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The Blackout Bringing Light: A Once in a Lifetime Learning Event

Monday, August 21st is The Great American Solar Eclipse (anyone else hear Neal deGrasse Tyson in their heads right now?) People are very excited, and here at EFP we are too. A solar eclipse like this one has not happened in almost 100 years. It will go all the way from coast to coast, the first to do so since 1918! What this means is that over the course of the day states from as […]

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Celebrating America’s 241st Birthday in the Classroom

Summer is an exciting time – with the long, sunny days and time off from school, it’s hard not to be in a good mood. This particular weekend, there is even more reason to celebrate: Tuesday is America’s 241st birthday! For many, the 4th of July will be spent with friends and family by the pool, grilling up plenty of delicious food, and watching colorful firework displays at night. However, the 4th of July doesn’t […]

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Storytelling Partnerships: How Advertisers Can Help School Districts

Rod Berger, Mind Rocket Media Group President & CEO, talked with Andrew Swinand, EFP Board Chairman and Leo Burnett North America CEO, about the advancements of education and media to further student success. With the growing connectivity in the world, it is creating opportunities between media and education. Click here to check out the great article and video on The Huffington Post.

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Increasing Academic Success Through Engaging Summer Programs

For some students, summer is a time to rest, have fun, and play. Others, however, are preparing to hit the books once more and continue learning throughout these warmer months. Summer school is in session! Summer school programs are widely known to boost student achievement throughout the traditional school year. Not only do they help prevent a loss of knowledge and skill over the summer, summer school classes can even improve performance on mid-year tests. […]

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Positivity: The Key to Success

For decades, many companies have felt as though they have had to choose between making a profit and making a positive impact. This static mindset has created inefficient work environments that disregard the well-being of the employees and surrounding community. Fortunately, college students may have found the answer: positivity. According to the HuffPost, at the University of Michigan, students are encouraged to take courses in the undergraduate program, Center for Positive Organizations (CPO). This program […]

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Burnett’s Andrew Swinand: Race Is On for Shops to Beat Consultants

“The Core” is a new product that Leo Burnett has launched that offers a wide variety of capabilities but is aimed at creating more personalized content for clients. Click here to learn more about “The Core” in an Advertising Age article that interviewed Andrew Swinand, EFP Board Chairman and Leo Burnett North America CEO.

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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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Reading Awareness Month – Making the Most of Our Words

Words matter. We use them to order a burger at a restaurant, to greet a stranger on the street, and to ask to borrow a pencil. Words have power. We use them to define human rights, to construct government constitutions, and to defend justice in court. We talk with words, we write with words, we read with words. Unfortunately, words are not equally employed by people of different socio-economic classes in the United States. Studies […]

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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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