Saturday, January 31, 2015

LTC4 Pushes for Core Competencies in Legal

“While feature-based training leaves it to the user to figure out how to apply a feature to real-life work, workflow-based scenarios teach the most efficient use of the feature as part of realistic workflows. This quickly helps the user transition from learning a skill to applying it. Because of its context-sensitivity, this approach also helps users — at all levels — easily apply what they have learned to their job function. Some core competency scenarios may even be approved for continuing legal education credit (depending on the state), making training even more appealing for attorneys.”

“LTC4's subject matters including Legal Documents; Document and Email Management; Collaborating with Others; Time and Billing; Security Awareness; Presentations, among other topics. Three areas are being developed, addressing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996; e-discovery and new business intake.”

Thursday, January 15, 2015

"The Talking Cure"

"To those who argued that Providence Talks embodied cultural imperialism, staff members responded that, on the contrary, they were "empowering" parents with knowledge. Andrea Riquetti, the Providence Talks director, told me, "It really is our responsibility to let families know what it takes to succeed in the culture they live in. Which may not necessarily be the same as the culture they have. But it's their choice whether they decide to. It's not a case of our saying, 'You have to do this.'" Riquetti grew up in Quito, Ecuador, came to America at the age of seventeen, and worked for many years as a kindergarten teacher in Providence schools. In Latino culture, she said, "the school is seen as being in charge of teaching children their letters and all that, while parents are in charge of discipline making sure they listen and they're good and they sit still. Parents don't tend, overall, to give children a lot of choices and options. It's kind of like 'I rule the roost so that you can behave and learn at school."' The Providence Talks approach "is a little more like 'No, your child and what they have to say is really important.' And having them feel really good about themselves as opposed to passive about their learning is important, because that's what's going to help them succeed in this culture."

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Reminder to file 990-N to IRS

If you are an administrator for a recognized 501c3 non-profit organization and if that non-profit organization fiscal year ended on Dec 31st - you need to file Form 990 or 990-N within 90 days with the IRS.  You can complete and file form 990-N electronically at