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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Chante Moore talks about her writing process in prepping for new album

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Now back in the studio working on new music, Moore explains her writing strategy. 

“I write from where I am at that moment.  If I’m going through something that makes me emotional I just start writing.  I speak from my circumstances and my heart.  I can’t sing what I don’t believe in, so it’s important to me to feel what I’m singing and connect to it,” said Moore.  “I try not to write songs that hate on men because all men are different.  That is why I wrote “Chante’s Got A Man.”  The song was encouraging women to look for the right man because there are some good ones out there.  Some thought I was bragging about having a good man, but that was not the case.”  

Many new fans were introduced to Moore on the popular TV One reality series “R&B Divas L.A.  This gave a new generation of music lovers an opportunity to see her and learn about her music. 

“I never thought I would do a reality show, let alone 3 seasons, but it turned out to be a wonderful way to share my music with a new audience.  That was definitely a blessing and something I did not anticipate.  I was attracted to R&B Divas L.A. because it was about music and the proposed cast were all talented women I had a great deal of respect for,” said Moore.

With new music on the horizon and a schedule that is full of tour dates, it is plan to see that Moore is nowhere near slowing down.  In fact she is enjoying the next phase in her journey; one that will see her move into acting, beauty & fashion, and creating new projects for both television and film.

For information about tour dates and new music visit:  http://therealchantemoore.com/

Chante’ Moore will be performing live on April 23, 2016 at Kasbah Nightclub, 15373, 6th Ave, Aurora, CO, 80011.  For show tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chante-moore-live-the-kasbah-tickets-21313603562.

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RIP Doug Banks, plus funeral arrangements

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Syndicated radio host Doug Banks has passed away.  Banks, 57, died at his Florida home of complications related to diabetes and kidney failure on April 11.  The voice of the Detroit native was recognized all over the country, especially in cities like Philly and Chicago where he made his mark. Well respected by his peers and numerous people in the radio business whose careers he helped launch, the outpouring of grief and condolences online has been tremendous.  

Funeral services for Doug Banks will take place today, Saturday, April 16. Starting at 10 a.m., Banks’ services will be held at Sparkman Hillcrest & Memorial Funeral Home, located at 7405 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas. 

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Friday, April 15, 2016

TODD DULANEY MAKES #1 HIT DEBUT WITH NEW LIVE ALBUM A WORSHIPPER’S HEART AVAILABLE NOW

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15-Track Album Features Hit Single “The Anthem,” “Victory Belongs To Jesus,” “Higher,” and More

Nashville, TN (April 15, 2016) – Acclaimed recording artist, songwriter, producer and worship leader Todd Dulaney has released his highly-anticipated sophomore album A WORSHIPPER’S HEART, available now everywhere.  In addition to the hit single “The Anthem,” which is at #2 on Gospel radio, Dulaney’s new album has already made an immediate impact on multiple charts worldwide, with A WORSHIPPER’S HEART making early hit debuts at #1 on iTunes Christian & Gospel Albums Chart for the U.S., at #2 on iTunes Christian & Gospel Albums Charts for the U.K. and for South Africa, and at #8 on iTunes Inspirational Albums Chart for Canada.    

Encompassing fifteen tracks led by the single “The Anthem,” his rendition of the popular Planetshakers song – Dulaney’s first live album delivers a stirring night of bold spiritual inspiration – with his rich vocals and songs such as “Victory Belongs to Jesus,” “Greater,” “Worship You Forever,” and more bringing listeners together in a reviving praise and worship experience.   

Recorded live in Naperville, IL, the Chicago-area native continues to travel across the country in support of the new album, including a performance at this year’s upcoming Allstate Gospel Superfest, taking place in Baltimore on May 14th.

Todd Dulaney: A WORSHIPPER’S HEART, is available now in-stores and at the retailers below.

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Cafe Mocha Radio Names Hip Hop Icon YoYo As New Co-Host

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Los Angeles, Calif. (April 15, 2016) Veteran hip hop icon YoYo is the newest addition to the nationally syndicated Café Mocha Radio. As the show moves into its sixth year, the Ice Cube protégé has signed on to be a permanent co-host of the top-rated weekend show targeting women.
 
Best known for classic rap hits like "Can't Play With My YoYo," "The Bonnie & Clyde Theme" with Cube and "I Wanna Be Down" with Brandy, Queen Latifah and MC Lyte; YoYo will join original Café Mocha hosts Loni Love of "The Real" and broadcast veteran Angelique Perrin on the syndicated show.
  
"I'm ecstatic to join Loni and Angelique, these women are leaders in their industries, who openly and freely share their personal and professional insights weekly with listeners," says YoYo. "As Café Mocha continues to evolve, I'm looking forward to adding my flavor with anecdotes about my life as an entertainer, mother, philanthropist, and educator."
 
With more than 25 years in the music business, YoYo's professional journey was recently featured on TV One's marquee franchise, "Unsung." The Compton, Calif.-native-who has consistently toured throughout the years-performed earlier this year at the Trump Awards in Atlanta as part of a tribute to hip-hop trailblazers Salt-N-Pepa.
 
A feminist and community crusader, Café Mocha's newest co-host is working to empower young people with her youth program, YoYo's School of Hip-Hop.  YoYo's program operates in both Los Angeles, Calif. and Highland Park, Mich., where her husband, DeAndre Windom, is the mayor.
 
"I couldn't be more excited about the addition of YoYo to our roster of dynamic women on Café Mocha. People know about YoYo the music artist, but on Café Mocha you'll get to experience Yolanda the mother, the politician's wife, the literacy advocate and learn about the other social issues she's passionate about," says Sheila Eldridge, creator and executive producer of Café Mocha Radio. "Besides, YoYo is no stranger to radio, having previously hosted her own show on KDAY 93.5 FM in Los Angeles."

Café Mocha Radio launched in March 2010 with comedienne Love, radio veteran Angelique Perrin and rapper MC Lyte, who officially departed the show in March 2016 to continue her career and philanthropy efforts with the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation.

Says MC Lyte: "Sheila Eldridge and co-hosts Loni Love and Angelique Perrin afforded me the opportunity to inspire the masses and for this I am eternally grateful. Not only am I excited about what the future holds as I expand my entertainment empire, but I'm blessed to pass the torch to my hip hop sister and long time friend YoYo. I couldn't be more proud that she has chosen to join the Cafe Mocha family."  
 
Eldridge continues: "We're excited that YoYo is taking over the helm that MC Lyte has held for the last 5 years and we look forward to her bringing a new perspective on the evolution of music and culture."

News of YoYo joining Café Mocha was first announced by ESSENCE.com on April 14. (Read:http://www.essence.com/2016/04/14/hip-hop-icon-yoyo-set-replace-mc-lyte-caf%C3%A9-mocha-radio)
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

THE DONNIE MCCLURKIN SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW CELEBRATES 10 YEARS ON THE AIR WITH PRAISE & WORSHIP SERVICES THAT KICKS OFF MAY 6TH AT ENON TABERNACLE CHURCH IN PHILADELPHIA

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McClurkin’s New Single, “I Need You” Shipped to Radio This Week!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Los Angeles, CA (April 14, 2016) - The Donnie McClurkin show continues to increase in popularity with fans and find new markets to call home as the national program celebrates 10 years on the air.  Last year the show made history shooting to #1 in New York (two consecutive months) and Philadelphia while capturing top spots in several other cities.

According to the July 2015 Nielsen PPM ratings for adults 25-54, The Donnie McClurkin Showscored a 12.5 share on New York City’s Emmis-owned WBLS 5a-6am, beating out the popular all-news station WINS by almost two full share points. To be a #1 show on an Urban station is close to impossible. To be a #1 inspirational show is virtually unheard of in the radio industry so TDMS defied all odds.  The show is syndicated by Westwood One and Gary Bernstein’s Oceanic Tradewinds and produced by T&T Creative.

“I'm thankful that this show can reach multitudes across the country and around the world, providing great music and information that inspires listeners to this degree. We're reaching millions and looking to reach millions more!" says McClurkin.

On Friday, May 6th McClurkin will kick off a multi-city visit to several churches throughout the country to celebrate his radio anniversary as a special thank you to all his supporters who have faithfully tuned in over the years.  The first stop will be Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA where the Sr. Pastor is Dr. Allyn E. Waller.  The Evening with Donnie McClurkin will include a powerful night of the spoken word, praise and worship and new songs from the gospel singer’s upcoming CD on RCA Records, later this year.

The new single, “I Need You” was shipped to radio this week, and getting great feed-back from McClurkin’s social media fan base.   No date set yet for the upcoming CD that’s set for
release on RCA Inspiration later this year.

DATES: AN EVENING WITH DONNIE MCCLURKIN
5/6                      Philadelphia, PA           Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
5/25                    Knoxville, TN                 Overcoming Believers Church
6/11                    Shreveport, LA              TBS
7/30                   Baltimore, MD               Israel Baptist Church
7/31                    New York, NY                 Grant Memorial Park
8/21                    Cincinnati, OH               Sawyer Pointe Park
8/25                    Richmond, VA               St. Paul’s Baptist Church
8/?                      Charlotte, NC                 Rock Church Center
TBS                      Fairburn, GA                  Open Bible Church
9/24                    Montgomery, Al           Safe Harbor Church
TBS                      Indianapolis, IN            TBS
TBS                      Norfolk, VA                     Rock Church
TBS                      Chicago, IL                      TBS
TBS                      Detroit, MI                      Perfecting Church


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NEW MUSIC VIDEO FROM MUSIC GROUP KLARKENT “OH MY GOD” (FEAT. DEREK MINOR) OUT NOW

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Comprised of Isaac Carree, Eric Dawkins, LaShawn “Big Shiz” Daniels, Gerald Haddon, and Adonis Shropshire, New Video (feat. Derek Minor) Makes World Premiere on Bounce TV’s Saints & Sinners Show

KlarKent’s “Oh My God” (feat. Derek Minor) is featured on the album Saints & Sinners: Original Soundtrack From Season 1

Nashville, TN – (April 14, 2016) Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) celebrates the new music video release from the music group KlarKent, for their song “Oh My God” (feat. Derek Minor), one of the new songs featured on the star-studded album Saints & Sinners: Original Soundtrack From Season 1, the soundtrack companion to the hit Bounce TV show Saints & Sinners.


Comprised of acclaimed singers, songwriters, producers Isaac Carree, Eric Dawkins, LaShawn “Big Shiz” Daniels, Gerald Haddon, and Adonis Shropshire, the five-man group KlarKent bring their collective hit-making talents together performing the inspirational song “Oh My God,” with a featured appearance from hip-hop artist Derek Minor.  Filmed in Los Angeles and directed by Toroh Films, the KlarKent music video “Oh My God” (feat. Derek Minor) made its broadcast debut with a world premiere that aired this past Sunday, April 10, 2016, on Bounce TV at 8:55 PM (ET), just prior to an all-new episode of Saints & Sinners.     

KlarKent’s “Oh My God” (feat. Derek Minor) is featured on the eight-track recently released album Saints & Sinners: Original Soundtrack From Season 1, which is available via all digital retailers. 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

En Vogue releases first single in 5 years, Déjà Vu

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Trio Pays Tribute to Classic Hollywood Beauty and Glamour with New Song 'Déjà Vu'
First Release in Over 5 Years
LOS ANGELES (April 13, 2016) - Beauty, class, transcendence...the award-winning, multi-platinum female group, En Vogue, embodies the very definition of each word. After countless accolades, 20 million albums sold, multiple Grammy nominations, American Music Awards and Soul Train awards, the ultimate girl group of the 90s has now evolved into legendary R&B icons affectionately known as the "Real Funky Divas". Today, En Vogue is redefining the idea of beauty, music and style with original members Cindy Heron-Braggs, Terry Ellis, and newcomer Rhona Bennett.  As a thank you to their fans, for the first time in nearly 5 years, the group is sharing a new song, Déjà vu, from their forthcoming release, Electric Café, that can be streamed via music services, En Vogue SoundCloudPandora and Spotify.


Musically, Déjà vu, evokes memories and pays homage to the sounds of 1960s R&B, with the visceral and precise harmonies that are synonymous with En Vogue. The song recreates images that capture the timeless and stunning beauty of old Hollywood. Visually, the ladies are styled by seasoned creative director, Troy Jensen (stylist for iconic En Vogue videos, Free Your Mind & Don't Let Go), capturing the sophistication and elegance long associated with the En Vogue 'style'.

 

"We're proud of being considered trendsetters, fusing music with style from the beginning with our   little black dresses to our red 'hot' "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" video to the futuristic look of "Free Your Mind", says Ellis.  Now celebrating 25 years in the business, En Vogue has sustained their unique look and sound. "We adore our fans and constantly strive to give them music from our hearts," says Bennett.

To support the new music and Electric Café release, the group is currently embarking on a world tour, with shows throughout North America (U.S. and Canada) and Europe (Holland, the U.K., Denmark). Fans can visit EnVogueMusic.com for concert dates, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and the latest En Vogue news. 
"Whether it's old-school soul or challenging prejudice and racism with "Free Your Mind", as a group, we are consistently evolving musically and staying relevant with the times," says Heron-Braggs.  Known for their stirring performances, she continues, "We find total freedom and fulfillment when we hit the stage. It's the ultimate connection with our fans. It's about the energy you receive, the love, and the reciprocation from the message in the music."
Never afraid to break the mold and step 'outside' the norm, En Vogue is sure to attract a whole new legion of fans today. 
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FACT SHEET: At White House Science Fair, President Obama Calls on this Generation of Students to Tackle the Grand Challenges of Our Time

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama will host the sixth and final White House Science Fair of his Administration and celebrate the student competitors and winners from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions. The event will be the largest White House Science Fair to date, with more than 130 students from more than 30 states, as well as student alumni from each of the prior five White House Science Fairs.

Highlighting the powerful stories of ingenuity, social activism, teamwork, and civic engagement evident in the projects, President Obama will call on this generation of students—those in elementary, middle, and high schools today—to actively participate in solving the toughest challenges facing our world, from combating climate change to setting foot on Mars.

President Obama established the tradition of the White House Science Fair at the start of his Administration to personally celebrate our Nation’s top young scientists and innovators. The President created the Science Fair with a simple credo“If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you're a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.”

The President will also highlight the growing community of education, business, and nonprofit leaders who have responded to his State of the Union call to give every child the opportunity to learn computer science (CS), as well as his overall “Educate to Innovate” campaign to ensure all students have the tools to be innovators and problem-solvers. Today’s announcements include:

·         New Department of Education guidance to states, school districts, and other education organizations on the many ways they can use existing Federal funds to advance Pre-K–12 STEM and CS learning.
·         A $200 million investment by Oracle to support CS education for an additional 125,000 students in the United States.
·         More than 500 K-12 schools committing to expand access to CS, with support from Code.org.
·         Commitments to expand STEM learning for more of our youngest learners, from family engagement to innovative use of media.
·         A new online matching platform, supported by US2020, to help more STEM professionals who want to volunteer and mentor.

Today’s STEM announcements also mark progress on the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and the efforts of the Council on Women and Girls to build ladders of opportunity for all young people, including populations underrepresented in STEM; incorporate STEM into the Administration’s push to expand high-quality early-childhood education; and advance the Climate Education and Literacy Initiative to help connect all American students and citizens with the best-available, science-based information about climate change. Full details on all of today’s announcements can be found here.

The White House Science Fair is part of a week of Administration activities celebrating science and technology, featuring the President’s participation as a guest presenter throughout this week on the Science Channel’s nightly science news segment. In addition, the White House Science Fair will be immediately followed by the USA Science & Engineering Festival, the nation's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with more than 350,000 students and adults expected to engage in more than 3,000 hands-on activities over 3 days. More than 70 Federal agencies will participate in the Festival.

A Generational Call to Action

Students today have the potential to be one of America’s greatest generations. Though each generation of Americans brings with them new ideas and energy, today, because of unprecedented access to cutting-edge physical and digital tools, online and in-person communities, and information about the grand challenges we face, American students are even better equipped to harness their passions towards developing solutions that confront our toughest challenges.

They can be the Mars generation, the explorers who first step foot on another planet. Their skills, perseverance, and collaboration can help seed new technologies and solutions to tackle the climate crisis. They can collaborate to harness rapid advances in information technology and nanotechnology to understand the human brain, forge new solutions to cancer, and embrace the American spirit of discovery, invention, and entrepreneurship.

As the President highlighted in this year’s State of the Union Address, everyone in the United States can harness technology to help solve our toughest challenges.The 2016 White House Science Fair shines a spotlight on the contributions that the Nation’s students are making now, and the potential they have to help make our country and our world a better place.

The more than 130 students at the 2016 White House Science Fair will represent more than 40 different STEM competitions and organizations. Approximately 40 student teams will have the opportunity to exhibit their projects at the White House, and the President will personally view some of these projects. Additionalinformation on the projects, students, and competitions being recognized at the Fair can be found here.

A Sustained Record of Accomplishment

This White House Science Fair is only the most recent example of President Obama’s sustained and historic focus on giving every child the opportunity to excel at STEM education. In the past 7 years:

·         The Administration has secured more than $1 billion in private investment for improving STEM education as part of the President’s Educate to Innovate campaign.
·         Our Nation is more than halfway towards achieving the goal the President set in 2011 of preparing 100,000 new math and science teachers by 2021.
·         Compared to when President Obama took office, 25,000 more engineers are graduating each year from American universities.
·         STEM education has been incorporated into the priorities of the Department of Education (ED)—as illustrated by the Administration’s signature Race to the Top competition—and into the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act that the President signed last year.
·         This White House has announced more than 350 commitments from college and university leadership and others to provide pathways for students underrepresented in STEM to attain degrees.
·         President Obama has started traditions such as the White House Science Fair to honor young people using STEM to improve their communities and the world.

And in his final budget announced in February, the President sustains this impressive track record with an investment of $3 billion for STEM-education programs, as well as a historic $4 billion proposal in support of CS education for all students.

New Steps Being Announced by the Administration Today

Federal agencies are announcing new steps to empower local communities with the tools, people, and support they need to expand their STEM efforts. These include:

·         Federal guidance on advancing STEM education. Today, the Department of Education (ED) Office of STEM is releasing a Dear Colleague Letterproviding guidance for states, school districts, and other education organizations on how they can use Federal funds to support innovative STEM-education strategies and ensure equitable STEM-education opportunities and outcomes for all students in the 2016-17 school year. In particular, this guidance outlines how Federal money can be used to support high-quality, hands-on active STEM learning.

·         The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), along with the STEM Funders Network and the Afterschool Alliance, are collaborating to support vibrant STEM ecosystems in as many as 14 communities, where local schools, out-of-school programs, business, higher education, museums and local institutions will work together to expand STEM learning opportunities for local students. To support the effort, CNCS will place up to 28 AmeriCorps VISTA members, who will be full-time staff on the ground. In addition, CNCS is expanding STEM AmeriCorps VISTA through a new partnership with the New York Academy of Sciences that will place more than 10 AmeriCorps VISTA members over the next 2 years in afterschool STEM-mentoring programs, which will serve students who reside in 60 of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City, NY, and Newark, NJ.

·         The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with the YMCA of the USA, will help 10 new host cities around the country expand Thingamajig, a program developed by the YMCA of Metropolitan DC. These cities will create programs, seminars, and tools that assist students in connecting STEM education with real-world problem solving skills. This partnership builds on the last 2 years of expansion across YMCA of the USA, which reaches over 100,000 youth—with a focus on low-income and underrepresented youth—in 48 states and Washington, D.C. Additionally, this year, USPTO will expand its collaboration with the JAMTECH program to more sites across the country. JAMTECH is a hands-on educational experience that gives students with little or no exposure to computer programming the opportunity to build and program their own video games over the course of a day—teaching the principles of game design, coding, and programming in a way that allows students to expand their competencies in areas such as math, physics, analysis, logic, and strategy.

·         Over 200 Federally supported citizen-science projects for students and adults are now accessible from a single place—CitizenScience.gov. The General Services Administration (GSA) is collaborating with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS), a Trust Instrumentality of the U.S. Government, to launch CitizenScience.gov, a new central hub for citizen science and crowdsourcing initiatives in the public sector. CitizenScience.gov will provide information, resources, and tools for government personnel, students, and adults who are actively engaged in or looking to participate in citizen science and crowdsourcing projects. The development of this catalogue follows the September 2015 memorandum to Federal departments and agencies issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

·         ED, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Too Small to Fail (TSTF) are releasing a series of tip sheets entitled “Let’s Talk, Read and Sing about STEM!” These tip sheets provide concrete resources and recommendations for families, caregivers, and educators of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers on easy ways to incorporate STEM concepts and vocabulary into everyday routines, and suggestions for activities to engage young children in STEM learning. These new resources build on an existing suite of materials co-created by ED, HHS, and TSTF focused on early brain and language development.

·         The National Science Foundation (NSF) will celebrate a Day of Active Learning. A robust foundation of evidence shows that while active engagement enhances learning for students of all demographics, it has an especially beneficial effect on women and underrepresented students, likely due to a greater sense of belonging that can be achieved in active classrooms. Today, NSF is announcing that it will hold an Active Learning Day later this year, with the goal of empowering and encouraging educators nationwide to use active learning in their classrooms.

Private-Sector Commitments in Response to the President’s Call to Action

Today, more than 100 different organizations are announcing new commitments, showcasing the strong response to the President’s State of the Union call to give every child the opportunity to learn CS, as well as his overall “Educate to Innovate” campaign to ensure all students have the tools to be innovators and problem-solvers. These announcements include:

·         New partnerships to train teachers and help more than 500 K-12 schools expand access to CS. Code.org has established partnerships with seven local organizations to deliver professional-learning programs aimed at preparing up to 550 new high-school and middle-school CS teachers over the next 2 years. In addition, Code.org will help support more than 500 K-12 schools expand their CS offerings. This includes:
o   Nine school districts surrounding Chicago have grouped together to begin offering AP CS Principles in 21 high schools.
o   Dallas Independent School District will be offering beginning CS courses districtwide for the first time in the majority of their high schools and all of their middle schools in the 2016-17 school year.
o   Georgia’s Department of Education and Governor’s Office of Student Achievement committed to expand AP CS Principles to 60 high schools and integrate CS into preexisting courses at 60 middle schools across the state.
o   Mississippi’s Department of Education will host 6 summer workshops this year to prepare approximately 170 new CS teachers in grades K-5.
o   Northeast Florida School Districts, representing Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns Counties, have combined efforts to spread opportunities for CS instruction to over 200,000 students served collectively by their 330 schools.
o   In Washington State, Educational Service Districts 123, 171, and 112 (serving 82 school districts) have partnered with Code.org to bring CS professional-learning opportunities for elementary- and middle-school teachers as well as for middle-and high-school counselors and administrators.

·         A $200 million investment from Oracle over the next 18 months in direct and in-kind funds to support CS education in the United States. The investment will allow an additional 125,000 K-12 students to learn CS through the free Oracle Academy program. Oracle is also expanding access to emerging CS fields for interested teachers and students, through opportunities such as their free Big Data Science Boot Camps. To complement its direct CS offerings, Oracle will invest more than $3 million in nonprofit organizations focused on inspiring young girls and engaging other underrepresented students in pursuing STEM and CS degrees.

·         A new online matching platform, created by US2020, to connect more STEM professionals to volunteer opportunities, setting an initial goal to serve 20,000 students this year. The new platform will enable any nonprofit organization or classroom teacher to connect easily with a STEM professional. In 2016, US2020 will use the platform as a central hub to engage more than 1,000 corporations and civic organizations and serve more than 20,000 students with a focus on girls, traditionally underrepresented minority students, and children from low-income families.

·         Commitments to expand STEM learning for young learners nationwide. In response to the Administration’s broader push to expand early-childhood education, private-sector organizations are stepping up and making new commitments to build statewide early STEM programs, equip every Head Start center across the country with STEM tools, and engage families with new media and cultural options. A full list of new commitments will be released as a part of a White House event on early learning and STEM later this month. These include:
o   100Kin10 is awarding $1.7 million to partners in New York State and has leveraged additional support from Motorola Solutions to develop ways to increase the reach and quality of engineering and CS teaching in Pre-K–12 schools.
o   Common Sense Education will produce a set of early STEM-education resources and tools, covering themes like Coding for Early Readers. These resources have the potential to reach more than 300,000 teachers in 100,000 schools, and 65 million households across the country.
o   The Heising-Simons Foundation will partner with The Fred Rogers Company to support the production of 25 episodes of “Odd Squad,” a math-focused television show airing on PBS Kids, create games and an app, and hold free week-long summer math camps in 14 U.S. cities serving more than 400 children.
o   The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) will donate 10,000 STEM-focused Spanish/English Family Kits to informal learning settings (libraries and museums), community-based organizations, and national organizations—including home visitation programs—that serve low-income families in order to help expand young children’s access to STEM at home.
o   Learning Point Alaska, Inc. is partnering with multiple Alaska Native organizations to deliver informal, technology-based STEM programming to elementary-school students and build capacity for local teachers in Native Villages throughout Alaska.
o   The Museum of Science, Boston is launching a 3-year initiative to create a research-based Pre-K-Kindergarten engineering curriculum, which will build on the museum’s Engineering is Elementary curriculum, for schools to use to teach children ages 3-5.
o   The National Head Start Association and Lakeshore Learning will set a goal to reach the one million children who are enrolled in Head Start programs with their “Recycle Your Way to STEAM” program.
o   Sesame Workshop, the creators of Sesame Street, will develop “Make Believe with Math,” a research-based Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for educators, which, along with other training resources, will be made freely available online.

Full details on all of today’s announcements can be found here.
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