Smarter Balanced Assessment test will replace DCAS in Delaware

LOGO_medium (1)The Smarter Balanced Assessment test will replace DCAS in Delaware in the 2014-2015 school year. Smarter Balanced Assessment is designed to mesh with the Common Core State Standards, a set of new, tougher academic expectations for students.

What does this mean for Delaware students?

The test includes more interactive questions, as well as “performance tasks.” These will provide a better understanding of how well a student has mastered academic concepts. In addition, the main Smarter Balanced Assessment test is also administered once at the end of the year.

To learn more about the test, visit Smarter Balanced Assessment. In …

Make your plans now… Family Volunteer Day is November 22, 2014!

family-volunteer-day-logo_2012-558x140Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world.

Points of Light created the day 22 years ago to showcase the benefits of family volunteering and provide opportunities for families to help communities create supportive environments for their children and each other. This year Family Volunteer Day takes place on November 22 and is being sponsored by Disney Friends for Change and powered by generationOn.

Families who volunteer together not only address community social problems, but also strengthen themselves. Volunteering together as a …

$20,000 Coca Cola Scholars College Scholarship applications are due October 31

Coca-Cola-Scholarship-FoundationThe Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports over 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.45 million, through two nationally recognized programs.

The Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

The Foundation has provided over 5,400 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $54 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

Click here to apply by October 31!

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No Kid Hungry Art and Writing Contest for teens deadline is October 17

LOGO_medium (1)Take action against childhood hunger! Enter the Genweration No Kid Hungry art and writing contest and win scholarships and cash for your school!

This contest is open only to:

  • Legal residents of the United States who are in 7th through 12th grades at the time of entry.
  • Students’ parents/guardians or educators who are currently employed by an accredited public or private K–12 school in the United States must apply on behalf of eligible students.

Students must enter in one of the following four categories:

  1. Personal or persuasive essay, 500 to 2,000 words, double-spaced
  2. Poem
  3. Short story
  4. Short film (1 to

Win $1000 in the Ben Franklin & The Electric Fire Scholarship Competition

ben_franklin_electric_fire_640x392_extBenjamin Franklin was the first person to figure out how static electricity works. In his experiments, he used wax, glass tubes, and, of course, people. He had his subjects stand on wax, rub glass tubes, and touch each other, and he observed and recorded the sparks that flew. While Franklin called the sparks he saw “electric fire,” his notion that electricity was actually collected, not created, was an important step forward in our understanding.

In this contest, your filmmaking and special effects skills are needed to explain what’s happening when we experience static electricity and how important Ben Franklin’s breakthroughs …