DonorsChoose Pick: Help Instill a Love of Reading in Atlanta Fourth Graders

When it comes to developing students’ perspectives on reading, Teach For America alum Allaisia Cotton (Metro Atlanta ’11) believes fourth grade is a critical time.

“They can either decide that reading is a fun and enjoyable activity that they can engage in at any time,” Ms. Cotton says, “or they can decide that reading is a boring activity that they only participate in when asked to.”

Become an Advocate For Impact With Teach Plus Online

Wondering what it would take to heighten your knowledge of education policy? Maybe even become a policy wonk, armed with the skills and know-how to advocate for changes at the local, state, and federal levels that will positively impact your students?

Starting July 7, Teach Plus is offering teachers across the country the opportunity to learn everything they need to know to influence policy decisions. With the new, free Teach Plus Online course, teachers will gain an understanding of policy and advocacy to help guide the decision-making process.

By |June 20th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

Weekend Sales: 10 Deals to Officially Welcome Summer

Even though you’ve probably been in full summer mode since the last day at school, the “powers at be” say summer hasn’t even started yet. (The first day of summer is Monday, y’all!) So with one final weekend of spring left on the books, let’s give it the send off it deserves. Check out these amazing deals to cap spring off in style! And don’t forget, Father’s Day is Sunday. Honor those Dads with something special, too.

Amazon: Save up to 50% on select Father’s Day gifts for a limited time.

By |June 17th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

16 Books for Teachers’ Summer Reading Lists

Oh, summer break, you’re finally here! Thanks to you, our awesome teachers have some much-needed free time to tackle the books they’ve been waiting so patiently to read.

We know that deciding what to read can be just as difficult as finding the time to read. Whether you plan to knock out your summer reading list basking in the sun poolside or cozied up at home, TeacherPop has a few recommendations to ensure your “me time” is time well-spent—and well-read. Check out our top 16 books for teachers’ summer reading below!

DonorsChoose Pick: Help Students in Baltimore Conceptualize Advanced Math

“Time after time, my students show how much they care about people,” says Teach For America alum Artemus Werts (Baltimore ’13). “When several teachers at my school were laid off due to budget constraints, my students staged an in-school sit-in to protect their jobs—my students fight for those they love.”

It’s now Mr. Werts’ turn to give back to his students at Paul L Dunbar High School in Baltimore.

Teach. Eat. Repeat. Recipe: Zucchini Taco Boats

Looking for a way to change up Taco Tuesday? Tired of lettuce wraps? Well, you won’t be disappointed with these zucchini taco boats! They pack a little more heft than your typical veggie-wrapped taco because there are so many extra vegetables mixed in. Bring your appetite and enjoy!

What You Need

  • 4 medium zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Weekend Sales: 10 Cool Deals to Welcome Summer

It’s hard to believe just last week we were celebrating National Donut Day. Oh, how sweet it was! Now, we have National Iced Tea Day on tap to kick off the summer season! And of course, TeacherPop has put together some awesome deals for you to check out while relaxing with your ice-cold drink.

Starbucks: Celebrate National Iced Tea Day on June 10th with buy one, share one Teavana shaken iced teas at participating Starbucks.

J.Crew: Take an extra 30-50% off sale styles with coupon code SHOPEXTRA through Monday.

By |June 10th, 2016|General Pop|0 Comments|

3 Summer Projects That Relax, Recharge, and Rejuvenate

For many teachers, summer doesn’t come soon enough. It’s an opportunity to catch up on sleep, hang out more with friends, and enjoy some good old-fashioned “me time.” Leaving the classroom and the daily routine behind for two months is just what many teachers need to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate.

But for some, the loss of structure that comes with summer break is disorienting. When you’re so used to having all the daily responsibilities associated with teaching, setting them aside for two months can be very stressful.