Looking at Specialized Master’s Degree Programs in Education

No one knows learning better than a teacher. But what if youve got your teaching degree and even a job teaching? Is that enough? Like their counterparts in almost any field, teachers know that the higher the levels of education, the better are the opportunities for advancement, job security and a higher salary. But when are you supposed to do all that? Specialized online masters degree programs in education can really give your career a boost, without forcing you to drive back to the old college campus for two more years.

The biggest question may be just which area of education do you wish to specialize in. There are a wealth of booming careers in education for which demand will continue to grow over the next 10 to 20 years and the best of them definitely require a masters degree.
Special Education Teachers: Its true; there are positions out there that will let you work without a masters, but the better positions command salaries of up to $75,000 annually, that with a masters. Check the listings from Walden, Capella and Grand Canyon Universities that will let you get your masters degree online while still working at your current job.

Education Administration: A masters in educational administration, management or even a Ph.D. in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning is a terrific way to advance what you already love doing. Administrative positions can command up to $95,000 per year and you can study online. The programs weve looked at most closely are those from Capella, Walden, Keiser, and Strayer Universities. Each of them allows you to work toward your goals online while still maintaining your current career.

Primary or secondary school principals: Nearly all of the degrees above can qualify you to work as a school principal where youll be earning somewhere between $70,000 and $100,000 annually. A Masters in Educational Leadership could be exactly the right move if thats where your studies lead you.

Instructional and Curriculum Coordinators: Advancing education and lesson achievement has never been more important to todays schools and its all in the hands of the coordinators who lay out the vision. Coordinators can earn anywhere from $60,000 to $90,000 annually and there are a number of very good online only programs offered by Capella, Walden, Keiser, and Grand Canyon Universities
A Masters in Education can mean a $9,000 to $15,000 difference in your starting salary and many states require continuing education to qualify for salary increases. Of course, this can vary a lot from state to state. But educators with a masters degree also enjoy a considerably higher level of job security to go along with the higher salary. Studying online for your masters in education can make all the difference to your career and you can do it while youre still working and without giving up your current schedule.

Student Pilot’s Guide To Aviation Headsets

My brother recently decided to become a pilot. Becoming a pilot is a costly venture and since I work in the industry as a buyer, he contacted me for some advice on student pilot materials and headsets. The supplies were easily referred as there are four main publishers of student pilot material and Jeppesen seems to be the most popular. However, it was difficult to direct him to the best aviation headset to purchase.

In order to direct him to the most cost effective headset I needed to determine a couple of factors. The first is price. The most popular student headsets are made by David Clark, and the most popular headset for students is the H10-13.4, the cheapest price I found was about $299.95. Another popular brand would have to be AvComm. AvComm offers a PNR Headset AC-200PNR that is in the $100.00 price range. Finally, Aviation Supplies and Academics offers a headset called the Airclassic HS-1 that is in the same price range the AvComm PNR. Therefore, the cheaper headsets are made by AvComm and ASA.

However, cost is not the only aspect to look at when purchasing an aviation headset. What about reliability? David Clark and AvComm both offer 5 year manufacturer warranties, while the ASA HS-1 has a lifetime guarantee. Headsets often go defective as cords can acquire shorts, they can be sat on, or even crushed in a flight bag. Therefore, a lifetime warranty is definitely tempting. This aspect goes hand and hand with cost as I am sure that you will feel better replacing a $100.00 headset rather than a more expensive model. My flight department use to operate with 12 Bose Aviation X headsets, although the headsets worked great and were comfortable, they were always being broken by the replacement of a 9 volt battery that controls the electronic noise reduction. After paying for 10 or more $500.00 repairs to these headsets, our flight department decided to downgrade to a Telex commercial headset. The same thought that goes into purchasing headsets for commercial or corporate use will benefit student pilots as well. Less investment = less lost.

Finally, the last topic would be in regards to comfort. According to reviews all the people that purchase David Clark headsets are satisfied with the comfort while ASA and AvComm have mixed reviews. A chief pilot at my organization talked to me about the HS-1 Headset. He states, the headset works great and still works to this day, but the headband was quite uncomfortable for long trips. However, there is a solution to comfort issue on either the ASA or the Avcomm Headsets. Gel and foam ear seals along with replacement headbands can offer additional comfort to these units ultimately making them comparable to the David Clark Model. Total investment in upgrades would be in the 150-175 range.

Given this information, what headset are you going to buy?

Dealing With Divorce Women’s Self Defense Courses

Divorce can be a very troubling time and even for the women that want it to happen and make the decision to file, it can leave them full of uncertainty about the future. The physical, emotional and spiritual toll that is taken as the proceedings take place can be devastating, especially if children are involved. It can leave a person feeling very alone and vulnerable. This is why self defense classes can be very beneficial after divorce.

Self Preservation
Though women are not as likely to look to a man for protection today, there is a certain level of security that comes with having someone by your side at night or even on short jaunts down the road. Many women – and even men – that live alone are apt to invest in a gun or some other means of self protection. However, Colorado Springs Self Defense Courses can relieve some of the concern, reinforce positive thinking, and remove the dangerous components of having a weapon around the home. With this training, if that person should be attacked – even by someone much larger and stronger – she can protect herself.

Improved Self-Esteem:
There is more that comes from these classes than the ability to defeat and opponent. They also provide a fun and effective physical workout that can result in reduced body fat and sculpted muscles. In a time when many need a little self esteem boost, an improved physical appearance is often very desirable. Furthermore, these courses instill confidence in the participants. It is usually very uplifting for a person to realize that she can defeat and opponent much larger than herself and defend herself in scary situations. It can improve self esteem and make her feel better about her current situation.

Heal the Soul with Friends:
Divorce is often a time for a person to reconnect with herself and with her friends. Self defense courses are great activities to do with friends. One can enroll with one, two, or several friends and make it a weekly activity to be enjoyed together. It can also be a great place to meet new friends. The shared experience of becoming stronger – physically and mentally – can create a lasting bond, which is often in the form of ongoing friendship.

Setting a Good Example:
In divorce situations that involve children, there is often even more stress. A parent can suddenly find herself with more child-free time, which can be filled with physical activities like self-defense courses. Also, this is often a time when a parent begins to question the messages that she is sending to her children. Rather than allowing divorce to be a bad thing within the family, this might be the perfect opportunity to express how important it is for a person to take care of herself and be true to her feelings.

Modern Family Review Education & Growth

I always think one of the most appealing things of The United States is that US parents are far more open in education. Instead of just talking to their children unilaterally, they pay more attention to the conversation between they and their children.

It isn’t just for fun to watch US TV shows. Sometimes it is like a kind of experience. Placing myself into the episodes, and feeling some of their education and inspiration that I have never had. Maybe it could make up some of the deficiency in my childhood. But just maybe…

Like other situation comedies, Modern Family can not escape from common family routine such as trivial home matters, couples conflicts, children growing problems and discords between daughter and stepmother. And although there are fights and conflicts, but every one in the big family loves each other, that the final ending of every episode is always happy.

Even if the editors keep creating topics, making up scenarios, we can always see through these pieces of facts the American educational culture and daily life. And I am always touched by the episodes and can’t help thinking how it could be if my parents had treated me like these…

Little Manny ridiculed by his classmates at school. His old stepfather knew that himself was not good at persuasion, so he called his son Mitchell to see meteor showers with him and Manny and try to persuade Manny by the way. Although teased by Manny, Mitchell sat down and told Manny that he had also been ridiculed by others as a child. Sometimes it is very strange that we hated to be isolated at childhood, but almost over one night, suddenly every one wanted to be different. Mitchell did not pretend to be profound, but said the homely words. This really deserves further thought.

I remember in one episode of Friends, Phoebe said that he doesn’t believe Darwin’s evolution theory. As a paleontologist, Ross felt that he had to persuade Phoebe. But Phoebe said, however, I know the theory of evolution makes sense, but why do I have to believe? Even if there is so much evidence and so many people who believe in it, but is it certainly right? Then Ross scratched his head, didn’t speak any longer, and packed up and left. I think this conveys determination of anti-authority and not blindly following the majority. Althouth this power is quite small and no body support it, but I still stick to my opinion.

Ontario Teacher’s Pension Fund Buys UK National Lottery

Ontario Teacher’s Pension Fund Buys UK National Lottery

The UK National Lottery has a new owner. Recent news reports say that the popular national lottery has been purchased from current operator Camelot by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan from Canada. The UK National Lottery Commission will have to approve the deal before it can be completed. Reports say the deal is worth C$590 (385,418,680 pounds or $573,321,862 USD) Camelot executive Dianne Thompson stated, “We welcome Teachers’ commitment to The National Lottery’s ongoing success, and look forward to the opportunity of working with them to continue our progress in developing the business and delivering even more money for the good causes.” Current operator Camelot said that the company’s shareholders Cadbury Holdings, De La Rue Holdings, Fujitsu Services, Royal Mail Enterprises and Thales Electronics have agreed to the sale. The Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan is known as “Teacher’s.”

Teacher’s also has several other holdings in the UK including Acorn Care and Education, Bristol International Airport, Birmingham Airport, Scotia Gas Networks, InterGen and Thomas More Square Estate. Camelot, which currently manages the UK National Lottery designs new lottery games and markets lottery products and also rune the vast lottery ticket network. The UK national Lottery will undoubtedly be a lucrative investment for the Teacher’s Pension Plan and Camelot reported 5.15 pounds in sales for the fiscal year ending March 2009. (about $7 and a half billion USD) Teacher’s is one of the world’s biggest private investors with assets estimated at $87.4 billion dollars.

The National Lottery enjoys immense popularity with both UK players and European players. The UK national Lottery sells online lottery tickets for the convenience of players and sales have been brisk. Camelot Group will continue to run the lottery and work with Teacher’s to provide players with the best lottery service possible. Teacher’s executive Lee Sienna stated, “Camelot is a world-class lottery business with substantial opportunities to grow, both domestically and internationally.” Sienna also praised Camelot’s previous charity work saying, “We maintain the highest standards in relation to management and governance, which we see as particularly important in the case of Camelot, given its unique role in raising money for the good causes.”

In the UK and Europe most lotteries are using the latest software to offer online lottery tickets in addition to traditional lottery tickets. In the US most lotteries have yet to adopt modern technology but two states, Illinois and Iowa, are researching the possibility of offering players online lottery tickets. The technology is already in place and US lotteries need look no further than the UK National Lottery to see how a highly successful online lottery ticket sales network can be easily implemented.