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  • 10 Games You Can Play During Spring Break

    by LearnEd

    Illustration of the letters A and B

    Are We There Yet?

    It’s an age-old question that kids and adults alike ask while traveling for their Spring Break destinations.

    Before technology, creative, self-entertaining games were the best way to keep the family entertained.

    With a car that speaks to you and has every gadget imaginable to keep your family and friends glued to a screen, it may be difficult to find ways to have fun without a remote control in your hands.

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    We're Here to Help with Games!

    To celebrate 36 Days of Type, a yearly campaign on Instagram that calls the world's creative, designer minds to develop unique letterings every day for 36 days (26 letters, A-Z and ten single digit numerals, 0-9) ...

    ... (here's our contribution on Instagram to the campaign) ...

    ... we at Pearson decided to play a little game: I’m Going on a Picnic.

    Here are 9 more games that are sure to have your family and friends of all ages laughing and using their brainpower.

    • I’m Going On a Picnic (Or a Trip)
    • I Spy
    • The Alphabet Game
    • Twenty Questions
    • License Plate States
    • Telephone
    • Spelling Bee
    • Telling a Story, Word by Word
    • Rock, Paper, Scissors
    • Sound Effects, Please

    For more games to play, check out Kidspot.com.

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  • How Diversity Leads to More Innovative Learning in the Classroom

    by LearnEd

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    Diversity and The Best Ideas

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    Pearson was recognized last night as one of the country's most inclusive places to work—for the third year in a row.

    Pearson achieved a perfect score in the Corporate Equality Index, a benchmark survey of LGBT community inclusivity conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

    "You can't change the lives of diverse learners until you learn diverse needs," says Kendra Thomas, who is Pearson's Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion.

    "We want Pearson to be as inclusive as possible in order to attract the best possible talent," she says. "You can't innovate the best ideas, the best solutions, or provide the best services if you're not hiring the best people."

    "Pearson was the only education and learning company recognized by last night's ceremony," Kendra says. "We're not just leading our peers in the field, we're also innovating learning in the best ways for students and outcomes at all levels."

    In the Classroom and Beyond

    "It's important for children to be able to see themselves in the characters of the books they're reading," says Jennifer Rosenthal, a Community Manager at Pearson, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate, and former English teacher.

    "If they're not identifying with materials in the classroom," she says, "they're not getting a quality learning experience."

    Jennifer says the need for classroom diversity is also important for a child's future.

    "We learn from each other," she says. "These kids will one day join a competitive, global, diverse marketplace and it's really important that they are exposed to many forms of diversity as early as possible."

    Improving Outcomes in the Absence of Fear

    "Ultimately," Jennifer says, "it improves student outcomes."

    Jennifer attended last night's award ceremony in New York to receive the award on Pearson's behalf.

    "One of the speakers said: 'No student should have to worry about being bullied on the way to the bathroom in the same way they worry about a pop quiz,'" Jennifer recalls.

    "Learning companies have to stand up now to make sure that doesn't happen," she says. "Hopefully, it starts to trickle down in to all parts of education."

    Developing an App

    Pearson’s Diversity and Inclusion team is already working on the next step of that process.

    "We're working on an app for students based on our commitment to inclusion," says Kendra Thomas.

    Jennifer Rosenthal accepts Pearson's recognition from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of the country's most inclusive places to work.
    Jennifer Rosenthal accepts Pearson's recognition from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of the country's most inclusive places to work.

    "With one swipe," she says, "we hope to give them access to a compilation of suicide prevention and other hotlines when they have serious needs."

    Jennifer says: "We can't forget that we're dealing with students lives—and their futures."

     

     

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  • Destinations of Donated Books

    by LearnEd

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    Captivating Reading

    Hanne Brown remembers reading "The Little Engine That Could" to her son's daycare class.

    "That engine worked so hard getting up the mountain," she says about the beloved train. "The kids were completely engaged."

    Educators from The Molina Foundation and Pearson promote reading at an event on February 29, 2016.
    Educators from The Molina Foundation and Pearson promote reading at an event on February 29, 2016.

    Donated Books in the Hands of Readers

    Hanne is Global Director of Sustainability Strategy and Reporting at Pearson—working to apply Pearson resources in order to help communities thrive.

    "Not only do books ignite imaginations and take readers on journeys of wonder," Hanne says, "they also help children as learners."

    It's a belief at the heart of a Pearson book donation program to marginalized children around the world.

    "We donated tons of books to almost a dozen different non-profits in the U.S. last year," Hanne says. "All told in 2015, Pearson donated more than a million books to groups around the world."

    "Since 2002, we have donated a percentage of our overstock books in the U.S. to children to help them learn and to enhance their chances of future success."

    Small Readers, Big Smiles

    Pearson teamed up with The Molina Foundation last month in California to put some of these books in the hands of young readers.

    The pictures on this page were taken during that event.

    "We want to make sure we reach all learners," Hanne says. "If we can do that, all of us thrive."

     

     

     

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