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Brian Nordli

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Students air differences on hot-button issues, leave vitriol behind
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Unlike the mudslinging, belittlement and intolerance on display not just during overheated campaign seasons but, increasingly during legislative sessions, students raised hands to speak rather than talking over each other ...
Participants plan on pursuing college, then the American dream
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
As teenagers talked about their future during the Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum, they weren’t fantasizing about dream jobs and fancy homes, or worrying about what school they’d attend next. Instead, they focused on the burden of student loans, facing unemployment, paying off bills and providing for their future family — issues faced by ...
Moderators find ‘this generation is OK’
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
The moderators include business executives, civic leaders, judges, educators, media representatives and members of the Las Vegas City Council, Clark County Commission and Clark County School Board ...
It’s official: Regents name new UNLV president
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
UNLV has its new president. The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents voted 12-1 today to approve Len Jessup, dean of the University of Arizona Eller College of Management, as ...
UNLV search panel selects Arizona dean as next president
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
The UNLV President Search Committee has selected University of Arizona Eller College of Management Dean Len Jessup as its candidate for the university’s 10th ...
Committee ready to recommend next UNLV president
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
After a week of forums, interviews and meetings, the UNLV President Search Committee is meeting today to make a recommendation for the university’s 10th president. The committee will choose among ...
Fast-talkin’ Rebels at the top of their game
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Teamwork helps lift UNLV’s nationally respected debate team to new heights ...
Are we properly preparing our kids for the workforce?
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
A study says the need for workers in STEM fields is greater than the capacity of Nevada schools to provide them ...
University must play larger role in Las Vegas, says UNLV presidential candidate
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
“We have to embrace Las Vegas,” White said. “Share their deficits and gaps, and then fill those gaps as a mechanism for creating high level research and education programs." ....
Business background shaped vision of UNLV presidential candidate Jessup
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
In the search for the next president of UNLV, the first of three candidates appeared in a campus forum on Nov. 12. Len Jessup is the University of Arizona Eller College of Management Dean, and has also held positions in the business schools at both Washington State University and Indiana University.
UNLV presidential candidate Azziz shares his vision for school
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
or an hour, UNLV presidential candidate Dr. Ricardo Azziz fielded questions from the public about his plans for the future of the university. He talked about how he would repair low morale among faculty and staff by ...
Superintendent: No proof principal, assistant involved in cheating
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
After a two-year investigation revealed a cheating scandal at Kelly Elementary School, Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky has decided he won’t ...
New CCSD software: Harnessing data to help students or a headache for teachers?
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
This is the first year of the Clark County School District’s Infinite Campus roll out. So far, its release has been met with a mix of frustration and optimism from teachers. The learning curve is steep, like jumping from Macintosh ...
How to teach kids to handle bullies
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
Experts offer advice on how to talk to your children about bullies and steps children can take to deal with bullying ...
UNLV group: There’s strength in numbers, and bystanders outnumber rapists
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
A UNLV group says it often doesn’t take more than speaking up to prevent a crime ...
Program gives students an inside look at working in a hospital — long before med school
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Equipped with confidence from all of her training, Erin Lagman decided to switch plans at the end of high school and become a pharmacist ...
A year in, eyeing school district’s progress on long-term goals
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Last year Skorkowsky, with the support of the Clark County School Board, unveiled five-year goals in six areas to improve the district, which routinely ranks at the bottom of the nation in education. The first-year results announced today were ...
Caucus launches effort to lift impoverished black students in CCSD
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
There are 32,371 black students in the Clark County School District on free and reduced-price lunch plans, and they represent an invisible student population. These students make up about ...
Henderson elementary school in running for $100,000 tech grant
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
“We have to get that sustained push,” Moynihan said. “Not just one more vote, we have to keep it going.”
Kindergarten today: It’s no longer as easy as ABC
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
The kindergartners walk into Raeleen Martinez’s classroom and begin digging through their superhero and princess backpacks for their reading booklets. Martinez’s sing-song voice and perpetual smile welcome them to her class at Martinez Elementary School and get them started on their first activity, reading the booklet, “I Like Salad.” She tells them to read the words they know. The boys and girls seated at their group tables know ...
Company’s water conservation contest offers cash prizes for students
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Las Vegas K-12 students have a chance to turn ideas about water conservation into cash, courtesy of ...
Search for next UNLV president raises red flag for one regent
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
The chairman of UNLV’s president search committee raised questions about the selection process after a candidate who had been rejected was resurrected among the final ...
3 finalists named for UNLV president
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
The number of candidates for UNLV president has been narrowed to three. The candidates were announced today during a meeting of the UNLV Board of Regents and Presidential Search Committee. The finalists are ...
Mama and Papa Jaguars are liking having a second set of parents at school
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Desert Pines High School set out to give student-athletes added support as “another way to show the kids we’re here for you.” The Mama and Papa Jaguar Program does just that.
You’re not a kid anymore: Program uses role play to teach students about finance
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
What's the best way teach kids the value of a dollar? In the Capital One Junior Achievement Finance Park program, the answer is to bring them face-to-face with the monetary decisions their parents face on a ...
Philanthropist’s $12M gift to boost special education programs at UNLV
Gift from estate of Kitty Rodman is largest in history of College of Education
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
When longtime UNLV supporter Kitty Rodman died in February, she had one more gift waiting for the university. UNLV officials announced today that Rodman had willed a $12 million grant to ...
CCSD to replace portables with permanent elementary school at West Prep Academy
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
For five years, the portables have been home to the school's 500 elementary students. Now some of the final dollars of the Clark County School District’s 1998 Capital Improvement Plan bond will be used to build a permanent grade school.
Las Vegas homeless program for youths offers graduates more than a diploma
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
For young adults like Angelo Kelley, the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth offers a pathway out of a life on the street and opportunities to ...
For autistic children and their families, this UNLV honoree offers hope
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
For providing care for families with autistic children in Las Vegas and becoming "one of the best assets that Touro University has," Dr. Nicole Cavenagh has earned ...
Study: Despite new funding formula, Northern Nevada schools still come out on top
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Nevada’s new higher education funding model may not be the great equalizer it was billed to be for Southern Nevada schools, according to a UNLV Lincy Institute report released today. Last year, the Legislature approved ...
Adult class aims to clear up confusion from Common Core
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
Some parents are getting frustrated trying to help their children with math homework.
New nonprofit touted as hub for health care in Nevada
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
A new medical entity has emerged in Nevada, but its mission isn’t to compete with hospitals and medical schools — it’s here to help them. The Nevada Medical Center was unveiled ...
Standout principal: Job requires vision, compassion and willingness to get dirty
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Lee Esplin had no idea what he had accomplished as a top school administrator until a colleague nominated him to be ...
2 Las Vegas Valley schools named among best in the country
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Two Las Vegas Valley schools were named among the best in the country today, earning the National Blue Ribbon School award from the ...
UNLV education major awarded Gov. Guinn scholarship
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
UNLV senior Tara Leigh Myl received a financial boost in her goal to finish college without any debt, becoming the Southern Nevada recipient of the ...
Panel explores impact of proposed UNLV medical school
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
UNLV has taken another step in an effort to establish an accredited medical school. Last week, the university submitted an application to begin the accreditation process for ...
Lights! Camera! Math! Vegas PBS show offers homework help for students
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Andrew Sullivan and Andrew Lenselink are stars of a reality show like no other in Las Vegas. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, the two don matching shirts and become TV tutors ...
Professor’s goal: Make UNLV a hotbed for robotics
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
For the past 14 years, Paul Oh has been working with students at Drexel University to turn science fiction into reality. His specialty is robotics. His projects include designing a flying ambulance to rescue people injured in disasters, developing a field of indoor flying robots to help first responders and ...
Wynn hosts back-to-school fair at casino for employees
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Ana Zaragoza browsed education booths amid a crowd of co-workers during her lunch break today at Wynn Las Vegas, collecting pamphlets about resources she was learning about for the first time. She had no idea about a tutoring website that her 16-year-old daughter could ...
‘You are college bound’: State sends message with free savings accounts for every kid
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
Parents and children gathered Tuesday at Bonner Elementary for the launch of the Nevada College Kick Start Program, which gives the state’s 35,000 kindergarten students each a college savings account with ...
At Jydstrup Elementary, students speak 37 languages — and learn a lesson in diversity
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
The Clark County School District includes 85,000 students who don't speak English as a first language. Administrators can’t afford to hire interpreters to transition the students into the classroom, so it’s up to the teachers ...
Project aimed at tackling truancy gets underway next week
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
More than 120,000 students were reported truant in Clark County during the 2013-14 school year. The Truancy Diversion Project is designed to decrease that number through a ...
Count Day: CCSD enrolls record number of students
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
It’s 9:30 a.m., time for morning attendance at Rex Bell Elementary School on one of the most important attendance days of the year. The children, 30 in all, sit quietly at their desks as they wait for their name to be called ...
Snyder lays out his vision for UNLV of tomorrow
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Change is on the horizon at UNLV, acting President Don Snyder said today during his State of University address. Snyder laid out his vision for UNLV’s future. He said that by 2034, he envisions ...
Nonprofit specializes in helping Las Vegas students get back on track
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
When she arrived on the campus of Cimarron-Memorial High School for her junior year, Whitney Cole had a reputation for trouble. She had been kicked out of ...
UNLV scores a world-class supercomputer, touted as boon to research
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
One of the most powerful computers in the world is on its way to being connected to UNLV. UNLV confirmed today that it received Intel’s “Cherry Creek” supercomputer, which will be stored at ...
Applications being accepted for preschool scholarships
Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
The application process is underway for parents to receive part of a $1 million grant to send their children to preschool programs in Las Vegas. For the fourth consecutive year, Windsong Trust ...
70 CCSD schools drop in state’s latest performance rankings
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
The stars are falling in the Clark County School District as more schools slipped in the latest Nevada public school rankings than increased. The Nevada School Performance Framework results ...
Program offers at-risk students free tutoring, homework help
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Homework help and tutoring services returned today for thousands of at-risk students in the Las Vegas Valley with the launch of ...
What are kids reading in class? Educators rate some of their favorites
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
When choosing books for their classrooms, teachers face a challenge. What books will hold students' attention while also helping them ...

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