Teacher Tax Deduction for School Supplies Passes Congress

On Friday, President Bush signed HR 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 after it passed the House by a vote of 263-171. In addition to allowing the government to purchase mortgage assets from cash-strapped banks and guaranteeing money market investments, several other parts of the bill include items that directly affect education such [...]

Free Classroom Joke – "Who’s Watching the Cookies?"

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray, “Take only ONE. God is watching.” Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of [...]

Using Video Games as Bait to Hook Readers

When PJ Haarsma wrote his first book, a science fiction novel for pre-teenagers, he didn’t think just about how to describe Orbis, the planetary system where the story takes place. He also thought about how it should look and feel in a video game. The online game that Haarsma designed not only extends the fictional [...]

Free Parent Involvement Activities – "Count and Cross" – Grade K-2nd

Addition, Multiplication, Sequencing Help your child write the numbers two through twelve, in order, on a piece of paper. Next, give her two dice and let her roll them. She can then cross out the number on her paper that is equal to the sum of the two dice. If she rolls a number that [...]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – "I Spy" – Age 1

Observation & Discovery, Language Skills Surround yourself and your child with a number of your child’s toys, then give him clues as to which toy you are thinking about. For example, “I spy a vehicle that has a loud siren.” If he doesn’t immediately point out or pick up his fire truck, give him more [...]

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CHITAG: Chicago Toy and Game Fair Update

Saturday November 22nd, 1 pm – 6 pm – Games in Education Forum As an Approved Illinois CPDU Provider, this Forum will provide professional development seminars on how and why to use games in the curriculum. Professional educators, parent educators, administrators, and future educators are all invited to attend. Topics include but are not limited [...]

Gender Gap in Teaching Grows: Only 24% of New Recruits are Men (EUROPE)

Teaching is becoming an increasingly female-dominated profession with men making up less than one in four new recruits, official figures revealed yesterday. Despite a multimillion-pound campaign to attract more men into teaching, the latest statistics reveal a widening gap between the sexes among those gaining teaching qualifications from universities and teacher training colleges. In 2006-07, [...]

Number of Schools in Restructuring under No Child Left Behind Increases by More than Half

The Center on Education Policy (CEP) released its most comprehensive report to date on how states and school districts implement school restructuring, the ultimate sanction for chronically low-performing schools under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The report finds that the number of Title I schools in restructuring during last school year, 2007-08, [...]