Arsenal hurt by ‘horrendous’ atmosphere – Wenger

first_imgArsenal’s 10 men prevailed courtesy of goals from Hector Bellerin, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey, with Romelu Lukaku replying from the penalty spot.Wenger suggested his decision not to take part in the post-match lap of appreciation had been influenced by fears of a negative reaction from fans.“The players, they have been disturbed enough,” he said.“I was out there, to show respect, but I wanted the players to have the quiet lap of honour they deserved.”Wenger also said Arsenal’s supporters’ protests against shareholder Stan Kroenke — who was loudly and repeatedly told to “get out of our club” — were misplaced.“I think you respect everybody in life. I respect Stan Kroenke a lot,” Wenger said.“He is not at fault if we did not reach the Champions League tonight. It is the technical department who is responsible for that. I don’t see what he has to do with that.”Everton playmaker Ross Barkley, who is stalling over a new contract, came off the bench to replace Tom Davies as part of a 26th-minute reshuffle by visiting manager Ronald Koeman.Koeman said his decision to leave Barkley out had nothing to do with his contract situation, but said he expected to be able to make an announcement about the England midfielder’s future imminently.“I will speak to the board tomorrow and we will make a statement about that,” said the Dutchman, whose side finished seventh and will enter the Europa League next season.On his ambitions for the close-season transfer window, Koeman said: “First of all we need more numbers in to be prepared for a long, tough season with different competitions.“And I think we need more aggression in the team. The big point is to get in players who will have more productivity. That’s what we try to find and that’s not easy.” London, United Kingdom | Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said an “absolutely horrendous” atmosphere had been partly responsible for his club’s failure to secure a Champions League place for the first time in 20 years.Speaking after a 3-1 victory over Everton on the final day of the Premier League season, Wenger accepted that uncertainty over his future as manager, which has divided fans, had polluted the air at the Emirates Stadium.He said there were other explanatory factors behind the club’s difficulties, but refused to go into greater detail.“Overall I believe that we played since January in a very difficult environment for different reasons,” Wenger told reporters at the Emirates on Sunday.“Some obviously that you know about and that is very difficult for the group of players to cope with that. Some other reasons, where we will talk about another day.“But the psychological environment for the group of players was absolutely horrendous. I am very proud of what they have done, the way they responded and finished the season.”He added: “It has been difficult. Certainly my personal situation has contributed to that.”Wenger said earlier this year that he would make an announcement about his future before the end of the season, but he has repeatedly ducked opportunities to reveal his intentions.Asked why his personal situation had not been resolved, he replied: “I don’t know.”Pressed as to when exactly he felt the uncertainty about his future had affected his players, he said: “It’s a good question. I cannot give you the answer today. I will give you an answer one day. But not today.”The 67-year-old would only say say his future would be sorted out “soon”.With Arsenal having finished fifth in the league, attention now turns to Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, when victory would give Wenger a record seventh success in the competition.But he will be missing Laurent Koscielny after the French centre-back was sent off for a rash challenge on Enner Valencia and also expects to be without Gabriel, who was stretchered off with a knee injury.– Wenger defends Kroenke – Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Saint Martin’s College of Education and Counseling Psychology Awarded State Grant

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s College of Education and Counseling Psychology (CECP) has been awarded a two-year grant, totaling $20,000, from the State of Washington Professional Educators Standards Board’s (PESB) Pilot to Policy Grant: Advancing Systemic Equity program. The grant is intended to be used by educator preparation programs to increase equity and recruit and retain diverse students, with the goal of preparing a greater number of diverse teachers and administrators to work in Washington state public schools. A 2016 study by the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction shows that students of diverse backgrounds are unlikely to encounter classroom teachers of similar backgrounds, and the Advancing Systemic Equity grant program is designed to help address this issue.Saint Martin’s will use the grant to develop new sustainable strategies to support racial equity in its teacher education and school administration programs. The University will work to make systems-level changes and work in tangent with efforts campus-wide to support access and inclusion for all students. The CECP will be working extensively with internal players and community partners in order to execute its Equity Action Plan (EAP).“The grant aligns with the mission and values of the University,” said Saint Martin’s University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. “The College of Education and Counseling Psychology’s plan is innovative and collaborative, and the CECP seeks to work with our community and education partners in ensuring we seek out and support potential and current educators of color. There is a critical need for educators of color, and it takes all of us working to bring about positive changes and racial equity.”The EAP outlines five high-priority goals and attendant strategies, including:Supporting the exploration of teaching careers for Saint Martin’s first-year students and sophomores and reaching out to candidates who are already living and working in the areaExpanding recruitment and outreach by securing more scholarship funding for underrepresented students and updating recruitment materials and strategiesIncreasing alternate pathways to teaching by changing requirements and providing more resources for Saint Martin’s Secondary Teaching Alternate Route (STAR) programGiving students appropriate support systems, including electronic learning assessment tools, peer-to-peer connections, field supervisors who are trained to do equity audits, and mentoring for pre-service teachers of colorCreating an inclusive campus climate by hiring and retaining more diverse faculty, staff and administrators, conducting an audit of the curriculum to make improvements and articulate an anti-oppressive curriculum, continuing collaboration with external stakeholders and partners for new initiatives, requiring student teachers to complete an equity audit, engaging all CECP faculty in conversations around race, racism, and oppression, providing professional development opportunities to reflect on how to create welcoming environments for all and proposing a new agreement for community college transfer students entering the teacher education programKate Boyle, Ph.D., dean of CECP and Saint Martin’s University – JBLM, spoke about how the grant will provide support for the EAP and help the University establish a more equitable workforce. “We are committed to making systemic changes in order to achieve racial equity in our education programs,” she said. “This is a strong, comprehensive and sustainable project. The grant funds will provide essential seed money to establish the infrastructure and models, after which the project will be self-sustaining.”The CECP core project team included Boyle, Eric Boyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of education, STAR program director and future teachers’ student club advisor; Celeste Trimble, Ph.D., assistant professor of education; Marcela de Souza, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and English language learners program advisor; Linda Maier, Ph.D., key lead on the grant project, assistant professor of education and director of the school administration program and CECP graduate programs; and Kasey Williams-Lopez, graduate assistant and student within the Master in Teaching program.External stakeholders who were involved in the development of the EAP included Kurt Hatch from the Association of Washington School Principals; Andrew Eyres, Ed.D., assistant superintendent of Educational Service District 113; Condee Wood, Marshall Middle School principal and representative from Olympia School District; Terae Harris, assistant vice principal at Lakes Elementary and representative from North Thurston School District; Collette Stewart, director of talent recruitment and development for Tacoma School District; Michelle Andreas, Ed.D., vice president of instruction at South Puget Sound Community College; Charo Garcia de Portaro, director of CIELO (Integral Latino Education Center of Olympia); and Vincent Perez of Rethink Manhood.Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at read more