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Joe Clarkin

About Joe Clarkin

Joe Clarkin is a former copywriter at MBS. When he’s not working or studying, you’re most likely to find him reading a book or watching a game.

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Eastside Preparatory is Now Offering Lower Cost Materials to Students

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Aug 14, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Currently finishing up its 12th school year, Eastside Preparatory, a grade 5-12 school in Kirkland, Washington, knows a thing or two about rapid change. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that the school was just an idea in the heads of school founders Alice and Tom Strong. In the years since, Eastside has grown into one of the most well-respected and academically rigorous schools in the area as they’ve aimed to make good on their mission statement:

We inspire students to create a better world through Critical Thinking, Responsible Action, Compassionate Leadership and Wise Innovation.

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Low Cost Digital Content Without Sacrificing Quality

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jun 22, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Quality and affordable course materials aren’t mutually exclusive. Without the production costs of a traditional textbook, digital course materials are available at lower prices and can be customized for individual classes. Through MBS Direct's digital options, educators can meet the needs of their classroom and enhance student learning and engagement.

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Maximize Learning Outcomes With Thoughtful Adoptions

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Mar 16, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Picking the optimal curriculum and considering the types of content your students need can help your school provide quality and affordable course materials on-time — a crucial step for determining student success.

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6 Questions to Ask Before Moving Textbook Management Online

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jan 12, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Transitioning to an online bookstore is a big deal. You know it's designed to be more convenient and cost-effective for everyone, but it is still going to be a significant change for your school. There are some questions you are going to want to ask yourself to make sure the choice you're making is the right one.

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Taking the Hassle Out of Course Material Management

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jul 12, 2016 4:30:00 AM

Ever wonder why large companies are able to offer lower prices than the local mom-and-pop store? The core reasoning behind that phenomenon is something called "economy of scale." In essence, the bigger the company, the more they are able to put towards things like efficiency, which results in savings. Those savings can then be passed on to customers. The economy of scale MBS Direct provides can make a significant difference to the success of your course material program. In this guide, we go through all the different ways our company helps you stand out:

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Why Educators Need to Learn More About the Brain

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jun 29, 2016 4:00:00 AM

The human brain is at the center of every experience we have. And yet, because of its complexity, it remains a mystery in many ways. People dedicate their whole lives to studying how and why the brain does what it does, and even they don't end up learning all there is to know. That, however, is no excuse for educators not to learn more about the brain. Here's why:

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Wyoming Seminary Simplifies Course Material Distribution by Partnering with MBS Direct

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jun 13, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Before partnering with MBS Direct this spring, Wyoming Seminary School ran their own brick-and-mortar bookstore on campus. As a school of nearly 800 students – 440 of which is in high school – running pre-K through grade 12, this created a lot of extra work for staff members and student volunteers.

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Easy Ways to Get Families Involved at Your School

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jun 9, 2016 8:38:17 AM

With younger students, a huge part of their academic success can be reliant on how involved their family is in their education. Schools are aware of this, of course, but it's not always easy to get families involved. They're busy people with full schedules - they don't always have time to participate in every school-sponsored function. But if you're looking to increase family engagement at your school, here are a few things you might want to try:

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Easy Ways for Teachers to Save Time

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jun 8, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Feeling like there aren't enough hours in the day is always frustrating. It typically means that you're busy and stressed out, which can lead to you being less productive, even when there's so much on your plate. So how can teachers, already operating in a more restrictive time period than the majority of us, cut down on some of the unnessary time-wasters? Lisa Neilson of The Innovative Educator has some ideas:

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Kettering University Partners with MBS Direct to Offer a Wider Selection of Course Materials

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jun 7, 2016 4:00:00 AM

A private, non-profit institution in Flint, Mich., Kettering University stands out for its uniqueness. Founded in 1919, Kettering is a co-op college, meaning all 2,000 students are essentially in a work-study program full-time. “At any time, only about half of our student population is on campus,” said Director of Auxiliary Services Nadine Thor.

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