Girls Thinking Global Launch and Première to be held in New York City


Cambridge, Massachusetts, (December 8, 2014) – Girls Thinking Global (GTG) announces its formal launch and première in New York on December 8, 2014.

The non-profit will share their goals to Educate, Empower, Engage and Energize people across the globe to take action for girls worldwide. Girls Thinking Global is embarking on a visionary journey to create a global network serving women and girls, to leverage resources – monetary, in-kind, and communicative – to ensure that every possible dollar and resource is used to improve the quality of life for adolescent girls worldwide

The launch event also premières their first International Documentary highlighting the work of the Jungle Mamas, an exemplary program which is part of The Pachamama Alliance. Jungle Mamas trains indigenous Achuar women and adolescents in the Ecuadorian Amazon to become birthing attendants, reducing maternal and neonatal mortality across the region.

Girls Thinking Global was founded by Kathy Hurley, a Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow, Deb deVries, a former Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Executive, Cassandra Walker and Elizabeth Texeira, recent Harvard Graduate School of Education alumnae in the International Education Policy program. GTG has been working out of Harvard Business School Innovation Laboratory since June 2014, and became incorporated in August of 2014.

“I am proud to be a part of the New York City launch of Girls Thinking Global,” stated Gillian Sorenson, United Nations, Former Assistant Secretary General and 2014 Harvard University Fellow. “Girls Thinking Global is collaborating with organizations world-wide to share expertise, experiences, and resources resulting in deeper impact to the girls they serve.

GTG has created an interactive, online, global database of organizations working with adolescent girls that non-profits can use to be matched with mentors and mentees and to find strategic resources. They will be using case studies and documentaries to highlight exemplary organizations in the field, using these to create awareness and disseminate best practices.

Girls Thinking Global will also host an annual summit to further highlight the work that these women, girls, and organizations have undertaken across the globe. As part of the annual summit Girls Thinking Global will host an awards program recognizing individuals and organizations that have brought advancement and opportunities to girls and women worldwide.

Girls Thinking Global is striving to be an advocate for issues facing adolescent girls, sharing relevant stories, events, and advocacy campaigns from around the world through their online presence and monthly newsletter, increasing the global discourse around the issues facing girls and women every day.

Girls Thinking Global became a reality when they held a Kickstarter campaign and raised an amazing $20,223, all of which was used to cover the cost of their first international documentary highlighting Jungle Mamas. You can view more about them here:

To learn more about Girls Thinking Global, please visit


Berwyn Public Library Promotes Pre-K Literacy:  PARTNERING WITH MyON READER

Provides Access for All Community Preschoolers

MINNEAPOLIS – December 8, 2014 – The Berwyn Public Library in Berwyn, IL is proud to partner with myON, a personalized digital literacy platform, in providing access for all community pre-K children. The library started offering complimentary access to the online platform’s nearly 5,000 authentic titles to preschool children in August of 2014.


While providing access to titles from Pre-K publishers such as Disney, Orca Picture Books, Flowerpot Press, Highlights High Five, Sourcebooks and Warner Bros Global Publishing the library hopes to encourage all students to become kindergarten ready throughout the entire Berwyn community. The program will encompass public Pre-K students of both North and South Berwyn, as well as private and homeschooled Pre-K students.


“As a librarian, I’ve always been dedicated to promoting reading and literacy to readers of all ages, and what better way to do that than to capture the imaginations and hearts of my community’s youngest readers,” says Tammy Clausen, director of Berwyn Public Library. “From what I’ve seen, myON is the best platform to do exactly that because of its extensive library of Pre-K titles and ability to allow readers to actively engage with the digital texts in a lasting and impactful manner. Providing this type of access to the preschool aged children of Berwyn will improve their ability to learn throughout the academic process, and I’m happy to be a part of that process.”


“myON has always believed that the strongest asset a learner can possess is the ability to read. This is rooted in early childhood literacy, and myON is dedicated to providing the type of content that will create a personalized literacy program for each child that is fortunate enough to have parents, educators and community leaders that care as much about literacy as we do,” commented myON President, Todd Brekhus. “It is always such a pleasure to see an entire community committed to developing and strengthening its children’s literacy at an age that will truly set a successful academic career in motion.”

By leveraging key federal initiatives such as Bridge the Word Gap and the University of Reno study that details that books in home are as important as parents’ education in determining children’s education level, the entire Berwyn community is working to build a strong community of readers to ensure that every child has the best possible chance of success.


Currently South Berwyn District 100 has implemented myON district wide and the first year results indicate extensive gains reading growth attributed to myON.  Most recently, at the October 22 Board meeting, the district shared results of a Virtual Summer School program that engaged students in reading on myON.  Results show that 75% of students who enrolled in Virtual Summer School maintained or increased their reading level over the summer.


For more information on myON’s award-winning digital literacy platform, please visit them online at


About myON

myON, a business unit of Capstone is a personalized digital literacy platform that creates collaborative learning opportunities. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 7,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments and close reading tools. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile assessments that measure student reading growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction.




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