Spotlight: After-School All-Stars’s Celebrity Supporters

Improving kids’ lives by nurturing their minds, bodies and spirits through programs that incorporate independent learning, academics and enrichment activities What They Do: - Provide comprehensive after school programs that are fun for kids and also keep them safe and help them achieve success in school and life. - Prepare middle school kids for high school, college, and the 21st century by offering academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health/fitness activities. - Serve nearly 90,000 youth annually through out-of-school time programs in 14 regions across the country. - Offer a model after school program for middle-school kids that can be replicated anywhere across the country. Celebrity supporters After-School All-Stars has 17 known supporters, including Don Cheadle, Arno...

Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans

 In April, Google introduced a revamped, reimagined version of Google Earth, which included a number of new features that go beyond visualizing the planet through the use of maps and satellite imagery, to also allow users to explore the world through tours, and learn about its many wonders. Today, Google announced it’s bringing Google Earth to the classroom. The new version of Google… Read More

Lady Gaga Teams Up With Staples To Support Education

Lady Gaga is teaming up with Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) to support education and create a positive classroom experience through its Staples for Students program. Lady Gaga recently met with students in California during the filming of the upcoming Public Service Announcement for and Born This Way FoundationThe partnership builds on Staples’s long-standing commitment of supporting education and helping teachers and students. Staples today announced it is donating $1 million to Born This Way Foundation, an organization founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta. Born This Way Foundation supports the wellness of young people and empowers them to create a kinder and braver world by fostering kindness, improving mental health resources and creating more pos...

Barbra Streisand Gives Support To Clinton Foundation Appeal

President Clinton is currently matching donations to the Clinton Foundation, and longtime supporter Barbra Streisand has reached out to fans via a Clinton Foundation newsletter to urge fans to give generously. “Over the years, I’ve used my voice to speak out, to make my opinions heard, and to become an advocate for others,” she wrote. "So I know the power that a voice can have. And I know – very personally – that finding your voice can transform your life. “That’s why I’m so proud to be a longtime supporter of the Clinton Foundation. Every day, the Foundation is working toward a world where more girls and women are empowered to be healthy and succeed in all aspects of life – a world where women’s voices are heard and heeded. &...

Sony soft-launches an educational robotics coding kit on Indiegogo

 Every tech and toy company, from Apple to Hasbro, has an educational coding offering these days. Sony’s Koov kit has been kicking around Japan for a while now, and should be pretty familiar to anyone who’s spent time with Lego’s educational initiatives — it’s a set of blocks, sensors, motors and actuators that pair with a mobile app. Now Sony is ready to bring the… Read More

Udacity’s latest Nanodegree will teach React

 In its quest to reduce persistent skills gaps, Udacity has been designing condensed courses to get students up to speed on trendy topics to improve employment outcomes. The startup’s “Nanodegrees,” as they call them, span VR, robotics, deep learning and other key technical and non-technical skills. Today Udacity is announcing its latest addition to the lineup —… Read More

Usher’s New Look To Host Disruptive Innovation Summit

Usher's New Look, the non-profit organization founded by Usher Raymond IV, is hosting the inaugural Disruptive Innovation Summit at the new SunTrust Park on July 20th and 21st. UNL’s focus is on transforming the lives of underserved youth by developing passion-driven, global leaders. The event is for people ages 17-24 years old who have an interest in changing the world. The 2-day summit, hosted at the new Braves stadium, will feature speakers such as Usher, Jay Versace, Kate Atwood and other global innovators who will share details on their personal and professional journey. “The Summit is all about growing together – it’s going to be a transformative experience for attendees that will inspire leadership and creativity.” says Usher Raymond IV, Founder of ...

YC-backed Py is a Duolingo style learn-to-code app

 Teaching people to code in bite-sized, gamified chunks delivered via mobile app is Py’s mission. The fledgling startup is the brainchild of two friends and college computer science majors who found themselves repeatedly asked for advice on how to learn to Read More

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative pledges $5M to home down payments for teachers

 When housing costs too much or educators have to commute from far away, there’s rapid teacher turnover that hurts students. That’s why Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s philanthropy vehicle is funding home down payment assistance for roughly 60 educators and support staff at three schools near Facebook’s headquarters. The $45 billion Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is… Read More

Global Leaders Unite To Bring Polio One Step Closer To Eradication

This week, global health leaders gathered at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta to reaffirm their commitment to eradicating polio and pledge $1.2 billion to finance efforts to end the disease. Thirty years ago, polio paralyzed more than 350,000 children each year in more than 125 countries around the world. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of governments, health workers, donors and the partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), a public-private partnership dedicated to ending the disease, the highly contagious virus has now been eliminated in all but three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. There have been only five cases to date in 2017. However, children remain at risk everywhere until polio is completely stopped. To end the disease for good, government r...

Top Hat takes on textbook publishers with the launch of its content marketplace

 What it launched back in 2012, Toronto-based Top Hat (or “Top Hat Monocle,” as it was still known then) offered a phone-based classroom response system but little else in terms of content for teachers to use in their classes. In a way, though, that response system was Top Hat’s Trojan horse. It gave the company a foothold in the academic market and now that it has this,… Read More