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Kids Read Now celebrates partnerships with hometown heroes, delivering books to Ohio students

DAYTON, Ohio -- Kids Read Now has partnered with school districts across Ohio, including Ansonia Local Schools, Troy City Schools, Mapleton Local School District, Greenville City Schools, and Northridge Local Schools, to mail books directly to their students' homes over the summer. The number of students in the Kids Read Now program continues to grow with almost 400,000 books being mailed to students in 2020 alone!

Most students will experience reading skill loss over a typical summer break from school. Creating home libraries is key to preventing a steep learning slide due to summer break and recent extended school closures. "Whether it's the summer slide or the COVID slide, the KRN in-home reading programs are eliminating learning loss and are helping kids gain up to 2.5 months of learning over the summer," said Leib Lurie, CEO of Kids Read Now.

"The kids love getting the books throughout the summer and come in the following school year talking about all the awesome books that they got. I can tell it definitely encourages the kids to read," said Taylor B., Classroom Teacher, Troy City Schools.

"Providing students with high quality texts to read during the summer is absolutely crucial. An added bonus is that students get 'real' mail!" said Jill H. B., Curriculum Director, Black River Local School District.

The Kids Read Now K-3 summer reading program mails eight new books to students and includes exciting multicultural, fiction, and nonfiction titles loved by children. Mailing books builds ongoing enthusiasm but does not require in-home technology. Each book includes guided discussion questions to help improve reading skills and increase family engagement. The ninth book of beautifully illustrated creative writing prompts concludes the program so children can write their own stories. Best of all, kids keep their new books!

Kids Read Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the singular mission to eliminate learning loss for all K-3 students.

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The Push2BeGreat Clothing Brand Incorporating Artificial Intelligence to Innovate Learning Methods in Literacy

DETROIT, Mich. -- Shwinn Innovations, LLC, the Push2BeGreat Brand and the non-profit 501(c)(3), the Innovative Learning Curriculum, are announcing the development of a revolutionary new educational framework that focuses on providing an equal opportunity to economically, disadvantaged youth in diverse, urban areas.

We aim to engage and motivate all youth to acquire state mandated curriculum requirements in literacy.

The interactive framework is designed to incorporate elements of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to customize the experience for each learner. The goal of the tool is for each user to gain the basic literacy skills essential to succeed through an interactive, relatable journey.

Staying true to his brand, Shwinn Innovations, LLC CEO Sherwin Appleton said, "Engaging young minds is key to the success of our future communities. We want to PUSH everyone TO BE their GREATest self in life, whether they're an athlete, entertainer or in the classroom."

Development of requirements of the architecture and the foundation of the framework are under way. We are actively seeking opportunities and collaborations for technical development.

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19th Annual Postdoc Event Targets Career Successes

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The 19th National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Annual Conference is set for April 15-16, 2021 and will include educational, career advancement and networking opportunities benefiting postdoctoral scholars ("postdocs") and their host institutions around the world. More than fifty experts will dive into themes of top importance to the greater postdoc community.

The conference is an annual highlight for the 70,000 postdocs who comprise the heart of early-stage American research and innovation as well as for representatives of 215 member NPA universities, research institutions and industry that host postdocs.

Taking place for the first time on a virtual platform, the conference will feature two keynote addresses focused on aspects of the most important postdoc concern today: career pathways and possibilities. Chris Gunter, Ph.D., senior advisor for genomics engagement at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health and Cristina Rabadán-Diehl, Ph.D., former director of the Office of the Americas at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will share their wisdom, expertise, and lessons learned.

"Postdocs and postdoc offices spoke and we listened," remarked Stephanie Eberle, M.Ed., NPA Board chair. "Career trajectories are top of mind for many postdocs and their advisors in this era of great uncertainty. Our conference will help answer the call."

Using a creative array of interactive sessions, speed talks, networking breakout groups, and social engagement tools, attendees will interact extensively. Experts from dozens of institutions will address critical issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion; excellence in mentoring; mental health and wellness, especially during the pandemic; and best practices in postdoc program management. A career "fireside chat," featuring Christopher Rhodes, Ph.D., of AstraZeneca and Latishya Steele, Ph.D., of Stanford University, will further delve into career trends and options in the increasingly intertwined areas of academia and industry.

"The NPA is thrilled to welcome first-time attendees from across the nation and around the globe using our virtual platform," commented Thomas P. Kimbis, NPA executive director and CEO. "It will be both a social, networking and learning experience you won't want to miss."

For more information about the 2021 NPA Annual Conference, including registration and sponsorship information, visit

About National Postdoctoral Association:

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational association headquartered in Rockville, MD. Founded in 2003, the NPA envisions an inclusive community where all postdocs are empowered, valued, recognized, and supported in their current and future endeavors. The NPA serves the entire postdoctoral community, including its 18,000 individual and 215 organizational members. Learn more:

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RoboSolucio LLC Partners with Rock Springs Elementary to Use AI Puppy Robot Teacher’s Assistant

ATLANTA, Ga. -- RoboSolucio, an innovator in artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for mobile robot companions, announced today that it has an agreement with Rock Springs Elementary, an Atlanta-area school in the Gwinnett County School System. The COVID pandemic has negatively impacted students nationwide and Rock Springs is applying innovative methods to maximize educational outcomes for both remote and in-person student learning.

Teachers are overwhelmed trying to manage both remote and in-person students, often doubling their workload. Remote students are especially challenged due to less personal video interaction along with distractions in the home environment, often not participating. In-person students miss context due to masks covering facial expressions and they are often distracted while fidgeting with their own masks.

According to the agreement Rock Springs will implement RoboSolucio's AI Puppy in selected classrooms to offer critical services to students that need the most assistance. AI Puppy will assist teachers by delivering mini lessons, giving them a partner in the classroom while helping students rise.

AI Puppy is a mobile autonomous robot with a personality. In addition to human-like expression and voice dialog, it has many advanced capabilities that bring it to life. When teachers and students see AI Puppy in action they immediately light up with a smile and form a connection with the cute robot.

The goal is to improve student outcomes while reducing teacher stress. AI Puppy's COVID symptom detection and fall detection is a great compliment to the teacher's assistant, helping to provide a safe learning environment. AI Puppy is the perfect assistant for teachers, receptionists, security guards, elderly, and children.

About Rock Springs Elementary

The vision of Gwinnett County Public Schools is to become a system of world-class schools where students acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful in college and careers. At Rock Springs, our school program is focused on this vision by ensuring that each student receives the support to be successful in demonstrating mastery of the grade level curriculum - the district's academic knowledge and skills (AKS). For more information on Rock Springs Elementary please visit

About RoboSolucio

RoboSolucio LLC is a privately held limited liability corporation headquartered in Atlanta, GA. The company offers innovative artificial intelligence robot solutions including teacher's assistants, COVID-19 symptom detection (body temp, chronic cough, labored breathing), and health companions. Robot capabilities include fall detection, call for help, remote control, autonomous navigation, video streaming, voice control & dialog, compliance, facial recognition, and capacitive touch response. Our teacher's assistant delivers mini lessons, monitors student comprehension, and verbally probes students for understanding.

Our front desk security and concierge services are ideal for companies and building managers to control access to the workplace safely and provide helpful concierge services. We also offer elder companions for aging in place, senior & assisted living homes, doctor offices, hospitals. As a Small Business, RoboSolucio is committed to excellence and creating innovative and flexible solutions for its clients.

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Lincoln Law School of San Jose Launches New Website

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Lincoln Law School of San Jose is proud to announce that its newly designed website launched on January 25, 2021, after several months of working on its development. Their old site was perfectly functional, but this much-needed refresh will help students, potential students, faculty, and supporters to gain more from Lincoln's online presence.

Dean Laura Palazzolo had this to say about the new, easier to use site: "Lincoln Law School is a hidden gem for those seeking a high quality, affordable legal education. It is our hope that this new website will make it easier for people to find and take advantage of the extraordinary opportunities Lincoln has to offer."

In addition to the sleek new design, the site has moved from the old URL to This new domain removes the geographical limitations associated with the old URL. Ideally, removing the locational reference will help draw in students from beyond the local area, with Lincoln's law-related courses reaching across the country and in time even around the world. The new URL has the added benefit of being smoother, more descriptive, and more memorable.

The new website design falls in line with Lincoln's mission to make legal education more accessible. It is faster and easier to navigate. The upgrades will help site visitors find the information they need more quickly and offer ample opportunity to get in touch with admissions staff in case other questions arise.

With all that's going on in the world leading to a heavier reliance on online resources, it was a perfect time to ensure that Lincoln's website visitors have the best possible user experience. Associate Dean Nick F. Forooghi had this to say about the new site: "Our new website and URL offer not only a great new look and feel but superior functionality and technology to provide forward-looking remote services to all our constituents; including our students, faculty, alumni and new visitors and applicants."

The new site was designed by Lincoln's marketing department, answering to Associate Dean Nick F. Forooghi, in collaboration with consulting firm Solid Vision Consulting, LLC and marketing firm Solutionarian.

The new website and URL simply provides a better, more modern web presence to support Lincoln Law School of San Jose's continued commitment to providing an affordable, accessible law education that emphasizes real-world applications.

About Lincoln Law School of San Jose:

Lincoln Law School of San Jose's mission is to make legal education affordable, and accessible to adults whose personal commitments or full-time careers might otherwise preclude them from pursuing a graduate-level degree. Lincoln's professors are working lawyers and judges who provide Lincoln students with hands-on, real-world experience. Learn more:

Lincoln graduates go on to become valuable contributors to the San Jose community as members of the judiciary, lawyers, and public servants. Lincoln welcomes students of all ages from all walks of life who are ready to use their Lincoln education to make the world a better place. Last fall, Lincoln Law celebrated its 100-year anniversary.

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Phenomenology Helps Academy for the Fine Arts Find Funds for Dance Studio

FREDERICK, Md. -- Phenomenology, Inc., an innovative production model in the performing arts, stepped up to assist the Academy for the Fine Arts to raise ten thousand dollars in critical funds to finance a state-of-the-art dance studio for Frederick County Public School students.

AFA brings together approximately 100 students across 10 public high schools who are interested in learning visual art, dance, music, and theatre. Even though AFA serves students from all 10 FCPS high schools, it does not receive any direct funding and must rely on allotments from the general budget provided by Governor Thomas Johnson High School, where AFA is located.

"As a corridor for the performing arts, a core component of our mission is to provide high value resources and opportunities for professional, amateur and student artists in Frederick, Maryland," said Artistic Director and CEO of Phenomenology, Jeffery Keilholtz. "As soon as this need was brought to our attention, our team connected AFA to important partners that could help."

Keilholtz worked with AFA Coordinator, Jonathan Kurtz, to position the non-profit organization as fiscal sponsor for AFA, to attract grant funding. As a result, AFA secured financing through a generous grant from Delaplaine Foundation, Inc.

"We cannot thank our community partners enough for getting involved and recognizing our need. We have been waiting five years to create an adequate studio space for our dancers and we are excited to finally make that happen. These funds will allow our program to expand and add new areas of focus, with the goal of reaching more FCPS students to help them prepare for their post-secondary experience."

Funds will be used to install a sprung dance floor in a new studio space. To date, dance students share the TJ High School auditorium stage for rehearsal with theatre students. A new studio will allow dancers and actors to have adequate and separatee rehearsal spaces to meets the needs of each program.

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About Phenomenology, Inc.:

Phenomenology, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is an innovative production model to raise the quality of life for performing artists and technicians by creating meaningful partnerships in the entertainment industry - coupled with the production of high-value projects - to generate a first-of-its-kind corridor of professional activity between Frederick, Maryland and major media markets. More information:

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Vistamar School Begins Construction on New Viking Commons

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened many issues of inequity across our region. Vistamar School, an independent college preparatory day school serving grades 9-12, announced construction started this week on the Viking Commons, a new commercial kitchen and gathering space for the school.

The commercial kitchen will provide a nutritious lunch daily for the entire school community, and the innovative communal space will expand ways for Vistamar's students, faculty, and staff to connect. Construction is planned to be completed by August, 2021 for the start of the new school year.

"Our school is built on community and equity. The Viking Commons will provide an important way for everyone in our school community to come together daily over a great equalizer, food," stated Chris Bright, Vistamar Head of School. "We're removing the stress of having to figure out what to do about lunch each day for everyone in the school and instead, providing an array of healthful food options at no added daily charge in a beautiful space to meet."

Design of the Viking Commons has been a collaborative process. Originally envisioned by school leadership working together with the Board of Trustees, the year-long design and fundraising process has incorporated the work of trustees, staff, parents, and the architect, OKB Architecture. The interdisciplinary project team worked diligently using an efficient, cost effective approach to maximize the positive impacts of the project while minimizing funding needed. Care was taken to echo the innovative, open space design of the school.

"As a school committed to best practices in education, our campus design deliberately accommodates and supports the dynamic needs of the community," said Kris Rone, Chair of Vistamar's Board of Trustees and parent of students, classes of '18 and '21. "The Viking Commons will be one of our most dramatic building upgrades since the School was founded."

Vistamar's community is supporting the project enthusiastically and looking forward to the opening when we return to school in August. "The Viking Commons is a natural enhancement to our school, transforming an office area and small commons area into an open-plan, state of the art kitchen and servery and a dynamic and inviting space to gather," noted Chris Bright, "and we're proud to add this powerful enhancement of our school culture and wellness focus."

About Vistamar School

Vistamar, founded in 2005, is an independent college preparatory day school serving grades 9-12. The founders' vision was to tap into the diversity of Los Angeles to bring together students who could learn from each other the skills and attitudes necessary for global citizenship. The Vistamar mission rests on three pillars: challenging academics that engage and inspire students; an intimate atmosphere that supports students with caring relationships; and a diverse community that encourages the authentic exchange of perspectives and leads students to be comfortable crossing cultural boundaries. Vistamar believes there's a better way to do high school.

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Top of Mind Launches Mortgage Marketing University to Help Mortgage Professionals Expand Their Marketing Abilities

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Top of Mind Networks (Top of Mind), a leader in customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation software for the mortgage lending industry, today announced the launch of Mortgage Marketing University (MMU), a free program designed to help mortgage professionals take their marketing skills to the next level.

MMU's online curriculum features 15 courses covering a variety of topics, from how to build a lead-gen strategy to creating compliant content across multiple channels. Each course is designed to be completed in a single sitting, and students can earn a certificate of completion for each course by passing a multiple-choice assessment quiz.

According to CEO Bill Hayes, Top of Mind plans to expand the MMU curriculum over time. For now, course offerings include:

101-level courses
* Mortgage CRM
* Mortgage Landing Pages
* Mortgage Lead Generation

201-level courses
* Mortgage Email Marketing
* Mortgage Social Media Marketing
* Mortgage Marketing Content
* Mortgage Marketing Flyers

301-level courses
* Mortgage Marketing Plan
* Mortgage Marketing Compliance
* Mortgage Pipeline Management
* Mortgage Loan Origination Systems
* Mortgage Product Pricing Engines
* Retail Mortgage Marketing
* Wholesale Mortgage Marketing
* Consumer Direct Mortgage Marketing
* Mortgage Cross-Selling

"Mortgage Marketing University introduces key concepts of mortgage marketing. Experienced practitioners can use MMU to test their knowledge, while mortgage executives and loan originators will benefit from a better understanding of how mortgage marketing works," said Hayes. "Our goal with MMU is simple; we want to help mortgage professionals grow their careers and their businesses."

Learn more about the MMU at:

About Top of Mind Networks:

Founded in 2003, Atlanta-based Top of Mind Networks ( ) started as a bootstrapped direct-mail marketing company. Today, the company is recognized as the mortgage industry's most-relied-upon provider of marketing automation and creative content solutions. From individuals to enterprise lenders, Top of Mind's SurefireCRM helps thousands of mortgage professionals win new business, earn repeat business and deserve referral business. With intuitive, "set it and forget it" workflows and award-winning content, mortgage professionals are able to effortlessly maintain and deepen their emotional connections with clients.

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Beyond Benign Launches Its Green Chemistry Commitment 25×25 Initiative

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Beyond Benign, a green chemistry education nonprofit, today announced the launch of its Green Chemistry Commitment (GCC) 25x25 Initiative, working to ensure that 25 percent of graduating chemists in the US have a background in green chemistry by 2025 with the support of Beyond Benign partner Dow (NYSE: DOW). The initiative comes at a time when today's societal challenges are immense, as articulated through the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Beyond Benign's Green Chemistry Commitment (GCC) is dedicated to integrating green chemistry and toxicology concepts into chemistry programs with the goal of providing students with the skills to design chemical products and processes to reduce human and environmental hazards. With 64 US signers to date, accounting for 8% of graduating chemists, the GCC program is working to create a systemic change in chemistry education, inspiring additional institutions to pursue and integrate green chemistry. With this new initiative of ensuring 25 percent of chemistry students graduate with a background in green chemistry, Beyond Benign is taking new action to extend the GCC reach and resources to achieve this goal over the next four years. Learn more:

"We believe that by supporting educators and students to teach and learn green chemistry, we are equipping the next generation of scientists and citizens to design and select products that support both human health and the environment," says Amy Cannon, Director and Co-Founder of Beyond Benign. "With chemistry at the foundation of any sustainable solution, we are excited about the potential this initiative brings to build a critical mass of green chemists in the workforce."

To achieve the ambitious goal of preparing the workforce for sustainable action, per the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG 4.7), Beyond Benign will provide resources and support to interested institutions. This support includes an assessment of current chemistry and green chemistry programs, recommended lessons to incorporate into their curriculum and labs, an annual Green Chemistry Commitment Summit to bring all signers together, financial resources and on-going support for mentors, teachers, faculty and staff.

"It is imperative that our incoming workforce is prepared to design, create and produce sustainable solutions for the well-being of humanity," says Eunice Heath, Corporate Director of Sustainability for Dow. "Through Beyond Benign's aggressive GCC 25x25 initiative, we will be able to make a lasting impact on education, science and the global market."

Since 2007, Beyond Benign has integrated green chemistry into K-12 and higher education institutions through teacher training, lesson plans, community networks, webinars, and events. Institutions that are interested in incorporating green chemistry in their classrooms and labs can inquire about participating in the Green Chemistry Commitment by visiting the Beyond Benign website to learn more:

About Beyond Benign:

Beyond Benign, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, envisions a world where the chemical building blocks of products used every day are healthy and safe for humans and the environment. Beyond Benign is fostering a green chemistry education community empowered to transform chemistry education for a sustainable future. Beyond Benign's continuum of sustainable science educational programs including, teacher and faculty training and curriculum development from K-20 are helping to build the next generation of scientists and citizens with the skills and knowledge to create and choose products that are safe for human health and the environment.

Over the past 13 years, Beyond Benign has an extensive history of service, having trained over 6,000 K-12 teachers in sustainable science and green chemistry, designed over 200 open-access lessons, reached over 25,000 youth and community members through outreach, & partnered with 75 universities to transform chemistry education. Together we can catalyze the development of green technological innovations that result in safer products and processes in support of a sustainable, healthy society.

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8th Annual Cursive is Cool Contest Adds Additional Prizes for Pandemic-Friendly Participation in Both the US and Canada

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Cursive is Cool® contest will be held as usual this year after encouragement from teachers, parents and students, announced the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation today, despite some schools in the USA and Canada operating remotely, or using a hybrid model with in-person learning.

Modifications this year allow more students to participate who might not have teacher support as in the past.

Students are encouraged to enter early. Random drawings of entries received throughout the contest will be eligible for prizes. Winners of random drawings are eligible for the Grand Prize. Those winners' handwriting will be reviewed for legibility and neatness. One Grand Prize per grade 1 through 6 will be awarded.

"Every year our judges look forward to reading entries because kids' points of view are not only entertaining but also often enlightening," remarked Lauren Mooney Bear, Campaign for Cursive Chair.

The annual cursive contest has many supporters. In Canada they include Laywine's and Zebra Pen (Canada). A new supporter this year is Blind Pig Press. For the USA contest, supporters continue to grow, with Amsterdam Printing, Cursive Logic, Dixon Ticonderoga, Fahrney's Pens, Itoya, Louise Borden Author, Monkey Magnets, New American Cursive, PEN World, Sakura and Writing Academy. New this year are Caran D'ache and Colombia City Ninja School.

According to Sheila Lowe, President of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, "The good news from an informal survey indicates that more than half the states require at least some cursive writing training in public schools. Legislation is spending in six more. Only ten states have zero requirement to teach their students to write."

USA and French Canadian contest dates are January 23 through April 30, 2021.

English Canadian contest runs from January 23 through March 12, 2021.

For more information, contact Lauren Mooney Bear:

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"You don't have to be the best writer this year
To win a prize that will bring you cheer.
Entering is the main thing to do
To win a prize to be sent to you!"

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