Pop Links 11.20.14: Affirmative Action Lawsuit; Early Warning Systems; Geography Games


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

  • Affirmative Action is back in court. On Monday, two of the nation’s prestigious universities, Harvard University and UNC, were hit with lawsuits that challenge their use of affirmative action in admissions. Learn about the new case and why these schools were singled out.
  • To make sure that students do not fall through the cracks, many schools are using student data to create early warning systems. Factors like GPA, attendance, and behavior issues are used to provide extra support for at-risk students.
  • Cap off 2014 Geography Awareness Week with your students by playing one of these fun online geography games! #globalcitizens
  • TFANet Resource: Compare & Contrast
By |November 20th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 11.18.14: How Teacher Hiring Affects Black & Latino Students; Texting Parents to Read to Children; Free YES! Magazine Subscription

By |November 18th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 11.6.14: Science Behind Hiring Teachers; Native American Heritage Month; Funny Teacher Stock Photos

  • Seattle investigators have discovered the science behind hiring good teachers! In a landmark study that may have implications for teacher hiring processes nationally, researchers found what key application elements should be weighted most heavily when making hiring decisions.
  • For Native American Heritage month, Teach For America staff member Robert Cook writes about his experiences growing up as a Native American in this country, and the barriers young native children face today especially when it comes to education.
  • Stock photos can be notoriously bad, and BuzzFeed has taken the liberty of making fun of typical stock photos of teachers!
  • TFANet Resource: Symbolism
By |November 6th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 11.4.14: Education and the Elections; Free Language Learning Apps; 50 Great Teachers; Charter School Pays Teachers 125K

  • Happy Election Day!  Check out Education Week’s handy guide to the races whose outcomes may have the biggest impact on our country’s education system.
  • For students with access to technology, learning a second language can literally be fun and games. The New York Times reviews some of the best free language learning apps out on the market.
  • In its latest education web series, NPR is celebrating 50 Great teachers of past and present. The series began with a spotlight of one of the oldest and most respected teachers in western civilization – Socrates. Learn more and follow the series with your students!
  • TFANet Resource: Thanksgiving
By |November 4th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 10.30.14: Teachers Treated Like Pro-Athletes; Teacher Walks in Students’ Shoes; Kindergarten Film Stars; Make Infographics

By |October 30th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 10.28.14:Segregation in NYC Schools; LGBT Students Situation Improving; Search Ed Content on Twitter

  • Reports indicate that New York is home to the most segregated education system in the nation. NYC schools are taking an intensive look in the metaphoric mirror to find out the extent of their segregation problem.
  • Students who identify as LGBTQ still face many obstacles in school. However, a new report shows that while the situation is bad, it is improving.
  • Hidden among endless selfies and hastivism that define Twitter is wealth of valuable information for teachers. Find out how to best search Twitter for educational content.
  • TFANet Resource: Writing
By |October 28th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 10.21.14: Chances for Rich vs. Poor Students; Teachers Lives After School; 100 Year Old Teacher; Create Timelines

  • The Washington Post explains why the hardest working students from low income communities will mostly never be as successful as the most troubled rich children.
  • What do you do in the hours when you are not “Ms./Mr. [insert last name]”? NPR’s new Secret Lives of Teachers project highlights some of the interesting pastimes of some of the nation’s educators.
  • Age ain’t nothing but a number for one special New York math teacher! At 100 years old, the vibrant math teacher continues to train young elementary students at a New York City school!
  • Creating timelines can be a fun and creative way to help students better engage with class material. Have students use this site to create free stylish multimedia timelines that can feature content from sites such as YouTube and Twitter!
  • TFANet: Compare and Contrast
By |October 21st, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|

Pop Links 10.14.14: Free Public Universities in Germany; 12 Years of No Child Left Behind; 15-Second Vocabulary Contest

  • Germany just removed one of the biggest barriers to students achieving higher education! As of last week, all of German public universities are officially free for German nationals and foreign students.
  • 2014 was supposed to be the year that the ambitious goal of 100% proficiency among American students was to be achieved, but the country is far from that goal. NPR explores  what happened to No Child Left Behind.
  • Give your students a chance express their creativity and expand their vocabulary! Enroll them in the New York Times’ 15-Second Vocabulary Contest. 
  • TFANet Resource: Inferences
By |October 14th, 2014|Pop Links|0 Comments|