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A&M-Texarkana Professor to Participate in Inaugural ATE “Inquiry Initiative”

Dr. Kelly Cordray, Assistant Professor of Education at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, has been selected to participate in the inaugural “Inquiry Initiative” sponsored by the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). The Initiative is a “first of its kind” collaborative exploration of teacher education practices and research, focused on “opportunity gaps” in education. Opportunity gaps are defined as the unequal or inequitable distribution of resources and options individuals or groups encounter in schools, colleges and universities, and employment and professional contexts. Rachelle Rogers, President of ATE, described the rationale behind the development of this important new structure, “ATE is committed to exploring ways teacher education scholars and practitioners can impact the pressing teaching and learning challenges of our time. The Inquiry Initiative is a unique, sustainable, and collaborative structure that we believe can have that impact.”

Celebrate Christmas in July at the P. J. Ahern Home

Celebrate Christmas in July at the P. J. Ahern Home

Join the Texarkana Museums System on Saturday, July 23 for “Canned Christmas” from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the P. J. Ahern Home, 403 Laurel, in historic downtown Texarkana. Create canning jar Christmas gifts and learn how to start your own delicious Rumtopf for the Holidays! Tickets are $25 per person or $20 for TMS Members. Tickets are on sale now at TexarkanaMuseums. org/Events or call TMS at 903-793-4831 for more details. Deadline for purchasing tickets is Thursday, July 21.

50 Years Ago Okinawa was Reverted to Japan’s Contro
50 Years Ago Okinawa was Reverted to Japan’s Contro

50 Years Ago Okinawa was Reverted to Japan’s Control

Towards the end of World War II in the Pacific, the fighting was bloody, especially when the Armed Forces began the invasion of Okinawa, taking the war directly to the Japanese. Some of the most terrible fighting was carried out in every village, beach head, and mountain areas. When the war concluded, the United States took control of Okinawa and made it into basically a heavily manned, logistically important, and militarily buildout with air, land, and sea bases. For 27 years, Okinawa was under the direct governance of the United States and was, and still is, a key forward staging area for US forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater. The Korean and Vietnam wars were supplied and supported by all branches of the military who each had bases on the Island. In 1969, President Nixon and then Japan’s Prime Minister Sato agreed that Okinawa would be reverted to the Japanese government no later than 1972. In June, 2022, fifty years has elapsed, but it is an anniversary one New Boston resident will remember.

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