National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, this month is devoted to the celebration of poets and the impact that poetry has on art and our lives.

By collaborating with art organizations, educational establishments, libraries, government agencies, publishers and other community organizations, the Academy of American Poets uses National Poetry Month to try to accomplish the following goals:

  • Spotlight American poets, their achievements and their legacies;
  • Introduce more readers to the pleasures of poetry;

Teacher Tax Credits

Please consult a professional accountant with your particular tax questions.

It isn’t unusual for teachers to spend their own money on classroom supplies. Teachers want what’s best for their students, so they will often purchase items such as crayons, tissues, construction paper and even books, when school budgetary concerns become an issue. They also sometimes purchase materials to advance their own pedagogy, buying texts and subscribing to services to assist with curriculum planning, classroom management and other facets of instruction. But what many teachers don’t realize is that the IRS offers a teacher tax credit to offset some of these costs.

How the Teacher Tax Credit Wo…


Teach 100: Building Better Blogs

It’s been an exciting few months here at since we launched the Teach 100, the first tool of its kind to rank the best educational blogs according to vital metrics that assess a site’s performance. Because the Teach 100 updates daily, the rankings are always changing depending on how the blogs are doing. The result is a current, comprehensive assessment of the blogs in comparison to one another.

We’ve received overwhelmingly positive responses from all of you in the educational blogosphere. Each day we see new submissions from around the world, so our number of rankings continues to grow. We began with 127 blogs at our launch, and we now rank 280 blogs. Readers and bloggers alike are using the Teach 100 as a place to connect with some of the most vocal minds in education for mult…


Responsive Classroom is like a Map because it Guides Our Journey (By Lisa Dewey Wells)

This blog was originally published on Wonder of Children on September 17, 2012.

Lisa Wells has taught for 20 years in independent schools in MA, NY and MD. She currently writes a blog on child development, teaches yoga and tries to spend as much time with her two high schoolers as they will allow. Lisa’s committed to knowing each learner as an individual, creating a classroom community where the social curriculum is interwoven with the academic fabric and sharing her work with yoga and meditation with teachers and students. As a consulting teacher for the Northeast Found…


Educator Connection: Flipped Classroom Resources from the Teach 100 (by Jackie Gerstein)

“I don’t do teaching for a living. I live teaching as my doing . . . and technology has increased my passion for doing so.” Dr. Jackie Gerstein believes that an important role and responsibility of the 21st century educator is to share resources, ideas, and instructional strategies with others. She tweets @jackiegerstein and blogs at User Generated Education (Teach 100 blog, #29)


Why Gay Marriage Makes School Leaders Uncomfortable

This blog was originally published on Finding Common Ground at Education Week by Peter DeWitt on March 26th, 2013 1:16 PM.

Why are only some students allowed to have the best school experiences of their lives when others are kicked to the curb?

Last week, the Supreme Court dove into what marriage means in America. They looked at Proposition 8, which is a ban on gay marriage in California, and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which is a law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

For some people, it's another story in the media that t…


Battles Over Transgender Student Rights Heat Up Across the Nation

At his Portland school, Scott Morrison stopped drinking water during the day so he would not have to choose between the male or female bathrooms.

Born a female, Scott identifies as a male and, according to Oregon Live, until recently he often felt anxious when attempting to navigate the restrooms, feeling that he could be discriminated against by his male and female classmates. As a result, the Northeast Portland school added six unisex restrooms to alleviate stress for transgender students and staff. Scott feels more comfortable now, saying, “You don't even have to think about it, and that's great.”

Oregon is one of about 15 states…

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