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Education Excellence for all Students! Regardless of Zip Code or Socio-Economic Factors
1) Positively impact as many schools, students, educators, & communities as I possibly can.
2) Create a Culture in Rural Education where ALL Students receive an excellent education & High Value is placed on Postsecondary Education & Training. (Exposure to high-tech learning tools & differentiated teaching methods used in top institutions must become the norm in all rural schools.)
3) Work toward an Education System where Location & Socio-Economic Status NEVER Determine the Quality of Education you receive.
4) Work directly with School Districts, Federal & State Governments, and various Organizations to accomplish these goals.
A non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment.
The Parents Television Council promotes and restores responsibility and decency to the entertainment industry in answer to America's demand for positive, family-oriented television programming. The PTC does this by fostering changes in TV programming to make the early hours of prime time family-friendly and suitable for viewers of all ages.
The PTC also assists parents in exercising responsibility for their children's viewing habits with the Family Guide to Prime Time Television. The Guide offers a traffic-light ratings system with red-, yellow-, and green-light ratings indicating the amount of sex, foul language and violence in each series. The ratings system is accompanied by clear descriptions of every prime time show, enabling parents to make educated decisions about the programs they and their families wish to view.
LearningWorks for Kids was founded on the principle that popular video games and other digital media, when used mindfully and responsibly, can be powerful tools for sharpening and improving children’s academic performance and cognitive Thinking Skills. This is especially true for the children we call Alternative Learners: kids who struggle with everything from mild learning difficulties to diagnosed disorders such as Asperger’s, Dyslexia, and ADHD.
The LWK team has created an online platform for informing and instructing parents on how to enrich and enhance their kids’ digital play time. Their expansive collection of Apps+ technology guides provide even the most digitally inexperienced moms and dads with the expertise and know-how to identify which Thinking Skills their children need help with, choose the best games and technologies for their children, and connect their children’s screen time to real-world situations and opportunities for learning.
3 kids - Boy 10, Girl 7, Boy 6
Hi, as the founder of SmartFeed, I'm passionate about harnessing the power of media to teach, inspire and entertain kids. I'm an entrepreneur and parent. Topics I dive into include social emotional learning and positive psychology apps, games, shows and movies that contribute to children’s personal growth.
The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives.
Chris: 3 kids (10, 8, 6) . Experts: National Geographic, HiTechDads, ScienceKids, Khan Academy, Childrens' Tech Review, Rotten Tomatoes, Late Night Parents Chris is a jack of many trades, who manages product development for major consumer brands and loves solving complex business problems. But, his favorite puzzles are his kids (Two boys and a girl in the middle). He loves having cool new apps and games for his kids and friends, but is wary about too much screen time. He is especially interested in media that allows him to interact with kids and them to interact with each other. His favorite traits are teaching sportsmanship and character through problem solving and challenging puzzles.
Care.com is the world's largest online destination for finding and managing family care. Founded in 2007 by Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Care’s mission is to improve the lives of families and caregivers by helping them connect in a reliable and easy way. They help families make informed decisions about finding and managing quality care for their loved ones and strive to help families and caregivers pursue their passions and fulfill the basic human need of caring for each other.
To help families make informed decisions, Care.com provides research and statistics around all aspects of caregiving, and they offer a blog (Sheila’s blog) featuring articles to help American families be the best they can at work and at home.
Rebecca Eanes is a best selling author, the founder of positive-parents.org, creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond, and a contributing editor Baby Maternity Magazine as well as Creative Child Magazine where she writes currently.
Her books are The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parenting which has been a #1 best seller in it's category on Amazon, and a co-authored book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early Childhood.
Her new book, Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, is a guide to human connection.
Rebecca is a messenger, not an expert. She writes parent to parent from the perspective of a mother who has made the paradigm shift from conventional to positive parenting. She delights in sharing her journey. She has researched positive parenting for the past 6 years and strives to continue to learn and grow along with her children, to love well, and to lead a life well-lived.
She is the grateful mother to 2 boys.
Laura: 2 Kids (15, 17). Experts: American Librarian Association, Kids In Mind, The New York Times, Goodreads, eSchool News. Laura is an elementary school computer lab teacher who has worked in libraries and online directory production for several years. She loves using technology for learning and is especially interested in media that engages children in learning art and new languages. As an animal lover, she also enjoys finding apps, games and media that tap into kids’ natural affinity for animals.
Rebecca: 2 Kids (3, 7). Experts - Goodreads, Common Sense, A Mighty Girl, American Association of School Librarians, Playful Learning Rebecca has two Masters degrees (a Master of Library and Information Sciences and a Master of Arts, Education) which enable her to approach media curation from a very studied perspective! As a first grade teacher, school librarian and mom, she knows well the magic of connecting kids to meaningful content and loves to uncover stories through media that will ignite children’ imaginations and their empathy. She is well-versed in a variety of emerging kids' media, but will always have a special place in her heart for books. Her goal is to use media to help raise global citizens, and to promote social justice and equity.
Neetha: 2 Kids (6, 12). Experts - PlayScience, BestKidsApps, Upworthy, MightyMakers, GreatKidsBooks Neetha has a Bachelors degree in Genetics and a Masters in Business Administration. Her lifelong passion for reading led to her book review blog: http://hugsandbooks.wordpress.com/. An experienced Java and HTML programmer, Neetha loves uncovering apps and games that incorporate both engaging strategy and beautiful design and stories that focus on themes such girl power and optimism.
Making IT Happen in Education and Technology
In addition to being a Teacher Librarian in New Jersey, Elissa Malespina is a thought leader in incorporating new technology into kids’ curriculum. She was an early adopter of teaching Animoto and Glogster to help students make written presentations into multi-media videos, she orchestrates multi-school debates using Google Hangouts to teach argument writing (Edublog Award Winner), and she teaches students to leverage QR codes and augmented reality for their projects. Elissa’s book, Augmented Reality in Education Bringing Interactivity to Schools and Libraries is available for pre-order.
Elissa was selected by the Academy of Education, Arts and Science as the 2014 Bammy Award winner and recognized by PBS Learning Media as a 2016 Digital Innovator. She is also the President Elect of the ISTE Librarians Network and presents frequently at technology and education conferences. Elissa is the proud mom of a 14 year old son. See Elissa’s website for more.
Founded by four busy parents, UrbanSitter is an online resource where parents go to find & book babysitters recommended by people they know - urbansitter
As busy parents, we know that life is a balancing act and you need childcare that's reliable, trustworthy, and available‚ even at the last minute. That's why we've completely reinvented the process of finding a babysitter, so with a tap you can hire the sitters most trusted by your local community of parent-friends and neighbors.
We've also eliminated the hassle that comes along with hiring a babysitter, from scheduling to payment, so all you have to do is say "yes" to date nights, parent-teacher conferences, time for yourself or friends. At UrbanSitter, we celebrate parents who take care of their kids and themselves. Our hats are off to you who pull off the world's greatest balancing act.
GreatSchools is the leading national nonprofit empowering parents to unlock educational opportunities for their children. Our Webby award-winning website, GreatSchools.org, helps families make crucial decisions about where to live and where to send their children to school. With profiles of 200,000 public and private schools and more than one million parent ratings and reviews, GreatSchools.org is the nation's leading guide to PreK-12 schools. In addition,GreatSchools.org offers articles, videos and worksheets that give parents ideas and tools to support children's learning.
Rhiannon: 2 Kids (1, 5). Experts: School Library Journal, Common Sense Media, No Time for Flash Cards, Geeks With Juniors, Brain Pickings Rhiannon has that enviable mix of left brain and right brain skills – as both a writer and a coder! With a Master’s of Library and Information Science, concentrating on Technology and Youth Services, Rhiannon has led programming for children and teens as a Librarian Assistant. She is especially excited about media, games and apps that teach kids about science, nature and the environment. When she’s not curating for SmartFeed, she stays busy chasing her baby and preschooler at home!
Fatherly is a parenting resource for men who understand that embracing what they’ve become doesn’t mean giving up who they are. Men who want to be great fathers without turning into cliches. Men who spent their formative years laughing at blogs about dads in short shorts, but who will never, ever wear short shorts themselves. Our mission is twofold: first, we aim to be the most robust source of practical parenting advice on the Internet. With a comprehensive suite of content broken down by your child’s exact age, we’ll provide you info on everything from preparing the home for a baby’s arrival, to transitioning them to solid food, to figuring out what to do with this tiny human being once he or she starts walking, talking, and demanding to be shown a good time.
A Teacher Vetted Educational App Resource and Review site... Because not all educational apps are created equal.
Teachers with Apps is dedicated to being in the forefront of the ever-changing digital educational landscape. Jayne Clare, Special Education teacher and One of “20 to Watch” Leaders Advancing Education Technology (2013), and Anne Rachel, Early Childhood educator, co-founded TWA back in November of 2010 to help teachers, therapists, parents and students wade through the vast number of educational apps being released on a daily basis. Jayne still carries on their original mission of bringing quality ed tech content to the masses, today.
TWA field-tests every app with a cross-section of students/teachers as part of the TWA review process. Teachers With Apps is dedicated to the idea that quality mobile educational apps are the tools of the future but they need to be used responsibly.
Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker, and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain has received over 80 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including being on NPR’s list of Best Commencement Speeches and by Newsweek as “one of the women shaping the 21st Century.” Tiffany’s new film 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women + Power, premiered live at TEDWomen, at 275 TEDx’s globally, and on Refinery29. It will be the centerpiece film for the upcoming 50/50 Day on May 10th at screenings and discussions around the globe about getting to a more gender balanced world. TED Conferences published her first book, Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks, and she runs the Let it Ripple film studio in San Francisco. Their global initiative Character Day which features films on character development (including her films The Science of Character, The Making of a Mensch& The Adaptable Mind) had over 90,000 screening events in 125 countries and all 50 states last fall. The 4th Annual Character Day is set for Sept 13th. Find Tiffany on Twitter @tiffanyshlain
Jake loves all things sports - but especially soccer and basketball.He's a lego fan and budding coder. He also break dances and wants to drum. Jake's parents would like him to come off the screens a bit more often - but when he's on them - he makes a case for more time by dialing up inspiring stuff (or brain games as his Mom calls them).
Chloe: She's 7. She loves all animals - especially dogs, horses and birds. She dives into art and sports - esp. soccer and basketball. She wants to be an athlete / veterinarian when she grows up and loves to sing. Chloe chooses media with the things she loves and girl power role models.