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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.

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.


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).

Send a Valentine to Clifford

Clifford_Be_Big_logo Join Clifford's national campaign to BE BIG! It's only takes a little to be big!TM

Everyone, big and small, can help raise awareness for how Clifford’s BIG Ideas (Share, Help Others, Be Kind, Be Responsible, Play Fair, Be a Good Friend, Believe in Yourself, Respect Others, Work Together and Be Truthful) can make the world a better place.

Send Clifford a Valentine Kids can participate this month by sending Clifford a Valentine.

From now until February 28th, for every Valentine's Day Card received, Scholastic will donate $1.00 to the BE BIG Fund at HandsOn Network. HandsOn Network is the largest volunteer management organization in the nation which equips, mobilizes, and inspires people to take action that changes the world. 

Presidential Games & Activities for Students

7_hats_startJust in time for the Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration, Scholastic is happy to announce two new interactive activities that will help your students master the seven roles of the President and the timeline of U.S. Presidents.

The 7 Hat Challenge: Master the Roles of the President
It's 2044, and the student player has just won the Presidency of the United States. As President-elect, the student has a short time to learn the ropes. Thanks to a top-secret time machine, the student can train with former Presidents to master all 7 roles of the Presidency.

7_hats_finale With the help of Presidents from the past, students will be able to identify and describe the seven major responsibilities of the American President:  Chief Executive, Commander in Chief, Head of State, Director of Foreign Policy, Political Party Leader, Guardian of the Economy, and Legislative Leader.

After taking "The 7 Hats Challenge," students can research another President from the past and decide how his actions correspond to the seven hats and record findings on the "Which Hat?" printable.


Presidential Portrait Gallery By Kids
This past September, we asked kids across the country to choose their favorite president and draw a portrait of him for Scholastic Book Clubs first-ever "Picture a President" Drawing Contest. Nearly 12,000 students sent in drawings of U.S. Presidents -- from George Washington, to Franklin Pierce, to President-elect Barack Obama.

We've created a showcase of the winning portrait and the finalists, in addition to a portrait for each U.S. President. Watch the slideshow as a whole group activity and ask your students if they can name all 44 Presidents.

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Congratulations to new Milken Educator Marissa Ochoa!

Nn08_valley5182_2 Former Scholastic Teacher Advisor Marissa Ochoa was surprised last week when Milken Family Foundation Chairman Lowell Milken presented her with a $25,000 Milken Educator Award for her excellence as a teacher.

In this photo from the Milken Family Foundation, Marissa Ochoa's students swarm around to congratulate her.

In addition to being a teacher at Valley Elementary School in Poway, California, Marissa is also a co-contributor to Scholastic.com's Strategies for English Language Learners Blog and was last year's Teacher Advisor for Grades 3-5.

Congratulations to Marissa for this well-deserved recognition!

Nominated for Edublog Award

Bestresource I'm honored that the What's New @ Scholastic.com has been nominated for an Edublog Award in the "Best Resource Sharing Blog" category.

The Edublogs Awards is an annual event where the best education blogs of the year are decided by readers like you. Thanks for the nomination!

Barack Obama Is the President-Elect of the United States


President-elect Barack Obama, wife Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha, arrive on stage for his election night victory rally at Grant Park on November 4, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: ©Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

America has its first African-American President!

Read the Scholastic News Online Blog to find out what kids think President-elect Obama can do to help this country and what qualities they think are the most important in a good leader.

Check out these teaching resources for Barack Obama.

Obama Wins Scholastic News Election Poll

Seventh graders at Transfiguration School in New York City vote on October 10, 2008. (Photo: Miles White) The votes are in and student voters have spoken: Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama is the winner of the 2008 Scholastic Election Poll, with 57% of the vote over Republican contender Senator John McCain, who received 39% of the student vote.  A quarter of a million students from across the country participated in the Scholastic Election Poll.

Since 1940, the results of the student vote in the Scholastic Election Poll (online voting was added in 2000) have mirrored the outcome of the general election, except twice: in 1948 when students chose Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S. Truman and in 1960 when more students voted for Richard M. Nixon than John F. Kennedy.  In 2000, student voters chose George W. Bush, mirroring the Electoral College result but not the result of the popular vote.

Boys favored Obama 49% to 46% for McCain, while girls chose Obama more definitively, 57% to 39%. Rounding out this year’s vote, 4% of students voted for other candidates, the highest percentage of write-in votes in the history of the poll.  Student write-ins included Senator Hillary Clinton, Congressman Ron Paul, Independent candidate Ralph Nader, and a handful of votes for television personality Stephen Colbert.

Find out the results from key swing states here.

Read the USA Today article here.

Watch the TODAY Show interview with Scholastic News reporters Jack Greenberg and Lya Ferreyra, who discuss the results of Scholastic’s 2008 presidential election poll.

(Photo: Miles White)

Scholastic in Today's New York Times

Tflash0408_kerc In today's New York Times article, Pint-Size Eco-Police, Making Parents Proud and Sometimes Crazy, Scholastic is cited as a resource for kids to learn more about climate change and other environmental issues.

The New York Times article also mentions the Save the Planet message board,  which has had three million page views in the past year, as a place where children share eco-friendly tips.

Here are the activities and resources that the New York Times article refers to:


Scholastic Kid Reporters Cover the Conventions

Eight members of the Scholastic Press Corps will be reporting live from the Democratic Convention in Denver (August 25-28), followed by the Republican National Convention in St. Paul (September 1-4).

Scholastic News Kid Reporters have been covering campaign events from their hometowns across the country since last spring. In the past 15 months, they have interviewed and written stories about their experiences with presidential hopefuls, such as John McCain, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, and Joseph Biden.

Stay tuned to the Scholastic News Election Blog for posts throughout the day with pictures and all the latest behind-the-scenes news.

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