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  • Finding Free or Low-Cost School Supplies for Your Class

    Posted August 16, 2016 in Classroom Resources

    Getting the right supplies for the start of school isn’t just a challenge for parents and students, but increasingly for teachers, too. Teachers, especially those who work in underserved communities, must find ways to provide academic necessities like pencils, paper and books for their students, often without funding from their school district. But gathering enough…

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  • A Food Supplier Helps Schools Deliver Healthy Lessons and Tasty Meals

    Posted August 8, 2016 in Featured Stories

    What kids eat at school is getting a lot more scrutiny these days. Schools often (though not always) serve the cheapest, most heavily processed meals. Since the controversy about “pink slime” in the meat served in school lunches a few years ago, many parents have grown increasingly worried about school food quality. That’s the backdrop…

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  • The Educational Technology Sniff Test: 6 Questions You Must Ask

    Posted September 3, 2015 in From the Principal's Office

    Every time a hot new classroom technology arrives on the scene, we face the same question: How do we make sure it’s not just another fad? Classrooms, like the rest of our world, seem to be soaked more and more in technology every day. Smartphones, social media and low-priced computers seem to be everywhere at…

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  • Does Ed Tech Investment Result in Better Learning for Students?

    Posted April 8, 2015 in Featured Stories

    Gone are the days of chalky hands and noisy slates. Though dry-erase boards remain, many students and teachers use interactive whiteboards, Chromebooks, and Wi-Fi. Investment in educational technology, or ed tech, is at an all-time high, with numbers reaching $1.36 billion in 2014. Ed-tech investments are high, but most of the money doesn’t go into…

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  • Finding the Right Mix with Classroom Technology

    Posted March 9, 2015 in From the Principal's Office

    A common drumbeat in American education is that newer and better technology (CHROMEBOOKS! iPADS! SMARTBOARDS!) will be the key to increased student performance. That if we just add…one….more…thing…we’ll have the results we’re looking for. That’s a mistake, and it’s largely the result of relentless marketing from an educational technology industry that knows we have budgets…

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  • District Office Leaders: Be Aware of What Symbols Communicate

    Posted February 3, 2015 in Leaders' Link

    In my posts for district leaders, I’ve raised a number of questions about the degree to which district-level employees believe their primary responsibility is to support schools so that students can learn. Some of these are issues related to customer service. Others arise from the need to help employees at all levels see and understand…

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  • OneNote App Can Boost Classroom Organization

    Posted August 6, 2014 in Educational Technology

    For generations of K-12 students, a paper notebook or three-ring binder was a necessity for classroom organization. But thanks to technology, today’s students can cast aside paper organizers in favor of mobile apps that take classroom organization to a whole new level. Mobile organization apps let students combine lecture notes, study materials and classroom resources…

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  • Zap! Pow! Bam! Students Tout Why They Love Concordia Portland’s Online Program

    Posted July 30, 2014 in Students, Faculty & Alumni

    When Clark Kent takes off his glasses, a sudden wave of energy rushes through him that prepares and enables him to conquer anything that lies ahead — much like what Concordia University-Portland aims for its students. His abrupt superpowers shocked and even surprised him at first. With devotion and persistence, he realized the potential of…

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  • ‘I Can’t Search YouTube for Abraham Lincoln!’: How Internet Filtering Affects Education

    Posted July 23, 2014 in Featured Stories

    As students enter school and encounter curriculum increasingly technology-based, their exposure to the Internet increases dramatically. Since 2000, the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) has provided filtering guidelines for schools and libraries intended to protect students from access to content that is obscene, involves child pornography, or is harmful to minors in some way. CIPA…

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  • Schools Need Great Electives; Here’s How to Get Them

    Posted April 7, 2014 in From the Principal's Office

    There is so much more to school than core classwork. The schools that serve children best focus on essential academics, but they also realize that when students look back on the major influences on their college and career choices, they often recall their favorite electives. How then can schools forge the best elective class offerings?…

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  • Five Free Websites for Students to Build Research Skills

    Posted April 30, 2013 in Classroom Resources

    Finding free Web resources for building research skills is essential for teachers who are on a restricted budget. Teachers can use the Internet to access amazing research resources, thanks to the U.S. government. From finding lesson plans to scanning patent applications, teachers can uncover a wealth of information on history, art, science, language arts, math,…

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  • 5 Ways for Latinos to Pay for Grad School

    Posted February 27, 2013 in Master of Education Resources

    Anyone considering pursuing their master degree or doctorate has to also plan how they will pay for grad school. Scholarships, grants and loans are the options available to most people. Loans, however, should be a choice of last resort. Sometimes loans can have high interest rates and they all, of course, must be repaid. If…

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  • 3 Sites that Offer Free Alphabet Printables for Preschoolers

    Posted February 26, 2013 in Early Childhood Education

    School districts across the country are short on funding, so free alphabet printables for preschoolers can be a valuable addition to any teacher’s inventory. The preschool years are the ideal time for children to learn the basics, such as the shape and sound of letters in the alphabet. Posting colorful posters with each letter or…

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  • 4 Faculty Meeting Agenda Templates

    A faculty meeting agenda template is the key to creating a well-planned and helpful agenda for any faculty meeting. Some consider an agenda a road map, a blueprint, or even an unseen guide on the path to harmonious and productive meeting. More than just a list of items on a page, an agenda minimizes wasted…

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  • Where to Find Division Puzzle Worksheets

    Posted February 25, 2013 in Classroom Resources

    There are resources on the Internet that make available division puzzles worksheets, many of which are printable and free. Here is a list and details about some of these sites. Where applicable, we have linked to the area of the website that provides the division puzzle worksheets in the website description. MathBlaster.com This very well-designed…

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  • 5 Ways for Asian-Americans to Pay for Grad School

    Posted February 18, 2013 in Master of Education Resources

    Searching for ways to pay for grad school can be a daunting process. With many opportunities for scholarships, grants and loans, it is a great time to head back to school. Although a graduate education may cost some money up front, scholarship and grant awards can defray the costs associated with higher education. Additionally, a…

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  • Grad School Money for Female Teachers

    Posted February 17, 2013 in Master of Education Resources

    A graduate degree is crucial for educators desiring to advance their careers, but if you’re like most teachers, you may wonder where the money for grad school will come from. Fortunately, a mixture of loans, scholarships and grants can often allow you to pursue your master’s degree in education or even take on an EdD…

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  • 5 Ways for African-Americans to get Money for Grad School

    College is expensive, and graduate school is even more so, since money for grad school is often in the form of loans. For many, the expense of additional student loans are worth the investment; but for those who cannot take on additional debt, there are loans and scholarships available to help make a graduate degree…

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  • 7 Ways for Native Americans to Pay for Grad School

    If you are considering pursuing a graduate degree in order to advance your career, it is important that you plan strategically for ways to pay for grad school. Scholarships and grants should always be considered before taking out loans for the simple reason that they do not have to be paid back. If you are…

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  • 10 Ways Teachers Can Get Money for Grad School

    Posted February 16, 2013 in Master of Education Resources Updated March 2, 2017

    For classroom teachers, earning an advanced degree can be an amazing way to invest in yourself, but it’s important to think strategically about where to get the money for grad school. Carefully pursuing the right mix of scholarships, grants and loans can open the door to a master’s degree in education or even an EdD…

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