Feb 28, 2014 

Lowe's Toolbox for Education Announces $1.4 Million In Grants To Schools Nationwide

Lowe's Toolbox for Education program has benefited more than 5 million schoolchildren across the country

MOORESVILLE, N.C., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 

Lowe's Toolbox for Education awarded $1.4 million in grants to over 350 schools during the fall 2013 grant cycle. (PRNewsFoto/Lowe's)

million in Lowe's Toolbox for Education® grants to 354 schools in 46 states during the program's fall 2013 grant cycle. The grants will fund school-improvement projects benefiting K-12 public education during the 2013-2014 school year. The company awarded nearly $4 million in grants to 940 schools in 2013.

"The Lowe's Toolbox for Education program has benefited more than five million schoolchildren since its inception," said Maureen Ausura, chairman of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. "With the support of Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers, Lowe's is committed to continuing to improve the educational environment for students across the country."

The fall 2013 Toolbox for Education grants will fund public school projects, including technology and safety improvements, library renovations, walking trails and outdoor learning environments. Since its inception in 2006, Lowe's Toolbox for Education has provided more than $38 million in grants to improve more than 8,000 schools. Grants are available to K-12 public schools in the United States for a wide range of improvement projects. Large schools and school districts are eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $100,000.

To view the complete list of grant winners and for information about applying for a grant, visit The fall 2014 grant cycle will be open Aug. 1 to Oct. 15.

Since 1957, the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has helped communities nationwide through financial contributions and support for employee volunteerism.

Lowe's supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In addition to Lowe's Toolbox for Education®Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. Since 2007, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to improve communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit and



Feb 6, 2014 11:00 ET

Diverse Group of Funders Strive to Improve Children's Health & Learning by Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning into Classroom Instruction

— Developmental Studies Center Officials to Improve Education in America with New Curriculum —

EMERYVILLE, Calif.Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Einhorn Family Charitable TrustMetLife Foundation NoVo Foundation Robert Wood Johnson Foundation , and the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundationhave joined forces with Developmental Studies Center (DSC) by providing $11 million to support the development of a comprehensive literacy curriculum that embeds social and emotional learning (SEL) directly into academic classroom instruction.

The first phase of this collaborative-classroom curriculum is poised to launch in May. Today, DSC officials are hosting major school district leaders from numerous states to review how the new offering will improve education across America.

"Too many people view social and emotional learning (SEL) as an add-on to be taught when time allows for it," said Developmental Studies Center President Frank Snyder. "But, research has shown that when SEL is fully integrated into academic instruction, schools see improved educational outcomes and more conducive environments for critical thinking and collaboration. Our newly expanded curriculum will focus on creating collaborative classrooms that fully integrate SEL through a compelling and rigorous alternative to traditional textbook instruction."

SEL helps students learn to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

"Health begins with a good education, where children learn not only how to read, write, and prepare for a fulfilling and prosperous life, but also how to treat each other with dignity and respect," said Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program Officer Wendy Yallowitz. "Proper social and emotional development is pivotal to kids' mental and physical well-being, and integrated approaches like this comprehensive curriculum can equip students with critical life skills while fostering deeper learning and providing schools with tools that are sustainable."

"We believe strongly in the work that DSC is doing. By integrating SEL programs and practices into the very heart of education, through formal SEL curricula, re-imagined school structures and improved school climates, we are delivering better outcomes for students across America," said NoVo Foundation President Jennifer Buffett.

DSC will launch the first phase of its new collaborative literacy program this May with an expanded K-5 writing curriculum known as Being a Writer™. That rollout will be followed by other offerings and a comprehensive Reading/Language Arts curriculum is estimated to be ready by Fall 2015.



The expanded Being a Writer™ curriculum, available in both print and digital versions, will be student-centered with deeply interactive instruction designed to engage students and teachers in a collaborative way to give children the tools they need to develop academically, socially and ethically. The program will give each student the creativity and skills of an accomplished writer, and it – like other offerings to follow – will align with Common Core and other State Standards.

"Children who collaborate with each other learn to trust and to better understand other perspectives and cultures," said Snyder. "That partner work feeds the head and the heart, deepens the learning and gives students an academic edge. No one else is taking this approach to curriculum writing in America, and our plan is to include first-class professional development support for teachers so that they can embrace this initiative and improve their practice."

The launch of DSC's collaborative-classroom curriculum is part of the organization's strategic plan to significantly improve education in America by helping teachers and children flourish. The plan focuses on several key initiatives including: delivering a comprehensive offering of integrated collaborative classroom curriculum modules; expanding upon the inspiring and interactive professional development available today; developing communities of practice; expanding the professional development support needed to improve teacher practice, and building strategic partnerships for collaboration and engagement with organizations like the National Writing Project and Cornerstone Literacy.

About Developmental Studies Center 
Developmental Studies Center (DSC) is a nonprofit educational publisher dedicated to children's academic, ethical, and social development.  Since 1980, DSC have conducted research and developed school-based and after-school programs that help children achieve academically and develop socially. DSC programs help build children's capacity to think clearly and critically while simultaneously deepening their commitment to the values of kindness, helpfulness, personal responsibility, and respect for others.

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Jan 29, 2014 13:41 ET

Florida Educators First to See Mobento’s Enhanced Video Player and Free New App for Finding and Viewing Education Videos

Mobento’s vision for an accessible video library for K-12 teachers grows rapidly and now supports mobile devices



 Orlando, FL, Jan. 29, 2014 – At the Florida Education Technology Conference, the video learning platform Mobento, introduced its all new video player interface, and Android and iOS apps for viewing educational videos on the go. Mobento, exhibiting in booth #1513, is a free, onlinelibrary of curated videos for the K-12 market. Founder Sumner Murphy identified the need for a better way for teachers to include appealing video in school lessons to increase engagement with students of all learning styles and add depth to learning. After overcoming his own reading disability and going on to study math and computer science at New York University, more high quality videos in schools was something Murphy felt strongly could improve the learning experience of all students. The ambitious, young entrepreneur and web developer then sold investors on his idea on how to make that happen and landed the largest private education seed fund in the UK ever of $1.7 million last summer. Making history resulted in a Forbes magazine article last fall that featured Murphy and Mobento as “one to watch.”


Murphy grew his team and has since taken his mission to the next level by focusing on user engagement, discoverability, being platform agnostic and creating a more intuitive user interface.  He also just completed and released two new free apps for iOS and Android devices that enable educators and students to download and view videos offline or while on the go. Links to the apps are posted on – an Educators and students who are 12 or older can download the apps to their devices free of charge.


“Mobento is an innovative way to leverage existing educational videos through technology to make it easy and fast for educators to find and share high-quality, subject-specific videos with their students,” said Sumner Murphy, Mobento Founder. “Every educator with Internet access can use Mobento’s video library from their computer or favorite mobile device with our apps.” currently hosts over 4,200 videos, all from exceptional academic institutions, such as Stanford, Yale, NASA, and Khan Academy. By curating its videos, Mobento automatically delivers only content that meets the high standards of educators. This content combined with Mobento’s innovative search engine results in a powerful tool for video learning. Mobento Search is a highly-advanced key word search that searches the spoken word within the videos to take users to the exact place in a video where the key words were spoken. By skipping right to the important

part, educators can quickly discover the most relevant content.


Murphy is a fan of the flipped classroom model and an advocate for increasing the use of video in education. He designed Mobento to support educators whether they teach in a traditional, blended or flipped classroom. Educators can decide whether to present the videos in class or assign them to students to watch at home or download to mobile devices and view offline.  Mobento helps teachers engage students by providing visual lessons from some of the best instructors and educational institutions in the world.


After first launching and developing Mobento in London, UK, Murphy opened an office in the USA last year. Mobento will exhibit at more education tradeshows this year, including TCEA in TX and ISTE in GA, to reach out to educators about its curated library of videos.


Pricing and Availability Educators can access Mobento’s free library of videos at The content is accessible 24-hours a day from any computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet access and videos that have been downloaded can be viewed offline via the mobile apps. Mobento also offers teachers the option of purchasing Mobento School Accounts. These accounts offer a private space for academic institutions to upload, manage and distribute their own content, organize it into courses and monitor the progress and engagement of their students. For information, contact

Mobento at


About Mobento

Mobento is an online video learning platform that combines the best educational content with innovative technology to deliver a more personalized and effective learning environment for students while empowering educators. Founder Sumner Murphy started the Mobento company to address the challenges of struggling learners to succeed in school and life, after overcoming his own reading disability. At just 22 years old, Murphy’s concept and product impressed investors enough to make history, granting him the largest education start up fund ever in the UK.

Mobento’s ( mission is to collect, organize and deliver videos that every school.

Source: Mobento



Jan 15, 2014 09:17 ET

Box Tops for Education logo. (PRNewsFoto/General Mills

Yoplait® Go-GURT® Yogurt: Better For Your Lunch Box, Better For Your School with the Box Tops For Education® Program

MINNEAPOLISJan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — It's time to refuel as kids return to school with Yoplait® Go-GURT® yogurt. Not only is Yoplait Go-GURT a great choice to include in lunches as kids kick off the New Year, but families can now earn double Box Tops on select packages of Yoplait Go-GURT in January.
Yoplait Go-GURT wants to make your school better this New Year too. Starting January 13 through February 10, Go-GURT is running an eBoxTops® sweepstakes in which eligible schools* across the country have a chance to win a grand prize of 100,000 eBoxTops (value of $10,000) and three runners up will each receive 10,000 eBoxTops (value of $1,000). Simply go to and tell us what you'd like to make better at your school and one lucky winner will be awarded the grand prize.

Better for you snacks to refuel for the New Year

Moms love that Go-GURT yogurt is a fun source of calcium and vitamin D on the go. Just freeze Go-GURT overnight, toss in the lunch box and it thaws by lunchtime*. And now Go-GURT is even better with no high fructose corn syrup and contains natural colors and flavors.

Yoplait Go-GURT Grab 'n Go Smoothie Poppers* are a delicious frozen treat that can be made in any shape and are perfect for snacking on the go. Simply blend banana, tubes of any flavor Go-GURT, frozen strawberries and orange juice. Pour into sections of ice cube trays or shaped molds and freeze. When frozen, pop out and store in a resealable freezer plastic bag for snacking.

Try Yoplait Go-GURT Yogurt Dippers for a fun snack at lunch, after school or after a big sporting event. Select your favorite flavor of Go-GURT and dipping items, such as mini pretzels, animal crackers, baby-cut carrots, mini fruit skewers or cookies. Place them all in separate containers and put them in your kid's lunch box or serve them after school on a fun tray.

With 30 years of experience, Yoplait continues to bring innovation to the category by focusing on consumers' varying needs from a trusted brand they can rely on and one that is fun for their families. A good source of calcium, Go-GURT yogurt contains natural colors and flavors and has at least 10 percent daily value of Vitamin A and D.

The reformulated Go-GURT has new packaging with the health messages called out, and all the same great flavors. Available in 8, 16 and 24-count package varieties, the tube offerings are as fun as they are healthy. With a suggested retail price of $2.89 per 8-pack, $4.99 per 16-pack, and $6.49 per 24-pack, Go-GURT is available nationally in the refrigerated aisle. For more information from Go-GURT yogurt, visit

About Box Tops for Education 
Box Tops for Education is one of the nation's largest earnings programs and has been helping schools succeed since 1996. With more than 250 participating products, it's an easy way for schools to earn cash for the things they need.

  • Over 90,000 K-8 schools participate nationwide.
  • Each Box Tops clip is worth 10 cents and they add up fast.
  • Schools can use their Box Tops earnings to buy whatever they need most, from books to field trips to playgrounds.
  • So far, America's schools have earned more than $600 million from Box Tops…and counting. (total earned from all Box Tops programs since 1996)

About General Mills
General Mills is one of the world's leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries around the world. Its brands include Cheerios, Fiber One, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki, and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, General Mills had fiscal 2013 worldwide sales of US $17.8 billion.

*Schools must be enrolled in the Box Tops For Education program to be eligible.
*Kids under 5 years may have difficulty swallowing frozen Go-GURT® Low fat yogurt. Please be sure to thaw before serving.
Yoplait and Go-GURT are registered trademarks of YOPLAIT MARQUES (France) used under license.

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Jan 8, 2014 00:01 ET

U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2014 Best Online Programs

– Rankings Feature Data and Information on Nearly 1,000 Programs –

WASHINGTONJan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and information, today released the 2014 Best Online Programs. The rankings, now in their third year, are a resource for students who are increasingly seeking online education programs for degree completion and career advancement.

The 2014 U.S. News Best Online Programs include online bachelor's degrees and online master's degrees in engineering, businesseducationnursing and computer information technology, as well as information on the costs of an online degree and tips for being a successful distance learner.

The 2014 rankings evaluate information and data from nearly 1,000 online degree programs, up from 860 programs the previous year. Only degree-granting programs offering classes entirely online were considered.

"Online education is becoming a popular option for both students completing an undergraduate degree and working adults seeking career advancement," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer for U.S. News. "Much like we've done with traditional brick-and-mortar colleges, we're collecting and analyzing data to help students identify programs that support their education and career goals."

This year, U.S. News changed the methodologies significantly to incorporate additional data; further enhance its analytically rigorous approach; and better reflect retention rates, graduation rates and required time to graduate. For the first time, all six rankings include peer review data based on schools' evaluations of each other. These changes are the primary factors behind why many of the schools moved up and down in the rankings.

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U.S. News 2014 Best Online Programs
*See the full list of rankings online


Best Online Bachelor's Programs               

Best Online Graduate Business Programs

1. Central Michigan University                    

1. Indiana University—Bloomington

1. SUNY College of Technology—Delhi (NY)      

2. Arizona State University

3. Pace University (NY)                                       

3. University of Florida

3. Pennsylvania State University—World Campus      


Best Online Graduate Education Programs      

Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs

1. Northern Illinois University                     

1. Columbia University (NY)

2. Indiana University—Bloomington            

2. University of California—Los Angeles

3. Central Michigan University                  

3. University of Wisconsin—Madison

3. University of Houston (TX)                  


Best Online Graduate Computer Information
Technology Programs 

Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs    

1. University of Southern California               

1. St. Xavier University (IL)                              

2. Boston University (MA)              

2. Medical University of South Carolina

2. Virginia Tech                         

3. University of Massachusetts—Amherst

About U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, and Focusing on Health, Personal Finance, Education, Travel, Cars and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S. News & World Report's signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its annual "Best" series of consumer Web guides and publications that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, mutual funds, health plans and more.

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