How to create a successful Patreon

first_img“I find that by not locking any of my content behind a paywall, and just trusting my audience to support me where they can, I am able to feel a lot more comfortable about my creator and backer relationship. I don’t feel undue pressure from my audience, and they know they’re not being strong-armed into support they can’t justify.”Don’t over-promiseWhen you first create your Patreon page, it can be tempting to promise the Earth to attract patrons, but make sure you can actually bring these pledges to life. “One absolute golden rule for me is to make sure that you’re 100% able to deliver on any tiers you promise without absolutely killing yourself in the process, and also not be afraid to refresh those rewards after you’ve launched,” RKG co-founder Gav Murphy says.Rory Powers, another RKG co-founder, adds: “You should always under-promise and over-deliver. Not every Patreon needs to have 15 reward tiers. Find out what your audience really wants and give it to them, even if that’s just one reward.”What’s Good Games’ Kristine Steimer, Brittney Brombacher and Andrea ReneThat golden rule is particularly important if you’re thinking about having merchandise as one of your reward tiers.”I think a mistake that first-time creators should be on the lookout for is over-committing to physical goods,” Rene says. “Managing the shipping process, particularly if you’re going to allow international patrons to also partake in your physical rewards, can be incredibly taxing and incredibly expensive. There’s a diminishing line of return between what you offer as a monthly reward, what they pay for, and what it costs you. Not just the hard costs of the actual shipping materials and fees, but also like the time it takes you to manage those physical goods.”Adeoye adds: “Learning what you’re able to achieve within bandwidth as a creator, along with understanding what the audience wants is a very important aspect that will come through trial and error early on.”Be consistentIf you’re using Patreon for videos or podcasts, consistency shouldn’t be difficult to achieve, as the content naturally lends itself to the platform’s business model. But if you’re using it in the run up to launching a game, or any type of one-off content, make sure you deliver content consistently.”Because you’re building this relationship with your community, you have to be really regular with using it,” Takegami says. “I know that [Patreon] recently ruled out different options where you can just use it as a tip jar, but I think using it to foster communities is where it shines the best.”Patrons need to feel like their monthly membership is being rewarded, so having a content drop at least once a month is good practice — even more often would be ideal. “Some creators put out content very sporadically and that can be a little bit more difficult to support with the Patreon model that is a monthly membership,” Rene says. Joanna ‘JoeyNoelle’​ TakegamiBe genuine and open with your backersIf someone is willing to pay every month to see your work, chances are they appreciate your personality, too — don’t be afraid to show it.”Patreon campaigns tend to be most successful when you are open about the person behind the content, and share some of that openness with your backers,” Dale says. “Tell them about your creative process, show them work in progress ideas, ask for their feedback on projects, and offer them the chance to feel closer to the person making the work. Patreon campaigns tend to work best when your audience is supporting you, the person, as much as the specific project you are working on.”Patrons tend to really appreciate these extra nuggets of content about yourself, so think about ways you can craft content that feels genuine. “There’s no shortage of ways to reach your audience, but I think the best ways are the ones that feel personal,” Powers adds. “Instead of just slapping your Patreon URL onto a video, insert a quick 20 second video talking to camera about how excited you are about this month’s extra content. Instead of tweeting a link to your Patreon, post a short, funny clip from a bonus episode. If you post the same link, insert the same [voiceover], or say the same thing every time, people will grow numb.”Keep things fresh to attract new patronsIn order to sustain your community after launch, make sure you come up with new ideas regularly. A new concept might be enough to turn a YouTube viewer into a Patreon subscriber. “Kinda Funny has a stream at the beginning of each year that features new goals, announcements, and shake-ups that refresh the Patreon,” Adeoye says. “It gives our community something to look forward to and during this time we see a spike in Patrons. “Identifying the different ways people consume your content allows for a better understanding of how to make content” Blessing Adeoye, Kinda Funny”Identifying an untapped audience comes through paying attention to the people interacting with you and considering how that translates to your wider community. There are many ways people can interact with a creator and these communities often differ in tone and vibe. Identifying the different ways in which people consume your content allows for a better understanding of how to make content and encourage [your community] to get involved.”Dale adds: “Keep trying new things, and keep being ambitious. I keep aiming to pull off projects that I’m convinced are too pie in the sky to work out, because if they do work out, they tend to be the bits of content that grow my audience.”It all comes back to the idea of reassuring your future patrons that they will get their money’s worth.”I want people to look at that RKG Patreon payment going out of their bank every month and think: ‘Fuck yes, this is worth it’,” Murphy says. “We refreshed our Patreon at the beginning of this year to really reward the people who support us most generously. Blessing Adeoye”[We’ve launched an] Early Access show for everyone on our $10 and above tiers. Every month we’re going to drop all episodes of a new show — Netflix-style — for people to binge and that show will then roll out publicly week-by-week a month later. For me, this is perfect because it creates real value for those $10-plus tiers, while at the same time giving people who maybe aren’t able to support us financially an extra video every week for free.”This is a unique selling point for RKG, with the potential to bring in more patrons. And that’s what Patreon is about — working out what makes you unique, and producing something that can’t be found elsewhere so people see the value in subscribing. “Try and come up with a simple sentence, something Tweet length, that explains why people should pay attention to your work — what you are making, who you are,” Dale adds.Pay attention to your communityWhile you will want to attract new patrons, a lot of energy will go into taking care of your existing community — they’re the reason you’re making ends meet. “To be an ‘internet celebrity’ is trying to catch smoke in a bottle. You can’t try to do this” Greg Miller, Kinda Funny”For me it’s always been about worrying about the community you have, not worrying about the community you want,” says Kinda Funny co-founder Greg Miller. “To be an ‘internet celebrity’ is trying to catch smoke in a bottle. You can’t try to do this — if you go for it it’s just gonna slip through your fingers all the time. I always say: make the content you believe in and the people will come to it because of that.”You also want to make sure you’re taking care of your entire community — not just the part of it that pays your salary every month.”It’s really important when creating a Patreon that you don’t alienate parts of your community that cannot financially support you,” Dale says. “You don’t want to create a hierarchy, where those who spend money feel like they are superior to your fans and supporters who support you in other ways, by listening to or sharing your work.”Having a community manager can be a good option, but you can also decide to do it yourself to stay close to the people who support you. “We don’t have a community manager, so we have a direct line to our community through social media and through things like behind-the-scenes blogs, Q&As, and private livestreams with our most generous supporters,” Murphy says. “We’re constantly listening to our community either on our Patreon page or directly chatting with them in our Discord. For me that’s one of the coolest aspects about this entire thing.”Bratt adds: “Whenever you write a post for your patrons, it gets sent directly to their email inbox. I’ve never properly understood the value of newsletters before now, but after a couple of years on Patreon, I totally get it. This platform has given us a way to directly communicate with some of the most passionate members of our community whenever we need to. I can’t overstate how important that feels.”Set clear community guidelines to avoid toxicityToxicity is the plague of every online community. While being on Patreon should theoretically separate the wheat from the chaff, that doesn’t mean toxicity can’t happen.Laura Dale”If you’re building a community, it’s on you to form a set of clear guidelines for what is and isn’t appropriate within that community,” Bratt says. “Making these guidelines publicly available will hopefully serve as a reminder for people to be kinder to one another, but it also lets your mods reference them when they need to step in and act on your behalf. “Getting those guidelines right may seem daunting. If you’re struggling, go look at the communities you enjoy being a part of and see what works for them. That’s what we did.”When toxicity does happen, there are different approaches to dealing with it.”For us it’s practicing what we preach,” Miller says. “Our policy on the community has always been simple: if you’re gonna show up and be an asshole, if you’re gonna show up and troll people, if you’re gonna show up and be a bigot, we don’t want you and we don’t want your money. If you want to have a conversation, that’s a different story, but if you just want to be an asshole, I’m not gonna be a part of that.”Patreon allows you to refund membership fees, which is a powerful tool for fighting toxicity when it happens — don’t be afraid to use it.”We do our best to reach out to people individually and privately when they violate our [community behaviour] expectations,” Rene says. “But we have absolutely no problem refunding Patreon membership fees if we need to remove somebody from our community. That can be a really tough thing for video game developers specifically, because in their mind it’s a consumer that’s paid for a product, and there’s a lot more stickiness when it comes to booting people from communities when there’s a monetary exchange. “If you’re gonna show up and be an asshole, we don’t want you and we don’t want your money” Greg Miller, Kinda Funny”But on Patreon, we get around that by saying: we don’t like how you’re behaving, we’ve given you a warning and you’ve persisted, so now we have to remove you. And in order to make sure that you don’t feel like we’ve taken something from you, we’re going to refund your Patreon fee as well.”Vocally condemning toxic behaviour is one side of the coin, but rewarding good behaviour is also a good way to show your community how it should be done. “I like to uplift and respond to the positive voices in the community,” Adeoye says. “I believe encouraging these voices helps foster more positive behaviour.”Be aware of the monetary peaks and troughsDon’t expect to earn steady income every month, even if you have a big community. Factors totally outside your control will have an impact on your earnings.”Patreon lacks long-term security,” Bratt says. “When the next financial crash rolls around and money feels tight, Patreon commitments will (quite rightly) be some of the first things that people will want to cut from their monthly spending. I can’t guarantee what my income will be this time next year and that can be a stressful thought. Your income will almost certainly drop at the end of each month, as a few people cancel their pledges ahead of being charged. This is totally normal, although it’ll probably freak you out the first few times.”Greg MillerEarnings drop just after Christmas or around tax season as well, Dale adds. She warns against a settings option that sends you emails every time a backer drops or reduces their pledge amount.”In the early months, I stressed far too much about tiny income fluctuations, assuming drops of a few dollars here and there were signs I wasn’t doing things right,” she continues. “There’s a thousand reasons someone might reduce or drop financial support unconnected to my work quality, and I wish I had done a better job of not letting that get to me.”Always keep in mind that Patreon is not free either, with some costs that you may not have thought about and can be a burden for smaller creators. “It’s tough when you’re looking at the things that you want to offer and also balancing how much it’s going to cost, [plus] credit card processing fees are a thing that you have to pay for as well,” Rene says. “Patreon handles everybody’s contact details, and so for a very small creator that has no business experience it’s really helpful to be able to have those tools, but the downside is it’s not free.”Don’t be afraid to take time offThe drawback of being your own boss is it aggravates your risk of burning out. When you manage a Patreon page, it can very quickly feel like every single patron is actually your boss.”Don’t be afraid to take time away from the computer, let someone else handle your social media for a little bit” Laura Dale”Dealing with a fast growing community can certainly be overwhelming,” Dale says. “My main advice to people is don’t be afraid to take time away from the computer, let someone else handle your social media for a little bit, and ground yourself with real life friends, family, and activities away from work. It never stops being surreal that people care about the things you make.”Bratt adds: “Patreon fundamentally changes the relationship we have with our audience and that goes both ways. It took me a long time to feel okay even working normal hours, without feeling incredibly guilty about taking advantage of our community’s support. A lot of YouTubers struggle with burnout because they find it so difficult to step away from their job, even for a little while. If you’re not careful, Patreon can exacerbate this.”While that can sound disheartening, keep in mind that the whole thing is also incredibly rewarding.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “RKG’s audience is way smaller than other big sites that I’ve been lucky enough to work at, but I feel more connected to our audience than I ever have,” Murphy says. “I think they appreciate what we make more now because we’ve done it all for ourselves.”Rene adds: “We were so nervous the day before we were going to hit publish that nobody would support us. It’s hard to build a community but we were mentally prepared for just our moms to be our patrons and the overwhelming support we got from our community was fantastic. “I think it’s important to keep your expectation in line and go: Hey, you know what? Even if most of my patrons are supporting me at a very small dollar amount level, the fact that anybody wants to sign up every month to support the content I make is a win. And it’s important to recognise those victories, and to recognise that there are people out there that want to support the content you make.”Our articles about how to make money from video games cover a wide array of topics, such as how to get the best game publishing deal and six ways video game composers are missing out on money. You can read all our guides about sellling games on this page.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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There’s nothing more empowering than bringing a creative project to life independently, whether that’s a game, a film, a podcast or a book. Patreon made those dreams a reality when it launched in 2013. Artists can now set up a page on the platform and monetise their community by offering exclusive content to fans willing to pay every month. “Patreon is an easy way to launch a subscription service,” says Blessing Adeoye, host and producer at media brand Kinda Funny. “The features are awesome for connecting with the most core members of your community. And it allows people to subscribe at various levels, meaning you can be creative in terms of how you treat various tiers of patrons.””The joy of Patreon is that your audience is supporting your ability to create” Laura DalePatreon simplifies the process of monetising a community, handling the financial side and allowing creators to focus on their work rather than running a business. And while a lot of creators on Patreon come from the YouTube crowd, the platform supports a wide variety of projects.Creating a Patreon also means not having to worry about your content appealing to a wide audience, like you would for a Kickstarter campaign for instance. “The joy of Patreon is that your audience is supporting your ability to create, and if one or two pieces here and there exist because you wanted to make them, not because they’ll have wide appeal, it’s unlikely to impact your income,” says game critic Laura Dale. “You can create works that appeal to a smaller audience, or that take longer to create, without worrying that you’re going to see a dip in income that puts you at risk.”There are three different plans you can choose from when you join the platform as a creator. Patreon Lite gives access to the basics (hosted creator page, communication tools, workshops), in exchange for 5% of the monthly income you earn on the platform. Patreon Pro takes 8% of your monthly income, but gives access to more tools, including unlimited membership tiers and analytics.Finally, Patreon Premium is targeted at established businesses and gives access to enhanced support, merchandising solutions, and more. It’ll take 12% of your monthly income. That’s the tier Kinda Funny is on.”We have a dedicated partner manager,” says Joanna ‘JoeyNoelle’​ Takegami, social media, community and production manager at Kinda Funny. “I send [them] all of our support needs and they guarantee a two hour response to any of our customer service issues.”Having Patreon do some of the legwork doesn’t mean you won’t have anything to do. There are common sense initiatives, good practices and golden rules to follow to have a successful Patreon page. And if you’re unsure about something, remember you can always get in touch with Patreon to ask for some guidance. Make sure you have a big enough audienceThis one goes under “common sense” — Patreon is not a platform for launching a brand new business. You need to have built a reputation elsewhere before you can monetise your existing community on Patreon.”I think believing [you can make it without an existing following] shows a misunderstanding of what Patreon is and what a successful one is built upon,” says Daniel Krupa, co-founder of YouTube channel RKG. “If you’re truly starting from scratch — you don’t have a small and engaged audience — you need to figure out what you want to make, who is your audience, and how you connect with them.”For a Patreon to really work you need to have a strong relationship with an audience that deeply values your work. That’s the crux of the whole thing. People aren’t short of free content, so you need an audience who values what you’re making, and therefore believes it’s worth supporting.”Gav Murphy, Daniel Krupa and Rory PowersMake sure your project actually fits PatreonWhile there are all sorts of creators using Patreon, some models fit the platform more easily than others. “Patreon best suits projects that are a continuing service,” Adeoye says. “Don’t think of it as Kickstarter crowdfunding, where it’s one and done. It’s a subscription service, meaning if you produce music, podcasts, videos, or any sort of content on a continual basis, it’s a good fit.”If you’re a big developer with a few shipped games and want to make a few extra bucks, the chances are Patreon won’t really work unless you manage to remain approachable — the platform is not for faceless corporations. “Patreon is always going to be best suited for independent creators, where it’s clear that the funding is going directly to the people who they’ve chosen to support, rather than into the pockets of a much larger company,” says Chris Bratt, co-founder of YouTube channel People Make Games. “There are certainly some examples of the latter working, but I do think it’s a harder sell.””You can always add commitments later on, but it’s much harder to take them back” Chris Bratt, People Make GamesYour project also needs to be clearly defined, with a transparent roadmap that you should stick to as much as possible. “The projects that make most sense on Patreon are ones where you can clearly explain up front what sort of things you plan to work on, and with what regularity,” Dale says. “If you start developing a game supported on Patreon then change genre halfway through, you’ve got an audience that has been paying for something that may no longer be what they thought they were supporting. Just be clear about what you are creating, and deliver regular content on a predictable schedule.”Take the time to really think about that schedule as retracting Patreon promises could hurt the community. In an early draft of its Patreon page, People Make Games committed to creating a new video every two weeks.”It actually takes us the best part of a month to create each episode, although we’d only learn that later on,” Bratt says. “Promising a video every two weeks would have been a disaster, leading to rushed work and, eventually, an apology to our community for having not lived up to our commitment. We changed our page just before launch day. You can always add commitments later on, once you’re sure they’re feasible, but it’s much harder to take them back.”Find the right balance for your reward tiersPatreon pages are set up around reward tiers, each one corresponding to a different membership level. Balancing these out can be a juggling act. Set your prices too low and you’ll be missing out on opportunities; set them too high and you’ll be missing out on potential patrons.”We spent a lot of time looking at other creators who use Patreon and getting a feel for the landscape in terms of pricing,” Bratt says. “It helps to look outside of your own industry for this, by the way. We ended up getting the idea to create bespoke art prints for our patrons from the German educational channel, Kurzgesagt. Nab some of the best ideas you come across.”Chris BrattOnce that’s done, a good golden rule is to diversity your tier offerings.”It’s important to recognise that your community is made up of people of a variety of different financial situations,” says Andrea Rene, director of operations at What’s Good Games, a weekly podcast. “People who want to support you as a creator might not be able to do it at a very specific level if you only offer one or two ways to do so. So if it’s within your bandwidth, it’s great to offer a variety of ways for people to support you. “But there’s also a balance of offering enough and offering too much. If you give your patrons too many ways to support you, then you’re going to be overcommitting yourself and not getting the return on investment.”One way to make sure you strike the right balance is to ask your community directly.”We polled the audience to figure out what was important to them and structured our Patreon around that,” Takegami says. “Then we added extra tiers on top of that for the hardcore [followers]. But it was really important for us to not gate any of our main content only behind Patreon. We know that not everyone can pay, so we want to make sure that Patreon rewards are extra and on top of things.””We know that not everyone can pay so we want to make sure that Patreon rewards are on top of things” Joanna Takegami, Kinda FunnyThis idea of Patreon rewards being bonus content on top of your usual work is a good approach, as it avoids antagonising fans who don’t pay. Dale also decided not to lock her content and chose a different solution altogether.”I took the approach of setting only a single $1 per month tier, and letting people opt to support me with larger amounts if they choose,” she says. “I know other creators have tiered access, but I don’t personally want to be the kind of creator that fragments my audience into haves and have nots. last_img read more

Solar power company strikes deal to power 10 million people

first_imgThisinvestment will accelerate the roll-out of BBOXX’s solar systems, which combinesolar panels and batteries with pioneering technology, available on apay-as-you-go basis via mobile money. “AIIM’sinvestment will turbo-charge our operations in Rwanda, Kenya and the DemocraticRepublic of Congo. This will allow us to scale rapidly and continue to drivedisaggregation in what has traditionally been a vertically integrated market.” Commenting onthe development, Mansoor Hamayun, CEOand co-founder of BBOXX, said: “This latest deal with AIIM shows BBOXX’scommitment to mobilising greater investment and capital in the off-grid sector,through partnering with major global companies. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Investing in the off-grid sector It willhelp in enabling economic growth in these communities by creating new marketsthrough the entry point of electricity. Solar power company BBOXX is set to install two million solar systems by 2022, bringing electricity to 10 million people in select African countries. Generation Featured image: Stock “It is alsotelling that an infrastructure fund like ours is backing distributed solarthrough investing in a company of the calibre of BBOXX. It reflects both theambition of BBOXX and the maturity of the off-grid sector.” AIIM’s CEO, Jurie Swart, also commented: “We are delighted to be working with BBOXX to expand off-grid solar electricity to millions of people previously without access to basic utilities. BBOXX shares our vision to remove barriers to economic growth and facilitate the development of Africa’s economies.  Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA The funds will be applied across the solar company’s distribution mix, positively impacting a range of customers including households, schools and SMEs across rural, urban and peri-urban regions. Read more: World Bank, Pakistan ink $100m solar deal Finance and Policy This followsafter a deal that the company signed with Africa Infrastructure InvestmentManagers (AIIM) worth $31 million. BRICS AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector TAGSsolar power Previous articleEskom elaborates on its request for 15% increaseNext articleSmart Grid without the Price Tag Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Activists take over Washington hotel to demand housing for homeless during pandemic

first_imgRapidEye/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(OLYMPIA, Wash.) — Members of a housing advocacy group were arrested in Washington state Sunday after they allegedly stormed a hotel in Olympia and occupied it while demanding better care for people living on the streets.Olympia police said around 11 a.m., around 45 members of the group Oly Housing Now, some of whom were reportedly armed with hatchets, batons and knives and had gas masks, helmets and goggles, gathered outside the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia and made their way inside.Oly Housing Now released a statement in which it claimed the members took the hotel for “emergency pandemic housing,” and demanded the city pay for rooms using Federal Emergency Management Agency funding.“It’s too cold for people to be sleeping on the streets,” the statement read.The hotel’s staff called 911 after they said they “felt under threat from the group, and that an employee was allegedly assaulted,” according to the police. The staff of seven sheltered in the hotel’s basement for the rest of the afternoon and early evening while the activists took the hotel.Before the demonstration, the group had reserved and paid for 17 rooms, which they used to house people experiencing homelessness, according to the police. Guests in 40 rooms sheltered in place during the incident, police said.Officers eventually escorted the staff out of the building later in the night and went floor by floor clearing out the hotel. The people without homes who were living in the hotels were connected with the city’s social services, according to the police.“The City’s Crisis Response Unit is connecting those unhoused people to services. They will not be allowed to remain at the hotel,” the police said in a statement.Olympia Interim Police Chief Aaron Jelcick told reporters Monday that 10 people were arrested and charged with various crimes, including burglary in the first degree, assault in the first-degree and obstruction of a public servant. Jelcick said the group allegedly recruited about 30 people from homeless encampments throughout the city to stay in these rooms, telling these individuals that they could stay in the rooms indefinitely.No homeless individual was charged related to the incident, police said.Representatives from Oly Housing Now did not immediately return messages for comment. A spokeswoman for the Red Lion Hotel chain said the company has been in touch with the owner of the Olympia hotel and they are working with officials in their investigation.In a statement to the press Sunday, Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby said the city is taking its homelessness issue seriously.“Olympia has led on responding to homelessness, on coordinating shelter and other basic needs,” she said in a statement. “The tactics used today by Oly Housing Now are unproductive and won’t make the mission more attainable.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Student Teacher Observation – PT – Elementary Education – Leming, TX

first_imgUniversity Supervisors for the Elementary Education program arepart-time faculty members at Walden University who serve theRichard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership by regularlyobserving and evaluating teacher candidates during theirdemonstration teaching experience. University Supervisors visitschool settings, working with cooperating teachers and teachercandidates. University supervisors share responsibilities withcooperating teachers and provide leadership for planning,supervising, evaluating, and implementing the Walden curriculum forteacher candidates.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:· Communicate Walden University expectations for demonstrationteaching to cooperating teachers and school administrators.· Provide cooperating teachers with an orientation to WaldenUniversity and demonstration teaching.· Conduct a minimum number of on-site, in the fieldobservations:Ø 3 observations during the 12 week demonstration teachingexperienceØ Additional observations and communications electronically or bytelephone with Walden students and/or cooperating teachers may berequired when deemed necessary.· Structure conferences with the candidate and cooperating teacher,and provide oral and written feedback.· Complete formal evaluations of the teacher candidate throughoutthe demonstration teaching experience.· Provide the licensure candidate with opportunities for continuedprofessional growth in his or her ability, including support duringthe candidate’s completion of the Teacher PerformanceAssessment.· Serve as a liaison between the university and demonstrationteaching site, offering information and support to cooperatingteachers and site administrators as needed.· Participate in the College of Education’s Orientation forUniversity Supervisors.TOOLS/TECHNICAL SKILLS:To perform this job successfully an individual must be able toperform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listedbelow are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based onperformance of each essential function. Reasonable accommodationsmay be made to enable individuals with disabilities to performessential functions.Faculty members are required to have an adequate computer to handlean electronic learning platform, keyboard, pointing device, andcomputer monitor. All other tools are knowledge-based ortraining-based through Walden University. The Faculty Member mustbe able to use Microsoft Office products (MS Word, MS Excel, and MSPowerPoint), zip software, and Adobe Acrobat and must have reliableInternet access as well as alternate access in cases where primaryaccess becomes unavailable.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:· A master’s degree is required, of which an applicant must holdeither a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in elementaryeducation.· At least 3 years of teaching experience, of which at least oneyear is at the age/grade level of the assignment.· Verified teaching experience at the level and discipline of thesupervisory responsibilities.· Must have or have held a teaching license (can be expired)· Experience with online technology· Knowledge, skills, and teaching experiences related to diversityand student exceptionalities.· Candidate must live within 60 miles of Leming, TX.LICENSURE and/or CERTIFICATION:Faculty Members must be appropriately credentialed, possess anearned degree in the discipline being taught, and may be expectedto be licensed or license-eligible in order to teach in specificprograms. Faculty Members must maintain their licenses and anyappropriate certifications in order to continue to teach at WaldenUniversity. Faculty Members are also expected to maintain currencywith research by reviewing articles, journals, and presentations.If participating in research, the Faculty Member may publish andacknowledge Walden University.WORK ENVIRONMENT:Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment, butmay involve exposure to moderate noise levels. Work involvesoperation of personal computer equipment for six to eight hoursdaily and includes physical demands associated with a traditionaloffice setting, e.g., walking, standing, communicating, and otherphysical functions as necessary.last_img read more

Landlords shun federal rent relief over program requirements

first_img Full Name* Message* While federal requirements stipulate the money should be used to pay rent for low-income tenants, individual states have broad discretion over how the programs are implemented. Those differences can be dramatic: In Broward County, Florida, the rent relief will only make up for 60 percent of back rent if what’s unpaid exceeds a month’s rent.Some landlords, faced with keeping a non-paying tenant and accepting a discounted rent versus finding a new tenant who may be in a better position to pay, are choosing the latter. The ban on federal evictions, which expires at the end of March, does not mandate that landlords renew current leases.“If you have someone who wasn’t upholding their end of the contract…you’re asking the housing provider to sign up for essentially another year of this person being in this unit unable to pay,” Amanda Gill, government affairs director for the Florida Apartment Association, an industry trade group, told the publication.“You’re really putting them in a really difficult position, because they have ongoing obligations,” Gill said.[WSJ] — Georgia KromreiContact the author Email Address* (iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)The federal government wants to give landlords and tenants $50 billion to help keep renters in their homes — but some of those property owners are turning down the funding that they’re eligible for.Some landlords have taken issue with the requirements to receive federal rent relief, including disclosing financial information, as well as limits on evicting tenants if they choose to do so, the Wall Street Journal reported.In Boston, a tenant attorney said that a fifth of his cases involve a landlord who has refused the funds. A Houston nonprofit tasked with distributing the funds said that in 5,600 cases, landlords shunned the relief. In Los Angeles, nearly half of the tenants who received rent relief had landlords who declined to participate in the program.Read moreThe nitty gritton federal rent reliefLandlords hail relief bill as end of cancel rentBiden’s relief package would extend evictioni ban, boost rent reliefflast_img read more

Richmond Monster Energy Series pit stall assignments

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Rhode Island Man Trains for EMT despite Challenges

first_imgNews, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (TurnTo10) – A Rhode Island man, who has overcome adversity in his life, is hoping to make a difference for others. This weekend he’s completing his training as an EMT, despite facing his own physical challenges.last_img

Community comes together to celebrate Las Posadas

first_imgNatalie Weber | The Observer Community members gather for an observance of Las Posadas. The celebration commemorates Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem. Here the group is led by Cristian Araujo and Andres Walliser, who portrayed Mary and Joseph respectively.“Las Posadas is a commemoration of the walk of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to find a place for Jesus to stay,” she said. “This is done in the Latino tradition, and in my case, I’m very familiar with the Mexican tradition of doing it through song.”First brought to campus by former Farley Hall rector Elaine DeBassige, Las Posadas is traditionally held over the course of nine days, but is shortened to three at Notre Dame. Members of the community gathered at Duncan Hall on Wednesday evening for the second night of the celebration.The event began with prayer and readings from the Bible and a theological work. Then, participants, who stood outside the building, sang a back-and-forth hymn with a group of Duncan Hall residents, who stood inside the dorm. The hymn reenacted the exchange between Joseph, Mary and innkeepers who turned them away from lodging in Bethlehem.After being turned away from Duncan, more than 30 Notre Dame community members walked to McGlinn Hall, where they listened to readings, sang the hymn to seek shelter and were turned away once again. They then journeyed over to Keough Hall, where the celebration concluded, and the pilgrims were finally accepted into the dorm.Becky Ruvalcaba, who serves as Campus Ministry’s assistant director of multicultural ministry, said the Spanish title, Las Posadas, translates to “shelter” in English. “I think it’s another way for us to really celebrate this Advent season, really having a visual representation of that journey that we all take, that we all should be taking during this season — and really seeking to be able to have Jesus have shelter in our hearts,” she said. Senior and Anchor intern Cecily Castillo said Las Posadas can also remind people to reflect on the modern day social concerns involving shelter and refuge, such as immigration and homelessness.“I think listening to each of the reflections and the readings, … it really sets our minds and our hearts on to bigger picture concerns that come up at this type of year,” she said. “So we really remember that, because in our faith, there should always be something that we can use to not only point ourselves towards God, but point ourselves into the concerns of others.”Senior Andres Walliser, who portrayed Joseph on Wednesday night, also reflected on the connections between the tradition and modern day concerns.“Going through the readings for each station is really relevant now,” he said. “It’s cool to tie our faith and the Church and how the Church has a role in immigration issues right now.”Sophomore Cristian Araujo, who portrayed Mary, said even though she’s not Catholic, Las Posadas allowed her to connect with other members of the Latino community at Notre Dame, and learn more about the Catholic faith.“It’s not necessarily just a Latino thing,” she said. “It’s just a cultural thing, just one of the many celebrations we have.”Walliser also encouraged students to come to the celebration.“For any cultural event, any Latino event we put on, I’m always happy to see people from outside the community, outside the culture,” he said. “I never people as outsiders. I always see ‘That’s really cool that someone’s interested in our thing.’”John Draves, a junior in the Old College seminary, came to Las Posadas for the first time Wednesday night because he knows Anchor interns Robledo and Castillo, and knew other people from his dorm who would be attending. He said during a busy time in the school year, Las Posadas can help students celebrate the season of Advent and prepare for Christmas.“[Las Posadas] doesn’t take too much time,” he said. “It’s nothing too hard to do. It’s something that anyone can just join in. It helps us commemorate this season in a more small, but yet intentional, way.”The final night of Las Posadas will begin Thursday at 8 p.m. in Fisher Hall.Tags: Advent, Campus Ministry, Las Posadas Senior Carolina Robledo always looked forward to Las Posadas — a modern day reenactment of the Christmas story — as a young child. It was a fun way to pray, and the kids always got bags of candy at the end.Now, as an Anchor intern with Campus Ministry, Robledo helped organize Notre Dame’s celebration of Las Posadas this year.last_img read more

Denise van Outen Will Put on Her Jazz Shoes as Velma Kelly in London’s Chicago

first_imgDenise van Outen in a promotional photo for “Chicago”(Photo provided by Raw PR) Chicago alum Denise van Outen will re-join the West End cast of the hit musical revival on September 24, taking on the role of Velma Kelly for a limited engagement at the Phoenix Theatre through November 17. Van Outen replaces current Chicago star Josefina Gabrielle.New to the role of Velma, Van Outen was formerly seen as Roxie Hart in Chicago in London and on Broadway. Her other London stage credits include Tell Me on a Sunday, Legally Blonde, Rent and her solo show Some Girl I Used to Know. On TV, van Outen currently judges Ireland’s Got Talent, having previously judged BBC1’s Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber.Van Outen will join a Chicago cast that includes Alexandra Burke as Roxie Hart, Duncan James as Billy Flynn, Mazz Murray as Mama Morton and Paul Rider as Amos Hart.Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Chicago features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Ebb. The production features choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Fosse and direction by Walter Bobbie. View Commentslast_img read more

RunSignUp introduces Virtual Race TXT Service

first_imgRunSignUp has introduced a new TXT Service for Virtual Races. According to the technology provider, this ‘transforms virtual events into vibrant participatory events and connects athletes in remote locations.’RunSignUp notes that virtual races – events in which participants sign up to run a prescribed distance at a location and time of their choice and self-report their results – have grown in popularity in recent years. This is seen to create a demand for more interactivity with virtual participants.Virtual races can take two forms:Standalone event, often with a broad range of time (weeks or months) for participation from competitors in disparate locations.Add-on to an existing in-person event, allowing runners who are unable to participate due to geographic distance, time constraints, or participation caps to join in the festivities from a distance. Add-on events can often appeal to previous participants, family members of friends of current participants, or supporters of a race’s cause.Many virtual events ask participants to report their race times and collate them into results. Virtual TXT Service allows race organizers to communicate with virtual racers in pre-set text exchanges, and lets the participant respond back with their time for the event.These responses are fully integrated with the RunSignUp Results platform, allowing the participant to be added to official results with an auto-calculation of pace and age-grading, as well as personal finisher pages and finisher certificates.RunSignUp adds that ‘People can even sign up for txt notifications alerting them when a virtual runner reports a finish time – just like spectators can get notifications about the finish of a ‘real’ race.’Virtual TXT Service can be used to enhance virtual events in a variety of ways, including to send a video, offer congratulations, or provide a coupon from a sponsor. It can also bring ‘a sense of community and accomplishment of a typical race day to an otherwise isolated athletic feat.’Setup of the service is flexible, allowing for custom messages, time ranges for reporting that can be broad or narrow; and race directors can elect to post times automatically or require approval before posting. RunSignUp is a leading technology provider for races and timers in the United States. More than 16,000 races use RunSignUp to manage their events, registering more than 4 million participants each year. RunSignUp’s platform provides a hub for registration, fundraising, race promotion and race day management, with a convenient CRM view of a races’ participants, donors, sponsors, and more.RunSignUp products include RaceDay Timer product offerings, RunSignUp Clubs program to enable membership management, and RaceJoy for live tracking and race day mobile experiences.Customers include leading organizations such as the Boilermaker Road Race, Crim Festival of Races, Amway River Bank Run, Philadelphia Marathon, Komen Race for the Cure Philadelphia, Mercedes Marathon, Kentucky Derby Festival, Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, Vermont City Marathon, Sports Backers, Race Day Events, Glass City Marathon, Tulsa Run, Space Coast Marathon, Leone Timing, KC Running Company, Compuscore Timing, Knoxville Track Club, Pikes Peak Road Runners, Gulf Coast Runners, Columbus Running Company, Playmakers Running Store and many more.RunSignUp adds that it is founded by runners for runners, using technology innovation to benefit the running community.www.RunSignUp.comrunsignup.wordpress.com/2018/11/02/virtual-race-txt-service Relatedlast_img read more