Back To School Inspiration for Educators

The last day of July means one thing.  Another summer is coming to a close and it is almost time for back to school.  We wanted to share some of our favorite quotes from some of the most significant thought leaders throughout human history.  They are writers, philosophers, teachers, and leaders- and they all have […]

Teaching Safari Spotlight: Graue Mill and the Underground Railroad

You might not realize this, but one of the most precious historical sites in U.S. is located just outside of downtown Chicago in the southern corner of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.  Graue Mill and Museum is one of the area’s remaining authenticated Underground Railroad “stations” and the only operating waterwheel grist mill […]

Teaching Safari Celebrates One Year!

How time flies! Hard to believe it was only a year ago when we added Teaching Safari, an educational tour program, to the Chicago School Supply family.  Teaching Safari is unique because it offers student field trips and instructional programs for educators that are aligned with current Illinois Standards based on the grade level and […]

Cell Phones Teach Phonics, Animation and More in School Instead of Cheating

Smart phones now have hundreds of applications meant to educate kids—from graphic calculators to animation programs that teach spelling and phonics. And while most public schools don’t allow the devices because they’re considered distractions—and sometimes portable cheating tools—some school districts have started to put the technology to use. The key, educators say, is controlling the […]

Enter the Chicago School Supply Educational Prize Give Away Before August 1.

What does a tricyle, a case of copy paper, a bus ride and a case of science fair project display boards have in common? You could be lucky enough to receive one of these items for free. That is correct! Chicago School Supply is giving away the following educational prizes: From Schoodoodle: A tricycle from […]

Charter Schools Gain In Stimulus Scramble

Some cash-strapped states and school districts are signaling a major expansion of charter schools to tap $5 billion in federal stimulus funds, despite strong opposition from some teachers unions. Charter schools are typically non-unionized, publicly funded alternative schools that have been widely promoted by conservatives as a needed dose of competition in public education. Last […]

Cash-Strapped Schools Looking Into Sharing

Driven by mounting financial pressures and declining enrollment, more school districts are looking into sharing resources or forming regions with neighboring communities. Boxborough, MA recently joined the discussion by forming a subcommittee to study different administrative options for its school district, which is independent for the elementary level but is in a union with Acton […]

Obama: education system is not adequately preparing our workers for a 21st-century economy

“And that is why I (President Obama) have set a goal that will greatly enhance our ability to compete for the jobs of the 21st-century: By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.”

FY 2010 Education Funding Bill Begins To Move in the House

  The House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations met on June 10, 2009, and the full House Appropriations Committee is expected to mark up the bill on July 14, 2009 or later that week for FY 2010.The Subcommittee version of the bill would provide a total increase for the three […]

GOP Leaving ‘No Child’ Behind

Rep. John Kline said he wants “maximum latitude” for states on education.