Free Education News: Intensive New Teacher Support Pays Off

Investments in high-quality support programs for new educators yield a significant return on investment for teachers, schools, and students, according to a new study released last week at a Capitol Hill policy briefing sponsored by the New Teacher Center (NTC) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The NTC’s cost-benefit analysis demonstrates that high-quality induction […]

Chicago School Supply in the News: NSSEA Recruitment Breakfast Taking Place at NAEYC

Members planning to attend or exhibit at the upcoming National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference & Expo, November 7-10, in Chicago are invited to join NSSEA for breakfast at 8:00 am on Thursday, November 8 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. The purpose of this breakfast is to encourage participation […]

Free Education News: More Schools Turn To Extended Days

When Nancy Mullen took over as principal at Matthew J. Kuss Middle School in Fall River, MA three years ago, she found it a somber place. Labeled as chronically under-performing under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, all electives had been stripped away to make more time for reading and math drills in […]


Addition, Multiplication, Area Create a grid on a piece of paper, made up of one-inch squares. (You can also use graph paper or a computer generated grid to save time.) Take turns with your child rolling a die twice. The first throw designates the length (in squares) of one side of a rectangle. The second […]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Bold Bracelet" – Age 0-6 months

Sensory Awareness, Large Motor Skills, Visual Discrimination Loosely place a small, scrunchy pony tail holder around your child’s wrist (use a bold color such as red or black). He will be fascinated by the flash of color he sees as he moves his arm and hand near his face. !CAUTION: Monitor your child closely during […]

Teen Talk: " Mom, can I have the keys?"

How can parents be good role models for their children when it comes to driving an automobile? Don’t exhibit road rage. Don’t use cell phone. Don’t be distracted. Don’t drive late at night. Don’t tailgate. Don’t drink and drive…ever. Be courteous to other drivers. Drive the speed limit Wear seatbelts 2. What kind of lessons […]

Founder’s Focus: Halloween Memories

I never liked Halloween as a child. As a teen, it was a good excuse to get out and cause mischief, but I never enjoyed the dressing up/trick or treating aspect of the holiday. This can clearly be traced back to the slight of my mother’s hand. As a young girl, she never liked Halloween […]

Free Quote For Teachers – "Rita Rudner – Trick-or-Treat?"

“Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, ‘Never take candy from strangers.’ And then they dressed me up and said, ‘Go beg for it.’ I didn’t know what to do. I’d knock on people’s doors and go, ‘Trick or treat. No thank you.’” Quote by: Rita Rudner (1955-) U.S. comedian, 1990 American Comedy […]

FREE TEACHER JOKE – "The Halloween Spirit Quiz"

* * * If you believe in surprise quizes for your class (and who doesn’t enjoy that!), then here’s a few pop-quiz questions both you and your class will like to share “in the spirit of Halloween”: ***Q: What do you get when you cross a vampire with a teacher?A: Blood Tests. Lots and Lots […]

Chicago School Supply in the News: School Supply Dealer 2.0

Michael Ockrim has a lifetime of experience in school supply retail. It’s a familiar story: Until he left for college, Mike helped out in his mother’s teacher store, The Education Depot. He assisted customers, stocked the shelves and worked the register. When he graduated, he returned to help his mother run the store. Over the […]