Reading Ambassadors for 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Announced


Forty-four U.S. Governors’ Spouses, along with the Governors of Colorado, Vermont and the U.S. territories Northern Mariana Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands have signed on as “Reading Ambassadors” for the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and will help spread the important message that children must keep reading throughout the summer months. To jumpstart excitement about summer reading, these Governors and Governors’ Spouses will each deliver 500 new books donated by Scholastic to schools in their states. In addition, many of the Reading Ambassadors will host reading events with local children to kick off summer reading. The free Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge encourages kids worldwide to log the minutes they spend reading in order to unlock original stories written by favorite children’s authors, earn rewards, and help set a new world record for summer reading, with the goal of topping the 304,749,681 minutes read in summer 2014. The program motivates children to keep reading all summer in order to avoid the “summer slide” — learning losses which can occur when school is not in session. Teachers, schools and families can register their children in grades K—8 and access free summer reading resources at Scholastic gratefully acknowledges the following Governors and …

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Echo360 and Cengage Learning Extend Partnership to Give Faculty and Students New Tools to Engage Before, During, and Beyond Class

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Across the country, colleges and universities are working diligently to ensure that students are progressing toward their degree. Research shows that increased student engagement has a significant impact on a student’s success. To enable greater student engagement, teaching and learning platform provider Echo360 and Cengage Learning, a leading global education company, have extended their partnership to combine textbooks and digital instructional materials with advanced student engagement tools for the classroom.  The goal of this collaboration is to provide faculty with easy, affordable access to innovative engagement solutions to drive improved student learning outcomes in US universities and colleges.

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Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Now Accepting Applications for 2015-2016

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The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, a team of Kid Reporters ages 10-14 nationwide and around the world, is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. Students with a strong interest in journalism and writing can learn more about the program and the criteria for applying at: Applications must be postmarked by September 25, 2015.

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Job Outlook for College Class of 2015: Hiring to Increase 9.6 Percent

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Employers expect to hire more new college graduates this year than they did last year, according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Organizations responding to NACE’s Job Outlook 2015 Spring Update survey reported plans to hire 9.6 percent more Class of 2015 graduates for their U.S. operations than they hired from the Class of 2014.

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2015 Summer Reading List for Young Adults

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This year’s Summer Reading List of 58 books was selected from a group of 113 official nominations. “The 2015 list reflects the results of Committee members’ dedicated reading of hundreds of Young Adult novels to formulate its final list. It is also a reflection of both the splendid diversity of literature for young adults and the wide-ranging interests of teen readers,” said Michael Cart, Chair of the BFYA Committee. “The titles range from a novel in verse about identical twin brothers who are gifted basketball players to an imaginative novel about a boy who is revived five years after his head was cryogenically frozen.”

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Tips to Help Graduates Achieve an A+ in Financial Well-Being


Developing Healthy Spending and Savings Routines Early Are Key to Long-Term Financial Success. Graduating? Now what? The first year following graduation can be a crucial time as numerous students make the transition from classroom to career. The choices made early in life can have a long-lasting positive or negative impact on one’s financial future. To help graduates get started on the right financial foot, SunTrust Bank is offering tips for building a solid foundation for long-term financial success.  

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For 2015 Grads, It’s a Buyers’ Market

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The job market continues to improve for college graduates. Employer surveys by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the Career Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, for example, indicate businesses are likely to hire more new employees in 2015 than they did last year — anywhere from 9 to 16 percent more. “This year we have seen a shift from an employer market to a student market,” says Mercy Eyadiel, executive director of employer relations at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., a nationally recognized leader in rethinking career development and preparing graduates for today’s job market.

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5 Questions New Graduates Should Ask Before Accepting a Job Offer

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How can 2015 grads just starting their career journey improve the odds that their first job is the right one — especially this year when employers are hiring, and there may be a second or third offer waiting in the wings? “It’s not surprising coming out of the previously poor economy, that new grads may feel pressure to accept the first offer they receive, thinking that the ideal job is in a distant future,” says Katharine Brooks, executive director of personal and career development at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. “But, there are questions to ask before accepting a job that can help determine if it’s really the best career choice and a good first step.”

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