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Imagine Learning Helps Santa Really Deliver

Imagine Learning employees always have a great time during the holiday season, and December 2015 was no exception. One of our holiday traditions (besides eating delicious food and participating in a white-elephant gift exchange) is our annual Sub for Santa drive.
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Ice Cream in Winter? There's Snow Time Like the Present

Did you ever make snow ice cream as a kid? No? Well, there’s no time like the present—at least here in the Rockies, where it’s slated to snow all Christmas week. Those dealing with more moderate weather can stop reading now and grab a bowl of ‘ordinary’ vanilla ice cream. But if you want an extraordinary frozen treat, grab a bowl and get your coat. One serving of magical vanilla snow ice cream is coming right up!
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Imagine Learning Español v2.2 Has Arrived

On December 15, 2015, Imagine Learning Español launched its fall update! Customers already familiar with our Español product can still enjoy all of the beautiful illustrations and interactive features they value most. Children who are learning to read in Spanish will be delighted by a wider array of activities, books, and new concepts to explore.
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Imagine Learning Wins a Glassdoor Employees' Choice Award

Imagine Learning is pleased to announce we are among the winners of the  eighth annual Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the Best Places to Work in 2016. Our placement is 11 out of 50 companies in the SMB category. Unlike most other awards, there was no self-nomination process. Instead, this award came exclusively from the feedback our employees have voluntarily and anonymously shared on Glassdoor.
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The Price of Multitasking in the Classroom

Business vector designed by Freepik According to TeachThought, the average teacher makes 1,500 educational decisions per school day. That’s four decisions a minute! No wonder teachers work harder than just about any other professional. Teachers are the ultimate multitaskers. They’re not only responsible for student learning; they also act as a surrogate parent, discipliner, assessment expert, mentor, administrator, and occasional court jester. Probably all before lunch. Of course, teachers aren’t the only multitaskers. A typical teenager often listens to music while surfing online and texting a friend—all while doing homework. Younger kids also model this behavior. If you’re like other multitaskers, you brag about getting so much done. But all that multitasking comes at a price.
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Imagine Learning partners in Chile

Imagine Learning's mission is to change the lives of the children of the world by teaching language and literacy. This mission includes students in Chile, particularly at José de San Martín de San Felipe school. This school is dedicated to providing powerful learning tools to their students, and they share how they started using the program for that purpose in August of 2015. Teachers use Imagine Learning so that students can receive individualized learning opportunities to listen, speak, read, and write in English. They refer to Imagine Learning as a "very entertaining way" to learn English. Read the full post here.
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Operation Gratitude 2015

Thanksgiving may be over, but gratitude doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking for another way to give thanks, why not consider sending a care package to members of the military, both past and present? At Imagine Learning, our employees enjoy giving back. As our Thanksgiving project, we participated in Operation Gratitude, collecting healthy snacks, personal care products, stuffed animals, and other items for new recruits, current troops, veterans, and wounded warriors. Because of the generosity of our co-workers, we collected even more items this year than in 2014. Take a look at the photo on the right! Our employees also took the time to write notes of thanks to those who serve our country. We know by past experience that this personal touch doesn't go unnoticed.
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Beyond the Thankful Turkey: 10 Ways to Teach Gratitude All Year

Remember the last time you made a turkey out of a cardboard box, pasted colorful construction-paper feathers on the back, and filled the interior with slips of paper filled with grateful thoughts? Maybe this was a school tradition when you were a kid. Or maybe it was just last week, in your own classroom. Of course, you probably don’t need a cardboard turkey to teach students about gratitude. After all, Thanksgiving is just one day in 365—and gratitude is a great year-round gift for any class. As to the benefits of gratitude in the classroom, consider this: anecdotal data suggest that students who practice gratitude are generally more engaged with, motivated by, and connected to learning in general. Grateful students also feel more connected to their teacher and fellow classmates. It's also true that gratitude is a great gift to any overworked teacher. The more grateful your class, the happier everyone will feel, including you. So if you want your students to show more thanks for what they have, take a look at the list below.
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Imagine Learning gives back to Ferguson School District

The Thanksgiving season is an excellent time to commemorate those who look outside their own blessings and strive to directly fill the needs of others. Imagine Learning employees endeavor to do just that by giving back and recognizing educators, soldiers, and others who bless the lives of those around them.
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Classroom Funding Follow-up: Promoting Your Project

In our previous blog post, we talked about how teachers can fund larger classroom projects through sites like Donors Choose. Perhaps by now, you’ve already created a project listing. That’s great! But after you finish your listing, you’re only halfway done. Remember, your chances of being funded increase exponentially with each personal contact you make and every e-mail you send. So, to expedite the funding process, you need a good promotion plan.
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