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Can technology solve America’s literacy problem?

Engadget by Aaron Souppouris | June 26th 2015 at 2:30 pm Roughly 36 million adults in the United States read English at or below a third-grade level. For a predominantly English-speaking country, that’s a massive problem. Without an elementary knowledge of the language, this huge portion of the adult population faces a struggle to get by. […]

Broward students receive teen mentoring honors

Larry Schwingel | Sun Sentinel – Donna Cardwell is the program adviser for Ruth Colmenares, a student at Atlantic Technical High School in Coconut Creek, and said her mentor displays excellent leadership skills. “Ruth’s commitment and leadership is evidenced by a […]

Literacy Changes Lives

Huffington Post Posted:  06/22/2015 8:52 pm EDT    Updated:  06/22/2015 9:59 pm EDT Emily Musil Church, Ph.D. Most people would be shocked to learn that 36 million Americans lack basic literacy skills. The ability to read allows a person to unlock a world of possibilities. Literacy improves economic, psychological, social, and physical well-being. Unfortunately, the number […]

Achieving Literacy Through Technology

Medium.com By Peter Diamandis, CEO, XPRIZE Foundation and Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida Barbara Bush often says, “The American Dream is about equal opportunity for everyone who works hard. If we don’t give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren’t giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.” Unfortunately, there are […]

XPRIZE, Barbara Bush Foundation offering $7M to top adult literacy app creators

Education Dive By Tara García Mathewson | June 10, 2015 Dive Brief: The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are partnering with XPRIZE to offer $7 million in prizes to boost adult literacy innovation. A global competition will challenge developers to create scalable mobile applications that can help adult […]

There’s An App for Everything, So These Funders Ask: Why Not Adult Literacy?

Inside Philanthropy Author L.S. Hall Attention, techies and software developers: Got a solution to the problem of adult illiteracy? If so, the X-Prize Foundation and two funders of literacy programs want to hear from you — and they’re putting up a multimillion-dollar prize for your creativity. More than 30 million U.S. adults lack basic literacy. […]

Former first lady is surrounded by family and celebrity guests including Terri Hatcher and Reba McEntire for 90th birthday bash

By ASSOCIATED PRESS and DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER PUBLISHED: 08:22 EST, 8 June 2015 | UPDATED: 01:20 EST, 9 June 2015 Former first lady Barbara Bush was surrounded by family on Monday as she celebrated her 90th birthday at the family’s Maine compound. Soon thereafter, she found herself surrounded by some big name friends at an evening […]

Barbara Bush Celebrates 90th Birthday

MSN.com The Bush clan has gathered at their Kennebunkport, Maine, family compound to celebrate former First Lady Barbara Bush’s 90th birthday. Family spokesperson Jim McGrath tweeted out a photo of the crew, featuring Barbara and George H.W. standing with President George W., presidential hopeful Jeb, their siblings, wives, sons, daughters and grandchildren. A gala is […]

X Prize Launches $7 Million Contest to Find Ways to Teach More Adults to Read

The Chronicle of Philanthropy By Rebecca Koenig The XPrize Foundation announced today that it is teaming up with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to create the Adult Literacy XPrize, which will award $4 million to the best idea it receives for creating an app for tablets or […]

Barbara Bush Celebrates 90th Birthday by Promoting Literacy

ABC News | Kennebunkport, ME – Former first lady Barbara Bush celebrated her 90th birthday on Monday by spending time with her family and promoting literacy, a cause long dear to her. […]

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