Pop Links 1.8.15: Cell Phones, Dance Parties in School

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Pop Links 1.6.14: Top Education Stories of 2015

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Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers.

Pop Links 12.23.14: Work Hard, Be Nice

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Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers.

  • A TFA alum reflects on his former teacher, the slain journalist James Foley, and the book that changed his life.
  • Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, colleges will receive official grades from the government. The federal government says the new grading scheme is the first step in creating a system of accountability for colleges.
  • A former teacher writes about his experience in the classroom and how his commitment to education endures.
  • Faculty at community colleges face unique challenges in teaching a diverse group of students who come to them with widely varying levels of understanding. To showcase this point, The New York Times follows the plight of a professor at a New York City community college.
  • Work Hard. Be Nice. Though they are not Kippsters, these nine young students spotlighted by PBS epitomize the KIPP charter school system motto in their work to make their communities and the world a better place.
By |December 23rd, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 12.18.14: Effective Teachers; Law School Numbers

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Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers.

  • Do you consider yourself to be an effective teacher? Over winter break, reflect on the 11 Habits of an Effective Teacher.
  • Due to a troubling history of homophobia in school systems, many LGBT teachers feel a need to retreat to the proverbial closet for the hours of day they spend with students and colleagues. An alum writing for the Atlantic speaks to the challenges LGBT teachers face.
  • This fall, law school enrollment reached a historic low. The New York Times explains why a once envied graduate program is seeing its applicant pool dry up.
  • Get rid of your old Jeopardy PowerPoint, and  create fun classroom review games for your students using FlipQuiz!
  • TFANet Resource: Grammar
By |December 18th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 12.16.14: Chicago Principal Speaks Out; Social Justice Beyond 9 to 5

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Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers.

  • “I know I speak for every educator who continuously deals with this type of tragedy in saying we are sick and tired of being sick and tired.” A Chicago school principal speaks out against violence after one of her students is murdered while defending his twin brother from a robbery.
  • A Teach For America staff member cautions people working for mission-driven organizations not to let our cubicles insulate us from the realities of the communities we serve. Read her call for more active participation in the movement for social justice beyond the hours of 9 to 5.
  • Looking for cool new information to share with your students? Try Learni.st, a crowdsourced collection of carefully curated content for users of all ages!
  • TFANet Resource: Irony
By |December 16th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 12.11.14: Alum Talks STEM; Report on Race & Discipline

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Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers.

  • The Hour of Code is upon us! As an alum gets his students ready to participate in this STEM movement, he examines why many STEM majors often forgo teaching despite the all important role of teachers in the STEM field.
  • Unfortunately for young female students, school punishments often are not race-blind. The New York Times explores how a student’s skin color affects the punishment she receives.
  • Like most people, young high school seniors ready to embark on the next big journey often overlook the fine print when signing off on documents including student loans. A new study shows an overwhelming majority of American students underestimate their student debt burden.
  • Over the next few weeks, just about everyone (including TeacherPop!) will begin to tout their “best of 2014” lists. Join the fun! Look back on the highlights from the past few months with your students with creative collages. Find resources for creating multimedia collages.

Pop Links 12.9.14: Hour of Code, Virtural Science Laboratory

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Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers.

  • To celebrate the beginning of Computer Science Education Week, The White House invited a lucky few students to code with the president and announced POTUS’ plans to get more students coding. Find out how you can get your students involved in the Hour of Code!
  • Recognizing that in many discussions about education, middle school is often overlooked, The United Way launched the Middle Grades Success Challenge to help fund innovative ideas and keep middle schools on track to high school graduation!
  • Science teachers: No need to spend hours prepping in the lab to show your students exciting experiments, Check out the Molecular Workbench, an NSF-funded site that has dozens of interactive models and experiments in bio, chem, and physics!
  • TFANet Resource: Centers
By |December 9th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 12.4.14: 5+ Years of College; Speaking to Students About Garner Case; Educlipper

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Pop Links is Teach For America’s twice-weekly roundup of education news and resources for teachers.

By |December 4th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|