BCPS Unveils First Verizon Innovative Learning Lab in the District

WHO: Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to announce the unveiling of the first Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) Lab in the District, made possible through a partnership with Verizon, Heart of America and the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at Arizona State University.

WHAT: Verizon created a state-of-the-art, innovative learning lab for students to create and build the future. The new VIL lab gives students and teachers access to emerging technology such as Augmented and Virtual Reality Coding, 3D Printing & Artificial Intelligence. As part of Verizon’s commitment to digital inclusion under Citizen Verizon – the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement – VIL lab provides free technology, free internet access and hands-on learning experiences to help under-resourced students receive the education they deserve and prepare them for today’s digital economy. Powered by a next-gen, technology-infused curriculum that aims to fundamentally change the way teachers teach and students learn, VIL lab gives students the opportunity to do more. The new VIL lab enables hands-on experience for students with emerging technologies thanks to Heart of America, a non-profit partner that lead the transformation of the state-of-the-art space, and the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at Arizona State University, who provides an immersive curriculum and training for the teachers.

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2022 | 10 a.m.

WHERE: Glades Middle School | 16700 S.W. 48th Court, Miramar, FL 33027

WHY: “So many students across the nation lack the access to technology and resources they need to be successful in Today’s digital world,” said Merdochey LaFrance, Government Affairs, Verizon. “On behalf of Verizon, we are excited to enable students at Glades Middle School in Broward County Schools with this multi-year initiative that integrates emerging technology with an online, project-based curriculum along with real-world problem solving in a custom- designed, experiential learning lab,” said Giovanni Castro, Government Affairs Verizon.

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RVSP bcps.pio@browardschools.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is
Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241
schools, centers and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 177 different
countries and 151 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at
facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

About Verizon Innovative Learning
Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s award-winning education initiative, addresses barriers to digital inclusion and is a key program under Citizen
Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement. Since 2012, the program has provided free
technology, access and innovative learning programs to under-resourced schools, enabling students to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence
needed to build an innovative workforce of the future. In 2021, Verizon launched Verizon Innovative Learning HQ, a next-gen online education portal
that provides free access to immersive XR educational experiences to all educators, including K-12 teachers, nationwide. The company is committed
to providing 10 million youths with digital skills training by 2030. Learn more at CitizenVerizon.com.

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BCPS Students with Disabilities Get Set for Special Visit by Michigan Supreme Court Justice who is Blind

WHAT:   Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students have the unique opportunity to hear Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein share his inspiring message about excelling as a person with a disability and encouraging words on overcoming challenges.  

WHEN:   Friday, April 1, 2022 | 11 a.m.                         

WHERE: South Plantation High School, Media Center
1300 Paladin Way, Plantation, FL 33317

WHY: Justice Richard Bernstein became the first blind justice to be elected by Michigan voters to the Supreme Court of that state in November 2014. During his South Florida visit, Justice Bernstein will speak to audiences – including students with disabilities and Pre-Law Magnet students – at three schools: Fort Lauderdale High School, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School and South Plantation High School.

Media is invited to attend the event at South Plantation High, where Justice Bernstein will meet with a small group of students with disabilities and will be treated to lunch by Culinary Arts students.

Learn more about the life and career of Justice Bernstein.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”  

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 91 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 177 different countries and 151 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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BCPS Students Score Among Best in the World and Nation on Cambridge Exams

Ten Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students received the highest awards from Cambridge Assessment International Education – scoring Top in the World, Top in the U.S. and Highest Achievement on Cambridge courses and exams. Congratulations to the following students.

Student

School

Course

Award

Amanda Hernandez, 12th grade

Cypress Bay High School

English Language

Top In USA

Rachel Ruddy, 11th grade

Cypress Bay High School

Information Technology

Top In USA

Xabier Sienra, 11th Grade

Cypress Bay High School

Computer Science

Top In USA

Andrei Chekmasov, 12th grade

Cypress Bay High School

Computer Science

High Achievement

David Orjuela, 11th grade

Cypress Bay High School

Spanish Language

Top in the World

Eva Magadan Vidal, 10th grade

Cypress Bay High School

Spanish Language

Top in the World

Naline Pierre, 11th grade

Everglades High School

Physical Education

Top In USA

Ian Parry, 12th grade

Fort Lauderdale High School

History

Top In USA

Daniel Landsman, 12th grade

Piper High School

Environmental Management

Top In USA

Xuhare Bereikua, 11th grade

South Broward High School

Business

Top In USA

In addition, more than 700 BCPS students received Cambridge awards for reaching high levels of achievement in varying categories. These recently released results are based on students’ scores in the 2021 school year.

“We’re proud of the exemplary performance of our students on the Cambridge exams and the top honors many of our students achieved,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright. “Cambridge provides students with rigorous courses and opportunities to earn Cambridge AICE Diplomas along with their high school diplomas. This combination paves the way for our students’ success after graduation. I commend our students and teachers for their hard work.”

“It is extremely rewarding to congratulate Broward County Public Schools students and teachers who worked so hard to achieve tremendous success in Cambridge courses and examinations,” said Mark Cavone, Cambridge International Regional Director, North America. “The results reflect the enormous talent in Broward County Public Schools, not only amongst students but also within the teaching profession. Students from Broward County Public Schools have bright futures ahead of them, and I wish them every success.”

BCPS is also honored to be the 2020/21 Cambridge International District of the Year (large district category), having earned this recognition two times in four years. The award recognizes districts for high academic achievements, increasing Cambridge opportunities districtwide and equity in education. 

On Thursday, March 31, at 2 p.m., Cambridge representatives will present BCPS with its District of the Year award and meet with Top Scoring students. The event takes place at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center, Pre-function Room, 600 S.E. Third Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301. Media are invited to cover this event.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”  

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 91 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 177 different countries and 151 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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Deerfield Beach High School Junior Wins $40K BigFuture Scholarship for Taking College Planning Steps

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College Board announced that Broward County Public Schools Deerfield Beach High School junior Jalliyia Phillippy has earned one of the first Class of 2023 $40,000 scholarships through BigFuture, the College Board’s online guide that helps students plan for life after high school. In addition to awarding $40,000 scholarships to four juniors, 25 high school seniors each earned $40,000 scholarships by completing key steps to plan, prepare, and pay for college. 

Deerfield Beach High School

Jalliyia is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program, an internationally standardized accelerated honors course of study for highly motivated and academically talented students. She credits the program for challenging her to expand her thinking, find connections, solve problems and prepare for college. Jalliyia aspires to be a doctor and hopes to use her scholarship to attend Howard University to study biology and medicine.  

“Broward County Public Schools is proud to congratulate Jalliyia Phillippy for this outstanding achievement,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright. “She has overcome so much to stay on the path to college during two years of uncertainty and challenges caused by the pandemic. Jalliyia serves as a role model all students can follow to make their college dreams attainable.”  

Powered by College Board, BigFuture simplifies the path to life after high school by recommending small steps students can take to explore career interests, identify potential majors, find colleges and scholarships, and access financial aid. It rewards students’ efforts by providing chances at scholarships.  

“Now more than ever, students need simple and credible tools to help them choose the college and career that’s right for them,” said Tarlin Ray, College Board senior vice president of BigFuture. “We’ve integrated these scholarship steps into BigFuture so every student – no matter where they are on their journey to college – can take the small actions these 29 students have taken to raise their hands and earn themselves a big future.”  

All class of 2023 students are eligible to win $500 and $40,000 scholarships they can use at two- or four-year institutions. There is no essay, test score, citizenship status, family income or minimum GPA requirement. Drawings for $500 and $40,000 scholarships are held every month. Students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year have extra chances at scholarships and earn double the entries for every drawing. The sooner students complete the following steps and the more steps they take, the more entries they’ll earn:

  1. Build a College List: Students search for colleges and add six or more to their list. 
  2. Practice for the SAT: Students use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to get ready for test day. 
  3. Explore Scholarships: Students explore a list of scholarships personalized for them, based on their background, achievements, and future plans. 
  4. Strengthen Their College List: Students make sure their list has a mix of reach, match, and safety schools. 
  5. Complete the FAFSA: Students complete the free government form to apply for financial aid. 
  6. Apply to Colleges: Students apply to at least two colleges they want to attend. 

College Board has dedicated $25 million to the program that lays out six simple steps all students can take to get to college. More than $14 million in scholarships have been awarded to more 15,000 students since the program launched in December 2018. Class of 2023 students with College Board accounts in the United States and U.S. territories will be automatically entered into monthly drawings for $500 and $40,000 by completing specific steps on bigfuture.org

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS  

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”   

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 91 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 177 different countries and 151 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app. 

ABOUT COLLEGE BOARD 

College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT®, the Advanced Placement® Program, and BigFuture®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools. For further information, visit collegeboard.org

 

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BCPS Begins Random Screenings with Handheld Metal Detectors at Schools

BCPS Begins Random Screenings with Handheld Metal Detectors at SchoolsBroward County Public Schools (BCPS) is introducing an additional layer of protection for schools districtwide. The District is now using handheld metal detectors during the school day to conduct random screenings, in accordance with School Board Policy 2010 – Use of Handheld Metal Detectors on School District Property.

The screenings include all students in randomly selected classrooms and their belongings. They are conducted by trained security personnel and are similar to the screenings experienced when visiting entertainment venues, airports or other government agencies. There is no physical contact with students during the wanding.

Schools and classrooms are randomly identified using a computerized tool, which eliminates bias in the selection process.

“The goal is to ensure safer learning environments by detecting weapons and other dangerous objects on our campuses and, ultimately, to deter students from bringing these items to school,” said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright. “I would like to thank our School Board for approving this policy and for continuing to prioritize school safety. We encourage parents, guardians and caregivers to speak with their children about the consequences, including possible expulsion and potential criminal charges, if they bring weapons and prohibited items onto school campuses.”

Pictured: BCPS Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright is wanded with handheld metal detector during a demonstration by BCPS Safety Security & Emergency Preparedness Lead Trainer Toni Barnes.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”  

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 91 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 177 different countries and 151 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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March News from the Library of Congress

March 2022

  • March 16, 2022  (22-023)

    New Library of Congress Podcast Explores “Space on the Page” The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the release of “Space on the Page,” a new podcast that explores the universe not with a rocket but through ideas.In six episodes, hosts David Baron and Lucas Mix will interview authors and scientists who think and write about space exploration and the search for life beyond Earth. Baron and…

    • Date: 2022-03-16

  • March 2, 2022  (22-019)

    Programs Honor Women’s History Month at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress is holding several virtual events throughout March to share stories of women’s achievements and conversations around Women’s History Month. For visitors on site, the exhibition “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words” remains on view.Women of the 117th Congress: Diverse Voices Making History Wednesday, March 2, 4 p.m.The 117th Congress set a new record high for women’s representation in the legislature….

    • Date: 2022-03-02

  • March 1, 2022  (22-016)

    Springtime Traditions on Display with National Cherry Blossom Festival Events at the Library The Library of Congress announces two cultural events during the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual commemoration of Japan’s 1912 gift to the U.S. of 3,020 cherry trees.The Library will host a virtual presentation series Wednesday through Friday, April 6 to 8, exploring visual art and stories from the Library’s collections. On Saturday, April 9, the Library will host its annual Japanese Culture…

    • Date: 2022-03-01

February 2022

  • February 28, 2022  (22-020)

    Artists Celebrate Lionel Richie Receiving Library of Congress Gershwin Prize The nation’s library, musical artists and American leaders honored pop music icon Lionel Richie in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, March 9, as he was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during an all-star tribute concert.The lineup includes performances by previous Gershwin Prize honoree Gloria Estefan, Boyz II Men, Luke Bryan, Andra Day, Chris Stapleton, Miguel, Yolanda Adams, and a…

    • Date: 2022-02-28

  • February 25, 2022  (22-015)

    Library of Congress Acquires Joan Miró’s ‘Makemono’ Scroll The Library of Congress has acquired Joan Miró’s “Makemono,” a 32-foot-long illustrated scroll the Catalan surrealist painter created in 1956, modeled after picture and calligraphic scrolls of ancient East Asian origin. The color lithograph on silk scroll joins other original prints and illustrated books by Miró, both in the Aramont Library and the Rosenwald Collection in the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division.Miró…

    • Date: 2022-02-25

  • February 15, 2022  (22-014)

    Spring Programming Announced for 2022 Concerts from the Library of Congress The Library of Congress will present an exciting 22-event lineup of concerts, lectures, conversations with musicians and engaging educational programming in a packed spring season launching March 4. Featuring classical music, jazz and dance events, the series will offer both virtual and in-person programs.New American music is a special focus, with concerts showcasing a diverse and wide-ranging group of young American composers and the…

    • Date: 2022-02-15

  • February 9, 2022  (22-013)

    Supreme Court Fellows Annual Lecture to Feature U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer The Law Library of Congress and the Supreme Court Fellows Program will present a conversation with Associate Justice Stephen Breyer for the 2022 Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Lecture on Thursday, February 17 at 3:30 p.m. EST.This event will be live-streamed on the Library’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/TavyI9kRuPM. Law Librarian of Congress Aslihan Bulut will introduce the event, and Counselor to the Chief Justice…

    • Date: 2022-02-09

  • February 8, 2022  (22-012)

    Copyright Historical Record Books Collection Available Online The first 500 record books in the digitized Copyright Historical Record Books Collection are now available online. This collection is a preview of digitized historical record books that the Copyright Office plans to add to its Copyright Public Record System. This first release is part of a multi-year digitization project and includes applications for books registered with the Office from 1969 to 1977. The…

    • Date: 2022-02-08

  • February 4, 2022  (22-009)

    Programs Honor Black History Month at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress is holding several virtual events throughout February to share discoveries and stories significant to the history and conversations around Black History Month. For visitors on site, the exhibition “Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words” remains on view.Finding Pictures: African Americans in the MilitaryTuesday, Feb. 8, 12 p.m.This orientation session will include a brief introduction to images in the collections that…

    • Date: 2022-02-04

  • February 3, 2022  (22-011)

    Library to Create New Stereoscopic Photography Fellowship and Collection with National Stereoscopic Association The Library of Congress will create a new National Stereoscopic Photography Research Collection, fellowship and public program in collaboration with the National Stereoscopic Association to support one of the nation’s largest collections of this photography format, the two organizations announced today.Stereographs are paired photographs that provide an illusion of three-dimensionality when placed in a special viewer called a stereoscope. They were among the first…

    • Date: 2022-02-03

  • February 2, 2022  (22-006)

    Library Releases Growing Coronavirus Web Archive Collection After collecting a wide variety of web content documenting the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years, the Library of Congress is now making its growing Coronavirus Web Archive available to the public.The collection, which now includes 450 web archives, aims to balance government, science, business and policy content with human stories that will give future historians a sense of how the COVID-19 pandemic…

    • Date: 2022-02-02

January 2022

  • January 31, 2022  (22-010)

    Library of Congress Announces 2022 Librarians-in-Residence Program The Library of Congress has announced the 2022 Librarians-in-Residence Program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s vast collections. Applications for the program will be accepted from Jan. 31 to March 3, 2022.The Library will select up to six applicants for a six-month residency to begin in September 2022. The program…

    • Date: 2022-01-31

  • January 28, 2022  (22-008)

    Library to Host Biannual Copyright Public Modernization Committee Meeting The second public meeting of the Copyright Public Modernization Committee (CPMC) will take place virtually on February 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. The meeting will include remarks from Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter and Library of Congress Chief Information Officer Judith Conklin, and an update on the development of the Enterprise Copyright System (ECS) and related Copyright IT modernization efforts. Attendees…

    • Date: 2022-01-28

  • January 26, 2022  (22-005)

    Judge David R. Strickler Reappointed to Copyright Royalty Board Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden reappointed Judge David R. Strickler as Copyright Royalty Judge to a six-year term. Strickler has served in the position since May 2013, when then-Librarian James H. Billington appointed him to fill a vacancy and complete the term of his predecessor. In 2016, Hayden reappointed Strickler to a six-year term. “Judge Strickler is a valuable member of and an asset…

    • Date: 2022-01-26

  • January 26, 2022  (22-007)

    Library to Archive American Society of Landscape Architects’ Award-Winning Projects The Library of Congress and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced today a collaboration to archive the society’s Professional Award winning projects, the first time that collections representing the international landscape architecture profession will be archived by a U.S. federal institution.While the Library of Congress has archived collections representing the professions of architecture, design and engineering since the 1800s, this collaboration reflects…

    • Date: 2022-01-26

  • January 20, 2022  (22-003)

    Library of Congress Rolls Out Third Season of ‘America Works’ Podcast The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is kicking off 2022 with the much-awaited third season of “America Works,” a podcast series celebrating the diversity, resilience and creativity of American workers in the face of economic uncertainty. The new season, launched today, features riveting stories from a teacher and workers at a circus, a meat plant, a vineyard, and a now-closed Boeing…

    • Date: 2022-01-20

  • January 19, 2022  (22-004)

    Library of Congress Accepting Applications for 2022 Literacy Awards until March 4 Applications are being accepted for the 2022 Library of Congress Literacy Awards from Jan. 20 to March 4. The awards are made possible through the generosity of philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.The Literacy Awards — established by the Library of Congress and Rubenstein — were first conferred in 2013 to honor and support organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and abroad….

    • Date: 2022-01-19

  • January 13, 2022  (22-002)

    Lionel Richie to Receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that pop music icon Lionel Richie will be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Richie will be honored with an all-star tribute concert in Washington, D.C., that will be broadcast nationally on PBS stations May 17 at 9 p.m. ET.A songwriting superstar of the first order, Richie is known for…

    • Date: 2022-01-13

  • January 10, 2022  (22-001)

    Library of Congress Acquires Kitchen Sisters’ Audio Archive For more than 40 years, radio and podcast producers, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, best known as The Kitchen Sisters on public radio, have chronicled the lives, rituals, triumphs and tribulations of people from all walks of life, weaving together a rich tapestry of America’s cultural heritage. Now the Library of Congress is acquiring their full body of work, including more than 7,000 hours…

    • Date: 2022-01-10

December 2021

  • December 16, 2021  (21-080)

    Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Welcomes New Program Director The Library of Congress has welcomed Marya McQuirter as program director for the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative (CCDI). The Connecting Communities Digital Initiative is the key digital component of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, a multiyear, Library-wide effort funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Of the People: Widening the Path, connects the national library more deeply with Black, Indigenous…

    • Date: 2021-12-16

  • December 14, 2021  (21-078)

    ‘Return of the Jedi’ Among 25 Eclectic Films Joining National Film Registry Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance to preserve the nation’s film heritage, the newest selections include epic trilogies, major roles for Jennifer Lopez and Cicely Tyson, extraordinary animated features, comedy and music, and films…

    • Date: 2021-12-14

  • December 9, 2021  (21-079)

    New Book Explores the Legacy of Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy” Dante Alighieri’s Italian narrative poem, “The Divine Comedy” has been one of the foundational texts of European literature for over 700 years. This richly layered literary work has been interpreted in many different ways over the centuries. Yet, many mysteries still remain about its symbolism.In the new book, “The Unexpected Dante: Perspectives on the Divine Comedy,” five leading scholars offer fresh perspectives on the…

    • Date: 2021-12-09

  • December 8, 2021  (21-076)

    Library of Congress Announces Music Commissions from the 2021 Koussevitzky Foundation The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to seven composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present the world premiere performances of the newly composed works.Winning composers for 2021 and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Katherine Balch and Longleash; Helen Grime and the Boston Symphony…

    • Date: 2021-12-08

  • December 7, 2021  (PR 21-077)

    John W. Kluge Center Welcomes into Residence Experts on U.S. Relations with Russia and China The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress has welcomed two new scholars whose work deals with pressing topics in international relations. Andrew Weiss will begin his appointment as Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-Russia Relations in December 2021. Mary Lovely will begin her appointment as Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-China Relations in January 2022. Weiss and Lovely will make use…

    • Date: 2021-12-07

  • December 1, 2021  (21-073)

    Library of Congress, National Park Service Announce 2021 Holland Prize Winner The Library of Congress and the National Park Service announced today that the 2021 Leicester B. Holland Prize will be presented to a student at the University of Notre Dame for a drawing of the historic St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, the church’s original name, in Kendallville, Indiana. The Holland Prize honors an outstanding historic building, structure or landscape drawing.The prize was awarded to…

    • Date: 2021-12-01

  • December 1, 2021  (21-075)

    Leading Scientists and Clinicians Discuss Cancer Immunotherapy at Cancer Moonshot Symposium Leading scientists and clinicians will discuss the latest in cancer immunotherapy on Monday, Dec. 6, at the annual “Cancer Moonshot” symposium hosted by the Library of Congress Health Services Division and the Science, Technology and Business Division.Since December 2016, when Congress passed the groundbreaking bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act, championed by then-Vice President, Joe Biden, the Library of Congress has hosted a symposium on…

    • Date: 2021-12-01

November 2021

  • November 30, 2021  (21-074)

    Old Phone Books Teach New Lessons in Digital Scholarship Library of Congress innovation specialists examining the role of human expertise and experience in developing machine-powered research tools today released a report detailing their findings. The “Humans in the Loop” recommendation report from LC Labs details the potential and responsibility of the Library of Congress in its ongoing work to deepen access to its vast collections and share knowledge with other institutions.The Library’s digital…

    • Date: 2021-11-30

  • November 29, 2021  (21-072)

    Library of Congress Celebrates Successful Literacy Practices with New Video and Four-Part Webinar Series The 2021 Library of Congress Literacy Award Winners and Honorees are featured in a new video available on the Library’s website, and representatives from all of the selected organizations will participate in a four-part webinar series that will debut this winter. The Literacy Awards, originated by David M. Rubenstein in 2013, honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and…

    • Date: 2021-11-29

  • November 15, 2021  (21-071)

    Library of Congress Opens Award Nominations for Outstanding Federal Libraries, Librarians and Library Technicians To honor the innovations and successes of federal libraries, librarians and library technicians in meeting the information demands of government, businesses, scholarly communities and the public, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) in the Library of Congress has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship in fiscal year 2021.For nomination materials, visit the Awards section of the FEDLINK website or send…

    • Date: 2021-11-15

  • November 12, 2021  (21-069)

    Library of Congress Celebrates GIS Day Focused on the 2020 Census This year’s GIS Day at the Library of Congress, an event held annually during Geography Awareness Week, will focus on the 2020 Census, which provides a snapshot of American demographics like no other geospatial sources available. Geography is a cornerstone of the census and geographic information systems help map and analyze the spatial distribution of people, goods, programs and services. GIS offers real-world applications…

    • Date: 2021-11-12

  • November 10, 2021  (21-067)

    Librarian of Congress Appoints 44 Experts to National Film Preservation Board Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the latest appointments to the 44-member National Film Preservation Board. The board advises Hayden on annual selections to the National Film Registry as well as national film preservation policy.The National Film Preservation Board began work when President Ronald Reagan signed the National Film Preservation Act of 1988.The 44-person board represents many parts of the film community, including…

    • Date: 2021-11-10

  • November 9, 2021  (21-A01)

    Holiday Closure Schedule Nov. 2021 – Jan. 2022 The Library of Congress will be closed to the public and researchers on the following Federal holidays beginning November 2021 through January 2022. Thursday, November 11 (Veterans’ Day)Thursday, November 25 (Thanksgiving)Friday, December 24 (Christmas Eve/Christmas Day observed)Saturday, December 25 (Christmas Day)Friday December 31 (New Year’s Eve/ New Year’s Day observed)Saturday, January 1, 2022 (New Year’s Day)Monday, January 17, 2022 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr….

    • Date: 2021-11-09

  • November 9, 2021  (21-070)

    Danielle Allen to Receive Kluge Prize, Deliver Address on Educating for Democracy On Tuesday, Nov. 16, Danielle Allen, the James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director of the Democratic Knowledge Project at Harvard University, will accept the John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanity in a livestreamed gala from the Great Hall of the Library of Congress.The livestream will begin at 6:30 p.m., and can be found at this link.Allen will deliver an address…

    • Date: 2021-11-09

  • November 8, 2021  (21-068)

    Librarian of Congress Names Interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced her selection of Judge Suzanne Barnett as interim Chief Copyright Royalty Judge and head of the Copyright Royalty Board effective today. Barnett is replacing Chief Judge Jesse Feder who is stepping down from the position which he has held since 2019. A vacancy announcement seeking applicants for the permanent position will be issued in the near future.”I…

    • Date: 2021-11-08

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  • October 28, 2021  (21-063)

    Library of Congress Acquires Rare Book Collection from American Foundation for the Blind The Library of Congress has acquired the M.C. Migel Memorial Rare Book Collection from the American Foundation for the Blind, comprised of more than 750 items dating from 1617 to the present, including books by and about Hellen Keller and other blind authors. The collection is a treasure trove of seminal books on blindness, maps, rare pamphlets and many volumes of poetry, biographies and…

    • Date: 2021-10-28

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    Gems of Comic Art Collection Featured in New Library of Congress Exhibition A new exhibition at the Library of Congress explores how comic books have permeated popular entertainment and influenced U.S. culture, highlighting selections from the Stephen A. Geppi Collection that was generously donated to the national library in 2018.“Geppi Gems” is now open in the Library’s Graphic Arts Gallery through mid-March 2022. A second rotation with different items is planned for spring 2022. The exhibition…

    • Date: 2021-10-20

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    Library Announces Teaching with Primary Sources Grant Recipients The Library of Congress has announced the selection of 85 organizations that will receive approximately $4.25 million in grants through its Teaching with Primary Sources program.These organizations will connect the Library to diverse learner communities across the United States by delivering educational programs, creating primary source-based educational materials and tools, conducting research, and convening gatherings of similar organizations to devise new strategies for furthering…

    • Date: 2021-10-12

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    Library Seeks Applicants for the 2022 Junior Fellows Program The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its next Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program, which will run from May 23, 2022, to July 29, 2022. This 10-week paid internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning and conducting research at the largest library in the world. For the third year in a row, the internship will be conducted virtually. The…

    • Date: 2021-10-07

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    Library of Congress National Book Festival Draws More Than 317,000 Views Book lovers joined the Library of Congress National Book Festival from across the country over 10 days this year, totaling more than 317,000 views to date across a variety of platforms, including virtual events with authors and videos on demand. The festival reached even more people through a national television special, new podcast interviews and events hosted by partners across the country.The festival, held…

    • Date: 2021-10-06

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    Library of Congress Launches Season 2 of La Biblioteca Podcast As part of the celebrations for Hispanic Heritage Month, today the Library of Congress launched Season 2 of La Biblioteca podcast, a six-part series titled Exploring Latinx Civil Rights in the United States, which zeros in on seminal civil rights cases and events.The English-language series derives from A Latinx Resource Guide: Civil Rights Cases and Events in the United States, created by Hermán Luis…

    • Date: 2021-10-05

September 2021

  • September 30, 2021  (21-059)

    Library of Congress Rings in New School Year with Albert Einstein Fellows The Library of Congress has announced it will host two Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows for the 2021-2022 school year. Fellows will work closely with the Library’s Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives Office to make primary sources from the Library’s collections more accessible and useful for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educators throughout the United States.Lesley Anderson, a high school science and mathematics…

    • Date: 2021-09-30

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    Jason Reynolds to Serve Third Year as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature The Library of Congress and Every Child a Reader have announced that Jason Reynolds’s term as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature will be extended to include a third year — for the first time in the history of the program.Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Reynolds connected virtually with thousands of students in rural areas of the country to engage in meaningful discussions. In 2022,…

    • Date: 2021-09-20

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    Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Announces Three New Grant Opportunities Individuals and educational and cultural institutions who seek to amplify the stories of communities of color are invited to apply to new grant opportunities through the Of the People: Widening the Path Connecting Communities Digital Initiative at the Library of Congress.Of the People is a new, multi-part initiative funded by a $15 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to enable the Library…

    • Date: 2021-09-15

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    Library of Congress Names New IT Leadership Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has appointed Judith Conklin as the chief information officer of the Library of Congress and John Rutledge the deputy chief information officer. The two executives will serve as the Library’s senior information technology experts, ensuring technology operations are aligned with the Library’s strategic plan. Conklin will also serve as the primary adviser to the Librarian of Congress on all…

    • Date: 2021-09-13

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    Library of Congress National Book Festival Announces Children’s and Teens Author Lineup The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will include an extraordinary lineup of authors for children, teens and kids of all ages – all featured in videos on demand accessible from the start of the festival, which runs Sept. 17-26.Five children’s authors and five teen authors will also participate in live, online Q&A events Sept. 25 and 26. Subscribe to the National Book…

    • Date: 2021-09-10

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    Fall Concerts from the Library Announced for the 2021-22 Season The Library of Congress has announced a full lineup of events for the fall series of the 2021-2022 “Concerts from the Library of Congress” season. The virtual events will be complemented by conversations, lectures, curator talks and educational programs that reflect the diversity of the nation’s musical heritage.Consistent with social distancing and safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fall series is…

    • Date: 2021-09-09

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BCPS Congratulates Team Eudai for Wining $500,000 in FTX Charity Hackathon | Students Tied for First Place in Finals Competition

BCPS Congratulates Team Eudai for Wining $500,000 in FTX Charity Hackathon

Three Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students, competing as Team Eudai, won $500,000 to develop their business idea during the FTX Charity Hackathon! The trio tied for first place, sharing a $1 million grand prize with a team from Miami-Dade County.

The event was sponsored by the FTX Foundation Group, with the final competition among the five top teams taking place at FTX Arena in Miami on Sunday, March 13.

The competition challenged students from across South Florida to come up with an idea for improving mental or physical health. BCPS students, under the mentorship of Broward’s local college access network Bridge 2 Life, developed a plan for a unique mobile app, called Eudai. It will connect users with Florida International University undergraduate psychology students who will provide online mentoring.

The three BCPS students are Yewande Shitta-Bey from the College Academy at Broward College, Chad Jordan from Fort Lauderdale High School and Alexis Buggam from Atlantic Technical High School.

For making it to the finals, each student also received a $15,000 scholarship.

To watch the livestream recording of the event, visit the FTX Hackathon Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FTXHackathon 

For more information about Bridge2Life, visit browardbridge2life.com.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”  

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 91 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 177 different countries and 151 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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Hundreds of BCPS Students Participate in the Latinos in Action Conference Conference Takes Place on Thursday, March 10

Latinos In ActionOn Thursday, March 10, 2022, hundreds of Broward County Public Schools middle and high school students are participating in the Latinos In Action Conference. The annual event is taking place at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and includes approximately 2,100 students from across the state.

The conference provides students opportunities to celebrate their strengths, talents and values they bring to their schools and communities. Students participate in workshops, cultural activities and leadership training.

This is the culiminating activity of a yearlong curriculum for Latinos In Action. The program focuses on mentoring and empowering Latino youth to be leaders and to help strengthen their communities. This is accomplished by focusing on four pillars: leveraging personal and cultural assets, excelling in education, serving the community, and developing leadership skills. 

The Latinos In Action Conference takes place at Florida Atlantic University (Student Union building) in Boca Raton, from 9 a.m. –  3 p.m. on Thursday, March 10. 

Media interested in attending should contact bcps.pio@browardschools.com.

 

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”  

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 91 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 177 different countries and 151 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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Thousands of BCPS Students to Participate in the Broward Youth Climate Summit Two-day Virtual Event takes Place Wednesday, March 9 – Thursday, March 10

How can we reduce the negative impact of climate change? Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students are preparing to create their own action plans with motivation received at the 4th annual Broward Youth Climate Summit. The two-day event takes place virtually, with approximately 7,000 BCPS students across 40 schools participating.

This year’s theme is “Climate Change, Climate Justice.” Students in grades 5 – 12 will work together to identify ways they can positively affect the environment to reduce the impact of climate change and create action plans to sustain their efforts.

The summit’s keynote speakers are Rachel Sarah, author of Girl Warriors – How 25 Young Activists are Saving the Earth, on March 9, and Neela Banerjee, supervising climate editor for NPR, on March 10. In addition, AY Young – producer, singer, songwriter, entertainer and entrepreneur – will address students during a closing session on March 10.

The Youth Climate Summit provides a platform for BCPS students to advocate for policy change and promote environmental sustainability. Following the two-day virtual summit, a special in-person event will be held on April 20 for 250 selected BCPS students. This event will convene at the Museum of Discovery and Science with hands-on, engaging activities centered around developing the students’ climate change action plans.

 

For more information, visit browardschools.com/youthclimatesummit.

Media are invited to cover these events. Email bcps.pio@browardschools.com for more information on photo and video opportunities.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”  

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 91 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 177 different countries and 151 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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Harlem Cultural Festival begins

On the afternoon of June 29, 1969, a crowd consisting mostly of Black people from the nearby area packs Harlem’s Mt. Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). Over the course of this afternoon and the next five Sunday afternoons, Black performers from many different genres and eras appear on the park’s brightly-colored, sunlit stage in a dazzling series of shows known as the Harlem Cultural Festival. The festival will draw a total of over 300,000 people.

Tony Lawrence, the eccentric lounge singer, concert promoter, and youth director of a local church, was chosen to organize and emcee the Harlem Cultural Festival by the New York Parks Department. The festival began in 1967 and drew big crowds in its first two years, convincing Lawrence to make the 1969 edition the biggest yet. In the wake of 1968, when the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (and subsequent assassination of Robert Kennedy) had led to massive unrest in Harlem, the administration of Mayor John Lindsay felt compelled to offer cultural programing to the city’s Black residents, perhaps in an effort to keep the peace. Despite the city’s support and the sponsorship of Maxwell House coffee, the budget was tight: without enough money to pay for proper lighting, organizers situated the stage facing West to take advantage of sunlight. A steep cliff opposite the stage would serve as a makeshift grandstand as more and more people crowded into the park. The Black Panthers provided security for the concert series, some appearing in the crowd in uniform, some undercover, and some perched in the trees.

The 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival featured some of the most popular acts in the United States. Sly and the Family Stone’s set included “Everyday People,” a number-one hit at the time, and Gladys Knight and the Pips performed “Heard it Through the Grapevine” which had recently reached No. 2 on the charts. The acts were eclectic, showcasing talented Black artists from across a spectrum of genres. Jazz icon B.B. King, a young Stevie Wonder, Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji, psychedelic-influenced acts like the 5th Dimension, and legendary comedienne Moms Mabley were just a few of the acts that took the stage over the course of six Sundays. Critics have long pointed to the festival as a crucial point in American musical history, a coming-together of the sounds that were defining Black music at the time and would set the tone for American popular music for the next decade.

READ MORE: 11 Anthems of Black Pride and Protest Through American History

It was also an important moment for Harlem’s Black community, a chance to collectively mourn Dr. King and others lost in recent years while also celebrating Black pride and Black power. Nina Simone performed her yet-to-be-released “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black,” an uplifting message to Black youths, and closed her set by reciting a poem that asked the audience, “Are you ready to smash white things? …to build Black things? …Are you ready to kill if necessary?” That same day, when the show was interrupted by the announcement that American astronauts had landed on the moon, the crowd booed the news — “Cash they wasted, as far as I’m concerned, in getting to the moon, could’ve been used to feed poor Black people in Harlem” one attendee told the evening news.

In one particularly meaningful moment, the legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, whose grandparents were enslaved, signaled to a young Mavis Staples to join her in a duet. The pair sang a raw, moving rendition of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” MLK’s favorite song. Before the performance, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was with King when he was shot, told the audience that MLK had mentioned it immediately before his death, and that King had “died asking the Lord to lead his hand, to help him lead us.”

The Harlem Cultural Festival was an unqualified success, but it would not return in 1970 and the footage languished in obscurity. Lawrence had hoped to tour the country with a similar show, and to put on another the following year, but neither idea came to fruition. He eventually began to accuse white investors and even the mafia of scuttling his efforts. As some Black observers correctly predicted, the festival was immediately overshadowed in America’s collective memory by Woodstock, which took place between August 15 and 18 in upstate New York. Although attempts to turn footage from the festival into a “Black Woodstock” film began as soon as the concert series ended, it would not be until the 2021 release of Questlove’s documentary, Summer of Soul, that footage of the Harlem Music Festival became easily accessible to the public. 

READ MORE: Why the Watershed 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival Was Overshadowed for 50 Years

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