Bestselling Author James Patterson Asks Fans to Support Sens. Reed-Cochran’s ESEA
With Permission from the American Library Association
Today, the Senate will begin debate on modifying and reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the federal government’s principal education statute. First up will be a bipartisan amendment crucial to school library funding by Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS).
Passing the “Reed-Cochran Amendment” (summarized here) will help save and expand school libraries in every state in the nation by explicitly authorizing school districts to use ESEA funds to develop and foster effective school library programs . . . programs with certified school librarians at their core.
The Amendment already has the backing of Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chair of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee that unanimously approved the basic bill now before the Senate (S. 1177, Every Child Achieves Act of 2015) . . . but the Reed-Cochran Amendment needs at least 48 more votes to pass.
Across the United States, studies have demonstrated that students in schools with effective school library programs learn more, get better grades, and score higher on standardized tests than their peers in schools without such resources.
Now is the time to speak up for our children!
StartUp to Achieve® Summer Incubator Program: A program for our youngest CEO’s in Chicago. Be part of Chicago’s Tween Innovative Entrepreneur Program.
First Shark Tank for Kids?
In the spirit of innovation and to meet the needs of our youngest entrepreneurs, Chicago’s StartUp to Achieve Kid CEOs (ages 11-14) are ready to take on the world with their business ideas. This summer, they will have the chance. The students will set goals, develop their StartUp Big Idea, establish their brand, spread the word through various means and explore funding — just like a real business. Kids enrolled in StartUp to Achieve will be coached by the best of the brightest entrepreneurs at the CIE at the University of Chicago who will help students to crystalize and present their ideas at the end of the two-week session.
If you know of any young students, ages 11-14 who may find interest in taking part of this great StartUp program, please reach out for scholarship information and/or to begin the process at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Tim Draper and the amazing students live on your own screen. In a world that is ever-changing rapidly before our eyes, our needs in education are changing as well; in comes Draper University.
Tim Draper, ABC and his promising entrepreneurs are ready to bring you the fast-paced world of a new type of education. The Billionaire Venture Capitalist will lead a group of promising entrepreneurs live beginning Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT on ABC.
As these ten young adults embark on a seven-week program filled with tough lessons and plenty of drama, will they be able to handle the pressure and seize every opportunity as they pursue their dreams?
ADLER PLANETARIUM CELEBRATES SUMMER OF SCIENCE WITH HANDS-ON, MINDS-ON ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
These are great opportunities to keep learning all summer! Teachers in Illinois-check out all of your free goodies below too.
Launch a high-altitude balloon, learn about black holes, explore a virtual 3D model of the Universe, and cook up a comet during the Adler Planetarium’s Summer of Science! From June through August, the museum will offer six special days of hands-on, minds-on activities for the whole family.
Summer of Science events are free with general admission and will be available throughout the day. However, Adler Planetarium Tickets (General Admission) are always free for Illinois (K-12) teachers!
And…Active duty military, Illinois POWs, Chicago firefighters, Chicago police officers and Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12th grade) receive free Museum Entry for themselves by showing a valid occupational I.D. when purchasing tickets onsite.
Be sure to check out Adler Planetarium Free Days too! You can find those days listed here: http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/adler-planetarium-free-days/
For all free museum days, be sure to check Chicago Parent.
Guest Author: Barbara Lee
Senior Editor, Robyn Shulman
College Sexual Assault
The national spotlight is shining brighter than ever on the issue of sexual assaults on college campuses. Many colleges and universities are being accused of not doing enough to protect students or not handling accusations swiftly and sternly. Students, college administrators and even the White House are coming together in a call to action to make it stop – but of course, the challenge is how to do just that.
Chicago Youth Violence: Taking a Stand
Technology has changed our world in various ways across the spectrum and across every continent. With the world in their pockets, a generation is coming alive through online voices, creativity, fundraising and monumental social change on a local and global scale. Chicago youth are standing up against violence in their city, and using technology to make this dream become reality.
Chicago is a city with one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation and young people are standing up for peace. “I Am for Peace,” a documentary that tells the story of three Chicago public high school students who organized one of the largest student-led peace marches in city history last June to protest escalating gun violence killing their peers. The documentary will make its public television debut on May 28 at 8 p.m. (CST) on Chicago’s WTTW.
“I Am for Peace,” a documentary about a student-led peace march, makes its television debut May 28 on Chicago’s WTTW.
Written by Robyn Shulman
Prepare for Teacher Interview Questions Now:
Landing your first teaching interview is a great accomplishment and you probably have many teacher interview questions in mind. The interview process is the next step toward getting hired, and this time can determine whether you are the right fit for the school, and if the school is the right fit for you.
Young Entrepreneurs and College: Changing Paths
Michael Lisovetsky’s entrepreneurial journey started in the 6th grade when he and a friend created a website called HomeworkSwap. Their goal wasn’t to earn money but to avoid mindless schoolwork. The site did not take off nor did their next venture, a web hosting company that failed miserably, but it set the stage for Michael’s next company FazeWire, which succeeded.