USC creates smartphone app for military children

first_imgThe USC School of Social Work has received a $5 million grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity to develop tablet and smartphone apps that can help smooth the school transition process for military children enrolled in public schools.This new initiative, known as “Welcoming Practices that Address Transition Needs of Military Students in Public Schools,” can help families complete enrollment forms, find tutoring programs and provide local district contacts who can answer additional questions. The app can also help families find access to special education or link student athletes with coaches.Ron Astor, a professor at the USC School of Social Work and Rossier School of Education, will be leading the project along with co-principal investigator, Tamika Gilreath, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work.Chula Vista elementary school district, along with four other military-affiliated school districts in San Diego and Riverside counties will also be involved in the development and use of the new app.For the past three years, Astor has been involved with Building Capacity, a project that focuses on improving the school social climate, including issues such as bullying, in military-connected schools. The initiative places master’s of social work students into schools as interns and mentors.“We are trying to listen to the kids and address their greatest needs,” Astor said of Building Capacity.Monica Esqueda, a fifth-year graduate student at Rossier, has been involved with the research aspect of Building Capacity and will also play a part in the development of the new app.Esqueda notes the significance of addressing the transition needs of children, especially those who experience a lot of mobility.“Transition is a critical time point, even during scheduled transitions, for example from elementary to middle school. If transitions are not handled well, there can be consequences, including behavioral [ones],” Esqueda said. “In military children who can experience up to six to nine unscheduled transitions, these effects can be amplified.”The overall goal of the program is to make students feel comfortable in their school environment.“We want every child, every family to feel welcome every time they go to a new school,” Astor said.Many USC students agree that the transition between schools can be hard, no matter the age of the student.“As an international student from China, it took some time for me to get used to everything here in the U.S. I think the app is a really good way to help students get used to the surroundings,” Yahui Zhou, a first-year graduate student studying chemical engineering, said. “If there was an app like that for international students, I would use it.”Some even believe a similar app could be useful to all college students.“I know that when I came in as a transfer I didn’t know where I was so I downloaded a map,” Mady Renn, a sophomore majoring in English, said. “Little things you don’t really think of to ask at orientation, just the everyday troubles, would be helpful to have in an app.”Though the new app is designed specifically for military children, it can also help any grade school student who is having a tough time transitioning.Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

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British Open 2019: Brooks Koepka not satisfied with 2019 major results

first_imgIn 2019 alone, Koepka has recorded a pair of second-place finishes either side of defending the PGA title he also clinched last year.But Koepka is only interested in wins, having come up just short of a maiden Masters triumph in April. “I hold myself to high expectations. The whole reason I show up is to win. That’s what I’m trying to do,” he said ahead of the 148th Open Championship. “It’s incredible but at the same time it’s been quite disappointing. Finishing second sucks, it really does. “But you’ve just got to get over it and kind of realize that any time you put yourself in contention, you learn from it and move on.”I made a mistake there at 12 at Augusta. It really wasn’t that big of a mistake, the wind direction, for four out of six guys to put the ball in the water, everybody knows that the wind does whatever it wants on that hole and you just get unlucky.”And then at the U.S. Open I just got flat-out beat. Sometimes that’s going to happen. You’ve just got to get over it and move on.”Do you think @BKoepka will be the second person in history to win #TheOpen as World No.1?  pic.twitter.com/fIlqEuz33F— The Open (@TheOpen) July 16, 2019Koepka has spoken in the past of playing with a chip on his shoulder, believing his achievements have not drawn the recognition they deserve.The 29-year-old says it is an approach he will always take, but he is no longer interested if the acclaim does not come his away.”I think you always have to have a chip on your shoulder, no matter what it is. Every great athlete has one,” he added. “Like I said, over the last year and a half, I just felt like if other guys had done what I had done it would be a bigger deal. Now it doesn’t matter to me. I’ve got my own chip on my shoulder for what I’m trying to accomplish.”I’m over that. I’m over trying to get the recognition. You either like me or you don’t, that’s life in general. That’s not anything I’m too concerned about at this moment.”This week will be a particularly special one for Koepka, whose caddie Rickie Elliot hails from Portrush, where The Open is being held for the first time since 1951. PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Brooks Koepka is not entirely satisfied with his excellent major record this year because “finishing second sucks.”The world No. 1 has a phenomenal return in golf’s big four tournaments over the past few years, having won four and collected top-fives in three others dating back to the 2016 PGA Championship. Asked if there was a part of him playing for Elliot this week, Koepka replied: “Yes, absolutely.” “There would be nothing cooler,” he said. “Put it this way, I don’t think when he grew up that he ever thought there would be an Open Championship here. “And to top it off, I don’t think he ever thought he’d be a part of it. And to be caddying and to be able to win one here would be – he’d be a legend, wouldn’t he? He already is. But it would be cool to see him win.”last_img read more

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