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Pratt Elementary Counselor Mindy Lee had two grants approved through the Sand Springs Education Foundation. SSEF approved 36 grants across the district worth a combined $63,000.


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Christmas came early for several Sand Springs teachers on Monday, Nov. 23.

The Sand Springs Education Foundation dispersed its annual grants for teachers and classrooms around the district. SSEF approved each of the 36 requested grants which totaled approximately $63,000, according to SSEF Director Tirita Montross.

The program awards grants to Sand Springs teachers and principals for projects or items they wouldn’t otherwise be able to fund.

“It’s like a Christmas present,” Montross said. “They dream big and a wish is granted. It’s so exciting.”

In previous years, SSEF members have celebrated the occasion by surprising teachers in their classrooms with their gifts. However, due to social distancing restrictions, site principals presented teachers with their commemorative checks.

“It’s definitely a let down on a personal level to not see the smiles and the appreciation in person,” Montross said. “But I’ve already gotten thank yous and emails. The board always feels the appreciation.”

The amount of the individual grants ranged from approximately $300 to $7,000.

Here are a few of those that were granted:

Clyde Boyd Middle School science teacher Janet Johnson wrote a grant for an aerial botball program for her robotics class.

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Ninety years of data shows global warming impacts on foundation of marine ecosystems

Ninety years of data shows global warming impacts on foundation of marine ecosystems
Based on one of the longest time series of phytoplankton in the Southern Hemisphere, Australian researchers have found a significant warming signature in the phytoplankton community overtime. Credit: P. Ajani

Understanding the impacts of global warming on phytoplankton- the foundation of marine ecosystems -is critical to predicting changes in future biodiversity, ocean productivity, and ultimately fisheries production.


Based on one of the longest time series of phytoplankton in the Southern Hemisphere, Australian researchers have found a significant warming signature in the phytoplankton community overtime.

The data set was collected over almost 90 years from 1931-2019 from a Pacific Ocean coastal station offshore from Sydney.

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) led research, published in Frontiers in Marine Science, provides insights into the potential traits that may determine the adaptive capacity or survivability of species under climate change.

Lead author, Dr. Penelope Ajani, said environmental data showed ocean temperature had risen 1.8°C over 90 years in south eastern Australia, one of the greatest warming regions in the world.

“We examined the phytoplankton community response to this long-term ocean warming using the Community Temperature Index (CTI), “Dr. Ajani said.

The CTI is an index of the preferred temperature of a phytoplankton community.

“We found a significant increase in the CTI overtime which suggests that the relative proportion of warm-water to cold-water species has increased,” Dr. Ajani said.

The researchers say that an almost 40% increase in the chain-forming diatom species Leptocylindrus danicus may provide a glimpse of the functional traits necessary to be a “winner” under climate change.

“This species does well in warmer water, reproduces rapidly and can survive in a wide temperature range. Together with the formation of resting spores and a high degree of variability in size, shape and physiology, these traits may point to the adaptive capacity or survivability of species under climate change, ” Dr. Ajani said.


Algae declines in the water off Sydney


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SME Education Foundation Seeks Industry Involvement for Horlick High School Initiative to Create STEM Opportunities for Students

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Horlick High School, part of the Racine Unified School District, has partnered with the SME Education Foundation to make manufacturing and engineering education and career opportunities available for students via the Foundation’s Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) schools initiative.

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SME PRIME schools directly address the manufacturing and engineering talent shortage by partnering with industry to provide modern equipment, tailored curriculum and hands-on training to high schools across the country. SME PRIME students learn about manufacturing and engineering technology and processes through an industry-informed curriculum tailored to meet the needs of local industry.

“This partnership provides industry-relevant improvements to the Academies of Racine at Horlick Pathways in Manufacturing and STEM for our students,” said Dr. Christopher Neff, Executive Director of Academies for the Racine Unified School District. “A collaboratively designed curriculum with industry-partners as well as advanced, current equipment give our students a unique opportunity to explore future careers in manufacturing, engineering and STEM leading to high demand and growth career opportunities after graduation.”

Local manufacturers develop and access a pool of skilled local talent who have been trained — and often certified — to fill specific roles at their respective companies, providing a direct community benefit.

“SME PRIME schools are central to our commitment to inspiring, preparing and supporting young people,” said Rob Luce, SME Education Foundation vice president. “Our partnership with Horlick High School needs support and engagement of business leaders to bring it to fruition — we’re proud to welcome these committed educators to our national team.”

Since 2011, SME PRIME schools have been initiated in 60 communities across 22 states, creating opportunities for more than 100,000 students. In 2019 alone, the SME Education Foundation partnered with 12 new schools to create custom programs through partnerships with private industry.

Located in southeastern Wisconsin, the Racine Unified School District is the fifth largest school district in the state, serving nearly 19,000 students.

Interested industry partners can become involved and learn more by calling the Foundation at (313) 319-4794.

About the SME Education Foundation
As the philanthropic arm of SME, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry, the SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. The Foundation leverages the 90-year history and thought leadership of SME in the manufacturing and engineering industry to provide curated experiences for thousands of high school students at SME conferences and tradeshows and builds hands-on manufacturing programs in high schools across the country. The Foundation also awards millions of dollars in scholarships every year to graduating high school seniors and both undergraduate and graduate students.  Through its SME PRIME program, the Foundation has reached over 100,000 students in 60 schools across 22 states. All Foundation activities are designed to empower young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering.

Visit the SME Education Foundation at smeeducationfoundation.org. Follow @mfgeducation on Twitter or facebook.com/SME.Education.Foundation.

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Humble ISD Education Foundation to host flexible golf tournament in November

The Humble ISD Education Foundation will be hosting the 2020 Humble ISD Education Foundation Golf Tournament at Kingwood Country Club on Nov. 13

This year, the foundation will allow competitors to compete at different times so they can social distance while supporting the event. Participants are able to register and schedule a tee time at Kingwood Country Club between Oct. 13 and Nov. 12. Golfers will use an app to enter their score.

“School is in session, which means our teachers need our support. Playing in this tournament is a great way to support Humble ISD educators.” said Daniel Contreras, who is the Chair of the Humble ISD Education Foundation’s Golf Committee.

To register you can go online to www.humbleisdfoundation.org/golf.aspx. Registration will be open to individuals, teams and sponsors. There will be an online action, hole in one prizes, virtual awards ceremony and online vendor shopping. The foundation will provide breakfast and lunch and will hold a live zoom event to announce winners and close the online auction.

The proceeds from the event will support big ideas Humble ISD educators have to bring innovation and creativity into the classroom.


“Humble ISD educators have creative ideas on how to teach in a way that gets kids excited about learning, but these creative ideas sometimes need additional funding,” said Humble ISD Education Foundation Executive Director Jerri Monbaron. This is where the foundation comes in. This charity tournament is critical to the Foundation being able to help these teachers bring innovation to classrooms. We are grateful for the sponsors and golfers who choose to play for a great cause.”

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SME Education Foundation Seeks Industry Involvement for Unadilla Valley High School Initiative to Create STEM Opportunities for Students

SME Education Foundation Seeks Industry Involvement for Unadilla Valley High School Initiative to Create STEM Opportunities for Students

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 21, 2020

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Unadilla Valley Central Schools have partnered with the SME Education Foundation to make manufacturing and engineering education and career opportunities available for students of Unadilla Valley High School in New Berlin, New York, via the Foundation’s Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) schools initiative.

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SME PRIME schools directly address the manufacturing and engineering talent shortage by partnering with industry to provide modern equipment, tailored curriculum and hands-on training to high schools across the country. SME PRIME students learn about manufacturing and engineering technology and processes through an industry-informed curriculum tailored to meet the needs of local industry.

“This initiative will provide an important school-to-work pathway for our students,” said Robert Mackey, superintendent of Unadilla Valley Central School District. “A carefully designed curriculum and advanced, current equipment give our students a unique opportunity to explore futures in manufacturing, engineering and STEM careers.”

Local manufacturers develop and access a pool of skilled local talent who have been trained — and often certified — to fill specific roles at their respective companies, providing a direct community benefit.

“SME PRIME schools are central to our commitment to inspiring, preparing and supporting young people,” said Rob Luce, SME Education Foundation vice president. “Our partnership with Unadilla Valley High School needs support and engagement of business leaders to bring it to fruition — we’re proud to welcome these committed educators to our national team.”

Since 2011, SME PRIME schools have been initiated in 60 communities across 22 states, creating opportunities for more than 100,000 students. In 2019 alone, the SME Education Foundation partnered with 12 new schools to create custom programs through partnerships with private industry.

Unadilla Valley is a rural district with about 800 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 housed in one building completed in 2002. The district was established as a result of a merger between the former New Berlin and South New Berlin Central Schools in 1996.

Interested industry partners can become involved and learn more by calling the Foundation at (313) 319-4794.

About the SME Education Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of SME, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry, the SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. The Foundation leverages the 90-year history and thought leadership of SME in the manufacturing and engineering industry to provide curated experiences for thousands of high school students at SME conferences and tradeshows and builds hands-on manufacturing programs in high schools across the country. The Foundation also awards millions of dollars in scholarships every year to graduating high school seniors and both undergraduate and graduate students. Through its SME PRIME program, the Foundation has reached over 100,000 students in 60 schools across 22 states. All Foundation activities are designed to empower young

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Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation, Scholastic and TN Department of Education to Provide 580,000 Books to K-3 Students and Teachers in Tennessee

 Public-private initiative works to prevent “COVID Slide” and to support student learning in the classroom and in the home

Today, Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF) and the Tennessee Department of Education, in collaboration with Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, announced the launch of a new K-3 Book Delivery program to deliver 580,000 books to 58,000 kindergarten through third grade students and teachers across the state.

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Over 50 school districts are participating in the K-3 School Year Book Delivery program, which will deliver books and literacy resources directly to the homes of students and teachers, at no cost to families or participating school districts. Book packs consist of ten high-quality, grade appropriate books with guided activities and tips for parents to engage with students as they read. Book packs and resources are expected to be delivered to students’ and teachers’ homes by the end of 2020. Additionally, K-3 families will gain access to engagement tips via text.

The program was introduced today at an early literacy event at Findlay Elementary School in Sparta, TN and included participation from Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn, GELF President James Pond, White County Schools Superintendent Kurt Dronebarger and Scholastic Education Senior Vice President of Sales Chris Hedrick. There was a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog®, who distributed books to students and teachers in attendance.

“Now more than ever we are committed to our mission of strengthening early literacy in Tennessee by supporting our students and teachers with high-quality resources,” said James Pond, GELF president. “Together with Scholastic and our state partners, we can work to prevent the ‘COVID slide,’ and create a community classroom to foster lifelong learners and to support students, teachers and families during this time.”

“Independent reading and reading-aloud are crucial year-round practices to help support children’s academic and social-emotional development, both in and out the classroom,” said Chris Hedrick, Senior Vice President of Sales, Scholastic Education. “With Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation and the Tennessee Department of Education, we’re proud to have an opportunity to reach even more Tennessee families with increased access to engaging, high-quality books.”

“The School Year Book Delivery program is an incredible opportunity for our state to make important early literacy gains,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “This partnership could not have come at a more important time, as many students, families and teachers are working hard to make up for classroom time lost last spring. Building literacy skills early is foundational to lifelong educational success and the department is grateful to GELF and Scholastic for their work to expand access to high-quality books and literacy resources and help students and families read together at home.”

Participating districts for the new K-3 Book Delivery program were selected based on size, 2018-2019 third grade reading proficiency rates and the economic prosperity of the county as defined by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

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Blank Foundation awards University of Texas $20M for research, treatment of stuttering

The disorder has recently gained more attention because Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has talked about his struggles with stuttering.

The mission is also a personal one for Blank, co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United.

According to the release about the grant, stuttering has been part of Blank’s family for several generations. Blank, himself, has dealt with issues around stuttering.

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LFC Foundation and Right To Play are working Side by Side to transform the lives of children around the world

The LFC Foundation and Right To Play are working Side by Side to transform the lives of children around the world.
The LFC Foundation and Right To Play are working Side by Side to transform the lives of children around the world.
The LFC Foundation and Right To Play are working Side by Side to transform the lives of children around the world.
The LFC Foundation is the official charity of Liverpool Football Club — https://foundation.liverpoolfc.com
The LFC Foundation is the official charity of Liverpool Football Club — https://foundation.liverpoolfc.com
The LFC Foundation is the official charity of Liverpool Football Club — https://foundation.liverpoolfc.com

TORONTO, CANADA, Oct. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Liverpool FC Foundation, official charity of the Liverpool Football Club (LFC, The Reds), and global Canada-based children’s charity Right To Play are working Side by Side, using the power of sport and play to help vulnerable children in Liverpool, Bangkok, and around the world.

To raise awareness and support of the partnership, Right To Play and Liverpool FC Foundation have launched a new digital campaign – Side by Side – which will feature across the club’s digital channels.

The Side by Side campaign includes a video narrated by The Reds’ manager and LFC Foundation Ambassador, Jürgen Klopp, which shows the power of play and sport in action, and aims to inspire viewers to come together and support the campaign. Watch here.

As well as driving awareness for the game-changing partnership, the campaign will seek support from the LFC family to join the Side by Side movement and help raise funds to provide children around the world with the tools and skills they need to overcome the impacts of poverty, conflict, and disease, and become empowered to learn, lead, and succeed.

The need for support is more important than ever in these challenging times as the devastating global impact of the pandemic continues to make children’s lives harder every single day.

Jürgen Klopp, LFC Foundation Ambassador said: “Millions of children around the world are facing adversity and being forced to grow up too fast. Side by Side gives children the opportunity to rise above their challenges and thrive through the power of sport and play.

“Liverpool Football Club has the best fans in the world – no matter where we live, we’re all part of the Liverpool family and Side by Side we can do anything.”

During last season’s UEFA Champions League competition, fans may have noticed the addition of the Right To Play logo on LFC’s kit. The logo will again be worn during the upcoming Champions League campaign and is available for fans to add to their shirts in LFC stores and the online retail store. All of the proceeds raised from the sales will support the work of the Side by Side partnership. You can access the LFC store here.

“We are so proud to be working in partnership with Liverpool FC Foundation to create a lasting impact in children’s lives,” said Right To Play CEO, Dr. Kevin Frey.

“Liverpool FC is recognised not just for its accomplishments on the field, but also for its commitment to improving the lives of children and young people in Liverpool and

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SME Education Foundation Initiative to Make Online High School Education Opportunities Available Receives Investment from Caterpillar Inc. and Amazon

SME Education Foundation Initiative to Make Online High School Education Opportunities Available Receives Investment from Caterpillar Inc. and Amazon

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 20, 2020

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The SME Education Foundation has received investments from Caterpillar Inc. and Amazon to help ensure that distance-learning opportunities become available for thousands of career and technical education students across the country.

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Kevin Joustra, Caterpillar Innovation & Technology Development: “We’re pleased to support this important initiative:”

The organizations join initial investor Arconic Foundation and others in this national effort.

“We’re pleased to support this important initiative,” said Kevin Joustra, engineer with Caterpillar’s Innovation & Technology Development Division. “Manufacturing offers so much opportunity for young people: this effort is critical in preparing and helping them to explore that opportunity.”

The SME Education Foundation is the philanthropic arm of SME, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry. A 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation helps attract and develop a skilled manufacturing workforce. The SME Education Foundation is teaming with Tooling U-SME, the training and development arm of SME, through a unique COVID-19 Campaign to provide online learning opportunities to high school students in 12 manufacturing disciplines, including additive manufacturing, mechatronics and smart manufacturing.

Tooling U-SME works directly with the manufacturing community and hundreds of high schools, community and technical colleges and universities to prepare the next-generation workforce by providing industry-driven and learner-centered curriculum. Online learning is a significant component of this effort, and particularly relevant and useful during the closure of schools across the country.

“This campaign will help thousands of high school students have access to premium-quality online career and technical education opportunities,” said Rob Luce, SME Education Foundation vice president. “Tooling U-SME is a valuable partner and industry leader in workforce development; we’re grateful for the support and leadership from these industry leaders.”

Learn more about the SME Education Foundation and its COVID-19 Campaign at smeef.org/get-involved/covid-19-campaign.

About the SME Education Foundation 

As the philanthropic arm of SME, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry, the SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent.  The Foundation leverages the 90-year history and thought leadership of SME in the manufacturing and engineering industry to provide curated experiences for thousands of high school students at SME conferences and tradeshows and builds hands-on manufacturing programs in high schools across the country. The Foundation also awards millions of dollars in scholarships every year to graduating high school seniors and both undergraduate and graduate students.  Through its SME PRIME program, the Foundation has reached over 100,000 students in 60 schools across 22 states. All Foundation activities are designed to empower young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering.

Visit the SME Education Foundation at smeeducationfoundation.org. Follow @mfgeducation on Twitter or facebook.com/SME.Education.Foundation.

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“The education of the future implies abandoning traditional approaches,” says UNICEF expert at Ismael Cala Foundation forum

MIAMI, October 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — “The education of the future implies abandoning traditional approaches and promoting pedagogies centered on students, as well as ensuring links between schools and communities,” said Vincenzo Placco, specialist in Secondary Education and Learning at the UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean during the Ismael Cala Foundation’s 2020 First Forum of on Quality Education and Social Progress of Youth.

In the multi-sector event, the panelists shared experiences and reflections on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) No. 4 Quality Education, No. 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, No. 10 Reduced Inequalities, and No. 17 Partnerships for the Goals. They also shared their experiences on the projects they are developing together with the Ismael Cala Foundation (ICF).

The UNICEF expert for Latin America and the Caribbean also explained that “education must have a holistic approach: early childhood, physical and mental health, and education itself.”

“In the future the presence will be physical and remote, which requires connected schools, trained teachers, equipped students; the digital divide must not act to perpetuate the existing differences,” added Vincenzo Placco.

Ismael Cala, founder and president of ICF, moderated the meeting and emphasized that the organization “assumes the responsibility that we all have to raise awareness of the SDGs as a contribution to the development of the region, and opens this space to publicize the work we do together to contribute to the 2030 Agenda.”

Also present was María Paula Murra, Vice President of Corporate Relations at Westfield Business School, an ICF partner, who expressed her wish that “quality education become an engine for democratization.”

To date, Westfield has awarded 124 scholarships through the Ismael Cala Foundation.

Dr. Galo Cabanilla, Chancellor of the Universidad Tecnológica Empresarial de Guayaquil (UTEG), highlighted efforts to continue training different populations, especially those with limited resources, at no cost.

“We have adapted necessary methodologies to a virtual education model, empowering students to integrate into the use of new paradigms. With education, the doors are opening to help break the cycle of poverty, and especially of violence,” said Cabanilla.

Andrés Felipe González, winner of a scholarship to study Social Communication and Marketing, thanks to the alliance with URBE University, discussed how this has opened up job opportunities for him.

ICF’s 2020 II Forum “Emotional Intelligence: a Path for Peace and Quality Education,” will be held on November 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm. (Miami time), with free registration here.

The Ismael Cala Foundation creates and promotes emotional leadership and vocational guidance programs for children, adolescents and youth in vulnerable situations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, in partnership with other organizations.

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