Thursday, September 4, 2008


Super Discounts for Super Teachers

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Read the TeachersCount blog

The TeachersCount blog is alive and well – please check it out! Recent topics include access to college, morale and safety in schools, the excitement of returning to school, the importance of supporting new teachers, the hype around failing schools, and great ways to get students of all ages engaged in the upcoming presidential election. Click here to catch up.

Progressive Learning in the Classroom

Ariel Sacks, who teaches English to 8th graders in Brooklyn, NY, fields questions for the latest edition of TeachersTopic, entitled, "Implementing Progressive Education in New York City Public Schools." Ms. Sacks discusses the value of designing lessons that focus on the overall developmental level of students. She discusses her experiences working in a high needs New York City public school, the impact policy makers have on the classroom, and much more. Please take a moment to check out Ms. Sack's wisdom and wit in this online interview .

Do prayers belong in school? Tell us what you think

Last year, the Illinois General Assembly passed a law requiring all public schools to reserve time at the beginning of each school day for "silent prayer or silent reflection on the anticipated activities of the day." The law quickly generated controversy and a lawsuit regarding the separation of church and state. What role, if any, should prayer play in public schools? Click here to tell us what you think.

New faces join the PSA Campaign

What do Private Practice actor Taye Diggs, Curb Your Enthusiasm actress Cheryl Hines, and legendary NFL quarterback Steve Young have in common? They all want the world to know that they support teachers and the teaching profession. All three of these socially conscious celebrities have recently joined the "Behind Every Famous Person Is a Fabulous Teacher" Campaign. The PSAs featuring Steve Young and Taye Diggs are now available online. The ad featuring Cheryl Hines is coming soon.

Find resources for new teachers

The latest edition of Best of the Web features resources that are perfect for new teachers. There are a lot of education resources on the Internet, some better than others, of course, and Best of the Web will point you toward the cream of the crop. Be sure to check out Best of the Web archives also. There are over 25 archived editions in the vaults that cover a range of topics, including, "Stress Management for Teachers," "Financial Literacy," "The Traveling Teacher," and many others.