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Child Foster Care Reform: National Call to Action on Children in Foster Care State Plans To Improve Nation’s Foster Care Programs and Child Protection System Unveiled

Williamsburg, VA (PRWEB) May 2, 2006

Representatives from the nations state courts and child welfare agencies have developed specific recommendations to improve child foster care systems and foster care programs throughout the country as part of a National Call to Action on children in foster care released by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). State Supreme Court justices partnered with other state leaders to develop the National Call to Action to help reduce the length of time children spend in foster care. Their recommendations provide states with a clear road map of action plans and needed resources to improve outcomes for our nation’s children living in foster care.

Today more than 500,000 children live in foster care. Half of the children will spend at least two years in the Nations foster care system and one in five children will be in the system for five years or more. Although child foster care is often an essential step in helping abused and neglected children, state and local court delays can often extend the time between when children enter the foster care system and when they are placed in safe, permanent homes. While in this ‘limbo,’ many children and families do not receive the assistance they need to allow children to return home safely or prepare them to join another family.

“Implementation of these plans will go a long way to make substantial progress toward reducing the amount of time children spend in the foster care system,” said Chief Justice of Indiana Randall T. Shepard, President of the Conference of Chief Justices. “It will bring these children one step closer to the safe and permanent families they need and deserve.”

The National Call to Action is the result of the landmark National Judicial Leadership Summit for the Protection of Children: Changing Lives by Changing Systems (the Summit), which was held in Minnesota in September 2005. Leaders of 49 state court systems (Louisiana was unable to participate due to Hurricane Katrina), the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories participated in the Summit. As part of the Summit, each state developed an action plan to improve its child protection system procedures and programs. The NCSC, which coordinated the Summit, compiled the team plans into the National Call to Action.

“When a court case sits on the docket, a child sits in foster care,” said former Chief Justice of Minnesota Kathleen Blatz, who co-chaired the Summit.

“While foster care is supposed to be their lifeboat, for many children it’s become the Titanic. The delay in finding a permanent caring home can have a profound affect on a child,” said NCSC President Mary Campbell McQueen.

While all state action plans for child foster care system reform address specific local needs and challenges, there was considerable consensus across major areas needing improvement and the steps required to achieve these changes. Drawing on recommendations from the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care, state teams identified the following strategies underpinning their action plans:

Nevada State Bank Combats Fraud with Launch of Web Site

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) August 7, 2009

Nevada State Bank recently teamed up with Frank Abagnale, one of the world’s most respected authorities on embezzlement and identity theft, to help Nevada combat fraud. The bank’s new fraud awareness campaign is designed to protect small-business owners and consumers from the constant threat of fraud and identity theft.

The country’s current economic troubles have created epidemic levels of fraud and identity theft. The numbers are quite staggering:

Penn State Hosts International Conference to Help Police Fight Crime

University Park, PA (PRWEB) November 12, 2009

Budget cuts are plaguing police departments worldwide because of the global economic climate. Los Angeles, for example, has stopped hiring police officers and eliminated a new recruit class; Atlanta officials have hiked property taxes to end furloughs for police and firefighters, and in East St. Louis, Ill., a police officer commended at a City Council meeting for capturing a murder suspect was laid off the same day. What can police departments do? The 2010 International Conference on Results-Driven Policing aims to provide strategies and tools to help police maximize their resources. The conference is planned for May 6-7, 2010, in Baltimore.

“The most important element for fighting crime today is information and how you use it,” said Joe DeStefano, Penn State Justice and Safety Institute client and business development manager and conference organizer. “Police departments need the best possible technology and information to develop and implement effective strategies and tactics to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in their communities.”

Penn State, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Atlantic Police Academy, Prince Edward Island, have created a partnership to educate and train law enforcement executive and command staff, government managers, research professionals, criminal justice professors and community leaders. This is the first in a series of international policing conferences that will be held in alternate years in the United States and Canada.

Edgar MacLeod, executive director of the Atlantic Police Academy, has been involved in law enforcement for 34 years. He said, “The most pressing police challenge today is the increased accountability placed on police leaders and the increased pressure to provide effective and efficient public safety in our communities. Never before has the challenge been so great to deliver higher-level service without the corresponding resources.”

Peter Cuthbert, executive director of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), said, “The CACP looks forward to partnering with Penn State Justice and Safety Institute and the Atlantic Police Academy to participate in this inaugural international conference. The focus on the challenges in policing and the identification of best practices and potential solutions in maximizing resources to improve efficiencies and reduce crime is essential and at an opportune time.”

Conference participants will have opportunities to learn how to do more with less, as well as about the latest knowledge and best practices for effective results-driven policing from police departments successfully using these methods to fight crime. The format for sessions will be similar to town hall meetings, where participants can ask questions of speakers. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the importance of obtaining and sharing information in policing, how to increase accountability and effectiveness, develop force multipliers, link strategies and tactics, and predict and plan for the future.

In addition, a select group of exhibitors will be invited to attend the conference and exhibit their products and services, DeStefano explained.

“The whole agenda of this conference is about how we use data to develop more vibrant partnerships for better policing and improved public safety,” MacLeod said.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit Penn State Justice and Safety Institute online.

Penn State Justice and Safety Institute (JASI) helps thousands of law enforcement and justice system professionals improve their work skills. JASI serves a broad clientele and its services extend to courts, child support enforcement and domestic relations issues, such as training for federal, state and international clients, including the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. JASI is the sole provider of mandated basic training to Pennsylvania’s deputy sheriffs and has developed and administers the Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement Training Institute. For more information, visit Penn State Justice and Safety Institute online. JASI is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education, serving more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police) is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Much of the work in pursuit of these goals is done through the activities and special projects of a number of committees and through active liaison with various levels of government and departmental ministries having legislative and executive responsibility in law and policing.

Atlantic Police Academy (Atlantic Police Academy), a division of Holland College, is the preeminent law enforcement training institution in Canada. Offering both full time and in-service programs, the academy trains men and women who want to enter the field of law enforcement and offers advanced training to dedicated law enforcement professionals who need to upgrade their skills or acquire new skills in order to effectively apply new technology in their jurisdictions.

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Penn State Conference Convenes Law Enforcement Executives and Other Leaders

University Park, Pa. (PRWEB) November 4, 2010

As the challenges for law enforcement become more significant and diverse, police officers and executives must find new and innovative ways to stay a step ahead. Whether constraints are technology, environment, people or other issues, police need new solutions to ensure efficiency and safety.

The 2011 International Conference on Innovative Solutions for Law Enforcement will offer new ways to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow for police departments of all sizes.

Leaders from the United States and Canada will present tactics on how to collaborate and access partnerships, resources and technology. The conference is scheduled for April 28-29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penns Landing.

If you keep doing things the same way, youre going to get the same results, and those results wont always suffice, said Joe DeStefano, Penn State Justice and Safety Institute client and business development manager and conference organizer. Law enforcement must constantly explore new and effective strategies and tactics to meet their stakeholders needs.

Penn State, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Atlantic Police Academy have continued their partnership after the success of the 2010 International Conference on Results-Driven Policing. This international partnership seeks to facilitate collaboration between police executives and command staff, government managers, community leaders, educators and researchers, through education and training.

Conference attendees will have the option to choose breakout sessions that will be most appropriate for their particular needs, creating a custom fit to the strategies. Topics include suggestions on how to create positive partnerships with the community, suggestions on how state and municipal organizations can best work together, and obtaining funding and resources.

Each of the breakout sessions will have something for everyone, said DeStefano. Attendees will be able to take home useful strategies and tactics to meet the specific needs and challenges of their communities.

All participants will receive digital copies of every presentation so they can further review and more effectively implement the strategies offered at the conference.

The conference features a variety of high-profile presenters, including Commissioner Charles Ramsey of the Philadelphia Police Department; Chief William Blair of the Toronto Police Service; Dr. David Weisburd, Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University; and Chief Constable Jim Chu of the Vancouver Police Department. Chief Chu received great acclaim for his highly effective to security during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit the Penn State Justice and Safety Institute website.

Penn States Justice and Safety Institute(JASI) helps thousands of law enforcement and justice system professionals improve their work skillssomething it has been doing for more than 35 years. JASI serves a broad clientele and its services extend to courts, child support enforcement and domestic relations issues, such as training for federal, state and international clients. JASI is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Much of the work in pursuit of these goals is done through the activities and special projects of a number of committees and through active liaison with various levels of government and departmental ministries having legislative and executive responsibility in law and policing.

The Atlantic Police Academy, a division of Holland College, is the preeminent law enforcement training institution in Canada. Offering both full-time and in-service programs, the academy trains men and women who want to enter the field of law enforcement, and offers advanced training to dedicated law enforcement professionals who need to upgrade their skills or acquire new skills in order to effectively apply new technology in their jurisdictions.

Penn State JASI is also partnering with the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern PA who will provide logistical support and MAGLOCLEN who will provide technical and equipment support.


McCarter Attorney Receives New Jersey State Bar Associations Annual Distinguished Legislative Service Award

Newark, NJ (PRWEB) December 10, 2010

McCarter & English is pleased to announce that the New Jersey State Bar Association has awarded attorney Michael P. Pasquale with the 2010 “Annual Distinguished Legislative Services Award” for his work in drafting and advancing bill S-1963/A-3096. The bill revises the Family Law Act in New Jersey with respect to military child custody issues. As Chairman of the NJSBA Military Law Section, Mr. Pasquale was charged with the responsibility to have the law vetted from a military perspective by the Section, garner State Bar support and approval, as well as legislative approval. Approval of the bill will align the State with existing federal law under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCPA).

The award will be presented today at NJSBAs Board of Trustees holiday luncheon. Attorneys Patricia Apy, Tim McGoughran and Stuart Pachman will also be recognized.

I am truly honored to be presented with this award, said Mr. Pasquale, who is a member of the firm’s Business & Financial Litigation Group. I also must thank Patricia for bringing me on board with this project. Her vision and determination has been the foundation for our work, which I believe to be the most important project that the NJSBA Military Law Section has pushed forward. It is another vital tool to address the various challenges facing soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. These changes we propose are in the best interests of the parents and, most importantly, the children.

Thousands of servicemembers nationwide must place their children with temporary custodial figures when deployed. This bill will allow them to maintain their primary custodial rights and avoid contested family litigation once theyve returned home. New Jersey will be joining 40 other states that have approved similar amendments, if the bill is passed.

Specifically, the bill ensures that 1) no permanent orders can be entered to change custody in the deployed servicemember’s absence, 2) time spent deployed is never a reason in and of itself to take away custody of a servicemembers child, and 3) the non-custodial parent, and not the servicemember, has the burden of filing an application to change custody upon the servicemembers return. This last measure serves to shift the burden of hiring an attorney from the returning soldier.

“The NJSBA is committed to advancing this legislation which we believe will balance the interests of New Jersey children in having a secure and stable environment against the need for soldiers defending our country to participate in training and multiple deployments,” said Susan A. Feeney, a partner at McCarter and President-Elect of the NJSBA. “I congratulate Mike, Patricia and the rest of the team on a job well done.”

“With more than 9,000 servicemembers from New Jersey, this legislation has the opportunity to provide comfort to many families within our State,” said William S. Greenberg, a partner at McCarter who established NJSBA’s Military Legal Assistance Program which helps New Jersey’s military reservists gain the services and benefits to which they are entitled. “I commend Mike for the work that he has done to help support the families of the brave men and women protecting us.”

The Legislative Services Award is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed upon members of NJSBA. Its purpose is to highlight those who have diligently worked to further advance the Associations legislative efforts.

The bill is expected to be voted on by the State in the first quarter of 2011.

To learn more, please visit http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/S2000/1963_I1.HTM and http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/A3500/3096_I1.HTM.

About McCarter & English

McCarter & English, LLP, established more than 160 years ago, represents Fortune 500 and middle-market companies in their national, regional and local litigation and on important transactions. Its 400 attorneys are based in offices in Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Stamford and Wilmington. http://www.mccarter.com


State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Selects Corticon as Business Rules Engine Standard

Redwood City, CA (PRWEB) December 15, 2010

The State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has selected Corticon Technologies to provide their enterprise standard business rules engine. Corticons software will be used by Idaho DHW to provide faster and more efficient social services, while also improving service quality. This is achieved by automating the rules, regulations, and best practices that govern benefits determination, needs assessment and service delivery.

Idaho DHW focuses on the health, safety, and self-sufficiency of Idahoan individuals and families. DHW provides services in the form of benefits programs such as health care, cash assistance, food stamps, nutritional assistance, foster care and child protection. Recently, an ailing economy has created an influx of citizens in need. Currently, DHW serves the 1.5 million citizens of Idaho, of which nearly one in four citizens require services. Record enrollment, combined with lower tax revenue, has created a crises situation, overloading social service personnel. Fortunately, Corticon can help.

Idaho intends to use Corticon to automate regulated, rules-driven processes such as benefits determination and needs assessment. The Corticon-powered solutions will help Idahos social workers more effectively manage the increased workload, while simultaneously improving quality of service via better adherence to federal regulations and best practices. Corticon will be used both to replace aging, inflexible, legacy technology, as well as to automate manual tasks. According to Mike Wickham, Bureau Chief, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, “Almost everything that we do is heavily driven by business rules, mandated by federal regulations that define our social service programs. Corticons rules engine will make our business rules more visible and accessible to the business, but also more responsive to the changes that come from either state or federal regulations.”

Idaho plans to first implement Corticon as a part of their WIC system replacement. WIC refers to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, a Federal assistance program of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). WIC provides nutrition assistance for low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of five.

Idaho’s WIC program has expanded dramatically in recent years, from 62,000 citizens in 2006, to 82,254 citizens in 2010. This growth has overwhelmed their social workers. Their existing legacy WIC system, which minimally supported the process, was too inflexible to change. Thus, Idaho decided to replace their WIC system.

After evaluating a number of WIC systems at other states, Idaho decided to build their own, using Corticon as the rules engine. The new solution is expected to significantly improve their social workers productivity, by helping to automate the process of certification (i.e. eligibility), needs assessment, and food package selection. The new WIC system will provide faster service to citizens, while also improving service quality via better adherence to federal regulations and best practices.

Idaho DHW chose Corticon as their enterprise standard rules engine after a lengthy evaluation process. After evaluating several products, and working with a rules engine product as a part of an existing system, Idaho recognized Corticon as providing a true breakthrough in ease-of-use. Most products require learning multiple tools and languages to do what Corticon could do with a single, business-friendly tool, said Vickie Flatt, Project Manager at Idaho DHW. This ease-of-use results in several benefits. First, new systems can be developed and modified far more quickly. Second, with Corticon, all rules are transparent to business people, ensuring that the rules are easier to understand, validate and change. Third, with Corticon, it is far faster and easier to train new resources, including business people, to build and maintain rules.

“We proved that Corticon can significantly reduce the overhead to create and maintain business rules,” said Mr. Wickham. “We are embracing Corticon as an enterprise standard and see the opportunity to put the rules engine in many other areas of our business.”

“Corticon is pleased to partner with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to provide more efficient and responsive benefits systems,” said Dr. Mark Allen, CEO of Corticon. “We look forward to helping Idaho to better serve the needs of their citizens.”

About Business Rules Engines

Business rules engines (BRE), also known as business rules management systems (BRMS) , are an advanced technology used to deliver more agile IT systems (see http://www.corticon.com/Products/). Business rules engines enable the business logic of software applications to be externalized from programming code and managed by subject matter experts. Business rules engines provide a number of key advantages such as accelerated application development and maintenance, increased business transparency and control, and improved audit-ability. In addition, they enable the automation of sophisticated operational decisions that are too complex and volatile to automate via traditional programming techniques.

About the State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s programs and services are designed to help people live healthy and be productive, strengthening individuals, families and communities. From birth throughout life, we help people improve their lives. We deal with complex social, economic and health issues. We receive requests every day for assistance with food or medical insurance. We help others with child care, child support and substance abuse problems. Throughout the state, we are at the forefront of protecting public health. We help people help themselves. Our goal is to help people become self-reliant, working with them to identify issues and solutions to their problems so they won’t need future assistance from us. Idaho’s health and human services are a partnership. We team with other agencies and human service providers to meet the needs in each community. Working together, we can build a better Idaho.

About Corticon

Corticon is the leading independent provider of business rules engines, used to automate decision making processes with unprecedented agility and business control. Corticon is a privately held company headquartered in Redwood City, California, with European headquarters in The Netherlands, worldwide distribution through local Corticon offices, and an extensive partner network. Corticon’s products are in use today at many of the world’s largest banks, insurance companies, media companies, telecommunication providers and government organizations, collectively automating millions of decisions per day.

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Governor Names Montclair State Psychology Professor to New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect

Montclair, NJ (Vocus/PRWEB) March 28, 2011

Montclair State University professor Robert McCormick has been appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to the 13-member New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect (NJTFCAN). He is one of five Task Force members representing the general public.

Im very excited about it, said McCormick, who is a professor of psychology and the founder and director of Montclair State Universitys Center for Child Advocacy. Its a group that hopefully can contribute to continuing to improve the lives of children.

Established in 1983, NJTFCANs purpose is to study and develop recommendations regarding the most effective means of improving the quality and scope of child protective and preventative services provided or supported by the state government.

In addition to his work at Montclair State, McCormick maintains a private practice in Montclair where he works extensively with children and adult survivors of child abuse and neglect. He had previously served as a consultant to the Division of Youth and Family Services in child abuse cases, particularly involving Latino families and children.

McCormick holds a doctorate in psychology from Rutgers University and a doctorate in Eighteenth Century Spanish Literature from the City University of New York. He is currently attending Rutgers University School of Law in Newark.

Montclair State Universitys Center for Child Advocacy offers a range of degree and certificate programs, including New Jerseys only online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Child Advocacy, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Child Advocacy. The programs have been designed to provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the role of the child advocate as seen through the disciplines of law, sociology, and psychology.

Montclair State University

Montclair State offers the advantages of a large university — a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a broad variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body — combined with a small college’s attention to students.

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New Web Site, Bear State Trust, for Affordable California Trusts

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2011

An affordable, basic trust is a wise investment when the seven deadly sins of trust and will drafting are avoided. A new web site, http://www.BearStateTrusts.com provides affordable trusts without the deadly sins. This article and the web site are provided by Mark W. Bidwell, Attorney at Law and Certified Public Accountant, Inactive.

The First Sin: Pride or hubris for ruling from the grave

Instead of outright distribution people want to control the behavior of their loved ones by restricting access or use of assets. Ruling from the grave may be appropriate. The classic example is the drug addicted child. Any money given to the child will only go to drugs and most likely kill the child. Here detailed restrictions and safeguards are mandatory. But time, money and effort are needed to prepare such a trust document.

One couple in their trust declared no child of theirs will receive any money until the child has graduated from the University of Southern California. No doubt these parents are devoted alumni. But a basic trust is no place for controlling childrens lives. What happens if a child is not admitted to USC? The parents hubris in their school will fall in a basic trust.

The Second Sin: Sloth for failure to change title on real estate property

The typical California resident who owns a home should have a trust for that home to avoid probate. To avoid probate the home must be titled into the trust. Not taking the effort to transfer the house into the trust is the most common mistake made and the most easy to correct. Now there is an online service http://www.DeedandRecord.com to prepare and record trust transfer deeds.

The Third Sin: Feeding the lust of youth by distributing to a minor

Persons under 18 years of age cannot receive assets. Any distributions directly to a minor will go through probate under court supervision. At least while the assets are under supervision of the court they are not wasted. But at age 18, the court must release the assets to the minor. The minor then spends the assets to feed his or her lust for life.

If there is a potential distribution to a minor, the trust should have a childrens trust provision. A childrens trust keeps the minors assets under control of the trust until the child has reached an age of financial maturity, such as 25 years.

The Fourth Sin: Envy created by one trust with two prior marriages

Often persons in their second marriage together create one trust. The survivor is usually the wife. The husband never intended for distribution of assets to his children on his death. The trust provides for distribution of assets to all children upon the death of the second spouse.

In a pattern that is repeated again and again, an adult child envious of the assets of the deceased husband will demand from the widow a distribution of the fathers assets. For some reason this is also done within a few days of death without giving the widow time to grieve.

The widow is now afraid, angry and hurt. The widow promptly goes to an attorney for protection. The typical trust can be changed by the surviving widow and in the process of change the terms of the trust are less favorable to children of the deceased husband.

Spouses with children from a prior marriage should avoid a joint trust. This means two trusts at twice the cost. But both surviving spouse and children will be protected. A basic trust is not appropriate for couples with children from prior marriages.

The Fifth Sin: Wrath incurred by an amendment instead of a restatement

Amendments must be read with the original. The heirs see what they would have received and what they now receive. Amendments typically do not include no-contest provisions. The situation causes wrath in the disinherited heir and is ripe for litigation or at the very least creates bitter resentment. Restatement replaces the entire prior document and does not waive red flags in the face of the disinherited heir.

The Sixth Sin: Gluttony and the risk undue influence

People will put off their estate planning until their later years. In the later years objectivity is lost and dependency on others is created. Persons befriend the elderly in anticipation of a windfall at death. Heirs and friends gluttony for the elders assets only increases as capacity decreases.

Any distributions out of the ordinary are questioned and become suspect. Even if the distribution or bequest is valid. Trusts and Wills should be prepared when there is no question in the capacity of the testator. Changes then should only be made judiciously when there is a substantial change in circumstance.

The Seventh Sin: Greed of attorneys

Californians will use trust mills, boiler plate forms and pseudo legal centers because of apprehension or fear of walking into a law office and paying the full cost of an attorney. Often an estate planning attorneys best value is not in what is done, but advising on what to avoid. But a client needing a simple, basic trust should not have to pay for the cost of advanced estate planning.

There is a low cost alternative for attorney prepared trusts in California. A website Bear State Trust provides the basic, affordable trust and avoids the seven deadly sins of trust drafting. The site is http://www.BearStateTrust.com. Another alternative is to call attorneys and ask if they have a fixed rate charge. Many do.

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Tennessee State Board of Education Approves New Teacher Evaluation Model

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) July 19, 2011

The Tennessee State Board of Education has approved a new model for teacher evaluation, Teacher Instructional Growth for Effectiveness and Results (TIGER) powered by Pearson. A turnkey system developed by Tennessee educators for Tennessee school districts, TIGER aggregates accurate and actionable feedback on classroom performance to provide each teacher with an individualized plan for growth and improvement.

TIGER powered by Pearson is the only state-approved and Tennessee-developed teacher effectiveness model that brings together teacher observation data and on-demand professional development technology into direct alignment with rubrics describing effective teaching and instructional best practices.

When Tennessee schools open their doors in August, every district must be at-the-ready for the first time to implement a Tennessee Department of Education approved comprehensive system for evaluating and supporting classroom teachers. This totally new requirement was set forth by the states First to the Top plan for school reform.

Now, school districts can opt for a suite of offerings from Tennessees Association of Independent and Municipal Schools (AIMS) and the education services and technology company Pearson that will center on supporting educators with ongoing training and evaluation to enhance their teaching and improve student performance.

We believe unequivocally that the teacher is the single most important force in student learning, said Marilyn Mathis, executive director of AIMS. Nothing is more vital to ensuring that our children are college- and/or career-ready than the ongoing development of our teachers skills and knowledge through personalized opportunities. TIGER has been created to formatively support and develop teaching to its highest potential through the collaborative interaction of instructional leaders and teachers. By Pearson teaming up with AIMS and with our schools, we believe a clear, concise path to professional success will be created for all Tennessee teachers.”

The integrated evaluation system will engage teachers within a learning model that facilitates four critical elements:

Soloff & Zervanos Attorney Joins Forces With Harrisburg Lawyer on Behalf of Victims of Alleged Sexual Assault by Jerry Sandusky, Former Penn State Football Coach

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) November 22, 2011

Soloff & Zervanos attorney, Jeffrey Fritz, is working in conjunction with Harrisburg, PA attorney Ben Andreozzi on behalf of victims of alleged sexual assault by Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football defensive coach.

Following the allegations of child sexual abuse by Mr. Sandusky, Mr. Fritz offered his support to the alleged victims at Penn State earlier this week. Jeffrey Fritz, who is also president of the National Crime Victim Bar Association and who represents victims of child sexual abuse, joined with Tammy Lerner of the Foundation to Abolish Child Sexual Abuse, other victims’ organizations, and community members in holding a candlelight vigil in support of the alleged victims.

Mr. Fritz addressed the community and the media as a representative of the National Center for Victims of Crime, which partners with more than 15,000 organizations and for more than 25 years has worked to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives. Mr. Fritz called upon lawmakers and institutions to “take further steps to prevent sexual abuse and hold accountable perpetrators and the institutions that harbor them. One such step is the passage of stalled legislation pending in Pennsylvania to eliminate statutes of limitation for victims of child sexual abuse, which create a two-year window to permit survivors of sexual abuse to file civil law suits, regardless of when their abuse occurred.

About Soloff & Zervanos, P.C.

Founded in 1979, the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C.have more than 100 years of combined experience. For more information about the firm, please go to http://www.thephillyinjurylawyers.com or call (215) 732-2260.