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Professional Development: Dream Big By Learning Abroad

August 5, 2015 | Professional Development

By Marie Krueger-Miller, a 4th grade teacher at Travis Elementary School in Houston, and her husband Morgan Krueger-Miller, who teaches algebra at the Houston Academy for International Studies. Dream. And make it big. That’s the idea behind Fund for Teachers (FFT), a Houston-based organization dedicated to enriching the personal and…

Engaging Parents to Advance Higher Expectations

July 15, 2015 | Common Core

By Cheryl A. Redfield Recent events in the long pursuit of common ground with policymakers around support for Common Core has left me scratching my head and searching for answers. The reality is that too many state legislatures have disregarded over four years of impressive teaching and learning in our…

The Write Way to Grow: Why Teachers Should Blog

July 11, 2015

It was the workshop that changed my personal and professional life forever.  It was that “a-ha” moment that all teachers (and people) wish for, and while it was four years ago, I remember it like yesterday.  Penny Kittle steadfastly stated that if we are going to ask our students to write…

Shaving Cream, Supply, and Demand

May 10, 2015

Andrew Hull is a social studies teacher at Palmyra Area High in Pennsylvania. He teaches AP microeconomics, economics, and sports history and serves as the head coach for the boys’ soccer team. When I was hired as a social studies teacher at Palmyra Area High School in 2013, the department…

The Rewards of Teaching in a Rural School

April 11, 2015

By: Paradise Forbes, teacher at the Williamstown Independent School District in Kentucky. As a high social studies teacher, I have the weighty responsibility of introducing the students in my rural school in Kentucky to historical, civic, geographical, and economic issues that are quite often beyond the scope of their day-to-day…