Some classroom lessons may fall short of the Common Core State Standards, according to an analysis of 1,500 middle-school assignments used in two urban districts. Data show only about 4% of assignments required students to engage in high-level critical thinking, which is a Common Core goal.
Many are looking to Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, to establish a new norm for work-life balance following her announcement that she is expecting twins in December. Her 2012 return to work after two weeks of maternity leave received mixed reviews, and Mayer says she has similar plans for this leave. "That gives a clear message to her employees that only work matters," said Elaine Eisenman, dean of executive education at Babson College.
Both chambers of Congress have passed bills to overhaul No Child Left Behind. Officials say the law that eventually passes is likely to scale back federal involvement in public education. "It's kind of like the zombie law. It keeps on going and going like 'The Walking Dead,' but it has real-life consequences," Patrick McGuinn, a politics professor at Drew University in New Jersey, said.
Gas stations, which are seeing an increase in credit and debit card fraud, are seeking to secure transactions at the pump. Meanwhile, Visa offers a system that's helping reduce fraud at gas stations, and MasterCard soon will offer a similar service. EMV-enabled card readers aren't required at pumps until 2017.
Dollar Tree said it's on track for a 100-day plan to convert 150 Family Dollar stores to Dollar Tree locations and integrate Family Dollar stores into the business by the end of October. The retailer, which grew to about 13,800 stores with the July acquisition of Family Dollar's 8,274 locations, will also install freezers and coolers at 159 stores as it expands its frozen and refrigerated offerings. Dollar Tree plans to divest 330 stores by the end of the year.
Patients with multiple chronic illnesses, which often include those who are low-income and elderly, may have more trouble using health IT devices, such as blood glucose monitoring tools or diet and exercise applications, researchers wrote in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The study team said health IT developers should create technology that reduces the inconvenience and burden to patients and should try to reach out to people who may not be technologically sophisticated.
Wearables are becoming a fixture among consumers and opening up a new world of marketing opportunities, writes Alex LePage. The opportunities include relevant messages through fitness devices, better location-based targeting and wider scope for cross-device marketing.
Neiman Marcus has teamed with more than 50 of the top design houses in the world to create Truly NM. The curated collection features exclusive fashions, footwear and accessories from brands including Christian Louboutin, Prada, Valentino and Donna Karan.
BlackBerry has teamed up with the National Cyber Security Alliance to bolster mobile-communication security by applying its vast technology resources to the Internet of Things. Under the partnership, BlackBerry will work with the NCSA to identify issues and promote innovations around connected-device security.
Novartis and Amgen agreed to collaborate on the development of BACE inhibitors for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Under the terms of the deal, Novartis will receive undisclosed upfront and milestone fees. Research and development costs will initially be covered by Novartis, and then the costs and profits will be shared equally between the firms.
7-Eleven will allow customers in five top markets to order items from the store for delivery via their smartphones, in a new venture with DoorDash, an on-demand delivery service. DoorDash is expanding from its restaurant clientele, a move that industry observers say points to increasing consumer demand for instant and convenient delivery.
Two University of Denver professors argue that public-private partnerships can help solve the nation's infrastructure problems. They point to Boston's Big Dig and Denver International Airport as two public infrastructure projects that went massively over budget. On the other hand, a P3 interstate-widening project in Colorado was completed on budget. However, "to avoid disastrous outcomes, responsible parties must utilize risk analysis and risk management techniques and planners must recognize the need for rapid adaptation and avoid lock-in to a rigid plan," the authors write.
The clean energy industry has created almost 10,000 jobs in Rhode Island, according to the state Office of Energy Resources and the Executive Office of Commerce. The industry has added 613 positions in the past year, said the report. Many of those jobs are in energy efficiency, about 11% are in renewables, like wind and solar. An offshore wind farm from Deepwater Wind and other potential offshore development will likely create even more jobs, said state Energy Commissioner Marion Gold.
Hotels must fill "mobile white space" to meet guests' desire to manage their stay from their mobile devices. This means going beyond smartphone room keys to give the guests mobile applications that control everything from check-in to room service.
This article provides detailed descriptions of three top Paris spas: Hotel Molitor's Spa by Clarins, Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris Spa My Blend by Clarins and the Spa at The Peninsula Paris. Recommendations for treatments and therapists are included.