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  • Advertising Books with Posters

    Find out how Ms. Flowers helped students create a school-wide advertising campaign for reading. The whole school got involved, and the hallways and her class bulletin board look all the better for it.

  • Adopt an Acre of Rainforest

    Prep for Earth Day with this project-based activity in which students learn about the effects of deforestation and educate others in the community. Does your class want to adopt an acre?

  • Active Listening to Prevent Conflict

    This art teacher keeps classroom conflicts from escalating out of control through active listening and other classroom management strategies. Learn how she avoids defensive behavior and remains calm and in control.

  • Interview Skills

    This fun, skill-intensive project focuses on interviewing and presentation skills, and will help students stay engaged and focused as spring fever starts to kick in. Everyone gets involved – no slackers allowed!


  • Performance-Based Funding: Chasing Outcomes Over Real Learning

    By Mary Ellen Flannery Performance funding for public colleges and universities is a bad idea on fire these days. Even as more research clearly shows the plans don’t work as intended, nearly 30 states, most recently Florida, have adopted punitive approaches to paying for higher education. “They have this one-size-fits-all vision for higher education, and [...]

  • Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover: What Families Can Learn from Teachers’ Unions

    Teachers have always held a cherished role in our society—recognized as professionals who know how to inculcate a love of learning in our children. But the “education reform” movement represented by No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top blames teachers for the problems in our public schools. At heart, this is a debate between [...]

  • InBloom Student Data Repository to Close

    In a setback for the nearly $8 billion prekindergarten through 12th-grade education technology software market, inBloom, a non-profit corporationoffering to warehouse and manage student data for public school districts across the country, announced on Monday morning that it planned to shut its doors. The system was meant to extract student data from disparate school grading and [...]

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