DonorsChoose Pick: Inspiring Civic Engagement in Washington State

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Although the students in Teach for America alum Zack Zappone’s middle school classroom in Kennewick, Washington, come from diverse backgrounds, they all share a common drive to positively affect their community through government and civic engagement.

The drive of these students from Park Middle School is so strong that they, along with Mr. Zappone and fellow teacher, Ms. Burt, have taken to to raise funds for an all-inclusive civic education program in Washington, DC. They are very close to reaching their fundraising goal—and just need a little extra support to see their dreams realized.

Teach. Eat. Repeat. Recipe: Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

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Cauliflower fried “rice” is the perfect side dish to our Beef and Broccoli, or as a meal by itself topped with an egg or with your favorite protein. It’s a great way to cut carbs, but still get something that feels indulgent. With the fish sauce and coconut aminos, it will taste just like your favorite Chinese take-out place’s.

What You Need

  • 1 medium head (about 24 oz) cauliflower, rinsed, OR 1 bag Trader Joe’s riced cauliflower (defrost if frozen)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals Fit for Mom

weekend sales

Just because it’s the Friday before Mother’s Day doesn’t mean it’s too late find your mom something special. Expect the “mother” of all deals from retailers this weekend, good for moms and teachers alike. Check out our favorites.

1-800-FLOWERS: There still may be time to get something special for your mom. Save 20% on purchases of $69.99 or more for a limited time.

Pottery Barn: Save 20% on candles—plus free shipping—today only.

J.Crew: Take 25% off tees, shorts, and swimwear with coupon code GETSHOPPING until midnight tonight.

By |May 6th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

6 Tips for Staying Organized in Your Classroom

6 tips for staying organized in the classroom

The classroom is a place where students should easily be able to learn without interruptions. Organize the classroom in a way that is fun and functional. You don’t want it to be an area where students have to climb over desks or search to find the books that they need. Everything should be presented in a manner that is easy to locate for both you and the students.

11 Common Myths About Teaching

11 Common Myths About Teaching

We’re still in full-speed celebration mode for Teacher Appreciation Week, and thanking teachers every chance we get. To keep up the good cheer, we’re revisiting one of our favorite posts from the TeacherPop archives about all the ridic myths that persist about the teaching profession. From leisurely summer vacations to short work days, we’re clarifying a few things about one of the most rewarding–and, yes, toughest–jobs out there. 

Teachers are the baddest baddies out there, so we’re making sure everybody knows the truth. Check out these 11 myths about teaching and why they’re bunk. 

By |May 4th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

50 Teacher Appreciation Week Deals and Discounts

50 Teacher Appreciation Week Deals and Discounts

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, y’all! To all the teachers out there, TeacherPop wants to extend a heartfelt thank you for all the amazing work you do day in, day out, inside and outside the classroom.

And we’re not the only ones who want to show our appreciation—some of the biggest names in retail want to celebrate your work with awesome discounts and deals exclusive to teachers like you.

Arts and Crafts

A.C. Moore: Take 20% off your entire purchase through Friday.

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Welcome May Flowers

Weekend Sales

From April showers, come May flowers—and from TeacherPop deals, come new styles. Check out these sales below to welcome the new month and all the beauty and style May will bring.

The Limited: Save 40% on brand new styles for a limited time.

J.Crew: Take an extra 40% off sale styles—and 30% off everything else—with coupon code SCORE through April 29.

Loft: Save 60% on sale styles for a limited time.

Gap: Save 40% on dress and polos today only.

Why I Use CodeHS in My Classroom


From Silicon Valley to Washington, DC, it has become clear that our country is not providing enough opportunities for children to access high quality computer science education. Only 1 in 4 high schools offer any form of computer science; these lack of opportunities are especially prevalent in our neediest schools.

This year I started a computer science program at my school, where the student population is 92% Black and 7% Latino with over a third our community living 200% below the poverty line. I now teach an elective coding course and AP Computer Science.