Delaware’s State ESSA Plan is the nation’s first to receive approval by US Secretary of Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently announced the approval of Delaware’s consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Delaware is the first plan advanced to DeVos for review and approval.

“Delaware has always been a state of firsts, so it should be no surprise that theirs was both the first state plan submitted and the first approved under ESSA,” said Secretary DeVos.

Delaware was the first of 16 states and the District of Columbia to opt to submit their complete consolidated state plan by the first deadline on April 3. The comprehensive plan includes feedback from …

July 23rd is National Parents’ Day!

Parents’ Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July each year. Parents’ Day was created to promote the message that the role of the parent is important in human development, requiring investment, focus, and commitment.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed into law a resolution establishing the fourth Sunday each July the office day of celebration. And, according to the Congressional Resolution, Parents’ Day is established for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”

The Parents’ Day Council plays an active role in promoting the annual event.  For example, the council honors “Parents …

Read about Back to Basics Founder Beverly Stewart, M.Ed. in the new, nationally-released book Pearls: Women Who Radiate Success, II

Author Fred Dawson and Beverly Stewart, M.Ed. celebrate at the Pearls II book launch.

The title of this book, “Pearls: Women Who Radiate Success,” captures the radiant spirits of the women profiled. Author Fred Dawson gives an up-close-and-personal look at the lives of 21 extraordinary women from all walks of professional life: higher education, politics, entrepreneurship, law, big business and non-profit.

These women have leapt over barriers, recovered from grief, made profound sacrifices, broken rules, discovered untapped courage within themselves and given selflessly to others.

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How kids can earn a free book this summer!

Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program 2017 gives young readers the opportunity to earn a free book by following these three easy steps:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in the B&N Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Explain which part of the book is your favorite and why.

2. Bring the completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between now and September 5th, 2017. Click here to find a Store.

3. Choose a FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Happy summer reading, everyone!

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Why summer is the perfect time for student volunteerism

What are your kids doing this summer? Hanging out by the pool, sleeping late, and heading to the mall are certainly all fun ways to spend the summer! But, in addition to all of that downtime, why not help your kids volunteer some free time to important programs across the country?

One way is through Youth Volunteer Corps.It’s easy to get started. Simply find your local YVC affiliate  to learn more about summer programs in your area. If there is not currently a YVC in your area, you can even start one. (Most YVC Affiliates are hosted by local …