SunWise School Program

The SunWise School Program is an environmental and health education program that aims to teach children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun. Through the use of classroom-, school-, and community-based components, SunWise seeks to develop sustained sun-safe behaviors in schoolchildren. SunWise Partner Schools receive materials that facilitate cross-curricular classroom learning.

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GenevaLogic Launches Protect-On2

PORTLAND, Ore., & LANGENTHAL, Switzerland – Feb. 1, 2007 – Today GenevaLogic launched Protect-On2, the newest version of its student computer security software. With Protect-On2, teachers can save and restore the original configuration of classroom computers, avoiding viruses, frustrating downtime or unwanted downloads with a quick restart. Founded in 1996, GenevaLogic is a privately held company whose Vision® classroom management software is used in more than 50,000 classrooms worldwide.

"We want teachers to be able to take full advantage of the power of computers to support instruction," said Kirk Greiner, chief executive officer, GenevaLogic. "Protect-On2 is easy to install and manage, providing teachers with the confidence that classroom computers will be ready for students to use 100 percent of the time."
Using Protect-On2, teachers can roll back virus damage and unwanted changes that students may have made to classroom computers. With a simple restart, computers are back to normal with no damage, downloads or games. ProtectOn2 allows teachers to remotely reboot, change settings or wake the student computers and schedule unprotected time for system changes, such as virus protection updates. The computer security software saves teachers valuable time that in the past was spent changing security settings on individual computers.

"Before we added ProtectOn to the computers in our labs, I was re-imaging hard drives at least once a month," said Shannon Thurston, director of technology, Fast Forward Charter High School, Logan, Utah. "Now with ProtectOn, our labs practically take care of themselves. We haven´t had any downtime, and I haven´t had to deal with any viruses, malware or malicious users. All I do is restart the computer, and everything goes back to the way it was."

While Protect-On2 is available as a stand-alone product, it can also be easily integrated with Vision classroom management software. Easy one-button integration with the Vision toolbar makes it simple to open the security console and manage security settings. Teachers can also use the Vision dashboard to keep track of which computers have active security and are protected in the classroom. The Protect-On2 console can be opened from the Vision dashboard to change settings.

Protect-On2 runs on Windows 2000 or higher. The most affordable fully featured computer protection available, Protect-On2 is available for $11 per student computer, including the teacher remote console. For more information or to download a trial version of Protect-On2, visit www.GenevaLogic.com/Protect-On2 or call or call 866-725-7833.

About GenevaLogic

GenevaLogic (www.GenevaLogic.com) has one passion: enabling educators to manage, control and optimize the use of technology to support teaching and learning. Founded in 1996, with headquarters in Langenthal, Switzerland, and Portland, Ore., the privately held company is an international leader in active teaching systems whose Vision classroom management software is used in more than 50,000 classrooms worldwide. The company´s education software solutions – Vision, App-Control, Surf-Lock, Pointer, Plan-It, Protect-On, Print-Limit and Print-Limit Pro – allow schools, universities and training centers to get more learning value from their technology investments. For more information, visit www.GenevaLogic.com .

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Dyson Foundation Awards Pace University $7.5 Million for Science Lab Upgrades, Scholarships and Student Support

NEW YORK, NY, January 31, 2007 — Pace University has received the third largest gift in its 100-year history, courtesy of the Dyson Foundation. The $7.5 million grant, the largest among the major gifts marking the foundation´s 50th anniversary, reflects a partnership between the Dyson family and Pace that began 75 years ago in 1930 when Charles H. Dyson graduated. Dyson became a pioneer in leveraged buyouts, was founder of the privately held investment firm Dyson-Kissner-Moran, undertook government assignments during the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and served as Chairman of Pace´s Board of Trustees.

The gift will be formally announced by Charles Dyson´s son, Robert R. Dyson, Chairman and CEO of Dyson-Kissner-Moran and President of the Dyson Foundation, at a celebration ceremony in Dyson Hall on Pace´s Pleasantville campus Thursday, February 1 at 12:30 PM. The ceremony is open to all Pace alumni as well as present students, faculty and staff.

Science majors increase 38%."This commitment of $7.5 million over a six-year period will make an enormous impact at Pace," said Pace University President David A. Caputo. "Specifically, $5 million will fund the lion´s share of renovating the Dyson College science laboratories in our Pleasantville location. Of the rest of the grant, $2 million will fund scholarships in psychology, communications and media, performing arts, fine arts, and environmental science and environmental studies, and $500,000 will create the Dyson Student Opportunities Fund, which will fund special activities for students. "The generous new investment in Pace from the Dyson Foundation could not come at a better time," stated Nira Herrmann, Dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. "We face a growing demand for upgraded labs. Pace´s Core Curriculum requires all students to take one science class with a laboratory component. But in addition, in the last three years we´ve seen a 38% increase in science majors, mainly due to increases in students majoring in forensic science, and in biology and health science."

Charles Dyson died in 1997, but his name and legacy live on at his alma mater in a wide variety of capital, endowment and program priorities, especially in the name of the University´s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, named for him in 1974. It has grown rapidly in the last five years. Including the new pledge, gifts to Pace from Charles Dyson, The Dyson Foundation and Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation total more than $23 million.

About The Dyson Foundation. The Dyson Foundation is a private, family-directed grantmaking foundation established in 1957. The Foundation is led by Robert R. Dyson who has served as the Foundation´s President since 2000. Headquartered in Millbrook (Dutchess County), New York, the Foundation awards grants through a diverse regional funding program in the Dyson family´s home community of the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York State. The Dyson Foundation also makes grants outside the Hudson Valley to pre-selected organizations.

The Foundation´s assets presently stand at approximately $337,000,000 and in the year 2006 it awarded grants in excess of $18,460,000.

About Pace University. One hundred years old in 2006, Pace University is known for an outcome-oriented environment that prepares students to succeed in a wide-range of professions. Pace has facilities in downtown and midtown New York City and in Westchester County at Pleasantville, Briarcliff, and White Plains (a graduate center and law school). A private metropolitan university, Pace enrolls approximately 13,500 students in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Law School, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, and School of Education. www.pace.edu

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2007 National Teacher Awards Program

This program recognizes outstanding teachers who develop creative learning experiences using cable television resources such as programming or internet technology. It also aims to encourage the development and effective use of Cable in the Classroom educational programs, as well as to stimulate a national exchange of innovative ideas and programs among educators. This year, Time Warner Cable will recognize 15 projects for creative use of cable television resources and the winners will receive $2,000 cash and $3,000 for school technology advancement. For more information on the program, please contact your local Time Warner Cable office.

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Early Reading First Program

The program supports the development of early childhood centers of excellence that focus on all areas of development, especially on the early language, cognitive, and pre-reading skills that prepare children for continued school success and that serve primarily children from low-income families. Grants are designed to help early childhood centers improve their programs, by creating centers of excellence that provide preschool-age children with language and cognitive skills, and an early reading foundation.

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IMLS Accepting Applications for Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants

Washington, DC–The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants. These grants support projects to enhance existing library services or implement new library services, particularly projects that pursue the following activities:

* Expand services for learning and access to information and
educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for persons of all ages.

* Develop library services that provide all users with access to
information through local, state, regional, national, and international electronic networks.

* Provide electronic and other links between and among all types
of libraries.

* Develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and
community-based organizations.

* Target library services to help increase access and ability to
use information resources for persons of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; persons with disabilities; and persons with limited functional literacy or information skills.

* Target library and information services to help increase access
and ability to use information resources for persons who have difficulty using a library and for underserved urban and rural communities, including children, from birth to age 17, from families with incomes below the poverty line.

Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations are eligible to apply for funding under this program. Entities such as libraries, schools, tribal colleges, and departments of education are not eligible applicants, although they may be involved in the administration of this program and their staff may serve as project directors. Applicants for Enhancement Grants must have applied for a Native American Library Services Basic Grant in the same fiscal year.

Applicants may apply on paper or online through Grants.gov. More information, including guidelines and the application, can be found at www.imls.gov/applicants/grants/nativeEnhance.shtm.

Awards will be announced in September 2007.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation´s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute´s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: www.imls.gov.

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Get on TRAX Grants

These grants give schools the opportunity to receive SmartTRAX licenses for their students. Three grants of 100 student licenses (1 each for an elementary, middle and high school) will be awarded to schools based on need, enthusiasm, technology integration, innovation and methodology.

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Walton Foundation Grant Enables 14 Arkansas Schools to Add DDI´s HELP Program to Curriculum

Boulder, CO–January 31, 2007–Two Arkansas School Districts have added Digital Directions International, Inc.´s (DDI) Help with English Language Proficiency (HELP) Program to their curriculum plans with the aid of a grant from the Walton Family Foundation. Arkansas´ Springdale and Rogers School Districts will provide HELP to 14 of their middle and high schools with close to 25,000 students. Almost a third of these students are considered English language learners (ELL). The HELP Program has proven meritable to philanthropic organizations that have awarded several grants to schools to implement HELP. Research has shown over a 70% increase in the math ability of ELL students using the HELP program.

Barbara Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, DDI, said, "The Walton Foundation is dedicated to improving educational opportunities in K-12 education. Their investment will greatly impact the success of the ELL students in these Arkansas schools well beyond their school years."

The HELP Program is designed to help middle and high school students learn math skills and content. It is particularly well suited for the large and growing Hispanic student population. School districts that incorporate HELP into their curriculum have seen demonstrated improvements in mathematics and have discovered that students really love learning with the program. Additionally, HELP can be accessed in the home, which allows non-English speaking parents to participate more fully in their child´s learning.

"The Springdale and Rogers School Districts have researched supplemental curriculum to help our English Language Learners with math," said Judith Hobson, ESOL Program Director, Springdale School District. "With DDI´s HELP Program we found a curriculum that will not only improve ELL´s math ability but also will improve the speed of their language acquisition and their overall self-esteem."

About Digital Directions International

Digital Direction´s International, Inc., a Colorado based Education Technology Company, is the creator of the HELP Program (Help with English Language Proficiency), a proven online supplementary curriculum designed to remove language barriers in learning. HELP is a researched based math curriculum and recipient of a significant U.S. Department of Education grant. HELP lessons are aligned to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards and to state content standards. Visit www.helpprogram.net to learn more.

About The Springdale and Rogers School Districts

The Springdale and Rogers School Districts strive to ensure that all children in their districts have access to a quality education by providing educators, administrators and staff with leadership, resources and training. The need to stay abreast of any and all current resources and training in order to give the teachers in the classrooms more tools has never been greater for these two school districts. With a staff of approximately 2000 professionals between the two along with being the two largest Hispanic populated districts in the state, the commitment to educate all children still remains their focus.

About The Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation, Inc. was established as the culmination of the philanthropic interests of the family of Sam M. and Helen R. Walton. The Family´s purpose in establishing the Foundation was to focus their philanthropic efforts to assure that their charitable giving would have the most positive impact. Traditional District School Improvement is a focused goal of the Foundation. Grants are based on the initiative´s ability to improve educational opportunities for traditional district school students in grades K-12 through supporting educational reform initiatives that adhere to the principles of Accountability, Transparency, Choice and Incentives.

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Intel Schools of Distinction

The 2007 Intel Schools of Distinction Program, in its fourth year, aims to identify schools that exemplify the best of the best and serve as role models to other schools across the nation. In 2007, Schools of Distinction has undergone a transformation focusing on two subject areas which are key to our nation’s future: math and science. The program will now focus on identifying schools with learning environments that promote 21st century learning skills, such as digital literacy, problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration as a benchmark for academic excellence in mathematic and scientific achievement. Six winners will be selected  one from each grade range, K-5, 6-8, and 9-12, in each of the two categories of math and science. Each winning school will receive a $10,000 cash grant from the Intel Foundation, as well as $150,000 in products and services from the program awards sponsors. One of the final six winners will be identified as the Star Innovator for 2007. This school will receive an additional $15,000 cash grant from the Intel Foundation, as well as supplemental services and products from the award sponsors.

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MetLife Foundation Community Safety Initiative

Through this awards program, MetLife Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation will identify and honor partnerships that exhibit tangible accomplishments in their efforts to advance the process, outcome, and/or evaluation of potent police-community collaborations. Eligible applicants must be member organizations of partnerships that include, but need not be limited to, community organizations and police. Awardees will receive a monetary grant.

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