Friday, July 23, 2010

We Give Books Supports Conspiracy for Good

We Give Books recently announced it is supporting Conspiracy for Good, an innovative, global movement for change driven by a story -- a legendary narrative that the audience becomes a part of and every participant has the ability to impact the outcome of this story. The story will be played out on Web sites, mobile devices, at live meet up events in London and ultimately in Africa where CFG will provide significant assistance in a local village.

Tim Kring, master storyteller and the creator of one of the world’s most successful internationally renowned entertainment brands, “Heroes”, has created "a narrative mythology" that will play out across both traditional media and new media platforms including smart phones, tablets and PCs. Conspiracy For Good blurs the lines between fiction and reality, compelling the audience to become a part of the story with real world outcomes.

Take a look at the video below, featuring Mr. Kring, to get a deeper look at this movement.

You can support Conspiracy for Good by visiting We Give Books.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Raising a Reader Starts Children Early

Raising A Reader is a national nonprofit organization that offers an evidence-based early-literacy and parent-engagement program and currently serves 110,000 children through its 2,500 affiliate sites across the country. During the program, each child is exposed to approximately 100 books per year, and parents and caregivers are trained in interactive read-aloud strategies. This training helps parents and caregivers learn how to engage their child by sharing a book and we were excited to learn of the recent news coverage it has received, including this piece from American Libraries here.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Asia Foundation Odyssey with Peter Rabbit

The Asia Foundation -- an organization that we're supporting through We Give Books -- states on its Website that "Books change lives."  We couldn't agree more. The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program has been committed to empowering children with literacy, creating opportunities for higher learning, and educating future leaders in 18 countries, from Afghanistan to Vietnam, for 55 years.  Below, enjoy Khishig Undur: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, a heartwarming piece about children in need and the impact books are making on them.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Teacher Teams Increase Student Achievement

According to a new report conducted by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) with our support, 21st-century teaching and learning will effectively increase student achievement if teachers and school staff work together as a collaborative team.  The publication gives school policy leaders and educators an extensive review of research and case studies on innovative teaching practices currently implemented by top-performing schools and provides strong indications for the future of education. Check out a recent article about it here.