Sunday, January 31, 2010

JGI and Google Partner to Make a Difference

Our friends at the Jane Goodall Institute recently released a highly informative video, "Speaking for the Forests: Indigenous Communities & Google Earth -- Partnering in REDD," which highlights how local communities can use the latest technology to help save their forests, support each other and inform national and global decisions regarding climate change, regardless of their geographic location.  To learn more about this interesting venture, take a few moments and check out the eye-opening video below:            

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pearson Foundation Teams Up with Oxfam

Thanks to all of your generous contributions for aid for the typhoon disaster in Vietnam, we have been able to contribute to the massive, worldwide efforts currently being endeavored by Oxfam.  To learn more, watch the short video below:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How It All Began for PeaceJam

We've been involved with the PeaceJam organization for quite some time now, and we recently noticed that the video below has been marked as a "Favorite" on pages throughout Facebook.  We thought you'd enjoy watching a brief history of the organization's inception and impact:

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Greensboro Students Help Pennies for Peace Mission

Pennies for Peace continues to inspire children across the world in many different ways. Today, we learned of a unique story about students in North Carolina who are creating their own pottery, which they'll then glaze, fire and auction off to support the Pennies for Peace program.  If you haven't been following this innovative and inspiring program, here's a video that helps tell the story:

Thursday, January 14, 2010

JGI Receives Grant for Conservation Efforts in Tanzania

We learned this week that our friends at The Jane Goodall Institute will be receiving a four-year grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The grant, totaling more than $5.5 million (USD) will enable the Institute-in partnership with the Tanzanian District Councils of Kigoma and Mpanda, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Frankfurt Zoological Society-to expand its existing community-centered conservation programs in western Tanzania, home to important populations of chimpanzees and other endangered species.

To get a better idea of some of the wonderful work JGI is doing, watch this video:

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Technology Helps New Orleans Read for the Record


On Sunday, some of the innovative work that helped create yet another record-breaking year for Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign was featured in the New Orleans-based Times-Picayune newspaper. Through video conferencing, Read for the Record participants were able to conduct a conference at two different sites, using computer networks for audio and video transmission. In turn, the campaign extended its reach further than ever.

Check out the entire article here:

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Kansas Teacher Celebrated on Today Show


Butler High School teacher, Cindy Couchman, was among other Teachers of the Year who were celebrated recently due to their efforts towards 21st Century Learning Skills and their contributions throughout the year. During a trip to New York City, sponsored by the Pearson Foundation, the Teachers of the Year appeared on "The Today Show" and were rewarded with a trip to a Broadway play.  But, that was only part of it.

Check out this article from and find out more:

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Massachusetts Students Making a Difference One Penny at a Time


Children may not always understand the difficulties people face in many nations around the world, but they do understand pennies, we've discovered.  Today, in an attempt to communicate and teach children about the conditions abroad, we learned about some children at Wampatuck Elementary School that are collecting pennies for the Pennies for Peace program.

Read an article about their inspiring efforts here:

Saturday, January 2, 2010

PeaceJam Auctions Off Guitars Signed by Nobel Laureates


Our friends at PeaceJam recently auctioned off one-of-a-kind guitars (All signed by 10 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates) to support their efforts.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu helped in getting the Dalai Lama's signature, allowing PeaceJam to ultimately collect the names of ten Nobels, including Jody Williams, Betty Williams, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Mairead Corrigan, Shirin Ebadi, Jose Ramos-Horta and Adolfo Perez Esquival. For more photos and interesting posts about the auction, visit