Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What's Your Superpower?

Dr. Jane Goodall and 40 youth leaders recently attended Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership Retreat. We attended the event, as well, and captured it all on video. At one point during the retreat, we invited the attendees to answer one question. We asked them, "If you had a superpower, what would it be?" The answers were not only entertaining, but truly inspiring.

Watch "Superheroes"

Friday, July 24, 2009

YOUMedia Center in Chicago Debuts

We recently partnered with The MacArthur Foundation and The Chicago Public Libary to create the YOUMedia Center - which brings digital media for wider learning to young people in Chicago.

Learn more by checking out the video:

A New, Innovative Chicago Elementary School


July 16 – We're fortunate to be involved with a very unique collaboration between a new Chicago elementary school and an education and technology company with strong ties to the Chicago area aims to set students on Chicago’s Near West Side on the path to individual success. The Hope Institute Learning Academy (HILA) , which will open in September 2009 at 1628 West Washington, and Pearson today announced this partnership.

Who's the HILA?

The Hope Institute Learning Academy will open on Sept. 8, 2009, with official dedication ceremonies to be held later in the fall.

A $1 Million Grant for Teacher Training!


July 8 – As the Obama administration continues to champion the critical importance of 21st century learning skills for America’s students, we announced today that we'll be providing a $1 million grant – our second such donation in as many years – to provide high school teachers and administrators at NAF career-themed public school Academies with innovative professional development and support.

Announced by NAF President JD Hoye and our Pearson Foundation President Mark Nieker at the National Academy Foundation’s 2009 Institute for Staff Development in Phoenix, today’s donation continues the Pearson Foundation’s commitment to NAF’s career academy model and extends its funding to help train more than 1,000 NAF high school teachers via regional in-person sessions and enhanced sustained online training.

See NAF/Pearson Foundation Partnership in Action:

We're Underwriting a National Tour of Rare Copy of Declaration of Independence


June 25 - This week we'll be announcing, along with The National Student/Parent Mock Election, and the non-profit youth voter registration organization Declare Yourself, the names of honored New Jersey schools as national winners for their participation in the National Student/Parent Mock Election campaign last fall. The schools in the state of New Jersey were chosen from thousands of participating schools for the impressive scope of their voter education and mock election campaigns.

See the Hollywood stars who turned out to support 2008's historic Presidential election:

Declare Yourself founder Norman Lear and his wife Lyn purchased the copy in 2000 for $8.1 million, with the goal of bringing “the people’s document” directly to the American people. The document remains as the only touring copy of the Declaration of Independence.

Boston and Hudson High School Students to Travel to Rwanda


On July 1, 17 high school students and four teachers from Hudson High School and TechBoston Academy will travel to Rwanda with Facing History and Ourselves staff as part of a two-year cultural and educational exchange program funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). We're very enthused by this venture! While there, the Massachusetts students will spend three weeks immersed in Rwandan culture, traveling and studying with Rwandan high school students, meeting with community leaders and completing service projects, exploring ideas of leadership and what makes a strong community, and developing videos of their experience.

The exchange builds on Facing History’s extensive experience in helping teachers to foster students’ critical thinking about how the history of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide and mass violence connect to the moral choices they confront in their lives. This exchange will allow students and teachers from two different cultures to explore together the critical importance of civic participation and tolerance, and the danger of apathy and prejudice.

President Obama discusses the importance of Facing History and Ourselves:

Matt Damon talks about Facing History and Ourselves:

With Nokia, We'll Be Bringing Leadership Summits to Cities around the World


As you already may know, President Obama recently called on U.S. governors and educators to help students develop the 21st Century Skills they will need to succeed in the classroom and in their lives. In keeping with this vital initiative, we announced, along with Nokia, a series of Mobile Learning Institute Leadership Summits that will take place through 2010 in cities including Cape Town, Chicago, Dar es Salaam, Helsinki, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and San Francisco.

See the Mobile Learning Institute in action:

Helping San Francisco High School Students Find Opportunity


Starting today, we'll be assisting approximately 35 area youth to conduct an inventory of growth industries in San Francisco to assess future workforce need. These employers will be interviewed to determine their interest in helping develop their future workforce by providing opportunities for students to learn via hands-on internships. These youth participate in career-themed, college-focused Academies sponsored by the National Academy Foundation that are housed within various high schools in the San Francisco Unified School District. Through this youth directed mapping project, supported by The James Irvine Foundation, these young people will interview employers and conduct focus groups to collect detailed information about the priority needs of the current labor market.

Once the data from the inventory has been collected, the next step will be to enter the information into a Web-based data management system and utilize Geographic Information Software (GIS) to analyze gaps. The results of this effort will be communicated to business, government and community leaders in San Francisco in Fall, 2009.

Rare Copy of Declaration of Independence on its Way to Six Cities


We're now involved in sponsoring a tour of America’s birth certificate – a rare, original copy of the Declaration of Independence printed July 4, 1776 – of six cities across the country to honor exemplary schools participating in the National Student/Parent Mock Election last fall.

Winning schools recognized for the impressive scope of their campaigns, selected from among the thousands that participated, include Andrew Carnegie Middle School (Carson, CA); Curie Metropolitan High School (Chicago); the Dade County School system (FL); Austin Independent School District (TX); the schools in the state of New Jersey; and the schools in the state of Arizona. Each winner will have the chance to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime visit and provide citizens of all ages the opportunity to view this historic document.

What was the Mock Election? Watch here:

The Declare Yourself copy of the Declaration of Independence, the 25th known copy in existence, is the only one that tours. Purchased by Norman Lear and his wife Lyn in 2000 for $8.1 million, it is one of 200 “broadsides,” or large poster size sheets, printed on July 4, 1776, only hours after Thomas Jefferson finished the final draft. It was discovered in 1989, in the back of a picture frame that a shopper purchased at a flea market for $4.00.

Pearson Receives 2008 Spirit of Service Award


The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Pearson, the international education and information company, with this year’s Corporate Spirit of Service award for outstanding support of national service and volunteering! The Spirit of Service Award recognizes Pearson’s exemplary support through its employees, businesses, and our support of Jumpstart and the Read for the Record Campaign.

The Spirit of Service Award was presented by David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the world's largest gathering of volunteer and service leaders. Pearson Foundation President Mark Nieker, and William Barke, CEO of Pearson's Higher Education Arts & Science Group, accepted the award on behalf of Pearson on Sunday in Atlanta.

We're a Founding Partner and National Partner for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record 2008 Campaign ( – the largest shared-reading experience on record – helping Jumpstart raise over $2 million to date for young children and rallying together hundreds of thousands of individuals across the world to volunteer for literacy. Together, we have worked to set a new standard for corporate-nonprofit partnerships that can impact the achievement gap in America.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Help Us Read for the Record!

On October 8, 2009, we'll be helping Jumpstart and its national partners support Read for the Record celebrations across the United States. Presented in partnership with Pearson, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign continues to raise awareness of the importance of early literacy and personal service. This year, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record partners include American Eagle Outfitters, Penguin, Sodexo, and Official Retail Sponsor Wal-Mart. Once again, Pearson people will join thousands of young people, teachers, public figures, and guest readers in big, invitation-only events in New York City, at the Washington Nationals Ballpark in Washington D.C., and at major citywide events planned at the Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Public Libraries.

Visit for more information!