March 29, 2018 Governor Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs Releases AAPI Language Education Schools (AAPLES) Initiative SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Advocate to state and local educational institutions for space to hold classesSeek private and federal grants for resources for capacity buildingShare curriculum, instructional materials, and pedagogical strategies for mutual benefitHold professional development meetings, with the scholarly input of educational faculty in Penn State and other interested universitiesCollaborate in undertaking research on home/school connections, student needs, learning strategies, and instructional practices to enhance teaching.Such schools may include teaching arrangements that are not formally established such as those that meet outside of a school setting. In areas where no such arrangements exist, local community leaders or parents who intend to start schools can send their information. This network will help provide information and resources to start community-based schools in your area.The AAPLES initiative is part of ongoing work by the Commission to learn about the challenges facing the AAPI communities and how the Commission can leverage its collective strengths to effectively advocate, promote resources for, and best serve the state’s diverse AAPI communities.Any community-organized school interested in participating in AAPLES may complete the online form for their community-based school here; registration is free. Asian Pacific American Affairs, Education, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs released online a statewide initiative entitled Asian American and Pacific Islander Language Education Schools (AAPLES).The Commission is looking to establish a network of community-organized schools in Pennsylvania. Community-organized schools are community-based schools that teach Asian or Pacific Islander heritage languages, English as a second language, and other school subjects specifically to students from Asian and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.The purpose of the AAPLES initiative is to bring together teachers and administrators of these schools to:
A resolution to move forward with an industrial shell building in Batesville won city council approval on Monday.Council unanimously approved the resolution that will allow city officials to move forward with financing and the construction phase with GM Development.The agreement between the city and the developer is labeled as a private-public partnership, allowing city leaders the majority of control in the project, including which potential suitor could bring operations to Batesville.The goal of constructing the vacant shell building is to put the city in a better position to attract companies that bring jobs.Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Eric Doden and Batesville Economic Development Commission President Andy Saner joined the council meeting via Skype to address questions prior to the resolution vote.In a letter addressed to Mayor Rick Fledderman, Doden stated:The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) is pleased to learn that the City of Batesville is exploring options to construct a shell building for future economic development. Available top-grade industrial inventory is vital in attracting new business and engaging interest from site selectors. Of the site searches that are conducted through the IEDC, sixty percent request an existing building with 75,000-100,000 square feet and 25’-35’ ceiling height. Shell buildings can help set your community apart and should allow to compete for more deals.