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DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Florida Learn About the Natural World

Teach For America corps member Romy Ginsberg (Miami-Dade ’16) teaches a group of students at Norland Middle School in Miami Gardens, Florida whose curiosity causes them to inquire about everything.

Eager to learn about the natural world, her students are learning how to think scientifically. They have a solid foundation in scientific concepts—think classification of living things—and actively reinforce what they learn by participating in hands-on activities like dissection. But resources are limited.

By |March 15th, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Florida Learn About the Natural World|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Spring Forward in Style

Happy Friday, y’all! With our clocks jumping ahead one hour this weekend, there’s no better time than now to start prepping for the long, sun-filled days on the horizon. And, of course, TeacherPop has scoured the web for some of the best deals to celebrate the time-change. Check out these 10 deals to spring forward in style!

J.Crew: Save 25% on women’s wear-to-work styles and men’s best-selling styles with coupon code SHOPTOIT through Saturday.

LOFT: Take 40% off select full-price styles for a limited time.

By |March 10th, 2017|General Pop|Comments Off on Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Spring Forward in Style|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Houston Develop a Love of Reading

Teach For America alum Samantha Marquez (Houston ’14) believes her students at YES Prep West in Houston are redefining what is possible when it comes to reading.

“Many come from low-income families and struggle with a variety of issues before they even walk into the classroom,” Ms. Marquez says. “As a reading intervention teacher and the school’s librarian, I’ve seen all of our students embrace a whatever-it-takes attitude to ensure their personal literary growth.”

By |March 8th, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Houston Develop a Love of Reading|

5 Ways to Ensure the Lessons of Standing Rock Are Not Forgotten

5 Ways to Ensure the Lessons of Standing Rock Are Not Forgotten

Amid the recent executive order expediting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation, teachers inside and outside the community must continue to engage their students and reflect on both its impact and historical context.

The movement to protect the sacred lands of the Oceti Sakowin (the Seven Council Fires of the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota Nations) not only united a network of tribal nations and allies, but also sparked long overdue—and sometimes difficult—discussions on a multitude of complex issues, including environmental protection, tribal sovereignty, racial oppression, privilege, and access to power.

By |March 6th, 2017|General Pop|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Ensure the Lessons of Standing Rock Are Not Forgotten|

7 Teacher Reads for the Weekend

Happy Friday, y’all! If you’re looking to take some time this weekend to catch up on the latest teaching-related news from the last two weeks, TeacherPop has you covered. Check out these seven teacher reads for the weekend!

“We know that when teachers, parents, communities, and the culture at large hold negative stereotypes (including low academic expectations) of minority-group members, and don’t positively affirm cultural diversity, their performance suffers.” The Atlantic takes a look at the opportunity gap.

By |March 3rd, 2017|General Pop, Take a Break|Comments Off on 7 Teacher Reads for the Weekend|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Arkansas Hit One Out of the Park

Three years ago, Teach For America alum Chelsea Henderson (Arkansas ’13) wanted to provide a safe after-school outlet for her students at Earle High School in Arkansas, so she started a pick-up baseball league.

The league offers students a safe place to go after school that emphasizes health, teamwork, and self-discipline, and has become wildly popular in three short years—growing from six boys playing catch, to two full junior varsity and varsity teams. But with such a high level of interest, Ms. Henderson finds herself unable to provide her players with all the equipment they need to take the field.

By |March 2nd, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Arkansas Hit One Out of the Park|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Help Make Way for Spring

We still may be in the throes of winter, but spring is right around the corner! And there’s no better time than now to prep for the blossoming flowers, warm weather, and all-around awesomeness the new season has in store. Check out these 10 deals to help make way for spring and welcome it in style!

J.Crew: Save up to $50—and enjoy free shipping—on denim until midnight tonight.

Old Navy: Take up to 50% off all jeans for a limited time.

By |February 24th, 2017|General Pop|Comments Off on Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Help Make Way for Spring|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in the Bronx Program Their Robot

Teach For America alum Carolyn Gisondi (New York ’08) teaches a diverse group of students at PS 86 Kingsbridge Heights in the Bronx. Though the backgrounds of her students differ—with many hailing from Central and South America, and some as far away as Bangladesh—they always come together and work as one to achieve their goals, Mrs. Gisondi says.

This year, Mrs. Gisondi’s class is participating in a new initiative aimed at providing high-quality computer science education to students in New York City—Computer Science For All—and will work as a team to test their programming skills.

By |February 22nd, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|Comments Off on DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in the Bronx Program Their Robot|