How to Increase Teacher Commitment and Engagement

By Andrew Cox Never has a high level of commitment and engagement been needed more than right now. With the dislocations, uncertainties and bad economic news of the day, and the lowering of expectations, keeping a high level of engagement and commitment requires a conscious effort on the part of organizations. In a report by […]

Teachers Benefit From Job-Saving Stimulus Spending

Teachers appear to have benefited most from the effort to save jobs with the $787 billion recovery package, which sent billions of dollars to states that were on the verge of ordering heavy layoffs in education. The national data on the impact of President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan won’t be available until later this month. […]

In Some Classrooms, Books Are A Thing of the Past

The dread of high school algebra is lost here amid the blue glow of computer screens and the clickety-clack of keyboards. A fanfare plays from a speaker as a student passes a chapter test. Nearby, a classmate watches a video lecture on ratios. Another works out an equation in her notebook before clicking on a […]

Free Lesson Plan Turkey Feather Writing

Turkey Feather Writing Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing, Social Studies, United States History Grade 3- 5 DOWNLOAD FREE WORKSHEET Objective Students use a symbol of Thanksgiving to complete a writing activity. Directions Discuss with students the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, and the role of turkey in the holiday. In honor of Thanksgiving, use the turkey picture […]

Recession Spells End for Many Family Businesses

Siblings Georgia, Jimmy and John Roussos have spent most of their lives working in the kitchen of the restaurant their father opened in 1954. The eatery managed to survive a hurricane and other setbacks, but it wasn’t until this August that the recession took its toll, forcing Roussos Restaurant in Daphne, Ala., to permanently shut […]

Retailers Oppose Value-Added Tax

A day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) publicly expressed interest in considering a national value-added tax (VAT) to offset the cost of health care reform, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) called the idea “highly regressive” and harmful for low- and middle-income consumers. The RILA delivered its comments in a letter to Pelosi Oct. […]

ESEA/NCLB Hearings Begin

The House Education and Labor Committee and U.S. Department of Education have begun a series of hearings related to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA/NCLB). Both are focusing on first teacher/leader effectiveness (Great Teachers and Leaders) and the equitable distribution of accomplished teachers/leaders so that schools with significant enrollment of high […]

Economic Stimulus ARRA Education Funds Update Education

Secretary Arne Duncan provided more details on use of a proposed $500 million investment over the next 10 years to develop free online high school and college courses “that will be available 24/7/365.” This provision is included in the House-passed college student financial aid reform bill, the “Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act.” The Senate […]

SchooDoodle introduces eBooks for teachers

Did you ever pause and ask yourself why your music is downloaded electronically, your mail is downloaded electronically, your paycheck is downloaded electronically, but your supplemental classroom curriculum books are still in print? Welcome to the 21st century… Chicago School Supply and SchooDoodle.com are proud to announce the release of over 5,000 eBooks for teachers […]

Free Lesson Plan Where Does Water Vapor Come From?

Where Does Water Vapor Come From? Science, Earth and Space Science, Life Science Grade 3- 5 DOWNLOAD FREE WORKSHEET Objective Students will see that plants give off water vapor. Directions Activity Review what students learned about condensation of water from the atmosphere in the lessons What Is a Cloud? and Where Is the Water Vapor? […]