Nissan Foundation launches 2021 grant cycle to build inclusive communities through education

Nissan Foundation

Established in 1992, the mission of the Nissan Foundation is to build community through valuing cultural diversity. The Nissan Foundation is part of Nissan North America's commitment to enrich people's lives by helping to meet the needs of communities throughout the U.S. through philanthropic investments, corporate outreach sponsorships and other charitable contributions.
Established in 1992, the mission of the Nissan Foundation is to build community through valuing cultural diversity. The Nissan Foundation is part of Nissan North America’s commitment to enrich people’s lives by helping to meet the needs of communities throughout the U.S. through philanthropic investments, corporate outreach sponsorships and other charitable contributions.
Established in 1992, the mission of the Nissan Foundation is to build community through valuing cultural diversity. The Nissan Foundation is part of Nissan North America’s commitment to enrich people’s lives by helping to meet the needs of communities throughout the U.S. through philanthropic investments, corporate outreach sponsorships and other charitable contributions.
  • Since 1992, the Nissan Foundation has awarded more than $12 million to more than 150 nonprofit organizations committed to promoting cultural awareness and understanding

  • The Nissan Foundation annually awards grants to nonprofits in California, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Tennessee and Texas

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Shades of Green: Local company helps people build symbiotic relationships with the land

Brandy Hall (Photos by Virginie Drujon Kipellen)

By Beth Ward

“I got a text from a client recently who has a three-year-old,” says Brandy Hall, ecological designer and managing director of Shades of Green Permaculture. “They were in the garden and found a bunny rabbit eating their strawberries. The three-year-old was sitting near the bunny, too, also eating the strawberries. And I just thought, ‘this the whole reason I do this. This is everything.’”

What Hall and her team at Shades of Green do in a general sense is install ecologically sustainable landscapes for clients as varied as Monday Night Brewing, Grady High School and a residential farming development in Costa Rica. They help build habitats for birds, bees and pollinators. They restore watersheds, rebuild depleted soil, create landscapes where native and edible plants can thrive. They install berry thickets and fruit trees, rain gardens, flowers that attract hummingbirds. They

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8 practices to build an online learning community

Before COVID-19 turned the academic world upside down, community and connection happened almost spontaneously. Students could walk into a classroom and introduce themselves to the people around them and instantly feel part of their learning community. They could linger afterwards to ask a question or organize a study group. Outside of class there were endless opportunities to socialize through clubs, sports teams, and other activities.

Fast forward to 2020 and, for most students, the campus experience, at least as we’ve known it, has become another casualty of the ongoing pandemic. For better or worse, the virtual classroom is now the place for students to find that all important sense of community.

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Feelings of connection and belonging have a major bearing on student success and their willingness to persist in their studies. A survey of more than 3,000 college students in the

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Education Edition announces Global Build Championship





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Minecraft: Education Edition teaches about teamwork, creative thinking, and so much more.

What you need to know

  • Minecraft: Education Edition adds new tools and education-focused features on top of Minecraft: Bedrock Edition.
  • It’s a powerful tool for educators and children, and announced its Global Build Championship at Minecraft Live.
  • Students would work together in teams of one to three to build sustainable environments for humans and animals to co-exist, and can be registered by their educators to win the Championship.
  • Minecraft: Education Edition is also planning a new lesson category focusing on the exploration of racial equity, history, and social justice movements.

Minecraft Live will be chock full of news about the entirety of the Minecraft universe, including Minecraft Dungeons, but an area that has been increasingly important for Mojang Studios is Minecraft’s place in education. Minecraft: Education Edition has proven itself to be a

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Staunton community dialogue series aims to educate and build stronger community

STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) – Building Bridges for the Greater Good in Staunton hosted its first Watch & Talk Monday night. The topic was voter suppression.

The online community dialogue series is a way to bring people together during the COVID-19 pandemic according to Building Bridges for the Greater Good Board President, Pastor Elaine Rose.

People were asked to watch the documentary “All In: The Struggle for Democracy” in advance, and then Monday night they came together virtually to discuss it, breaking out into small groups.

Rose says this event, like all Building Bridges events, is about making the community stronger. She says it’s needed now more than ever.

“Building Bridges’ mission is to make sure that we connect to everybody to make our community better for all,” Rose said. “Not one group of people but all people and right now there is a need in every community for something.”

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In Bilingual Classrooms, Teachers Are Anxious To Build Relationships, Close Digital Divide

For months, Jocelyn Ramos imagined how she’d decorate her very own classroom for her first year of teaching: bright colors and a warm, rainbow theme. She just never expected it would be at her house.

“This is probably my favorite part because it just feels welcoming,” Ramos said in a video tour. “It’s a welcome bulletin board. It says ‘Bienvenidos.’”

Ramos has been getting ready to greet her class of 18 first graders at Moreno Elementary online, as the Houston Independent School District (HISD) starts the new school year with completely virtual instruction this week. HISD is one of several districts in the Greater Houston area, together welcoming nearly half a million children back to school for a mix of online and in-person instruction.

For brand new teachers like Ramos, it marks a different kind of milestone.

“Even before this COVID happened, every teacher that I would go up

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Build Business Skills With Westport Continuing Ed’s Online Course

Press release from Westport Public Schools:

Sept. 21, 2020

Are you in a job search, or looking to improve your business skills? Westport Continuing Education is offering several courses to help you learn essential skills for business, including graphic design and social media. Registration is now open on the Westport Continuing Education website here.

LinkedIn is an excellent tool to build your professional profile, network, and to build your brand. Join professional graphic designer Rebecca Tudor to learn best practices to Create an All-Star LinkedIn Profile on three Tuesdays starting on September 29. The class meets online from 6:00–7:00 pm and costs only $45. Tudor is also teaching Graphic Design Fundamentals on six Thursdays from October 1 through November 5 from 6:30–8:00 pm for $169. Design and branding matter more now than ever. This introductory class is perfect for business owners, entrepreneurs, those thinking about starting a business and anyone

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Douglas Paul Dohrman Discusses How to Build Kids’ STEM Skills From Home

Douglas Paul Dohrman recently discussed how parents can help build their kids’ STEM education skills from home.

Science, technology, engineering, mathematic — they’re the basis of STEM education and essential areas of learning for kids of all ages. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently stated that there are more than 8.6 million STEM-oriented jobs in the United States. Douglas Paul Dohrman explained that that number is continuously rising, and it’s important for kids to develop STEM skills, even when learning from home.

“The coronavirus pandemic has forced many kids to start the new school year online from home,” Douglas Paul Dohrman said. “That can make hands-on learning very difficult, and STEM education is very hands-on.”

Douglas Paul Dohrman explained that because STEM learning is so experiment-based, it’s important for parents to help advance their kids’ STEM skills at home. He offered a few ways for parents to help advance these

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