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Shut Downs, Stalemates, and Emotional Intelligence

As you probably know, Congress passed a bill last night to reopen the government and avoid a default on our debt. Looking at this ordeal as a former high school teacher, I’m reminded that in our technology-driven world, people skills matter most.

Our ideological dilemmas won’t ever be solved by machines. Students who…

Looming Stalemate for Young Chess Kings

The chess team at I.S. 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has dominated national chess championships for the past 10 years. They practice over 12 hours a week and have won more championships than any other school in the country. Last year, this junior high team took home the trophy at the U.S. Chess Federation’s national high school championships. If you…

Art Is Building STEAM in America’s Classrooms

Over the last few years, you’ve probably heard business leaders talking about the importance of STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—education. Now, with designers earning as much respect as coders, people are talking about STEAM, where the “A” stands for Art.

How We Raised $1 Million on Facebook

At, we’re always hunting for new ways to get people to donate to classroom project requests. 

Four years ago, we tried several Facebook tactics. We posted daily content, paid for Facebook ads, and added a “Like” button to every classroom project request. Despite our high hopes, these methods didn’t generate…

Unsung Hero: Emily Chandler, Special Needs Teacher

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I’d like to tell you about an unsung classroom hero, Emily Chandler.

Meeting the Needs of Students with Autism

America’s best teachers are always looking for new ways to bring learning to life. An art project, a hands-on science experiment, or a special field trip can transcend textbooks and flash cards. No one knows this better than those teaching students with autism.

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism is the fastest-growing…

Unsung Hero: James Walter Doyle, High School Teacher

I’d like to tell you about one of the amazing teachers who uses James Walter Doyle.

South Carolina teacher helps 6,000 students recover from Hurricane Sandy

Every day, teachers across the country excite their students with new opportunities and experiences. I want…

Virginia teacher helps Joplin rebuild

At, we believe that teachers are unsung heroes. I want to tell you about one of them.

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