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Imagine Learning Congratulates 2016-2017 Imagine Nation Winners

Imagine Nation awards recognize top 163 schools across the country for innovation, dedication, and stellar usage of Imagine Learning programs   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Provo, UT – September 19, 2017 – Imagine Learning, developer of award-winning digital language, literacy, and math curricula, today announced the winners of its 2016–2017 Imagine Nation awards, in which a total of 163 schools were honored for their exemplary use of Imagine Learning programs. Following Imagine Learning’s acquisition of two new math companies in 2016, the Imagine Nation program was updated. Now, schools that use all four Imagine Learning products may be considered for two new awards: The Imagine Nation School of Excellence and Imagine Nation Beacon School award (replacing all previous Imagine Nation award categories).
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Charles A. Dana Center to Advise Imagine Learning on Mathematics Instruction

Utah-based Imagine Learning announces a new advisory relationship with the internationally recognized Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PROVO, UT and AUSTIN, TX - September 12, 2017 - Imagine Learning, award-winning developer of supplemental digital curricula for K–12 students, recently signed an agreement with The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin, a widely respected content, research, policy, and advocacy institute for math and science education. The Charles A. Dana Center focuses on K–16 mathematics and science education with an emphasis on strategies for improving student engagement, motivation, persistence, and achievement, particularly for traditionally underrepresented students.
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Announcing Our 2017 Limerick Contest Winners

Every year, Imagine Learning holds a limerick contest for budding new poets--and every year, the contest is harder to judge! Our 2017 Limerick Contest was no exception; we read so many wonderful and creative limericks that it was hard to choose a winner. In the end, our judges voted for entries that best captured the distinctive rhyme and rhythm of a limerick, along with those that were especially creative in following this year's theme: "My Favorite Subject." Congratulations, students--your limericks were amazing. The Winning Limericks Top prizes this year went to students of Carolyn S--by far the most entries received. Great job, students!
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Imagine Learning Gives Back in 2016 - Holiday Edition

Every day, caring educators give their all to help kids everywhere succeed, learn, and grow. At Imagine Learning, we enjoy helping educators do all three of these things. But what about kids in the local community--particularly during the holidays? Here's our report for late 2016: Aquarium book box Startup Santa During November and early December of 2016, Imagine Learning employees gathered 1,138 books (some new, some gently used) to donate to United Way's "Startup Santa" project. As part of the fun, employees were invited to decorate a box of books. Ours went swimmingly, as you can see! Stansbury Elementary Each December, Imagine Learning employees give back to disadvantaged kids who otherwise might not get holiday gifts. For example, Stansbury Elementary (Salt Lake City, UT) welcomes many low-income students through its doors daily. Because of donations from Imagine Learning employees, 70 Stansbury students were able to have a happy holiday season in 2016. And we look forward to helping again in 2017! Sponsored Families The holiday season was also a little brighter for 15 other Utah children in four families, thanks to several of our Imagine elves who gathered clothing items, toys, and books for each child on the list. In some cases, employees purchased more than one gift for these kids--and some offered cash donations. We love and appreciate our generous Imagine Learning team for all they do to help children and families each year. Happy New Year!  
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Brain Science 101: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Smarter

In a 2011 Scientific American article, behavioral therapist Andrea Kuszewski reinforced a concept that continues to gain traction today--namely, that it's possible to improve one's native intelligence. In the past, even respected scientists assumed that intelligence was purely genetic and unlikely to change over time. Nowadays, neuroscientists and cognitive therapists recognize that fluid intelligence (e.g., the capacity to learn and process new information) is the reality. More importantly, people can boost their fluid intelligence by improving their working memory. But how? Five Principles According to Kuszewski, you don't have to be a genius to improve cognition. Even those with low IQs can grow in fluid intelligence. To quote the author, "what doesn't kill you (will make) you smarter."
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