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Look Back on Phenomenon-Based Learning

“Finland’s education system puts the US model to shame.” This is according to The Business Insider which published an article highlighting eight ways that Finland is keeping its place on top of the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for quality of primary education.

Got Poetry?

April is National Poetry Month, a celebration of literary creativity that began in 1996. 

 

Pushing the Final Frontier

Have you heard? NASA is currently on track to return astronauts to the moon by 2020! Engineers plan on putting the finishing touches on the largest launch system ever and sending a new multipurpose capsule called Orion on a crewless test flight around our nearest neighbor by the end of next year.

Three Ways to Celebrate National Library Week

Today, April 10, is National Library Workers day, and this week is National Library Week! This is your chance to recognize the curators of our communities, the feisty fighters of freedom, the nourishers of new ideas. After all their hard work, they deserve more than just one day a year to celebrate their tireless efforts! Here are a few ways you can make this whole week count!

8 Interactive Educational STEM Sites

If you are a teacher, or a librarian, or a mentor, or you work with kids in any capacity whatsoever, you are sure to have asked yourself at one point, "How can I make screen time more productive?" 

Congratulations to Dave McGillivray on his book launch for Dream Big!

Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray is a busy guy, what with directing the Boston Marathon, running marathons (including the World Marathon Challenge of seven marathons on seven continents in seven days), and combining sports and philanthropy through his business, DMSE Sports, to raise millions of dollars for charity.

Step Up for Diversity in Children's Literature

How many kids do you know who wish they were Harry Potter? Or Katniss from The Hunger Games? Or Harold from Harold and the Purple Crayon? Now try to think of an African American protagonist with the same level of popularity. Or an Asian American. Latinx. Until recently, it wasn't so easy.


Check Out April's STEM Festivals for Families

April is a great month to get your kids out of the house and actively engaged in STEM/STEAM education. Did you know that National Robot Week and National Environmental week both fall in April? Or that North Carolina hosts a state-wide STEM festival for the whole month? These are just a few of the cool events happening around the country that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

Read a Book to a Child on International Women's Day

For anyone paying attention to the news coming out of the world of children’s publishing these days, International Women’s Day might take on a new sheen of relevance.

Ready to Read Across America?

Friday, March 2, marks 20 years of Read Across America celebrations, held on Dr. Suess's birthday. This is a fun day of activities, programs, live events, and a general outpouring of recognition for the role reading plays in our lives, from babies all the way up to grownups! 

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