promote societal awareness of the causes and consequences of crime and better help civilians understand the strategies to prevent and respond to it. Many experts believe a return to community-oriented policing (COP) and an emphasis on soft skills for officers could help police departments make strides toward rebuilding community trust.

Daniel Barry is one expert, who says police departments need to make a shift in philosophies. Barry is the criminal justice chair for the University of Phoenix College of Security and Criminal Justice Las Vegas Campus and spent 30 years as police captain for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. He and other current and former Las Vegas officers started the Police Athletic League to help officers and youths form a bond through sports. Barry says initiatives like these go a long way in improving community relations. 

“People need to understand that COP and soft skills are a philosophy, not a style of policing,” Barry said. “We live in a more connected, more exposed world. Police departments need to embrace efforts to be more involved with the communities they serve.”

Police departments are in fact transitioning back to a COP philosophy. Traditional policing has historically taken a reactionary approach, responding to crime after it occurs, which could make individuals feel unsafe. With COP, officers are proactively engaged with community members to address immediate concerns and stop crime before it occurs. Programs such as D.A.R.E. and bike patrols were examples of successful past COP initiatives. Today, COP initiatives include expanding social media presence and becoming more active in community projects. 

Soft skills and training on how to best de-escalate a situation are key focuses for police departments. Much like how officers are expected to undergo firearms training, teaching soft skills like interpersonal communication and critical thinking must also be prioritized. Studies have shown that the officers with higher education degrees are less likely to use force when making an arrest than those without a degree or only a GED. In fact, officers with two- or four-year degrees used physical or verbal force 56 percent of the time when making an arrest, compared to 68 percent for those with only a high school education. 

Moreover, police departments should focus on educating officers on technology and encouraging social media use. According to a Pew Research survey, 44 percent of officers rated their agencies use of social media as “fair,” and fewer than one in 10 rated it as “excellent.” Despite a lack of understanding and budget cut restraints, social media can be a helpful tool to enhance a department’s reputation and quickly spread information.

University of Phoenix offers degrees and certificates that focus on security, public administration and criminal justice that teach the necessary hard and soft skills to pursue a career in criminal justice. Students learn how to make a difference in their communities, protect people and contribute to improving society.

For more information about each of these programs, including on-time completion rates, the median debt incurred by students who completed the program and other important information, please visit - NAPSI

Posted on June 4, 2017 .

Thank a teacher

Although National Teacher Appreciation Week begins on Sunday, May 7, 2017, any time is a good time to acknowledge all the teachers who make a positive impact on children’s lives.

  Grammy Award−winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow appreciates teachers.

Grammy Award−winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow appreciates teachers.

Send A Free Thank-You Video E-card

To help facilitate giving thanks to our nation’s often undervalued K−12 teachers, the national nonprofit offers a free and easy way to thank teachers. Kicking off April 17, it allows people to preschedule free digital video thank-you e-cards, which the nonprofit will automatically send out during Teacher Appreciation Week.

“We wanted to make it easy for people to shower their teachers with gratitude during Teacher Appreciation Week,” says Ann Ness, executive director of “We believe our video e-cards will put smiles on the faces of our nation’s teachers.”

To preschedule free video e-cards, go to, enter your teacher’s name and e-mail address, select your favorite video e-card and add a personal message. will automatically send all e-cards out beginning May 7.

Join Sheryl Crow

Nine-time Grammy Award−winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow wants everyone to understand the importance of thanking teachers.

“We need to support the teachers who changed our lives for the better; teaching is the most important job that exists,” said Crow. “Join me and in letting teachers know how important and appreciated they are for the work they do.”

As a former teacher who comes from a family of teachers, Crow understands just how challenging the profession can be.

On average, U.S. teachers spend $600 a year purchasing school supplies for their classrooms and students. Twenty percent of teachers spend more than $1,000 annually.

Give teachers your support this Teacher Appreciation Week. In addition to sending a meaningful thank-you e-card, you can make a donation to your favorite teacher on to show your gratitude.

As an award-winning 501(c)(3), makes it easy for individual donors and corporate sponsors to donate funds to K−12 classrooms in public, private and charter schools throughout the United States. To date, has donated more than $30 million to teachers and their classrooms.

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To send a teacher an e-card or for more information, you can visit - NAPSI

Posted on June 3, 2017 .

How young women can land the right internship

Internships provide great opportunities for young women to get their professional feet wet. While classroom lessons provide theoretical senses of what a profession might be like, an internship gives an actual sense, shedding light on how a particular business or industry operates.

In its Class of 2015 Student Survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that women (65.8 percent) were slightly more likely to have had an internship than men (64.6 percent). Competition for internships can be steep, and young women who want to set themselves apart from the field can employ various strategies as they search for internships.

• Learn the recruiting schedule. Some professions may recruit interns year-round, while others may only look for interns during particular times of the year. Speak with your academic advisor or someone in your college or university’s career placement department to determine when opportunities in your field are most likely to be available, and make sure your materials (i.e., résumé and portfolio) are ready when that recruiting season begins.

• Don’t limit yourself. Cast a wide net when searching for an internship. If you want to be an investment banker, landing an internship that allows you to work alongside investment bankers may be ideal. However, limiting yourself to only those opportunities may be prohibitive, and you may end up with nothing. Maintain an open mind when pursuing internships. Even if you don’t land your dream internship, another opportunity may provide lots of hands-on experience while also allowing you to get your foot in the door.

• Tell the truth. Embellishing your résumé might help you get an interview, but chances are the interviewer will learn pretty quickly if your purported skills are authentic. Internship programs are designed for students with little or no experience who might one day turn into valued employees. If a company suspects an internship candidate of embellishing her skills and experience now, that candidate might never get her foot back in the door. Tell the truth and express your excitement at any opportunity that allows you to apply classroom lessons in real-world settings.

• Don’t accept just any internship. Not every internship is worth the effort. While interns may be asked to perform some menial tasks during their internships, the right opportunities afford interns the chance to get professional experience and interact with working professionals. If an opportunity is largely or exclusively clerical, you might be better off continuing your search or volunteering with a firm.

Young women looking for internships can take various steps to ensure they land the most beneficial opportunities available to them.

Posted on June 3, 2017 .

Using academic practices to improve our communications 

  The research community has time-tested ways to communicate accurately and effectively that can help anyone develop meaningful content. 

The research community has time-tested ways to communicate accurately and effectively that can help anyone develop meaningful content. 

In today’s fast-paced world, new content is coming out faster than many people can keep up. According to an article in Science Daily, 90 percent of the world’s data has been generated in just the last few years. People actively develop new content every day, whether in their professional roles or when choosing what to blog about, link to on social media, and actively share in some way. With all this increased access to information that can be used to create content, it’s important to be mindful of the process and how companies can most effectively connect with consumers or any audience in a way that is accurate and authentic.

The Problem

Without proper authentication, you run the risk of misconstruing or misrepresenting your main idea with potentially false information.

Some Answers

Fortunately, the research community has time-tested best practices that can help anyone develop meaningful content, whether for professional or personal use. To help, Hinrich Eylers, Ph.D., executive dean for the School of Advanced Studies at University of Phoenix, offers these three tips to keep in mind when creating content:

1. Use Solid Sources: Scholars use both primary and secondary sources as they delve into their topic on the quest for the truth. Primary sources include firsthand raw materials such as artifacts, original writings, observed studies and recordings. Secondary sources may include everything from books to blogs on the topic and can help them connect the dots, view the same subject from different viewpoints and gain more perspective. One way to apply the best practice of using multiple sources and going back to the source in our consumption of information is to click through to the original source of an article, blog post or tweet to research it further before drawing conclusions.

2. Think Critically: Scholars are trained to take a highly disciplined analytical approach to what they see and hear. This is known as critical thinking. Through their research and writing, scholars are seasoned critical thinkers, trained in refusing to take things at face value, asking thought-provoking questions and challenging the status quo. As a consumer of information, you benefit when you lay the groundwork for arriving at valid conclusions before making up your mind or sharing half-baked perspectives with others. Thinking critically may also help you avoid making false assumptions in everyday decision-making as well.

3. Overcome Bias: Scholars are well aware of the extensive number of cognitive biases that make people susceptible to brain hacking, where someone may not be truly in control of his or her own decision-making and opinions. For instance, “confirmation bias” draws people to information that confirms what they already believe. When people apply biases to the world around them, they’re vulnerable to being hacked as individuals, as groups and as a society. To assure they’re looking at things objectively rather than subjectively, scholars strive to consider a variety of contexts such as societal, historic, economic, geopolitical and commercial before drawing any conclusions. As you read new content, when you’re willing to entertain new theories and embrace new perspectives with an open mind, you increase your chances to learn more and accept the truth at face value.

By keeping these methods in mind, content creators of all backgrounds can be more assured that their content is developed in a way that’s all inclusive and accurate, Dr. Eylers added.

University of Phoenix is comprised of a skilled faculty of industry leaders along with convenient and flexible courses to help students pursue their goals and meet the demands of the marketplace.

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For further facts and figures, go to - NAPSI

Posted on June 1, 2017 .

Dover Library announces teen summer reading program and events

DOVER – This summer, the Dover Public Library is offering a lineup of special events for the Be the Change Teen Summer Reading Program. The program consists of a series of Tuesday events from June 20 through August 1, activities in the Teen Zone during Library hours, and a reading program from June 5 through July 29. All Tuesday programs begin at 2:00 PM and are open to teens entering grades six through twelve and the class of 2017. Registration is not required for any of the Teen Tuesday events. Interested teens can contact the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123 for more information. 

The Dover Public Library kicks off its summer Teen Tuesdays on June 20 with Anime Mini-Con, an event celebrating geek culture. The event will feature activities throughout the library. Cosplayers are welcome.

June 27, teens are invited to Play with Your Food. Teens will get a bag of secret ingredients with which to create something delicious and awesome. Teens are advised to let the library know of any food allergies before the event.

July 11, teens will meet across the street on the Dover High School lawn for an epic H2O battle featuring water balloons and other water toys. In case of rain, a movie will be shown in the Story Time Room. 

Teens will return to the High School lawn on July 18 for the annual Sharpie Tie Dye event. Teens are asked to bring their own white or light-colored T-shirts to learn this twist on a classic summer activity. In case of rain, a movie will be shown in the Story Time Room.

July 25, teens can learn how to create their own unique journals at Art Journaling. All materials will be supplied by the Library.

Finally, a Summer Movie on August 1 provides a weather back-up date for the outdoor events. Updates will be posted on the Teen Facebook Page regarding this final Teen Tuesday event of the summer. 

For busy teens, there are also activities going on in the Teen Zone any time the Library is open June 5 through July 29. Teens can come in during normal library hours, complete the activity, and return their entries to the Circulation Desk in exchange for chances to win the Grand Prize or one of the Library’s other tote bags filled with books, games, and much more.

Teens may earn even more chances to win prizes by participating in the reading program. Starting June 5, teens can pick up reading trackers at the Circulation Desk. For each hour that teens read between June 5 and July 29, they can earn one raffle ticket, up to four a week. If teens do not have time to read four hours a week, they can still earn tickets. Teens do not have to return to the library every week, but they do have to bring in their trackers in order to redeem tickets. Interested patrons can contact Teen Librarian Liz Strauss for more information.

For more teen news from Dover Public Library, patrons are invited to check out the Teen Facebook Page at

Posted on June 1, 2017 .

College advice from the ‘experts’ who’ve been there

Only 60 percent of college freshmen will graduate within 6 years according to the latest report from the National Center for Educational Statistics. That’s pretty scary stuff for college-bound students and their tuition-paying parents — especially if loans are part of the financial formula. 

Even for those students who make it to graduation, there may be some question as to whether they made the most of their time on campus. 

As this Northern Michigan University senior reflects, “There I was, about to graduate with some random degree and feeling like I’d wasted my parents money.”

And from a University of Florida senior: “The problem with college is that you figure it out about the time you’re ready to graduate.” 

Helping college students “figure it out” sooner rather than later is what the latest edition of the awarding-winning “Been There, Should’ve Done That — 995+ Tips for Making the Most of College,” (Front Porch Press) continues to do.  The 4th edition again draws from interviews with seasoned collegians across the U.S. According to author, Suzette Tyler, a former academic adviser at Michigan State University, “their ‘expert’ advice is refreshingly insightful and often more encompassing than might be found in an adviser’s office.”

“I could talk until I was blue in the face about things like time-management and self-discipline,” Tyler explains, “but when a fellow student says, ‘I got great grades and I never missed a party and here’s how to do it,’ it has far more impact.

Here are some tips from ‘the experts’:

• “The first few weeks are great. You’re meeting people, partying ... no tests, no papers. Then ...WHAM! Everything’s due in the same week! If you weren’t hitting the books right along, you’ll spend the rest of the term digging yourself out!” - Senior, University of California, Santa Cruz

• “Gather all the syllabi during the first week of classes and write down the due date for every single paper, project, test or whatever. You’ll see instantly which weeks are potential killers.”  - Junior, Wake Forest

• “Sitting in a classroom is the easiest part of college and it cuts study time in half. Why make it hard on yourself? GO!” - Senior, University of Iowa

• “What separated me from the masses was ‘connecting’ with a faculty member. I didn’t even know what the possibilities were until he laid out a ‘roadmap’ and showed me a few shortcuts to get there. When my confidence was shaky, he reminded me that I could do it.” - Graduate, University of Michigan.

• “Pick the professor, not the time of day.” - Junior, Duke University

• “Get a job in the office of your major. You’ll get to know everyone from the secretaries to the dean, all of whom can be very helpful. If any great opportunities come along, you’ll be the first to know.” - Senior, Indiana University

• “There’s no reason to fail! There are people here to help and it’s free. Actually, you’ve paid for it so you might as well use it.” - Senior, Michigan State University

“The students who make the most of their college experience aren’t necessarily the smartest ones. It’s often the average kids who know how to utilize the system, connect with the professors, take advantage of extracurricular activities, and manage their time well who reap the rewards,” Tyler says. “Been There, Should’ve Done That” can help students get all they can out of the next four years.

Posted on May 30, 2017 .

ECC to host media literacy workshop

NEWARK — Before the 2016 presidential election, news was almost always considered to be factual. Today that is no longer the case. Allegations of interference in the U.S. election process through the use of “fake news stories” viewed on social media sites have changed how people consume news and what new sources are considered legitimate. The Ohio State University at Newark’s Education Curriculum Center (ECC) is hosting a workshop called “Popping the Fake News Bubble: Engaging Students in 21stCentury Media and Information Literacy” on June 19, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center located at 1219 University Drive, Newark, Ohio.

The event will feature a keynote address by media literacy expert Frank W. Baker; concurrent sessions and poster sessions; and opportunities to create lesson plans, HyperDocs and more. The goals of the workshop include raising awareness of teaching strategies to identify “fake news,” developing lesson plans to teach students how to identify it, and collaboration with other educators.

Baker is highly lauded in the field of media literacy. He has conducted hundreds of workshops for educators and students across the United States. Baker is a national Jessie McCanse awardee and “Leaders in Learning” honoree. He is a consultant to the SC Writing Improvement Network, and former consultant to the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).  He has developed a nationally recognized media literacy resource website.

The Jesse McCanse Award given by the National Telemedia Council recognizes individual contribution to the field of media literacy, over a long sustained period of time of at least ten years. Cable in the Classroom’sLeaders in Learning Awards recognize outstanding educators, administrators, policymakers, and other community leaders who use new ideas to educate and new technology to better prepare young students for the future

The workshop is a collaboration of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association and the Curriculum Material Centers Interest Group of the Academic Library Association of Ohio.

The ECC is a community resource. Students and local educators can access the library collection which includes children’s literature, sample textbooks and educational software. Classroom materials and services are also available to students, area teachers and home-schoolers.

For more information and to register, visit: workshop cost is $65 for OELMA members and $75 for nonmembers. Registration deadline is June 11.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.

Posted on May 25, 2017 .