How Teachers Can Foster Empathy Through Social Emotional Learning

We’re all used to hearing phrases like “sharing is caring” and “treat others the way you want to be treated.” These principles once served as the basis for social emotional learning in pre-K and elementary school classrooms. But today, where children use a variety of technologies to connect and interact, ...

Inspiring Schools, Administrators and Communities That Advanced Education in 2016-17

From fighting for equal student opportunity to establishing new teacher training programs, there are endless ways that school communities can advance education for all. During the 2016-2017 school year in particular, schools, administrators and students came together to advance education activism and student rights across the country. To learn more about ...

16 Inspiring Teachers Who Left Their Marks on the 2016-17 School Year

Every teacher has a special impact on the students, colleagues and district they serve. And while many of these teacher stories remain inside the classroom walls, they sometimes are so powerful that the public grabs ahold of them. Here, we’ve rounded up the most popular and inspiring teacher stories that ...

Classroom Conflicts: How to Teach Students Healthy Ways to Resolve Differences

Students aren’t always going to get along, and conflicts are a normal part of childhood. In fact, learning how to resolve peer tension can teach many social skills, including empathy and sharing. But when conflicts arise at school, they can be a huge disruption to all learners in the classroom. ...

Summer Employment Ideas for Teachers on a Job Hunt

When the heat starts to rise and students go off to camp, many teachers feel a wave of relief at the prospect of summer. And while many educators have summer homework of their own, this can be the perfect time to earn some extra cash. Whether it’s a day camp, a ...

Professional Development: How to Host a Training Session Teachers Will Actually Want to Attend

Let’s face it: Teacher trainings and faculty meetings have a bad reputation. And no matter how much we enjoy our colleagues and respect their company, being forced to endure a day of lectures and workshops just isn’t fun. But what if that weren’t always the case? Because professional development is an ...

20 Inspiring Midwest Education Conferences for Professional Growth

Despite the fact that you’re constantly surrounded by students and colleagues, teaching can sometimes be an isolating profession. Fortunately, the Midwest is home to an array of professional development conferences that help teachers learn, collaborate and grow. Whether you’re a technology teacher, a school administrator or simply an educator seeking knowledge, ...

Need Inspiration? Tips and Ideas From Past Teacher of the Year Winners

Despite the demanding, high-stakes nature of teaching, many educators never get the recognition they deserve. Teacher of The Year is one award that seeks to change this pattern and honor the hard work of educators across the globe. However, Teacher of the Year gives more than just an award. It ...

19 Technology Grants and Organizations to Help Expand Your Classroom

Digital classrooms have immediate and long-lasting benefits for both students and teachers. But when school budgets are tight, buying new tablets or computers is often out of the question. When you lack the funds to buy digital tools, should your students miss out on technology’s many benefits? We don’t think ...