ASCD Launches New Video Streaming Service for Educators

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Currently the senior consultant at Lydian, Inc., in Chicago, John Heintz previously served as chief legal officer and assistant superintendent at Niles Township High School District 219 for over six years. In his efforts to stay current with the latest developments in education, Chicago’s John Heintz has relationships with professional organizations such as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

In a recently released statement, ASCD announced the launch of a new streaming platform that will give educators instant access to its catalog of professional learning videos. A cloud-based service, ASCD Streaming features carefully organized digital content that can be accessed anywhere and at any time via a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

The streaming platform includes award-winning videos on a variety of topics, including school diversity, education policy, teacher leadership, and student success. Currently, the on-demand service features 40 videos, but ASCD will continually add more titles to the list.

Teachers and other education professionals interested in using the service can view the content with individual rentals or full-year subscriptions. Package pricing ranges from $14.95 to $995. For more information, visit www.ascd.org.

The Enduring Nature of The Great Gatsby’s Closing Lines

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John Marshall Law School graduate John Heintz has worked in a variety of positions throughout the state of Illinois, including chief legal officer with Niles Township High School District 219 in Skokie, and as an attorney with Chicago education law firms such as Scariano, Himes and Petrarca, Chtd. When he is not working with school districts in and around Chicago, John Heintz enjoys reading classic literature such as The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has long been considered one of the finest novels in the American literary canon. In particular, the book has been remembered for its elegant, affecting closing lines, the last of which reads: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” One could argue the line is Fitzgerald’s single most revered piece of writing, as the sentence has been inscribed on the author’s headstone in Rockville, Maryland, and has been praised by countless critics, organizations, and writers.

The line, which was named the third best closing line to a novel by the American Book Review, is specifically praised for its beauty, complexity, and effortless ability to unify the novel’s various subjects and themes. Specific interpretations of Fitzgerald’s ending vary, but many cite the closing line’s evocation of both limitless optimism for the future and melancholic reflection of the past. According to the American Book Review, the ending of The Great Gatsby edged out that of the likes of Ulysses by James Joyce and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, falling only behind Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Samuel Beckett’s The Unnamable.