Teaching to the Middle & Why Halstrom Academy Exists

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“Teaching to the middle” is a widely used characterization of a teacher’s efforts in a classroom environment. Sadly, this notion has taken on a negative connotation rather than a positive one. So, if you’re a classroom teacher with a class size of 15 or more, would you assume it’s appropriate to bend your instructional approach more toward accelerated students or toward students needing increased attention?

A Performance of Biblical Proportions:

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On Saturday, May 20, Pacific Festival Ballet will present an encore performance of “Noahʼs Ark,” a multimedia presentation featuring ballet, contemporary dance, aerial work, video and special effects performed by guest artists and select students from California Dance Theatre, the companyʼs training school. Another bravado is the original 90-minute score recorded in Russia with a 60-piece orchestra.

May 2017 Around Town

May 2017 Around Town

Local award-winning screenwriter/producer, author, food and lifestyle journalist, and TV host (“Simply Delicious Living,” PBS-TV) Maryann Ridini Spencer announces the hardcover release of Lady in the Window, her new novel about hope, healing and the mother-daughter bond.

Onward & Upward!

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Last year, our May issue featured several leading women in our Conejo Valley community. It was so well-received by our readers that we decided to see if we could do an even better job this year. I believe we did. I hope you all agree. Many, many thanks to our wonderful Editor Tracy Marcynzsyn. She pulled it all together, interviewed some fantastic women and, to use one of my co-publisher’s favorite analogies, she “knocked it over the fence.” He loves baseball!

Creating Community

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Growing up in a theatrical family in Vermont, Kim Maselli developed a love for the arts at a young age.
“My father loved to sing and my mother was a professional dancer. One of my first childhood memories is sitting in the corner of my mom’s dance studio watching the ‘big girls’ dance,” Kim recalls, whose passion for the stage fueled her desire to dance.

4 Steps to Investment Success

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In the first two parts of this series, we explained how InvestableBenchmarks.com uses leading exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to deliver extraordinary performance. In fact, these efficient investment portfolios may enable you to grow a “free retirement nest egg!”

AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, five young ladies portrayed five women who have earned a reputation for leading their lives with conviction—including a marine biologist, politician, author, ballet dancer and shark expert.
The portrayals were part of this year’s Women in History Project, presented by the Thousand Oaks chapter of the American Association of University Women. The presentations took place in March at the Grant Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks.

Get Fit for Life at My Health Studio

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In an unassuming 3,600-square-foot studio located across from the Four Seasons in Westlake Village, life-changing transformations and personal breakthroughs are familiar occurrences. During its nearly 10 years in business, My Health Studio has provided an alternative fitness environment where those who would rather not attend a big-box gym have successfully made great strides to achieve healthy, fit bodies.

Leading Ladies:

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A Chamber Ambassador since 2012, Esther Bleuel currently serves as a team captain on the executive committee, sharing her extensive business knowledge and inspiring the group. The founder of Tough Talk Coach, Esther provides executive coaching and training to empower employees to resolve conflict successfully, to have difficult conversations with ease and confidence, and to deal with challenging people effectively.

Be Your Own Hero

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In a world filled with so many expectations for women, I like to live in a world full of unexpected surprises, where we can all choose our lifestyles and our careers according to our dreams. For as long as I can remember, my mom always did her best to help out in my childhood classrooms, as well as offering to help anywhere else that she possibly could. As you all may know, I have four amazing children, and I guess you can say that I followed in the same footsteps as my mother when it comes to helping in any way that I can.

What’s Your STRATEGY for the Next Downturn in the Market?

What’s Your STRATEGY for the Next Downturn in the Market?

With the stock market at record highs, it’s a great time to review the strategy you have in place to deal with the next market downturn, whenever it comes.
Let’s start here: Hope is not a strategy. Hoping the losses won’t be too big, or hoping the market will come back up does not qualify as a sound financial approach.
You need a plan. You need to put something in place today with a goal of cushioning your nest egg from what otherwise could be a devastating blow from a significant market drop.

Leading the Way

Leading the Way

When picturing a conductor, most people conjure up the image of someone standing on a podium dressed in a tuxedo, baton in hand, and decidedly male. Like many professions, the world of music has a glass ceiling few can crack.
Oak Park resident JoAnne Wasserman faced discrimination on her path to becoming a conductor of note. She made history when she was hired, in 1993, as the first female artistic director of the Santa Barbara Choral Society. Established in 1948, it is the oldest performing arts organization in Santa Barbara.

Lifting Limits: National Association of Women Business Owners 18th Annual Bravo Award Winners

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As a child, Marta dreamed of being a stewardess, but changed her mind as a teenager, deciding to pursue engineering instead.
“I loved math and science and figuring out how things worked,” says Marta, who aspired to have her own company throughout college. “I worked at various companies and government agencies from junior high through college trying to really figure out what I liked best in engineering and where I wanted to go with it.”