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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Jul 16, 2020

Designing Our Future

See the trees and the grasses in this photo? This is not a natural landscape. It was designed by a landscape architect to help save 60+ year old ...


Feb 28, 2020

What is Line?

Literacy is more than reading words in a book. The Akron Art Museum's Creativity Lab builds early literacy in kids through visual interpretation ...


Jan 31, 2020


Looking for a great book to share on World Read Aloud Day? Dev Petty's I Don't Want to Be A Frog humorously addresses identity and popularity. ...


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, ...


Sep 16, 2020

Second round of P-EBT benefits coming

9/16/2020 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing a second round of cash assistance that will help CMSD families meet their food needs ...

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Sep 15, 2020

Graduation rate reaches another record high

9/15/2020 -- CMSD’s four-year graduation rate has reached 80.1 percent, yet another in a series of record highs for the District.

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Sep 15, 2020

Community partners offer space for remote learning

9/15/2020 -- The pods will provide educational support and tutoring for more than 800 students in kindergarten through eight grade who are ...

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Sep 13, 2020

Teacher honored for helping peers with remote learning

9/14/2020 -- Kristen Carlin is among CMSD teachers who offered to conduct virtual office hours for colleagues who had questions about technology and ...

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Sep 11, 2020

CEO to deliver online State of the Schools address

9/12/2020 -- The City Club will livestream the address at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The CEO will discuss challenges the District has faced ...

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Sep 9, 2020

Virtual parent meetings previewed new school year

9/9/20 -- In the weeks leading up to the start of the new school year, many principals and educators hosted virtual meetings with parents and ...

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Sep 9, 2020

Schools easing into remote learning

9/9/2020 -- CEO Eric Gordon has advised teachers to move slowly and not immediately race headlong into their subjects. He said the focus this entire ...

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Sep 7, 2020

CMSD posts back-to-school checklist for new year, remote learning

9/7/2020 -- A new page on the CMSD website serves as a single location for information on setting up a daily routine, creating a home learning ...

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Sep 7, 2020

Test can net 11th graders money for college

9/7/2020 -- CMSD’s 11th graders have until Sept. 17 to register for the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test).

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