School Districts Awarded $2.4 Million in Grants to Help Girls in Math and Science

On the 37th anniversary of Title IX, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and an all-star line-up of women athletes and scientists for a roundtable discussion on the landmark legislation, and he announced the award of $2.4 million in grants to 13 groups to support projects that will [...]

Discover Teacher Tube- A Great Educational Resource!

We all love YouTube- right? I myself check in from time to time to view the menagerie of clever, shocking and sometimes just plain stupid videos. For most, YouTube is pure brain candy and entertainment. So imagine if YouTube was made up only of educators and fans of learning. And instead of shocking or embarrassing [...]

Schwarzenegger: Printed Texts Are Old School

In the state that gave the world Facebook, Google, and the iPod, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says forcing California’s students to rely on printed textbooks is so yesterday. The governor recently launched an initiative to see if the state’s 6 million public school students could use more online learning materials, including open courseware–perhaps saving millions of [...]

States Could Lose Out On Stimulus Cash

The Obama administration warned states it may withhold millions of dollars if they use stimulus money to plug budget holes instead of boosting aid for schools. Education Secretary Arne Duncan made the threat last Thursday in a letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, but his words could have implications for Texas, Arizona and other states. [...]

Online Social Communities For Teachers

Web 2.0 Applications like Twitter and Facebook have revolutionized how we are able to connect with friends, family and co-workers. Social networking sites allow us to network with those who share similar interests and exchange information without the constraints of time and space. No profession needs this more than educators. Online communities are a wonderful [...]

Free Fourth of July Lesson Plan

Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing, Writing Process, Journaling, Oral Language, Listening, Speaking, Art Grades 1-4 DOWNLOAD the free worksheet Objective The students will write a description of a flag. Directions 1. Decide whether the whole class will participate in writing a description, or if the students will do so individually. 2. Have the students study [...]

Free Computer for your Classroom

Sign up your K-12 education classroom to participate in Acer’s K-12 Seed Unit Program! Thru September, Acer is offering schools a free trial of their ground breaking 10.1″ Aspire® One Netbook. Participating schools can test the systems for 30 days free of charge. After 30 days, schools then have the option of purchasing the systems [...]

Free Resume Writing Lesson Plan for Students

Hire Me, I’m Nice: Writing a ResumeWriting ProcessGrade 5- 8 DOWNLOAD the free worksheet ObjectiveStudents practice creating resumes. DirectionsSince many students do not yet work, one way to practice resume writing is to have students pick a career they might be interested in pursuing in the future. With the help of the class, list several [...]

Is Bilingual Education Best for American Students?

I watched the piece featured below on the Today Show this morning that presents the pros and the cons of bilingual instruction in U.S. public schools. This is an ongoing debate, some feel that Hispanic students are better off being completely immersed in English so they may adapt to an English speaking nation- while others [...]

School Grant Recipients Listed by State

Duncan Announces $18.5 Million to Improve School Libraries and Increase Reading in Low-Income Schools U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the award of $18.5 million to enhance libraries in 57 low-income school districts across the United States. The grants will help schools improve reading achievement by providing students with increased access to current school [...]