Pop Links 9.30.14: ATL Cheating Scandal Trial; Afro-American Girls’ School Troubles; Free Microsoft Office for Students


  • Yesterday began the trial for Atlanta school administrators accused of changing student answers on standardized tests. NPR analyzes how high stakes No Child Left Behind testing may have instigated administrators’ alleged deceitful behavior.
  • When Obama started his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to help young men of color, many critics asked, “what about the girls?” A recently released report about the disproportionate struggles African American girls face in school seems to validate the criticism.
  • Your students (and soon, you) may qualify to receive Microsoft Office software for free! Find out more about the initiative and whether your students fit the criteria here.
  • TFANet Resource: Figurative Language
By |September 30th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 9.25.14: Wendy Kopp Talks Criticisms of TFA; National Geographic Bee Competition; Motivational Speech by High School Athlete; Teacher Halloween Costumes

  • Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp responded to some of the most common criticisms of  Teach For America using data to explain why she believes that most of the criticism towards the organization is misplaced.
  • Nurture future global leaders in your classroom! Enter your students in the annual National Geographic Bee Competition, a contest open to students in fourth to eighth grade.
  • Moments after he helped his team rally from behind to clinch a big win, a high school student put his other talents on display in a video that is making rounds on the internet. See why many are saying the student athlete would shine as a motivational speaker.
  • Everyone’s favorite holiday is around the corner! How will you dress to impress your students? BuzzFeed has ideas for fun Halloween teacher costumes!
  • TFANet Resource: Poetry
By |September 25th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 9.18.14: New Findings About Prime Numbers; Occupy Wall Street Pays Student Debt; Environmental Awareness in Class; 15 Books By Latino Authors

  • Each year a group of individuals is honored for advancement of thought in various areas of study. Share the accomplishments of the twenty one 2014 MacArthur Scholars with your students including a ground breaking discovery about prime numbers!
  • The organizers of Occupy Wall Street are bringing an early Christmas present to thousands of Americans. Their Strike Debt initiative has eliminated almost 4 million dollars of private school loans for individuals who loans were in default. Read more.
  • Don’t wait until Earth Day to teach your students about conserving our planet’s resources! Teach For America’s Pass The Chalk blog provides materials to teach environmental awareness in your classroom.
  • For Latino Heritage Month, introduce your students to some of the most respected Latino writers in this country. Check out BuzzFeed’s top 15 books written by Latino authors writing in English in the United States.
  • TFANet Resource: Setting
By |September 18th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 9.16.14: Teacher Diversity; Most Educated Country; Hispanic Heritage Month

  • As America’s students become more diverse than ever, Teach For America’s Co-CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard explains why it is important that the nation’s teaching force reflect student diversity.
  • Russia holds the distinction of being the most educated country in the world according to data compiled by the Organization for Co-operation and Development (OECD). Find out where the USA stands in this list!
  • Yesterday marked the start of Hispanic Heritage Month! Celebrate with your students using resources from Teach For AmericaScholasticTimeSmithsonian and PBS.
  • TFANet Resource: Context Clues
By |September 16th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 9.11.14: Documentary Websites; FLOTUS Writes About College; Why So Few Male Teachers; Importance of 9th Grade

  • Looking for a good documentary to show your students? Try one of these 10 sites that carry educational documentaries!
  • First lady Michelle Obama wrote a guest post for the popular curating site Upworthy and the topic was education! Obama references some of the challenges she faced in college as a first generation college student.
  • With the recent Dream.Rise.Do campaign, Teach For America sought to get more men of color in the classroom, but as the New York Times points out, there are very few men of any race in the classroom. The newspaper explores the profession’s gender imbalance.
  • Ninth graders are at the bottom of the high school totem pole, but they are a top priority for school administrators. Researchers have found that 9th grade is a key year in determining student outcomes.
  • TFANet Resource: Cause and Effect
By |September 11th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 9.4.14: Teacher Discounts; Music Helps Achievement Gap; Letters of Note

  • Use your teacher ID to save money year-round! Check out this comprehensive list of retailers that offer teacher discounts!
  • Teaching low income students how to make music over a long period of time can eliminate education disparities between them and their more affluent peers. Find out how researchers came at this promising conclusion!
  • Letters of Note is a fountain of primary sources that can be used in your classroom! See which one of the letters penned by important historic figures will interest your students!
  • TFANet Resource: Density
By |September 4th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 9.2.14: NFL Fantasy Football in School; Women Silent on School Boards; Read Works Website

  • The NFL is confident that it holds the key to making American students better mathematicians – fantasy football! Read more about the league’s plan to get football on the curriculum.
  • In a study of male vs. female behavior on school boards, experts found that while women make up 40% of school boards nationally, they are hesitant to voice their opinions unless the board is composed of a women majority.
  •  Read Works makes it easier to plan your reading comprehension class lessons.  Though the free site, you can find texts, evidence-based question sets, and Common Core aligned materials to help improve student comprehension.
  • TFANet Resource: Point of View
By |September 2nd, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 8.26.14: Travel To School; Tech For Teachers; Tennessee & Cursive; Celebrities Speak Education