Claims Made on Facebook Can Damage a Teacher's Reputation and Ultimately Hurt Students

We received an alarming call Wednesday morning. A parent in the Tyler, Texas area read a Facebook post from a friend with a shocking claim that his daughter ate some fluffy Insta-Snow and, at the hospital, her blood alcohol level was 2.0. The…
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How Teachers and Educators Can Use Pinterest as a Resource In and Out of the Classroom

By Blog Editor Susan Wells You are now on Pinterest, you've created boards, pinned and repinned and lost hours of your life without batting an eye. How do you bring Pinterest into your classroom and use it as a teaching resource? Here are a…

Chicago Teachers on Strike - 350,000 Students Out of School

By Blog Editor Susan Wells Members of the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike Monday after talks with the Chicago Public Schools ended without resolution late Sunday night. School board President David Vitale said the district changed…
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Pinterest for Teachers - How to Get Set Up

By Blog Editor Susan Wells Pinterest is the latest time-sucking social network to rise above the rest. If you are a visual person looking for recipes, home decorating tips, crafts for the kids or cool vacation spots, Pinterest is your network.…
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Rocket Boy Homer Hickam Ignites Passion for Science in 4th Grade Engineers

The 4th graders at Willow Creek Elementary and their amazing teacher, Lisa Heaton, took a lesson out of the books, literally, and tested their rocket-building skills. They read Homer Hickam's book, Rocket Boys. Then they set out on their own…

Enter Parenting Magazine's Virtual Science Fair and Win $5,000

Our own Steve Spangler is a judge in the Parenting Magazine's Innovator's of Tomorrow Energizer Science Fair. Enter and you could win $5,000 and an opportunity to be featured in a 2012 issue of Parenting School Years Magazine. Children must…

President Obama Grants Waivers to 10 States for No Child Left Behind Act

By Blog Editor Susan Wells Yesterday, President Barack Obama gave 10 states a waiver from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) 2001 Act. It was a bipartisan federal law signed by President George W. Bush on Jan. 8, 2002 that was a reauthorization…
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The Republican Candidates' Views on Education - Should We Do Away with the Department of Education?

By Blog Editor Susan Wells As the field narrows and we get closer to a front runner emerging for the Republican nomination for president, it's important that voters do their homework and really learn about each candidate and their views. The…
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Reaching a Communication Balance - Best practices for Parent-Teacher Communication

By Carissa Rogers and VolunteerSpot.com What do parents and teachers have in common? We want what’s best for our kids…and we’re busy! Parents and teachers don’t get to spend much time together,  plus the teacher is out numbered, easily…
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The Big Brain Club Teaches Kids that Smart is Cool

By Blog Editor Susan Wells Peer pressure is a state of being and survival for school age children. Kids deal with daily pressure to have the right clothes, say the right things and own the right possessions. The pressure bounces off the charts…