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Small Demons: Welcome to the Storyverse

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Description by Jose R. Mejia on Cool Hunting

 

"Taking an ambitious approach to filtering information online, Small Demons is a new site dedicated to opening up the worlds inside of books. Not just another search engine for what's inside your favorite novel, Small Demons collects and catalogs the millions of references to real-world and fictional music, movies, people, and objects that are found in literature. Your new favorite restaurant could be on the next page of the book you're reading, and Small Demons hopes to provide a place where you can draw meaningful connections between stories and everyday life.

 

"The site uses both algorithms and human touch to make these links and open up what Small Demons calls a "Storyverse," or the expanse of details that support a good story. "A computer can tell us how many times a song appears in a book. But it can't tell us that it is the song that the couple dances to at the wedding reception or the song the jilted lover plays after being dumped. It can't tell you the emotional resonance of it. So we are going to be relying on librarians and authors and gifted amateurs to come in and help us fix and add and weight and evaluate all the data we are generating," says Richard Nash, the start-up's VP of Community and Content."

 

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Educational Leadership:Looking at Student Work:The Secret of Effective Feedback - Dylan William

Educational Leadership:Looking at Student Work:The Secret of Effective Feedback - Dylan William | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Most of the time, however, the student work we're looking at is not important in and of itself, but rather for what it can tell us about students—what they can do now, what they might be able to do in the future, or what they need to do next. Looking at student work is essentially an assessment process. We give our students tasks, and from their responses we draw conclusions about the students and their learning needs.
When we realize that most of the time the focus of feedback should be on changing the student rather than changing the work, we can give much more purposeful feedback. If our feedback doesn't change the student in some way, it has probably been a waste of time.
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Very thoughtful and instructive article, with numerous examples from a variety of disciplines. Well worth reading.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 28, 5:19 PM
There is a bit of an over-simplified definition of feedback at times, as if it is always external. What if an objective is to help students and teachers (for that matter) to learn how to use internal feedback along with external feedback?
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ASCD Express 11.16 - Learning-Focused Feedback

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As educators, we give feedback to students on their work all the time: in the moment, daily, weekly, and at the end of a unit or year. And research about formative assessment tells us that feedback is a foundational practice that makes a difference in student learning. But how can we make sure our guidance truly encourages our students' learning and growth at each interval? The literature includes some practical ideas to help us get there. It tells us that there is a continuum of feedback, which starts at one end with a focus on what's right or wrong. At the other end of the continuum, the type and amount of information provided turns the feedback into instruction. Let's take a look at three different feedback models derived from the literature and the insights we can take away from each one.
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Picture Stories: Five Card Flickr | Tech Learning

Picture Stories: Five Card Flickr | Tech Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Five Card Flickr generates five random images from Flickr or it lets you to choose your five pictures and then asks you to write a story about these five pictures by putting them together. When you choose your pictures, you can start writing your story by making a connection among the five pictures. When you are done, you can tweet or mail your story. You can also get an embed code to use it on your blog. 
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This is a neat idea, however, since the images are generated randomly, it can be rather challenging to string them together into a story that makes sense. I'd suggest changing the instructions a bit and asking students to select 3 of the 5, while indicating the story needs to have a minimum length. 

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Challenge to Google Books Is Declined by Supreme Court :: NY Times

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The Supreme Court on Monday refused to revive a challenge to Google’s digital library of millions of books, turning down an appeal from authors who said the project amounted to copyright infringement on a mass scale.

The Supreme Court’s brief order left in place an appeals court decision that the project was a “fair use” of the authors’ work, ending a legal saga that had lasted more than a decade.

Google in 2004 started building a vast digital library, scanning and digitizing more than 20 million books from the collections of major research libraries. Readers can search the resulting database, Google Books, for keywords or phrases and read some snippets of text.
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Mycoted - Creativity Resources

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Mycoted is a company dedicated to improving Creativity and Innovation for solving problems worldwide, with that in mind, we provide a central repository for Creativity and Innovation on the Internet as a summary of tools, techniques, mind exercises, puzzles, book reviews etc, that is open to all - and can be written by all.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, April 15, 7:21 PM

A fantastic collection of excellent resources for teaching creativity, innovation, and creative problem solving. Whether you are a beginner - just starting out to try to make your teaching more creative - or an expert, you are sure to find great resources here. Don't miss this site!

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The Reedsy Book Editor: A Powerful Writing Tool

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The Reedsy Book Editor is a free online writing tool allowing any author to format and create professional ePub and print-ready files in seconds.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 10, 2:27 PM

Nice tool for getting your students to create ebooks and stories for the eReader.

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Remind

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"Engaging students and teachers outside of the classroom is one of the most effective - and challenging - practices for increasing learning outcomes. Remind makes the process simple and safe. With the educational app, teachers can send one-way messages to parents and teachers without revealing their own personal contact information and without ever knowing the contact info of families and students. Signing up takes less than a minute. Educators may then add up to 10different classes for free. From there, students and parents send a text message to a particular number with a message that includes a class code. Once parents have signed up, educators can be in touch with them as much as needed to keep everyone informed and working together."

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A Helpful Guide to Essay Writing :: Vivien Perutz

Description by The Scout Report

 

"This guide to essay writing, composed by Cambridge University visiting lecturer Vivien Perutz, is helpful indeed. The 24-page monograph is split into two broad sections: structure and organization, first, and then style and clarity. The first section takes readers through the basics of essay structure and introduces six stages of essay writing, including analyzing the question, planning, using the plan to guide research, refining the plan, drafting, and editing. In addition, Perutz introduces key concepts in the style and clarity section, including academic writing style, descriptive writing, argumentative writing, evaluative writing, citing references, and using personal experience, among others. In all, this is a pithy and helpful guide to essay writing that is perfectly designed for advanced high school students and college students."

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Innovator’s Mindset: Teaching Students to be Problem Finders

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Why are we giving kids problems to solve? Why don’t we help them learn to find their own problems? George Couros left an Innovation Day wondering if the kids tried to solve new problems or if they just copied what they saw other kids do. Did the kids see problems and did they see themselves […]
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, April 8, 7:23 AM

A major step in cultivating creativity among students is to build their skills at finding problems that need to be addressed.

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The Boat | SBS

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‘The Boat’, an interactive graphic novel about escape after the Vietnam War. Based on the story by Nam Le, adapted by Matt Huynh.

 

Description by The Scout Project

 

"This compelling drama raises the graphic novel to the level of high art with vivid graphics and terse prose. Based on the story by Nam Le, adapted to the new medium by Matt Huynh, and produced by the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), The Boat traces a group of Vietnamese refugees as they sail across the Pacific Ocean in a rickety boat, pummeled by storms, haunted by memories of war, and searching for a better life. Each chapter is accompanied by beautiful drawings, fully developed characters, and the perils and intimacies of families, friends, and strangers thrown together in desperation. Will they reach land? Will the children survive? Read this phenomenal graphic novel to find out. (One caveat: the experience requires a great deal of data. Mobile readers with slow connections may want to abstain.)"

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Forest of the Rain Productions

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"Forest of The Rain Productions was founded for the purpose of expanding voices in and about education, fair housing, parental/family engagement, academic research and the business of education. Forest Of The Rain Productions enhances these conversations  by ensuring inclusion and access."

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This notable organization serves as a commons, or community gathering place, for a fascinating collection of people. It provides a serious platform for voices of committed scholars not often found in institutionally supported outlets. Clearly a dedicated, creative, labor of love for founder Michel Davis Robinson and her husband, Dr. Michael Robinson, FOTRP exists as a kind of mini multimedia community-based conglomerate for writers, speakers, and visual presenters who are dedicated to progress for historically underserved American people. Definitely worth a deep look.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, April 8, 1:45 AM

This notable organization serves as a commons, or community gathering place, for a fascinating collection of people. It provides a serious platform for voices of committed scholars not often found in institutionally supported outlets. Clearly a dedicated, creative, labor of love for founder Michel Davis Robinson and her husband, Dr. Michael Robinson, FOTRP exists as a kind of mini multimedia community-based conglomerate for writers, speakers, and visual presenters who are dedicated to progress for historically underserved American people. Definitely worth a deep look.

Jim Lerman's curator insight, April 8, 1:50 AM

This notable organization serves as a commons, or community gathering place, for a fascinating collection of people. It provides a serious platform for voices of committed scholars not often found in institutionally supported outlets. Clearly a dedicated, creative, labor of love for founder Michel Davis Robinson and her husband, Dr. Michael Robinson, FOTRP exists as a kind of mini multimedia community-based conglomerate for writers, speakers, and visual presenters who are dedicated to progress for historically underserved American people. Definitely worth a deep look.

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Adam Schoenbart :: Improving Literacy with Technology: Close Reading and Argument with Newsela

Adam Schoenbart :: Improving Literacy with Technology: Close Reading and Argument with Newsela | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Newsela describes itself as “an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news. It's easy and amazing.”

The website is filled with relevant and interesting non-fiction articles that can be sorted by topic or grouped by thematic text sets. With the click of a button, a user can adjust the lexile level and differentiate the difficulty of the reading. There are also challenging multiple choice questions that accompany each piece. The questions and overall word count change as you switch between the 5 different levels.

Common Core-read nonfiction differentiated with technology? Now this is cool.
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Ex Machina | Examining Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence

http://creat.rs/1yj1utN In our exclusive video, we talk with the writer/director of 'Ex Machina,' Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days) and the stars, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander about the inspirations for the film, the relation between AI and consciousness, and how AI has permeated the cultural landscape.
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ASCD Express 11.16 - Learning-Focused Feedback

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As educators, we give feedback to students on their work all the time: in the moment, daily, weekly, and at the end of a unit or year. And research about formative assessment tells us that feedback is a foundational practice that makes a difference in student learning. But how can we make sure our guidance truly encourages our students' learning and growth at each interval? The literature includes some practical ideas to help us get there. It tells us that there is a continuum of feedback, which starts at one end with a focus on what's right or wrong. At the other end of the continuum, the type and amount of information provided turns the feedback into instruction. Let's take a look at three different feedback models derived from the literature and the insights we can take away from each one.

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A Bright Light on a Dark Street :: Freedom Writers

Freedom Writers Foundation
April, 2016
 
"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears."
-Nelson Mandela

 

April 2016 Newsletter 
 
A Bright Light On a Dark Secret 
 
By Erin Gruwell
 
"When I asked, “Stand if you know anyone who has ever thought about, or God forbid, attempted suicide?”  the response to my question was stunning. In a crowded classroom, nearly every teenager, stood. Some looked at their feet—hoping the floor would swallow them whole, some had tears streaming down their face, paying homage to those who’ve been lost, and then one teenage girl let out a wail so gut-wrenching, that it pierced the silence. As the students sat down, I was drawn to this troubled teen. I stood beside her, held her hand, as her cry for help turned into hyper-ventilating. “You are not alone,” I said, as I, too, began to cry. Her friend had recently taken her life, and she was still reeling—still processing the pain. “If any of you want to show solidarity with her, please show her some love.” As if on cue, teenagers of different shapes and sizes leapt to their feet, rushed to the grieving girl, and hugged her. While the entire scene seemed liked organized chaos, it was what I hoped for—to shine a bright light on a dark secret. We needed to rip the Band-Aid off of a festering wound. Perhaps by exposing the pain, the healing would begin. These students would no longer have to suffer in silence, and those guttural cries for help would not fall on deaf ears.
 
"I was asked to come to this rural community in Washington state to hold an assembly for the entire student body because over a dozen high school students had tried to take their lives in a very short amount of time. Over a dozen? What would make a young teenager want to stand on a ledge, swallow a bottle of pills, or put a razor blade to their wrist? In the crowded room, there was an unspoken bond. What would make all these teens want to end their lives before they truly began? 
 
"Following the assembly, the proactive principal and concerned counselors selected several students to attend intimate break-out sessions with me. By the end of the day, the room runneth over. We broke every fire code, challenged every bell schedule, and had the blessing of the superintendent to poke, prod and peal back the layers. My initial intention was to play "The Line Game" with the students, in an attempt to ask questions about bullying—the mean tweets, the taunting, and the cyber threats—but so many students sought this safe place, that there was no space for a line, nor room for movement. All we could do was stand silently—to look, listen, and learn.   
 
"Although I could not see scars, cuts or wounds, I so desperately wanted that room to become a place for these students to heal and to become whole. The compassionate community we would create in that safe space would help build them up, rather than tear them down. Their passionate principal will stop at nothing to get these teens, her school, and this community aware of this unspoken epidemic.   
 
"As I was about to follow my compass to this concerned community, a dear friend of mine, who had tragically lost his own son to suicide, offered to help the school heal. He helped donate seed funding for each student to get a copy of “The Freedom Writers Diary.” If you would like to help the students get a copy of the book, please donate to their ambitious Go Fund Me campaign.
 
"When this day of compassion concluded, I realized that these brave students, and their stirring stories would remain with me. I was privileged to bear witness, and watch a community of care-givers offer support and solutions. They are committed to this journey, and these teens are no longer invisible. They are seen. They are known. And they are not alone. I still see their eyes, still hear their voices, and still feel their hugs. I hope there is hope—and I hope there is healing. "
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This piece is the lead article in the April 2016 Freedom Writers Newsletter, by Erin  Gruwell. I was not able to obtain a link to the article, but felt it was important to post - so I cut and pasted the entire thing. If there is any objection to this action, please let me know and I will take it down. - JL

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4 Stories Great Leaders Tell To Engage Their People

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German novelist and playwright Gustav Freytag wanted to understand how storytelling impacted the human psyche. He wondered, “What makes a story so engaging that it changes a person’s behavior?” After studying William Shakespeare’s work, Freytag designed a map of storytelling—a key that explained why the man considered ‘the greatest writer [...]

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, January 26, 2015 5:47 PM

The best leaders are definitely story-tellers?

Matthew Farmer's curator insight, January 27, 2015 6:53 AM

Powerful stories are told with conviction and the most powerful are often told on the basis of personal experience. 


Learning to articulate your powerful personal learning experiences as stories will not only help you to reflect on your learning and therefore make it more powerful, but also help you share your learning with others and influence them to take action.  Leadership indeed!

James Hutchison's curator insight, January 28, 2015 4:01 PM

Of course you reach people by telling stories - it's how we make sense out of life - you can give the theory but you have to provide real world examples and that's why we have stories. Stories help us understand life. But if you tell a story to teach a moral I would suggest that unless you live by that story's moral lesson it doesn't matter how many stories you tell - nobody will believe you. Telling a good story is one thing but having integrity is another.

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Google Classroom and Newsela - Teacher Tech

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Newsela brings current events into your classroom. Newsela takes current news articles and changes the readability based on lexile level. New articles are provided daily at 5 different reading levels. Students can take assessments based on the news articles.

Google Classroom

Providing links to news articles through Google Classroom brings the world to students. Linking to Newsela articles helps to differentiate for different reading abilities of your students.

Automatically Create Newsela Accounts

Newsela syncs with Google Classroom class rosters. Updating Google Classroom automatically will update the Newsela account roster.
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Creativity and Innovation - P21

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Many have heard of the 4 Cs of 21st Century Education -- Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking. This conceptual collection was popularized by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, which published much of its work in the early aughts. 

 

This page contains links to numerous resources that illustrate how Creativity can be defined and taught.


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DataMaid - Storytelling for busy people

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Use DataMaid app to capture experiences as they are happening. Choose from photo, video, audio, text or combine all media.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 9, 5:47 AM

A nice tool for creating stories on the go. Great for class trips or projects.

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Nice storytelling authoring tool
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Oscar Winning Short Films 1

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"For readers who love short films, this website, which features Academy Award winning short films spanning several decades, will present itself as a welcome discovery. Here readers will find films ranging from comic to tragic, from the 2014 Dutch heart warmer, Helium, to the comically bizarreFranz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life from 1995. In addition, anyone who loves the irreverent, antic comedy of the eccentric Steven Wright will find 26 minutes of delight waiting for them in the 1988 extended comedy sketch that is The Appointments of Dennis Jennings. Here Wright is at the height of his powers as he sees a hilariously unethical and incompetent psychiatrist, played by Rowan Atkinson. With over a dozen Academy Award winning shorts to watch, this site can provide hours of entertainment."

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Short films can be great for those 43 minute periods. Make sure you view the film before asking your students to!

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, April 9, 11:49 PM

Short films can be quite useful in those 43 minute HS periods. Make sure you watch the film before giving it to your students!

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Spark Creativity with the Plot Generator

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Are your students going to write short story, film script or novel in the near future? Then send them to the Plot Generator for some inspiration! This free web tool features generators for various kinds of writing projects in a wide range of genres including fantasy, mystery, romance, teen... http://elearningfeeds.com/spark-creativity-with-the-plot-generator/

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Tech Tip: Digital storytelling with Google Map tools | SmartBlogs

Tech Tip: Digital storytelling with Google Map tools | SmartBlogs | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
I have had students as young as first grade create Google My Maps. Lisa Highfill has a great set of video tutorials for My Maps on YouTube. Occasionally I run into Google Apps for Education domains where My Maps is not turned on, so I created a tutorial on how to turn it on. So stop looking for your house, and have your students create a digital story using Google Map tools this week. For more Google Maps resources, check the Maps page of my website TeachInteractive.org.

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14 copyright essentials teachers and students must know

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Kristina Peters, a digital learning specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education, recently discussed copyright, licensing and the essentials that teachers and students should know. See the whole interview in this YouTube (or in the embedded video below), and check out Kristina’s slides on the topic here. (You can save them to your own Google Drive by clicking “File > Make a copy …”. You can download them as a PowerPoint file by clicking “File > Download as … > PPTX”.)
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Writing with Light: Western Pennsylvania Writing Project Experiments with Paper Circuitry | Educator Innovator

Writing with Light: Western Pennsylvania Writing Project Experiments with Paper Circuitry | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Educators problem-solve the complexities of introducing a new concept to students by participating in new workshops centered around STEAM and maker movement practices.

The 20 educators who signed on to participate in the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project’s 21st Century Notebooking Inquiry Project, a Grable-sponsored exploration into paper circuitry, dove straight into “doing,” trying out firsthand what they intended to teach others. The group represented various contexts: public, private, and charter, and nearby Latrobe, Hempstead and Franklin Regional districts. Paper circuitry, at its most basic, involves tinkering with copper tape, sticker LED lights, coin-shaped batteries, paper, pens, and art supplies to design and compose written texts that light up.

This group, and a larger group of invited visitors, experienced his or her own “lightbulb moment” during a July 2015 two-day workshop held at the Writing Project’s four-week Summer Institute for Teachers, which helps teachers across grade levels and disciplines strengthen their literacy practice. The paper circuitry workshop was led by San Francisco-based David Cole, of NEXMAP. NEXMAP, which stands for “New experimental music, art, production,” is a transformative educational non-profit organization that works to create innovative opportunities for teachers and students.
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