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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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Students Learn, Dine With Scientists

Students learned about careers in science, hearing the information from the scientists themselves at the Oakdale Joint Unified School District's annual Dinner with a Scientist. Janet Hamby, Vice Principal of Fair Oaks Elementary School, was the organizer for the event this year that took place on Oct. 13 at the Almond Pavilion. The 82 students who participated ranged from sixth grade through high school age. There were 13 scientists who attended the evening, many returning from past years, including a few newcomers with veterinarian Dr. Mike Adian, anatomy and physiology specialist Michele Monlux, and physics specialist Thomas Nomof.

October 20, 2010 | Dawn M. Henley | Education

Mommy Musings - Wisdom And Age

As an only child, I spent a lot of my childhood surrounded by adults.

October 20, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings

Avery Kay Cornett

A daughter, Avery Kay Cornett, was born Sept. 21, 2010 to expectant parents Shane and Emma Cornett of Oakdale. The newborn weighed eight pounds, five ounces upon arrival at Oak Valley Hospital.

October 20, 2010 | | Birth Announcements

Cody Andrew Cypert

Carolynn Cypert of Oakdale welcomed the arrival of her son, Cody Andrew Cypert, on Sept. 24, 2010. He weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces on arrival at Oak Valley Hospital.

October 20, 2010 | | Birth Announcements

alerie Genoveva Gomez

Enrique and Maritza Gomez of Oakdale welcomed the arrival of their daughter, Valerie Genoveva Gomez, on Sept. 23, 2010. She weighed seven pounds, eight ounces on arrival at Oak Valley Hospital.

October 20, 2010 | | Birth Announcements

Santiago Jacobo-Moreno

Victor and Amla Jacobo of Oakdale welcomed the arrival of their son, Santiago Jacobo-Moreno, on Sept 21, 2010. He weighed six pounds, nine ounces on arrival at Oak Valley Hospital.

October 20, 2010 | | Birth Announcements

Maximilian Polo Ramos

A boy, , was born Sept. 21, 2010 to expectant parents Ruben Ramos and Jennifer Perez of Oakdale. The newborn weighed eight pounds, six ounces upon arrival at Oak Valley Hospital.

October 20, 2010 | | Birth Announcements

Aubrie Lynn Steckman

A girl, Aubrie Lynn Steckman, was born Sept. 19, 2010 to expectant mother Shyla Steckman of Oakdale. The newborn weighed six pounds, 10 ounces upon arrival at Oak Valley Hospital.

October 20, 2010 | | Birth Announcements

Valley Home News

Valley Home 4-H is looking for the "Great Pumpkin" this Saturday at our Valley Home School Harvest Festival. Judges will be searching for the "Biggest Pumpkin," "Strangest Shape Pumpkin" and the most Perfect Pumpkin." We also understand that there will be a contest for the best "Carved Pumpkin!" Our community is in for a real treat this Saturday! So all of you pumpkin growers start searching your pumpkin patch for your special pumpkins and bring them to the school at 2:00 p.m. this Coming Saturday. Judging will take place during the Harvest Festival! You may drop off entries ...

October 20, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News

Knights Ferry News

At the Knights Ferry School Board meeting, Lynn McPeak, Response to Intervention Coordinator, was the speaker. She ran the Monday, Oct 18th workshop for the teachers. They will be implementing a program to bring up the scores of the students that are not meeting their goals. Also the board changed Graduation to Wednesday, June 1st and the November meeting to the 9th. Lori Lubeck from the Parent Teacher Club reported on the Jog-a-Thon.

October 20, 2010 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Fox The ‘Reel’ Deal - City’s Testicle Festival Focus Of Honored Film

Oakdale resident and photographer Kevin Fox can now add the title "Award Winning Filmmaker" to his résumé.

October 20, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Splashdown - Mustangs Playing Way To Top Of Water Polo World

It's scrimmage time in the Oakdale High pool and stellar center defender on the varsity girls water polo team, Jenny Siemsen, is baffling the Mustangs' varsity boys goal scorers just two meters from the goal.

October 20, 2010 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports

OHS SPORTS WRAP – Fall Squads Stay Stellar In League Play

No matter the age division, Oakdale High athletes have been superb in recent play, including the push for postseason life in Oakdale's respective volleyball, soccer, tennis, golf and cross country seasons.

October 20, 2010 | Ike Dodson | High School Sports

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