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Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah

“Hallelujah” is a song written by Canadian recording artist Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a cover by John Cale, which inspired a cover by Jeff Buckley. Buckley’s version is the most enduringly popular and critically acclaimed cover of the song to date. It is the subject of the book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah” (2012) by Alan Light. In a New York Times review of the book, Janet Maslin praises the book and the song, noting that “Cohen spent years struggling with his song ‘Hallelujah.’ He wrote perhaps as many as 80 verses before paring the song down.”

Following its increased popularity after being featured in the film Shrek, many cover versions have been performed by many and various singers, both in recordings and in concert, with over 300 versions known. The song has been used in film and television soundtracks and televised talent contests such as the versions below.



5 Pieces of Advice for New Teachers

After 15 years of teaching, this is what I would tell myself prior to my first year. Nothing fancy, just five real scoops of teacher talk. And yes I messed up the numerical order. Let me help you “flush out your headgear, new guy” ~Mark Roy Long


Survival Strategies for New Teachers



Facilitating Learning for Speakers of Non-Standardized English

Facilitating Learning for Speakers of Non-Standardized English: This course prepares K-12 educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to understand the linguistic and cultural lbackground of academic English learners and promote their academic language proficiency and achievement. Educators will become fluent with strategies that increase students’ academic literacy and provide them with the context and strategies to access core content.


No-Nonsense Nurturer Classroom

In classrooms in traditionally underserved communities, building strong relationships with students is fundamental to establishing a classroom culture where students are motivated to stay on task and achieve to a high level.



Baltimore ‘mother-of-the-year’ goes viral after…

Meet the mom who slapped her son to get him away from Baltimore rioters. CNN’s Jeanne Moos reports on tough love that melted hearts.


Monday’s riots in Baltimore offered a powerful warning about what lies ahead for many countries around the world not just for America if its epidemic of inequality continues. We have seen the same in South Africa “brother against brother” through xenophobic violence. Over 300 people were arrested there. What is going on? But will we understand the message in the chaos? Are countries around the world not just inner city America doing enough?

“A riot is the language of the unheard,” the Rev. Martin Luther King said. What gets lost in translation is the logic that motivates rioters, whose inability to articulate their frustration finds expression in rocks thrown at police, looting neighborhood stores and setting fires. To outside observers, these actions appear irrational and self-defeating, writes David Cay Johnston.

Read more >>> The Cry of the Dispossessed in Baltimore




President Obama Meets with Urban Schools Leadership.

On March 16, 2015, President Obama delivered remarks on his education priorities to the Council of the Great City Schools.


The president said he hopes that Republican lawmakers focus on educating every child and not shifting money away from needy districts. He’s also calling for a focus on low-performing schools, annual assessments and investments in special education and English-language learners.

Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/03/obama-tells-dcps-other-urban-schools-that-he-s-prepared-to-fight-gop-over-education-112357.html#ixzz3UhvDnfT4


International Women’s Day 2015: A Message by UN Women’s Executive Director

“We call on countries to ‘step it up’ for gender equality.”

In her message for International Women’s Day 2015, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says gender parity must be reached before 2030, so that the sluggish trajectory of progress that condemns a child born today to wait 80 years before they see an equal world can be reversed. She calls on all countries to “step it up” for gender equality, to reach ‘Planet 50:50’ before 2030.



Prince George’s Co residents demanding action from county on adult entertainment clubs


County Executive Rushern Baker’s office pulled the plug yet again on interview by reporters