Record Attendance at AFDC 2017

Over 100 SmartLab facilitators attended AFDC 2017 at The Englewood Campus (CO) last week. Educators from around the country (and as far away as El Salvador!) took time from their summer break to attend Creative Learning Systems' annual week-long workshop. 

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SmartLab Improves Math Scores at Denver School

An elementary school in Denver, Colorado, saw a spike in standardized math scores following the implementation of a Creative Learning Systems SmartLab. 

Samuels Elementary School, located in southeast Denver, is an extremely diverse school with more than 500 students who speak a collective 26 languages.  Nearly 75 percent of students are on free and reduced lunch. 

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QEP Resources Funds SmartLab in Grady Texas

Thanks to a $200,000 grant from oil and gas exploration company QEP Resources, students in Grady Independent School District (TX) will have a SmartLab program when they return to school this fall.

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Immanuel Lutheran on Local Memphis Live

Immanuel Lutheran School (TN) continues to do a fantastic job building public interest in their new SmartLab (launching this fall). 

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30 Years of STEM - Ray Ramadorai Then and Now

Long before Ray Ramadorai became a successful aerospace engineer, he was a middle school student developing an ambidextrous robotic hand in the first STEM lab ever created for a U.S. school.

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St. Joe's SmartLab is Cornerstone of STREAM Initiative

St. Joseph's Episcopal School in Boynton Beach, FL created this video to introduce their STREAM initiative (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) to the school community. Enjoy!

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SmartLabs Providing New Opportunities for Tukwila Students

Creative Learning Systems recently partnered with Tukwila School District (WA) to implement SmartLab programs at three district schools. These programs are core elements of the district's STEAM initiatives.

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Ferris ISD Dedicates Markgraf SmartLab

Students and staff at Ferris Independent School District (OK) dedicated the Ferris Junior High SmartLab in honor of teachers Jennifer and Dondi Markgraf.

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2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Preserves School Funding

Despite rhetoric from Washington promising deeps cuts in non-defense discretionary spending, the 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill passed last week by both the House and Senate preserves education funding. With the exception of programs set to expire under the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), most other discretionary expense categories received funding at prior levels. Some key program areas, such as Title 1 and funding for charter and magnet schools, saw funding increases. 

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College Football Championship Brings SmartLabs to Atlanta

Thanks to generous donations from College Football Playoff Foundation's Extra Yards for Teachers platform in partnership with the Atlanta Football Host Committee, Atlanta Public Schools will soon have its first SmartLab program.

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