When I was a child, my mom was not a supporter of consumerism or materialism. She did not believe in buying name brands or staying up to date with the latest fad. For example, to her ‘sneakers’ (as she called gym/tennis shoes, she’s from New Jersey) were all the same whether they had a Nike logo on them or not. She was a major proponent of my sister and I making crafts for toys and coming up with creative games to keep us occupied. On Christmas mornings, before we opened any of the gifts under the tree, as a way for us to remember the reason for the season, we had to open the gift that ‘Jesus’ gave us first. That gift was simply a scripture that was selected for my sister and I to focus on for the upcoming year attached to a red rose.

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The Ultimate Shop Socially Conscious Holiday Shopping Guide

It’s time to celebrate! It’s time to shop!  Check out LEARNtheBrand Impact Apparel at these upcoming events. Support small businesses and artists.  We’d love to see you at these events.

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Kiva Chicago Celebration
Thursday, November 19, 2015
6:00pm-9:00pm
Bottom Lounge
1375 W Lake St., Chicago, IL

LEARNtheBrand will be raffling off two t-shirts.  Please join us at this FREE celebration of economic impact and small business.

Food, drinks and good tunes will be provided! Please RSVP and purchase a rafflle ticket here:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/kiva-chicago-celebration-tickets-19276037146

For every $5 donated you will receive a raffle ticket to win one of the many awesome prizes, including craft beers from Lagunitas Brewery Chicago and impact apparel T-shirts fromLEARNtheBrand

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Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmer’s Market
Sunday, November 22, 2015 & December 20, 2015
11:00am-4:00pm
Promontory Lounge, Second Floor (Behind Akira)
5311 S Lake Park West,  Chicago, IL

 Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmer’s Market is a showcase of Hyde Park artisans and urban farms located in the Promontory’s beautiful second floor music venue (behind the Akira). Meet dozens of amazing vendors at this indoor crafts and farmers market while listening to Hyde Park’s finest deejays spinning jazzy, soulful soundtracks to your shopping. Admission is free, the bar is open, and brunch is being served downstairs, so make a day of it!

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Vends+Vibes: An Arts Market Place
Saturday, December 12, 2015-Sunday, December 13, 2015
1:00pm-5:00pm
Arts Incubator in Washington Park
301 E Garfield Blvd
Chicago, IL

Vends+Vibes: An Arts Market Place is a boutique of local artists and creative entrepreneurs who make handmade goods throughout the city. The event will include music from DJs Mr. JayToo and DJ Jo De Presser, an open bar featuring drinks from Revolution Brewing and Currency Exchange Cafe, open studios with our artists-in-residence, and a kids’ area with creative activities for families.

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About LEARNtheBrand Impact Apparel:  LEARNtheBrand Impact Apparel is a clothing line that consists of limited edition fashion T-shirts (and later other items such as hoodies, sweatshirts, children’s apparel, and phone cases will be available for purchase) that include unique designs that focus on rebranding the perception of learning and education from test-driven and rote memorization to meaningful, relevant and passion driven learning experiences.  As a socially conscious enterprise, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to organizations that are providing meaningful and passion-driven learning experiences to learners of all ages. Visit and shop the online store hosted by Threadless: https://learnthebrand.threadless.com/.

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Check Out LEARNtheBrand Impact Apparel at these Upcoming Events!!

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela

LEARNtheBrand Impact Apparel is a clothing line that consists of limited edition fashion T-shirts (and other apparel and household items coming soon) that include unique designs that focus on rebranding the perception of learning and education from test-driven and rote memorization to meaningful, relevant and passion driven learning experiences. As a socially conscious enterprise, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to organizations that are providing meaningful and passion-driven learning experiences to learners of all ages.

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LEARNtheBrand Impact Apparel Lookbook: Collection 1

FEATURED SHIRT: Comfort Zone

BRANDING MESSAGE: Be comfortable with taking risks. Be willing to step outside of your comfort zone. Even if you are scared, do it anyway.

Purchase your limited edition t-shirt today! LEARNtheBrand Impact Apparel includes eight minimalist designs that cleverly represent statements regarding passion-driven learning. Join the movement! A portion of the profits received will be donated to organizations that are committed to providing learners, of all ages, opportunities to engage in transformative and meaningful learning experiences. Together we are change agents. Click on the following link to access and shop our online store hosted by Threadless: https://learnthebrand.threadless.com/.

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I was directed, while working in district-wide administration for Chicago Public Schools (the third largest school district in the United States) and under the leadership of Barbara Byrd- Bennett (or Triple B as she was sometimes called), to ‘keep Barbara Byrd-Bennett out of the media.’ The directive came as a result of some negative attention towards a resource that was included in the district-wide Chicago Public Schools Social Science framework. I was a member of the team that developed the framework, and quite possibly, the person responsible for including a “controversial” resource. The resource was Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, Persepolis. I am an enthusiast of comics and graphic novels and have, for many years, supported untraditional resources (i.e. such as comics) as a means to engage students’ interest in topics and support literacy skills development.

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‘Keep Barbara Byrd-Bennett Out of the Media’

Have you ever watched a good television program, and after the credits have rolled up your television screen, there are a few clips that show the ‘bloopers’ or ‘behind the scenes’ recordings?  On the occasions when this has happened to me, I can honestly say that I have enjoyed a brief glimpse of what was not intended to be viewed by the public equally as much as the final edited program.  Perhaps, it is the fact that the ‘bloopers’ or the ‘behind the scenes’ shots show the program in its organic state.  Or, maybe, the unedited footage provides an example of how mistakes were necessary to create such an enjoyable viewing experience.

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LEARNtheBrand Photoshoot: ‘Behind the Scenes’

FEATURED SHIRT: Time to B Creative

BRANDING MESSAGE: Creative thinking allows one to discover innovative ways to improve parts of your life and society.

Purchase your limited edition t-shirt today! LEARNtheBrand Impact Apparel includes eight minimalist designs that cleverly represent statements regarding passion-driven learning. Join the movement! A portion of the profits received will be donated to organizations that are committed to providing learners, of all ages, opportunities to engage in transformative and meaningful learning experiences. Together we are change agents. Click on the following link to access and shop our online store hosted by Threadless: https://learnthebrand.threadless.com.

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SHOP LEARNtheBrand IMPACT APPAREL LINE TODAY!