Monday, August 29, 2011

Help out your favorite non-profit organization

Did you know that you can shop online and help out your favorite non-profit organizations at the same time?
Here are the details: helps SLI earn a donation every time you shop at any of their 915 participating stores at no additional cost.

On top of that, if you make a purchase through iGive within 45 days of joining, they'll donate an EXTRA $5 to your favorite cause! With 915 stores in the iGive Mall, it's easy to find the things you need AND raise money for a SLI.

1. Join to support Strategic Learning Initiatives. It's free, safe, and easy to join. Use this link:

2. Shop through's online mall
The iGive Mall features over 900 trusted online retailers like, Staples, Nordstrom, JCPenney,, Barnes & Noble, QVC, & PETsMART to name just a few! You'll NEVER pay more when you reach these stores through And if you take advantage of the coupons and free shipping deals posted at iGive, you might even save a few bucks!

3. Watch the $$ roll in for Strategic Learning Initiatives!
Up to 26% of EACH purchase through iGive benefits your cause. Make that first purchase within 45 days and get a bonus $5 donation, too!
I hope to see you at soon!

P.S. would like you to know that all the causes at have been listed by members for their own and others' benefit. They don't endorse the causes, and the causes don't endorse them. But we DO! So, c'mon, click on that link above.

Monday, August 1, 2011

August Spotlight on a Staff Member

This month our spotlight Staff Member is Karen L. Morris.

Karen was kind enough to answer some of our questions for the blog, and here are her responses:

How did you become involved in SLI?
The Maria Saucedo Academy, where I served as the principal, was a partner with SLI in an Annenberg Grant.  I was impressed with the quality of the services provide.  When I retired from the principalship, I began to work with SLI.
What is the biggest change you’d like to see in schools in the future?
To continue to provide a quality education to ALL children during the current difficult economic times.  To support and develop educators in the current political climate.
What are you currently reading?
The Answer is in the Room - How Effective Schools Scale Up Student Success by: Alan M. Blankstein
Focus - Elevating the Essentials To Radically Improve Student Learning by: Mike Schmoker
And For Fun - Shoot-Don't Shoot by: J.A. Jance
Who inspires you?
God. My family.  The many outstanding educators who go to work daily, to provide "the best education possible" for young people.
What is your favorite past time?
 Spending time with family.  Travel.  Reading
If you could go on a dream vacation, where would you go?
Someplace with a white sandy beach where the temperature is 80 degrees year round.
What is one secret about yourself that you would like to reveal right now?    
I love to read James Patterson, Danielle Steele and Mary Higgins Clark books.
Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
 Being "really" retired!

Thank you to Karen Morris for being named SLI's August Spotlight Staff Member! Stay tuned for more spotlights in the upcoming months!