5 Teaching Resources for Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated in schools and libraries around the country each February as a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. History. The tradition began in 1926 as when Carter G. Woodson chose a week in February because it marked the birthdays of two highly influential figures in African […]

12 Helpful Online Lesson Sharing Resources for Teachers

  With today’s technology, educators have more resources and connections at their disposal than ever before. Online collaboration with colleagues, now embraced by K-12 educators all over the world,  can be a very effective way to prepare lessons for your students. Not only can it make life easier, it can help to improve the quality […]

Prevent Summer Learning Loss with Summer Bridge Activities™ Series

Hats off to everyone for making the 2010/2011 school year a great one! Now lets help our kids retain what they have learned! Here is something you may have not known: “Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the […]

A Few Things You Should Know About Common Core Standards

Previously, every state has worked from its own set of academic standards, meaning public education students in each state are learning to different levels. The Common Core standards have been designed so that all students are prepared to compete with not only their American peers in the next state, but also with students globally. Change is not easy and many teachers are lamenting yet another shift in the standards movement. But in many ways the Common Core State Standards are perfect for the 21st Century educator.

Congress Breathes New Life into Striving Readers Programs

The budget compromise recently hammered out in Washington breathes new life into a major literacy initiative at the U.S. Department of Education.

The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers

Is teacher value-added a good measure of teacher quality? In investigating the long-term impacts of “effective teachers”, researchers found that elementary- and middle-school teachers who help raise their students’ standardized test scores have a wide-ranging, lasting positive effect on those students’ lives even beyond academics.

The Mozart Effect

There is significant research to substantiate a connection between music and the learning of math. The National Association for Music Education provides a wealth of resources that explore this connection.   Many other studies that have been conducted and brain researchers have explored the impact of music on learning in general. According the the NAMM Foundation, there are scientific […]

One Size Does Not Fit All

Instructional Strategies Used to Implement Differentiated Instruction One size does not fit all when it comes to educating our children.  Fair does not mean equal in the classroom. For years, teachers planned the lesson and delivered it to all the students.  After extensive studies about multiple intelligences and learning styles, brain based research (and some […]

President Obama Proposes Major Investment in Teachers and Facilities

Last week in a nationally-televised speech to members of Congress and the American people, President Obama shared his plan for $447 billion in tax cuts and government spending to boost the nation’s lagging economic recovery. He called on lawmakers to put politics aside and work together to solve the jobs crisis, with specific programs that […]

Back to School Supply Kits for Students and Teachers Take the Pain Out of Shopping for Supplies

Does the thought of running around a supply store with your back to school lists in hand give you a headache? Want to make Back-to-School shopping a little less confusing? A little less expensive? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, we have something just for you! Chicago School Supply and SchooDoodle.com […]