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, ...


Nov 18, 2020

School of One opens site at LGBT Center

11/19/2020 -- CMSD's School of One has opened a site at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, a partnership that might be the first of its ...

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Nov 13, 2020

Portal open for high school choice

11/16/2020 -- The portal, ChooseCMSD.org, will accept high school choices until Feb. 5. The portal will reopen from March 1 through April 23 for both ...

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Nov 10, 2020

CMSD, partners building path to workforce

11/10/2020 -- The evolving initiative is designed to build awareness of career opportunities, help students explore and prepare for their prospective ...

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Nov 5, 2020

CEO, board thank voters, promise to make new money last

11/5/2020 -- CEO Eric Gordon says CMSD will stretch revenue from Issue 68 so the District can take care of needs during the pandemic and beyond.

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Nov 4, 2020

Nathan Hale student receives national award (Video)

11/6/20 -- A Nathan Hale fifth grader received an award and prizes for the most minutes read during the Imagine Learning Fill Your Backpack with ...

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Nov 4, 2020

Community comes through again for CMSD kids

11/4/2020 -- Voters continue to show unwavering support for Cleveland Metropolitan School District students, even during a historic pandemic and a ...

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Oct 31, 2020

All-City makes sure the show goes on (Video)

10/31/2020 -- After COVID-19 scuttled the program’s Winter Showcase, All-City Director Kimberly Brown, District Director of Arts Education Jeffery ...

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Oct 30, 2020

Students' video to kick off Browns game

10/30/2020 -- Some current and former CMSD students’ rendition of the National Anthem is turning into a virtual singing tour.

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Oct 29, 2020

OSBA delegates confirm Heard as president-elect

10/29/2020 -- Heard will spend 2021 as president-elect before beginning a one-year term as president of the Ohio School Board Association's Board of ...

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