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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.

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|0 Comments|

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|0 Comments|

7 Teacher Reads for the Weekend

From an innovative start-up looking to revolutionize substitute teaching to a classic board game saying “bon voyage” to an iconic game piece, TeacherPop has compiled some of the best teaching-related stories from the last two weeks. Check out these seven teacher reads for the weekend!

“Movies and word-search puzzles [are] inevitable mainstays in the substitute teacher’s arsenal. Parachute Teachers is hoping to disrupt that rhythm.”

This Kansas school district realized that in order to help homeless students, they had to also help homeless families.

By |February 17th, 2017|General Pop|0 Comments|

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Berkeley Immerse Themselves in History

Teach For America alum Stefanie Wissmann (New York ’04) teaches a group of curious and energetic fourth graders at Cragmont Elementary School in Berkeley, California.

“They love learning more about themselves, each other, and the world,” Ms. Wissman says. “They are definitely voracious readers and enjoy learning about history.”

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that her students also love to go on field trips to complement what they’re learning in the classroom—especially when it comes to Native Americans, European explorers, and the Gold Rush.

By |February 15th, 2017|General Pop, Your Stories|0 Comments|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals for a Sweet and Stylish Valentine’s Day

Happy Friday, y’all! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you know TeacherPop has scoured the web in search of the sweetest, most romantic, and of course, stylish deals from some of our favorite retailers. Check out these 10 deals to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style!

J.Crew: Save 25% on your purchase—or 30% if you spend $150 or more—with coupon code HEARTYOU through Monday.

Gap: Take 40% off women’s and men’s styles with coupon code FORYOU through Sunday.

LOFT: Save 40% on select styles for a limited time.

By |February 10th, 2017|General Pop|0 Comments|

3 Awesome Funding Opportunities for Teachers

Are you looking to start a new after-school science club or supply your class with Chromebooks? Well, thanks to our friends at DonorsChoose.org, it’s never been easier to raise funds to support your classroom and give your students everything they need for success. Check out these three awesome funding opportunities for teachers from DonorsChoose and kick off your project today!

Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge

By |February 9th, 2017|General Pop|0 Comments|

9 Teacher Reads for the Weekend

We know it’s going to be a super weekend for all you football fans out there. But if you’re looking to catch up on all the best teaching-related reads before Sunday’s big game, TeacherPop has a few suggestions for your reading list. Check out these nine teacher reads to kick off Super Bowl weekend!

“In terms of diversity, geography is just as important as racial and ethnic.” The New York Times reports on how colleges and universities are encouraging students from rural areas of the U.S. to consider higher education.

By |February 3rd, 2017|General Pop|0 Comments|