The Bezos Scholars Program deadline is February 17, 2015

BSP logo FINALThe Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute is a year-long leadership development program for public high school juniors and educators. It begins with a scholarship to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival and continues through the following school year when Bezos Scholar teams return home to launch sustainable, Local Ideas Festivals that transform their schools and communities. For 11 years Scholar teams have mobilized communities around a range of critical issues to alleviate rural poverty, increase digital literacy, as well as create healthier food environments, inspire conservation leadership, and more.

Every year, 30 top high school juniors and leading educators …

Kids aged 7-18: Get ready for the Paradigm Challenge and a chance to win your share of $100,000!

paradigmThe Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition developed by Project Paradigm and the American Red Cross to inspire youth aged 7 to 18 to affect positive change in the world. The first annual challenge aims to generate new ideas to prevent injuries and fatalities from home fires – America’s #1 disaster threat.

Youth, aged 7 to 18 (as of May 1, 2015), are invited to accept The Challenge, build a team, become problem solvers, learn about home fires, and help save lives. Project Paradigm will award cash prizes of up to $100,000 to the top 100 teams.

To learn more, …

What is the Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers?

stafford-loan-logoThe Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, individuals who teach full-time for five consecutive, complete academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools that serve low-income families and meet other qualifications, may be eligible for forgiveness.

Teachers interested in pursuing the loan forgiveness program are encouraged to visit the Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program website for more information and an application.

The official list of schools designated annually as low-income (greater than 30% poverty according to the loan forgiveness program criteria) can be found at the …

Delaware kids receive the gift of literacy from Back to Basics Learning Dynamics!

A “Book Tree” decorates the lobby of Back to Basics Learning Dynamics in Wilmington, Delaware. The books are destined for Delaware children in need this holiday season!

Since 2011, the Back to Basics “Reading is Basic” program has donated books to Title I students throughout New Castle and Kent Counties. This holiday season, the total number of books surpassed 3,000 provided to children in grades K-8.

The Reading is Basic Program was conceived in response to literacy statistics that rank access to reading materials as one of the most important predictors of a child’s future reading success.

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Back to Basics Learning Dynamics supports Kind to Kids for Christmas 2014

Kind to Kids photoIn the spirit of giving this holiday season, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics has chosen to donate to the organization Kind to Kids. Kind to Kids  provides services to children in need through the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Families, the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, and all government agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve Delaware’s foster children and children in poverty.

Currently, there are more than 36,000 children in Delaware living in poverty and there are 800 children in Delaware’s foster care system.  Since its inception in 2008, Kind …