Wonder Lead Ambassador

Laura McShane

Joined 3 years ago

I have a background in zoology, park planning and design, landscape architecture and library science. I have morphed from working at a hospital, at a large metropolitan park district, a community development corporation, a metropolitan planning organization, to now, at an urban public library.

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Oct 16, 2019

Uphill, Downhill

This past Sunday, I explored an old carriage trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. As I hauled my bike uphill, I realized how scary this ...


Aug 22, 2019

Blast into Reading!

To commemorate NASA's 50th anniversary of the lunar landing and in celebration of National Literacy Month, McDonalds' has partnered with Reading Is ...


Jul 18, 2019

FISH everywhere

Britta Teckentraup's FISH everywhere arrived at the library today!! This magnificent picture book is justification for the preservation of picture ...


May 29, 2019

A More Perfect Union

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, but the true origin of the holiday has been obscured : The holiday was not always called Memorial ...


May 20, 2019

Make the Most of Summer

A few years ago, I attended a conference for trail planning. Many state tourism bureaus presented, but Idaho's tagline for vacations especially ...


Apr 26, 2019

Ride a Bike!

Do you remember learning to ride your first bike? How about that first bike accident! Did an adult help you fix your bike when the chain came off, ...


Mar 9, 2019

OpenCon 2019

I am sharing my notes for the OpenCon2109 held on March 7-8, 2019 at Cleveland State University. I was not able to attend the entire conference this ...


Feb 15, 2019

Picturing America

I first became aware of the National Center for Families Learning and Wonderopolis as part of a suite of FREE Open Educational Resources - searchable ...


Jan 31, 2019


"Look out! We're about to begin!" The story of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen starts out with a warning. How do we look at our world? ...


Jan 16, 2020

1/16/2020 -- Students at the Lincoln-West School of Global Studies are collecting items to aid people affected by the earthquakes in Puerto Rico and ...

Jan 15, 2020

WKYC to put spotlight on need for mentors

1/15/2020 -- College Now Greater Cleveland is seeking 1,000 mentors to pair with graduating high school seniors. WKYC-TV will spotlight the need ...

Jan 13, 2020

Eighth graders earn college credit through robotics class (VIDEO)

1/14/2020 -- At the beginning of the school year, a select few Nathan Hale eighth graders opened bins and that opened new opportunities like building ...

Jan 9, 2020

College Now honors mentors during annual luncheon

1/9/2020 -- Close to 500 mentor and mentees gathered in the ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel for College Now's MentorInCLE Connect Luncheon and ...

Jan 6, 2020

Students learning coding to reduce NEO talent gap (VIDEO)

1/8/2020 -- Some Ginn Academy students are learning how to code, a computer skill most of them didn’t have before they started attending the ...

Dec 26, 2019

Students create marketing videos for their schools (Video)

12/29/2019 -- The students are members of CEO Eric Gordon's Student Advisory Committee. The videos premiered when the committee met in December at ...

Dec 24, 2019

Say Yes ranks as top CMSD story for 2019

12/30/2019 -- The first big story of 2019 -- the arrival of Say Yes to Education in Cleveland -- was also the biggest story of the year. But while ...

Dec 23, 2019

7 CMSD schools win state Momentum Award

12/23/2019 -- Seven CMSD schools have received state Momentum Awards for acheiving academic growth that exceeded expectations last school year. ...

Dec 20, 2019

12/20/2019 -- It is hard to imagine finding holiday spirit stronger than the vibe that courses through CMSD schools at this time of year. Santa Claus ...