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Scholastic Responds to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

ARRAstimulus The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) includes more than $100 billion in additional federal funds for PreK-12 education and early childhood programs. Educators can now access up-to-date information about ARRA as events happen at Scholastic's new web site: www.scholastic.com/economicrecovery.

This new information portal for educators provides:

  • Frequently Asked Questions about how ARRA will impact impact schools and districts,
  • Fast Facts about ARRA and how it will directly improve student achievement,
  • Quick Links to resources around the web that provide clear and useful explanations of ARRA, and
  • Programs and Resources that align to funding for Title I (Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged), IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), EETT (Enhancing Education through Technology) and other categories.

For up-to-date information about Scholastic's 21st Century Learning Solutions and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, please visit www.scholastic.com/economicrecovery.

March Live Webcast & Live Chat

Tf_AllieFinkle_webcast The STACKS, Scholastic's community for kids and books, is hosting two live events this month.

Tune in TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. EST for  Allie Finkle’s Super Sleepover live webcast. Host Caroline Rhea chats with author Meg Cabot.



LIVE CHAT THIS SATURDAY: BOOK-TO-MOVIE ADAPTATIONS

WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 4-5 p.m. ET
TOPIC: Book-to-Movie Adaptations

Here's a chance for kids to share their opinions with other kids.

Which book-based movies would you give two thumbs up? Which did you like better: the book or the film? Did you miss any characters who were cut from the movie? And if YOU were in the director's chair, which of your favorite books would you make into a movie — and who would star?

Top 5 Teaching Resources for March

March is my favorite month -- it's full of such interesting contradictions. This year, March started with a winter storm that blanketed New York City with six inches of snow. However, by month's end, a blanket of white cherry blossoms will cover the grounds of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

It's no surprise to me that the top five teaching resources for March reflect this study of contrasts:

  1. Iditarod - Race Across Alaska Student Activity
  2. Dr. Seuss Author Study
  3. Women's History Month Lessons and Activities
  4. Spring Favorites
  5. Eric Carle Author Study -- It's the 40th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Enjoy this video of Eric Carle describing how he created The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Become a Teacher Advisor for Scholastic News Online

We are looking for a team of teacher advisors who will use Scholastic News Online as a resource with their students. Then the team will critique the Web site and give advice on content, design, and educational issues. The feedback process will involve answering specific questions about the Web site through email, surveys, and possibly a visit to your classroom from the Scholastic News Online editorial team.

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We look for teachers who are willing to share their time and expertise. We also look for teachers who represent diverse school settings, student populations, and levels of experience. If you would like us to consider you as a teacher advisor, please send an email to Laura Leigh Davidson, Associate Editor for Scholastic News Online (ldavidson@scholastic.com) with your information (see questionnaire).

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