April 16 is Celebrate Teen Literature Day and a great way to connect with your teen!

ALA logoWhat was your favorite book as a teen? Sci-fi? Mystery? Adventure? Share that love of literature with your teen on April 16, Celebrate Teen Literature Day!

Celebrate Teen Literature Day was first recognized in 2007 by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of ALA) under its original name, Support Teen Literature Day. Its purpose is to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens, as well as showcase some award-winning authors and books in the genre as well as highlight librarians’ expertise in connecting …

Our high schools are graduating students who are not ready for college, but Back to Basics can help!

summer school credit recoveryAccording to a recent story at The National Center for Public Policyand Higher Education, “Every year in the United States, nearly 60% of first-year college students discover that, despite being fully eligible to attend college, they are not ready for postsecondary studies. After enrolling, these students learn that they must take remedial courses in English or mathematics, which do not earn college credits.”

So, why are our high schools graduating students who are not ready for college?

The story goes on to say, “This gap between college eligibility and college readiness has attracted much attention in the last decade, …

Celebrate National Library Week April 12-19, 2015!

National Library Week 2015 logoToday’s libraries house a lot more than just books. Increasingly, they are places of creativity where people can meet to share a hobby, use a 3D printer, edit a video, or use software to record their own music. Libraries offer access to the tools and technology essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities.

So how do you show your library love? Support your library during National Library Week!

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time …

TeachFest Delaware: Spring Academy will be held on May 28, 2015

LearnZillionThe Delaware Department of Education (DDOE), in partnership with LearnZillion, a leader in Common Core digital curriculum and professional development, invites 200 K-12 teachers from across the state to attend TeachFest Delaware: Spring Academy on May 28, 2015 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. The Spring Academy ​will ​be a hands-on, day-long professional learning session designed to support teachers in bringing the Common Core State Standards to life in their classrooms. In collaboration with 50 Delaware “Dream Team” teachers and LearnZillion coaches, participants will draft practical instructional resources to help put Common Core standards into practice. Participants will revise and …

Today is World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness DayToday is the eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and events to create awareness worldwide.

So, how savvy are you about autism? For example, did you know:

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys,
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing,
  • Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the U.S.,
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average,
  • boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism, and
  • there is no medical detection or cure for autism.

To learn more …