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How Celebrities are Making a Difference, One Educational Program at a Time

Contributed by Katia Podtynov Whether it’s on stage, the field or the screen, celebrities have a way of making us believe in the “magic” they bring into the world. They have the power to bring communities together and inspire passion among populations. U.S. celebrities have made a name for themselves not only through their respective talents but also in the education sector. There have been many that have helped make a difference in the lives […]

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10 Inventive Reading Nooks to Cultivate a Love of Reading

It’s an unspoken golden rule in education that reading is the most important skill to develop in all students. Reading is not only how students access information across all other subjects, it is how students continue to learn past the classroom, past elementary school, past childhood and past college. Because even as adults, reading is one of the primary ways we learn new things. Unfortunately, developing a child’s interest in reading isn’t easy. Now more […]

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EFP Honored by B Corp for the Fifth Straight Year

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For 2017 As Best for Customers for Creating Most Positive Impact for Customers and Best for Workers for Creating Most Positive Impact for Employees. Evaluated by Comprehensive B Impact Assessment September 12, 2017: CHICAGO, IL Today, Education Funding Partners (EFP) was recognized as being among the companies creating the most positive overall impact on its customers and for its employees based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the nonprofit B Lab. Honorees are featured […]

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Reinventing High School, XQ: The Super School Project

One hundred years ago, the Wright Brothers’ plane took off for the first time, movies were just coming to life, and students sat in the classrooms reciting their math formulas. Today, there are about 200,000 flights per day, IMAX movie theaters are located in every city, and students, well, students still sit in the classroom and recite their math formulas. If you think about it, schools haven’t changed much since their inception. Kids sit at […]

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Start Earning Revenue, Get Back to Educating

A recent article from the Detroit Free Press highlights the six big takeaways from a recent education summit held in Detroit. All six takeaways specifically address the funding shortages that plague the city’s public school system. However, this is not an issue solely found in Detroit. Lack of funding is an epidemic that has infected the entirety of the U.S. public school system. If there are no funds to put towards programs like after-school tutoring, […]

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Back to School Season is Upon Us

For many students, going back to school means a shiny new backpack, fresh pencils, and fun new folders and notebooks. Going to buy new school supplies is an exciting indicator of what is to come with the new school year: new friends, fun activities, and new learning opportunities. Most kids don’t have to think about where they are going to get what they need for school, and while it is a burden on parents, it […]

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Starting Summer Off on the Right Foot

For most high school students, summer is about sleeping in, the beach, hanging out with friends, and most importantly, no homework. However, no school doesn’t mean summer can’t be a great time to learn. Many high schoolers take advantage of their free time to earn some cash, volunteer, attend an academic or sports-focused camp, or explore a career path. The learning that happens outside the classroom is as important as the learning that happens inside […]

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Prince William County (VA) Schools Receives $300,000 in new STEM Equipment from Local C&A Scientific

What began as a discussion of picking up a carfull of unused science equipment from a local company turned into a windfall for the close to 90,000 students in the Prince William County (VA) Schools. A great example of the power and impact of community engagement and partnership, PWCS and its SPARK Education Foundation were the beneficiaries of a $300,000 donation of new scientific equipment and supplies from C&A Scientific, a small, family-run Manassas, VA […]

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Making Some Noise for Music Education

The month of March is Music In Our Schools Month® or “MIOSM®”, the National Association of Music Education (NAfME) annual celebration which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. Music In Our Schools Month® began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973 and grew over the decades to become a nationwide month-long celebration of school […]

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Power of Public – Celebrating Texas Public Schools

In honor of today being Texas Independence Day, we have the great opportunity to highlight the significance of this day in the public education arena. In 1836, Texas gained independence from Mexico. About a decade later, Texas joined the United States in 1845. What many do not know, is that this historical event significantly impacted public education in the state of Texas. After being admitted into the Union, Texas State Constitution advocated for public schools […]

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