Thursday, April 10, 2014

NYLC MONUMENTAL and Student Voice on Capitol Hill

It’s time for MONUMENTAL – the 25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference, organized by the NYLC and co-hosted by YSA (Youth Service America).

This week more than 1,000 teachers, administrators, researchers, policymakers and young leaders from the United States and around the world who are committed to improving their practice, their schools, and their communities are gathering at the Annual National Service-Learning Conference in Washington D.C.

At the conference Abby Larus, one of the students featured in the Pearson Foundation’s film Is School Enough? is participating in the workshop, Personal Branding is Core to Work-Life Success. Supported by the Pearson Foundation and personal branding coach Pamela Weinberg, the workshop will focus on showing how personal branding helps young people make a meaningful impact in today's digital world.

Prior to the conference, participants took the MONUMENTAL My Voice Student Survey to measure students’ perceptions of school. The basis of the survey was developed by the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA) and administered by the Pearson Foundation's My Voice initiative. The results clearly showed that students who are engaged in service learning have higher aspirations than the national average. Students used this data during meetings on Capitol Hill as part of the Student Voice on Capitol Hill project.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

We Give Books ReadMobile at WWE AXXESS

The We Give Books ReadMobile is on the road again, driving home the importance of early childhood literacy. Beginning today, the Readmobile will be in Louisiana and Texas stopping at elementary schools and the WWE AXXESS.

At each ReadMobile celebration, students, parents and care-givers are able to participate in fun reading activities and go home with a free, brand new book, helping to highlight the critical role reading plays in developing lifelong learning.

The ReadMobiles first stop this week is on Thursday at the Langston Hughes Elementary School in New Orleans for a reading celebration with WWE Superstars. The We Give Books team will then join the WWE and KaBOOM! to help build a new playground at the school on Friday.

The We Give Books team and Readmobile will also be at the WWE AXXESS in New Orleans from today through Sunday. During AXXESS children and parents can signup for We Give Books Read For My Summer, take pictures in a special photo booth and receive prizes.

You can now follow all the places the ReadMobile is heading on Instagram. Start following the ReadMobile today by clicking here.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Innovative Educational Programs

There is a great article on LEARNING STARTS about the City X Project, an innovative educational program developed by IDEAco, the Coalition for Innovative Development, Education and Action.

The City X Project is an international educational workshop for students age 8-12 that teaches creative problem solving using 3D printing technologies and the design process.

Incorporating classroom lessons that teach imaginative problem-solving, empower kids to create and integrates technology can be a difficult task for educators. The City X Project is a great example of how these goals can be combined using hands-on lessons that are engaging for students.

The City X Project is also one of the programs currently showcased on the Pearson Foundation’s Project MASH, a new social network for learning. Project MASH makes it easy for teachers and students to find and share learning experiences like the City X Project.

To learn more and join Project MASH please click here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CoSN 2014 Annual Conference

The Pearson Foundation is at CoSN 14 this week!

The annual CoSN conference is taking place this week from March 19th through March 21st in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme is “continuously connected, constantly learning,” and is designed for education leaders to better understand their changing roles in creating the new face of learning.

You can find the Pearson Foundation at CoSN at Pod16 InnovationCentral, where you can learn about the Pearson Foundation’s newest digital initiative launched at SXSWedu – Project MASH.

We will also be speaking during the following sessions:

Innovative Connected Learning Trends from around the Globe (part of the International Symposium) on Wednesday, March 19, 10:45 AM–12:00 PM. in Room Columbia. Speakers will discuss new and emerging trends including badges and personalized learning

The New Change Leadership
on Thursday, March 20, 9:15–9:45 AM in Room Columbia 11.
Want to know more? This session will discuss how student voice and learning experiences from our communities help our schools become better in new ways

OE-What? Open Educational Resources (OER) for ALL Learners
on Friday, March 21, 8:30–9:30 AM in Room Cardoza: Open Educational Resources (OER) are out there. Plenty of them. The trick is to find what works for you and your students/staff. This session will take you from simple to complex, with lots of examples along the way.

Also speaking at CoSN are Jennifer Corriero, Chris Dede, Mark Edwards and Michael B. Horn. Be sure to check out their sessions! They are also currently featured on Five Things I’ve Learned—to learn more about their insights on education visit

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2013 My Voice National Student Report

Some interesting findings were released in the 2013 My Voice National Student Report this week. The report found that 77% of students put forth their best effort at school and 91% say good grades are important.

Using the My Voice Student Survey, developed by the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA) and administered by the Pearson Foundation’s My Voice initiative, more than 60,000 students in grades 6-12 at 200 schools across the United States were polled to determine student impressions on a wide range of factors identified as essential to student success at school and in life, including student self-worth, engagement and purpose.

The survey helps identify the keys to academic success and motivation. The results, which are unique to each school, can be used by educators and administrators in developing action plans that harness student potential and address areas that need improvement.

To learn more about what motivates students in their own words, please read the Student Summary, and to read the full report click here.