More School: Obama Would Curtail Summer Vacation

Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way. Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe. “Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas,” the […]

Free Lesson Plan Teenage Consumer

Students will participate in a group brainstorming and discussion session about teenage consumers and their spending habits. They will then collect data about their own spending habits for comparison purposes. Oral Language, Mathematics, Data Analysis and Probability Grade 5- 8 DOWNLOAD FREE WORKSHEET Objective Students will participate in a group brainstorming and discussion session about […]

SBA Announces H1N1 Preparedness Guide For Small Businesses

Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the availability of a preparedness guide designed to assist small businesses in planning for the possibility of an H1N1 flu outbreak this fall. During a call with reporters Mills made clear the importance of flu preparedness for small businesses. “Small […]

Listing by District for $12.4 Million Awarded to Promote Instruction of Critical Foreign Languages

The U.S. Department of Education announced the award of more than $12.4 million in Foreign Language Assistance Program grants to local and state school systems in 24 states and the District of Columbia, aimed at promoting the instruction of foreign languages critical to national security. The funds will be used in elementary and secondary schools […]

Opportunities/Options for Federal Partnership Around “Continuity of Learning”

Due to the potentially serious widespread H1N1 “swine flu” threat this fall/winter in the U.S., with children, youth and young adults especially at risk, the Obama Administration has provided health information to states and local school districts, and the U.S. Department of Education has provided “Continuity of Learning” guidance to the nation’s educators. In case […]

September Featured Teaching Safari Experience: The Chicago Northside Cultural Literacy Tour

This month, our featured Teaching Safari Experience highlights the fabulous Chicago Northside.  Students who embark on this Safari will experience the unique American history, art, architecture and landscaping that is prominent throughout this area.  The students will begin their day being picked up in a clean bus and are transported to the historically rich Chicago’s […]

Cursive Writing May Be Fading Skill, But So What?

Charleston, WV resident Kelli Davis was in for a surprise when her daughter brought home some routine paperwork at the start of school this fall. Davis signed the form and then handed it to her daughter for the eighth-grader’s signature. “I just assumed she knew how to do it, but I have a piece of […]

We Need Your Help! Support the Chicago School Supply Drive 2009 on

About a year ago, we decided to involve Chicago School Supply with an organization called, an online charity to support teachers who are in need of classroom materials.  With our readers support, we helped raise enough funds for a local classroom to purchase materials needed to hold their science fair!  This year, the need […]

Initiative Focuses on Early Learning Programs

Tucked away in an $87 billion higher education bill that passed the House last week was a broad new federal initiative aimed not at benefiting college students, but at raising quality in the early learning and care programs that serve children from birth through age 5. The initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Fund, would channel […]

Free Lesson Plan Calculating Discounts and Sales

Students learn about decimal arithmetic and multiplication. Measurement (includes Time), Operations (+, -, x, /, etc.), Problem Solving Grade 4- 6 DOWNLOAD FREE WORKSHEET Objective Students learn about decimal arithmetic and multiplication. Directions Facts to Know You often hear commercials about savings at stores. Sometimes, the announcer will say in the same breath, “We’re having […]