March 24, 2018

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Circle the Globe with Jack Berenson; Get a Lift from Adobe Through Development Grants | SLJTeen News

Globe-Trotting Giveaway

jack at the helmJack Berenson, a phobia-plagued, checklist-making sixth grader, just wants a normal childhood. But he keeps getting caught up in his globe-trotting parents’ get-rich-quick schemes. Readers ages 9–12—especially reluctant readers—will love Jack’s hilarious misadventures in Lisa Doan’s “Berenson Schemes” books: Jack the Castaway, Jack and the Wild Life, and the newest title, Jack at the Helm (all Lerner, 2014). Throughout the humorous, adventure-driven series, Jack survives a smorgasbord of international dangers.

Five lucky winners will receive copies of all three Berenson Schemes books! To enter, send an email with your name, shipping address, and email address. Email entries must be received by midnight (PST) on January 15. Winners will be selected in a random drawing and notified via email. One entry per person, please; prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses. Download free Common Core State Standards-aligned discussion guides for the novels at

Adobe Software Grants Available

logo-adobeEducators at Title 1 schools are encouraged to apply for software and teacher development grants from Adobe. The program is designed to increase access to Adobe creative tools through the White House’s ConnectED initiative. In addition to software, educators also receive access to on-demand professional development, including webinars, workshops, and collaborative courses to learn more about utilizing Adobe creative programs in the classroom. Via grants, schools receive access to a variety of tools, including Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements. Educators also receive access to online Professional Development courses. There is a rolling deadline.

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Dodie Ownes left the glamorous world of retrospective conversion and disco to jump on the library vendor train. Since then, she has been learning at the feet of the masters about all things library. Dodie lives in Golden, Colorado, where even the sign which arches the main street says "Howdy."

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