Sunday, February 27, 2011

We Give Books Tops 125,000 Mark

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We Give Books continues to grow with online participants across America and we couldn't have done it so far without your help! We Give Books enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don't have them, simply by reading online. Our easy-to-use Website combines the joy of reading with the power of helping others, providing a platform for caregivers and educators to inspire children to become lifelong readers and lifelong givers.

Even better, it helps some of the world's best, most inspiring, literacy organizations by spreading the word about their great work and by providing books to the young people these organizations support!

Help us help others by visiting WeGiveBooks.org.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mark Nieker on Lifetime Television's Balancing Act!

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Pearson Foundation President and Executive Director, Mark Nieker, was a recent guest on Lifetime Television's "The Balancing Act," where he discussed We Give Books and its ongoing success.  As you may already know, We Give Books participants have collectively helped to donate over 120,000 books to those who need them! Watch the segment>  

Friday, February 11, 2011

Pam Allyn Selected as Greatest Person of the Day

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Our friend and We Give Books supporter, Pam Allyn, was chosen earlier as the Greatest Person of the Day by the Huffington Post!  As the founder and executive director of LitWorld, the piece highlights how Pam has dedicated her life to helping as many children in the world as possible learn to read and write.

LitWorld is constantly expanding its reach with a variety of programs, including the recently formed LitWorld Girls Clubs, which use words and stories to empower girls across the world. "The primary purpose for the clubs is for the girls to use reading and writing as a tool for change," Pam said. "Literacy is a tool for change and its a powerful force to bring people together. LitWorld relies on its ambassadors to continue to spread the word, but Pam believes firmly that everyone has the capacity to get involved in literacy efforts. "LitWorld is this idea of advocating, campaigning and educating and you don't have to be in the classroom," she said. "Everyone belongs to that message. You could be 90-years-old or you could be nine. If you read to a child, even once, you have now done something."

Congratulations, Pam!

Check out the full article on Pam's honor here.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Strong Performers and Successful Reformers

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Every three years, OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) evaluates the skills of 15-year-old secondary students in three basic areas: reading, mathematics and science. Pencil-and-paper tests assess how well they analyze problems, seek solutions and communicate ideas. Around half a million students participated in the latest round, carried out in 2009 in some 70 countries and economies.  Check out this series of videos, produced jointly by the OECD and the Pearson Foundation, which highlights initiatives being taken by education authorities around the world to help school students do better.