Betsy Beaumon on Benetech's Literacy Program

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Year That Was and the New Year Ahead Guest Beneblog by Betsy Beaumon, Benetech's VP and General Manager of the Literacy Program 2012 was a year of titanic shifts in the fields of consumer technology, education, and publishing, along with the requisite challenges brought about by such rapid change. And we now have 500 highly qualified Mentor Teachers—very special people who assist their peers in using Bookshare and assist us in testing new products and features.

Three Reasons Kids Need Digital Literacy and Citizenship Education

Beth Kanter

As a parent of wired kids, I think teaching digital literacy is very important for parents to do. Three reasons kids need digital literacy and citizenship education — and three ways to provide it – Guest Post by Emily Esch. It’s all about teaching digital literacy and citizenship: the knowledge and skills necessary to think critically, behave safely, and interact responsibly in a digital world. Photo by WhiteAfrican.


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Social Media Basic Literacy Skills In the Nonprofit Workplace

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Michele Martin and Tony Karer have been blogging at the Work Literacy blog for several months now. Work Literacy is a network of individuals, companies and organizations who are interested in learning, defining, mentoring, teaching and consulting on the frameworks, skills, methods and tools of modern knowledge work. The topics they look at are what I might call social media literacy skills.

Higher Education Funding & Grant Resources


Their priorities range from facilitating book donation drives to supporting arts education to funding playground construction and family literacy programs. . They focus funding on organizations that work on financial literacy for elementary and high school students (established programs only).

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Growing Readers: Free Webinars for Early Childhood Orgs

Tech Soup Blog

In partnership with these organizations, TechSoup will be hosting a series of webinars about technology and innovation for early childhood literacy organizations and researchers. Media Mentors: Building Literacy Skills for the Digital Age. The answer is yes — if they are surrounded by adults who know how to help and if they are introduced to media designed to promote literacy, instead of undermining it. In short, young children need media mentors.

Robin Seaman, Agent of Inclusion

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The sister, the aunt, the friend, the mentor. You probably know that Robin was a pioneer in the ebook industry, but you probably don't know how she applied those experiences and her extensive network to the cause of advancing global literacy. On February 16th in Los Altos, California, I shared these thoughts on Robin Seaman’s impact on the world with her family and friends at her Celebration of Life.

Client Spotlight: Byte Back


They achieve this through transformative digital advocacy, digital literacy, and tech certification training. You can volunteer as a career assistant, workshop presenter, tutor, a success coach/mentor, or a Board member.

How to Engage Employees in National (Virtual) Volunteer Month

Saleforce Nonprofit

Simbi’s virtual reading platform enables global literacy through the power of narration, creation, translation, and donation. By: Bose’ Akadiri , Program Manager, Employee Volunteerism at Salesforce, and Cécile Poyet, Director, Product Marketing, Philanthropy Cloud at

How Leaders Achieve Balance

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Successful leaders : Teach, coach, mentor, and inspire. Question: If a leader's bandwidth allows excelling in only one of these three -- teacher, coach, mentor -- which one do you recommend they choose to emphasize?

Vote for the Winners of the 2014 DoGooder Video Awards!


Don’t forget: Your votes determine which organizations go home with fantastic prizes: NTEN will provide the contest winner with a free registration pass to the 2015 NTC in Austin, Texas Cisco will contribute a cash prize to the winner of the Best Nonprofit Video Award The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture in partnership with the National Youth Media Network & with support from The National Association for Media Literacy Education Nickelodeon, AFI Docs and Lights.

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How To Discover Balance As A Leader

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Successful leaders : Teach, coach, mentor, and inspire. Question: If a leader's bandwidth allows excelling in only one of these three -- teacher, coach, mentor -- which one do you recommend they choose to emphasize?

Sheroes You Should Know: Inspiring Stories for #WomensHistoryMonth


Organizations like Room to Read , the Poetry Foundation , and Books in Homes USA work to promote literacy and the significance of literary works in our society - support their work today, bookworms! When she wasn't busy mentoring Francis Ford Coppola, pioneering the invention of the boom mic, or accepting her star on the Walk of Fame , Arzner was also the first woman to join the Director's Guild of America. she·ro (pl. sheroes) : a woman regarded as a hero.

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#GivingTuesday Champions

Tech Soup Blog

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada is working towards providing every child in Canada who is in need of a mentor with an adult role model and friend. As a strong advocate of children literacy for the past 24 years, Reach out and Read has established a network of 5,000 partners in 50 states and distributes 6.5 During this time of year, when the news media is dominated by stories of pepper spray attacks over video game consoles and hoards of shoppers stampeding stores at 4 a.m.,

Microsoft's YouthSpark Initiative Seeks to Close the Opportunity Divide

Tech Soup Blog

While her internship could be tough at times, Mackey's mentors at Year Up pushed her to move forward in her career. Gadget instruction is an incredibly important component of digital literacy as more people are accessing the Internet from their mobile devices. These examples are just a fraction of all the work public libraries are doing to bridge the opportunity and digital literacy gaps.

3 Simple Truths About Getting Your Nonprofit Noticed

NonProfit Hub

From improving literacy to helping communities recover after natural disasters, nonprofits take on vital roles to do good in the world. Reach out to mentors and leaders in your community who have had an eye on your nonprofit. There are currently over 1.5 million nonprofits registered in the United States, which includes private foundations, public charities, chambers of commerce and civic leagues.

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Over the past ten years, Stephen has written successfully funded grant proposals in a variety of areas including professional development, school improvement, service-learning, after school, mentoring, school technology, family literacy, youth fitness, violence prevention, and college access programs. Today’s blog post comes from Stephen A. Price, a grant writing expert and co-owner of Educational Resource Consultants, central CA’s premiere grant writing firm.

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