Wonder Lead Ambassador

Laura McShane

Joined 4 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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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 8, 2019

Soup is LOVE

Winter is always a tough time of year as hardship brings out the need for family and community support. It can also be a depressing time of year for ...


Nov 21, 2018

Mother of Invention

The proverb goes: "Necessity is the mother of invention." Here's our plan to keep kids' little hands busy over the long holiday breaks: Our wreath ...


Oct 11, 2018

Strong Girls Change the World

Now that I am older, I am less afraid to speak my mind, and I do. I have been threatened and told to shut up for stating my opinions, but I realize ...


Oct 6, 2018

Blind spots

This past week, a mom asked me to help her second grader, reading at a fifth grade level, to find chapter books suitable for her daughter to read. ...


Sep 17, 2018

One World Day

Cleveland, Ohio is fortunate to have rich tapestry of cultures from all over the world and to have a park which celebrates this beautiful diversity. ...


Sep 5, 2018

Wonder is everywhere!

Wonderopolis strives to instill wonder in every child, every day, in every classroom, but don't forget to take your wonder outside the classroom, ...


Apr 5, 2021

Gund Foundation gives $1 million to expand CMSD arts education

4/5/2021 -- Ann Gund is passionate about the arts, and a gift of $1 million given in her honor will allow Cleveland Metropolitan School District ...

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Apr 1, 2021

DigitalC receives grant to expand internet service

4/1/2021 -- CMSD teamed up with Digital C last year to ensure all students had access to reliable high-speed internet access after Gov. Mike DeWine ...

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Mar 29, 2021

3/30/2021 -- The John Adams football team is being outfitted in top-of-the-line uniforms, and a premier NFL draft prospect helped players celebrate ...

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Mar 25, 2021

Wade Park participates in global conference

3/25/2021 -- CMSD students know firsthand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their way of learning and interactions with friends -- and they are ...

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Mar 24, 2021

U.S. Department of Education summit showcases CMSD reopening

3/24/2021 -- CMSD and New York City representatives presented “lessons from the field,” featuring reopening approaches that promote safety while ...

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Mar 18, 2021

College Now to provide advice at mobile college clinic

3/18/2021 -- CMSD students and their families can get in-person help planning for college and other postsecondary education when a mobile clinic ...

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Mar 18, 2021

Contest winners receive breakfast party with Browns' linebacker

3/18/2021 -- Cleveland Browns linebacker Malcolm Smith joined students from Mound, Robinson G. Jones, Miles Park schools and the Safe Haven Learning ...

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Mar 15, 2021

Shift to hybrid moves into second phase (Video)

3/15/2021 -- The next step in CMSD's reopening began Monday as students in preschool through second grade and ninth and 12th graders returned to ...

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Mar 10, 2021

Schools able to build culture during remote learning

3/12/21 -- Principals across the District have focused on building a school culture during remote learning.

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