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21 Dec December Holidays Around the World, part 3 of 4

Most of the world celebrate Christmas on December 25.  However, did you know that there are many other global holidays celebrated in December as well?  This month, data2insight will be highlighting a few of those holidays. Boxing Day (26 December). There are competing theories for how the day after Christmas got its name.  One is related to alms boxes, which were given out to poor people by churches after Christmas, in a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages. The Oxford English Dictionary says it refers to “the first weekday after Christmas Day, observed as a holiday on which postmen, errand boys, and servants of various kinds expect to receive a Christmas box” as recognition for their year of service. (source) Kwanzaa (26 December-1 January). Kwanzaa is a celebration of African-American culture that lasts for seven days. It ends on 1 January with the giving of gifts and sharing of a meal.  The festival was created by Maulana Karenga, a festival of Africana studies and an active member of the Black Power movement, and first celebrated in 1966. He started it after the Watts riots to “give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and their history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society”. (source) Join data2insight as we continue to learn about the holidays around the world and how they are celebrated....

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11 Feb Celebrating Black STEM Innovators Who Have Defined Our Modern World

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to highlight some of the individuals, past and present, who should be routinely recognized for their achievements. (source) Angela Benton, Tech Entrepreneur In 2010, Fast Company named Angela Benton one of their Most Influential Women in Technology. And it’s not hard to see why. Three years prior, she had co-founded Black Web 2.0, now called B20, to highlight the exceptional innovation and talent “of Blacks in the technology and new media industries.” After working as a web designer, creative director, and front end web developer, Benton took on an entirely new challenge in 2011: creating NewME, a platform that helps minority and women entrepreneurs create successful businesses. The online platform has helped entrepreneurs raise more than $20+MM in venture capital funding. (source)...

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28 May Get Caught #Reading

Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to promote the fun of reading books for all ages.  Launched in 1999 by the Association of American Publishers and now managed by Every Child a Reader with support from the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Get Caught Reading provides teachers and librarians with small posters of TV and sports stars, authors, and beloved book characters reading a book. Recent posters feature wonderful role models from recent USA Olympic teams. Join data2insight as we #getcaughtreading!  Here are some of the books/series that we are currently reading:  ...

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04 Dec Computer Science Education Week #HourofCode

Computer Science Education Week is happening this week, December 4-10. It's an annual event that invites students to try coding for one hour through online games. In the Hour of Code website, you can find games for all ages in more than 45 languages, no prior programming experience necessary. The Hour of Code is just the first step on a journey to learn more about how technology works and how to create software applications. To continue this journey, find additional resources for educators here. Or encourage your children to learn online or in a local camp or workshop.   #HourofCode  ...

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09 May data2insight in St. Louis

We are excited that nearly 20 professionals gathered in St. Louis, Missouri on May 4, to hear about the work of data2insight LLC.  Founder and chief data scientist, Veronica Smith, described our six service areas (strategic evaluation, data dashboarding, shared measurement, data coaching, facilitation & training, and program design), gave examples of work done in each of those areas, and shared the values of the business. Thanks for a warm welcome from organizations like PNC Bank, St. Louis County Children's Service Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, Doorways Housing, Atomic Revenue, Philips Group, Diversity Awareness Partnership, EMD Consulting and more. ...

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