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Teaching the teachers: Do we know how to create real professionals?

A new teacher training program announced by the Boston-based Woodrow Wilson Foundation in partnership with MIT aims to upend teacher training by awarding degrees based on mastery of specific skills, not time in the classroom. (See a Q&A with Patrick Riccards of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation here.)

July 06, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

About-face by Apple Music shows need for constant change

When a company as big and successful as Apple changes its mind about something as significant as the music industry, it's worth taking note of what’s changing with consumers.

July 06, 2015 | Drew Clark Deseret Media Companies | Local Columns

Jones Recognized As Veteran Of The Year

Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, honored Army National Guard Capt. Cynthia Jones as the 2015 Veteran of the Year for the 12th Assembly District. Capt. Jones is currently serving as the Company Commander for the Chinook Unit in Stockton, Bravo Company, 1-126th Aviation Regiment – and is the first woman to serve in this capacity.

July 03, 2015 | | Local News

Cupboards-bare plea shines light on need that extends well beyond one man's troubles

Clarence Blackmon's cupboards are overflowing now with so much food that he felt compelled — and blessed — to be able to share it with others through his local food bank.

July 03, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret Media Companies | Local Columns

Religious colleges on edge over tax, Pell Grant status after gay marriage ruling

Religious schools and universities that have barriers against homosexuality may be under the gun after Friday's gay marriage ruling, given both oral arguments in April and the fine print of Justice Anthony Kennedy's decision last week.

July 02, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

Air Officials Urge July 4 Fireworks Restraint

As Independence Day approaches, local air officials remind Valley residents that July 4 fireworks increase levels of dangerous particulate matter (PM) and pose a health threat to themselves and their neighbors. Historically, the Valley experiences dangerous particulate levels four or five times higher than the health based federal standards. These spikes are largely attributable to personal fireworks use throughout Valley neighborhoods.

July 02, 2015 | | Local News

How colleges get depressed students out of their hair

A Brown University student who had a mental breakdown before being put on medical leave has engaged in a dogged and so-far futile attempt to return to the campus, Buzzfeed reports, despite his having given up all alcohol and drugs and getting therapy.

July 02, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

‘If Cancer Was A Fish’ picture book is meant to help kids cope with tragedy

If cancer was a fish, Tiffany Berg Coughran and her five kids would definitely throw it back.

July 02, 2015 | Peter Rosen KSL | Local News

Park Rape Investigated

Oakdale Police were on site at a crime-scene tape cordoned off William Meyer Park on East G Street Wednesday morning, July 1, investigating an early morning sexual assault that occurred overnight.

July 01, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Marg-Ins - Plan For The Best

If there were ever a suitable microcosm for life, for me, it would have to be the 24 hours of Relay For Life.

July 01, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

Escaping The Boom

The safe and sane firework booths are up and running. Moms, dads, grandparents and youth will line up at the box like structures ready to empty their wallets and buy Fourth of July celebration wares.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

Soroptimist International Oakdale Ends Noteworthy Year

The month of June brought the 60th anniversary year of Soroptimist International of Oakdale (SIO) to a successful close. First chartered on June 5, 1954, the all-women's service group has served the community of Oakdale since the fall of 1954.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business

Record Crowd Flocks To Annual Carnival

It was a made to order day, as the Kjeldgaard family opened their property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival on Saturday, June 27. The upper parking lot of the River Road location remained full and a steady stream of cars came in and out between the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event hours.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

State Backtracks On H20 Curtailment

The Oakdale Irrigation District reported on Wednesday, June 24 that state attorneys backed away from curtailment notices directed at more than 200 senior water rights holders in California, now saying they were "courtesy notices" and "advisory" only.

July 01, 2015 | | Local News

Charter Student Propels Forward

Oakdale resident and Valley Charter School graduate Matthew Gery is spending some time this summer taking final steps toward his future as he attends orientation at Arizona State University.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

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Safety Precautions Urged For Holiday Weekend

With great weather expected across most of the Golden State this holiday weekend, CAL FIRE urges everyone to use caution as fire danger remains higher than normal due to the drought. Memorial Day weekend is often said to be the official start of summer with everyone enjoying outdoor activities and recreation during the three-day break.

May 21, 2015 | | Local News

OHS Grad Acknowledged For Perfect Attendance

Staying in bed, tucked under covers and moaning about a sniffle or bellyache would not be behavior of Oakdale High School graduating senior Jaycee Harden. The 2015 OHS graduate was recognized earlier this month at the school board meeting for an educational career of Perfect Attendance.

May 20, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education

Council Studies Shelter Placement Zoning

With the required state obligation for a "Housing Element" within the city's General Plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, May 18 debated areas within the six-square mile town appropriate for various housing needs including in which zones a homeless shelter could be located.

May 20, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Music Download Aids Nepal Earthquake Victims

Two local independent record labels – Ronald Records (owned/operated by Jonathan Jennings of Turlock) and Way Grimace Records (owned/operated by Sean Duncan of Oakdale) – are spearheading an effort to raise money and awareness for the recent events that took place in Nepal.

May 18, 2015 | | Local News

Merchants Fuming Over Farmers Market Move

If there was a common reaction among the Third Avenue merchants Thursday afternoon, May 14, it was one of frustration to why the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau moved the weekly farmers market from the downtown area to the Oakdale Community Center Plaza.

May 16, 2015 | Richard Paloma | Local News

Hager, Mustangs Slam Jaguars In VOL Finale

Oakdale brought big bats to their home and home series against Kimball. With their 7-0 home win followed by an 11-6 road win in the 2015 regular season finale, Oakdale finished second overall in the Valley Oak League (VOL) standings.

May 14, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports

VOL Championship Run For Track, Field Girls

Oakdale hosted Manteca in the regular season track and field finale on Tuesday, May 5 at The Corral. The varsity girls entered the day winners of 78 consecutive dual meets, and with a chance to win their 11th Valley Oak League title in a row. In front of the home crowd, the girls accomplished this feat with a convincing 93-43 victory over the Buffaloes.

May 14, 2015 | Dennis D. Cruz | Local Sports

Varsity Softball Lady Mustangs Fall In Extra Innings

A much anticipated regular season finale against undefeated East Union lived up to the hype on Wednesday evening, May 6. Oakdale traveled to Manteca to clash with the first place Lady Lancers for a share of the Valley Oak League title. The stage was set, a rematch from last year's CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game, in which Oakdale won, and a rematch from this year's season opener in which East Union prevailed on Oakdale's home field. In a clash of the VOL's best this time around, East Union edged out Oakdale 7-6 in nine innings. The ...

May 14, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports

Lady Mustang Soccer Makes Final Four

Home field advantage – even in the rain – proved sweet for Oakdale, as the varsity soccer team notched a pair of playoff victories in front of a supportive home crowd this past week.

May 14, 2015 | By DENNIS D. CRUZ dcruz@oakdaleleader.com | Local Sports

California Observes Endangered Species Day

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will recognize the 10th National Endangered Species Day on May 15 with a focused environmental concern. The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend to prevent extinction.

May 14, 2015 | | Local News

Elementary Schools Celebrate Agriculture

Like their counterparts at Cloverland and Fair Oaks elementary schools did at the beginning of the school year, students at Sierra View and Magnolia got an up close look at the wonderful world of agriculture recently. Both campuses had special Ag Day programs, allowing kids the opportunity to learn more about livestock, food production, jobs in the industry and more. Presenters brought a variety of information with them, and students had the opportunity to visit several stations set up at their schools for the fun, educational day.

May 13, 2015 | | Education

Escalon Golf Celebrates 35 Years In Business

Escalon Golf, in commemoration of its 35th Anniversary, is presenting a $50,000 Hole-In-One Shoot-Out on Sunday, May 17.

May 13, 2015 | | Local News

Accolades, Farewells At School Board

It was a night of acknowledgements, general business and a fond farewell as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District hosted its final school board meeting of the traditional school year.

May 13, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

End Of An Era

An adventure stretching over eight years … covering literally thousands of miles … hastily eaten hotel breakfasts (sometimes hot and sometimes not) – and memories to last a lifetime.

May 06, 2015 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns

From The Viewfinder

You know your job is different when you spend the morning prior to starting your work day in tears. That was my experience last Thursday as I prepared myself to cover the Every 15 Minutes assembly at Oakdale High School.

May 06, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

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