This morning Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” announced the launch of The Great Give-Back Birthday for DonorsChoose.org, the Web site that enables “citizen philanthropists” to donate online to classrooms around the country. In a brief video posted by the Huffington Post, Colbert, whose birthday is May 13, explained that he created his own “birthday page” on the charity site. In lieu of gifts, he is asking his friends, family, and fans to donate to his favorite classroom projects. To create a birthday page visit the site here. Last month, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ...


On April 16th, we highlighted a heart-wrenching New York Times story about Tiffany Clay, high school senior and talented violinist from the financially depressed town of Newark, Ohio. Tiffany, the story reported, lived with her boyfriend, a high school dropout, and was working 35-40 hours a week at Sonic, the drive-through chain that is headquartered in—take note—Oklahoma City. Due to financial hardship, Tiffany planned to abandon a promising career in music to pursue the safer path of nursing. Well, the story subsequently took on a life of its own. According to the Newark Advocate, Tiffany’s school orchestra ...


School nurses have been hit by layoffs as hard as anyone working in education, but the quick-thinking and arguably heroic actions of one nurse may end up saving a few others their jobs. Mary Pappas, the nurse at the 2,700-student St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, New York, is credited with detecting the first case of swine flu in New York State, according to The New York Times. Early Thursday morning, a handful of students came by her office with flu symptoms, and by 10 a.m. dozens were streaming in with sore throats and fevers. She recalls thinking, "Wow,...


While New Hampshire Teacher of the Year candidate Christina Hamilton may have dodged layoffs (despite a very close call), the Teacher of the Year award recipient at a California high school is not likely to be as lucky, according to the Orange County Register. The 56-year-old veteran English teacher Phil Hohensee, known for his engaging yet tough teaching style, was beckoned out of his 45-day-old retirement in 2007 to rejoin the staff at Cypress High School in Anaheim, Calif. "The guy is just a phenomenal teacher," said Cypress High principal Ben Carpenter. "He teaches from bell to bell." "He'll push ...


In an attempt to motivate students for standardized testing, administrators at Laguna Creek High School in Sacramento, Calif. held racially segregated pep rallies, reports the Sacramento Bee. The "Heritage Assemblies" were designed to aid teachers in talking about test scores, which are measured in racial subsets, without making any one group feel singled out. Students could attend any of the five rallies but the rooms were allocated by race: African Americans in the gym, Latinos in the multipurpose room, Pacific Islanders in the theater, and so on. "Is it racist? I don't believe it is," said Laguna Creek principal Doug ...


A 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy who wanted to play school managed to order a batch of the state’s standardized assessment tests.


Last week, New Hampshire 8th grade teacher Christina Hamilton was nominated for state Teacher of the Year. Unfortunately, she was also laid off by her school. Hamilton was notified on April 10th that her position, along with six others at Hampton Academy, would be eliminated due to the school’s proposed change from the middle school to junior high model, reports Seacoastonline.com. On Monday, she was one of 35 nominees honored at a Teacher of the Year ceremony held by the New Hampshire Department of Education. Hamilton was actually not on the initial list of cuts at Hampton. However, ...


A heart-wrenching piece in the New York Times tells the story of 18-year-old Tiffany Clay from Newark, Ohio, a straight-A student and gifted violinist whose ambitions are being stymied by the dreary economy. As Clay’s high school music teacher explains in the article’s accompanying video, "Tiffany is very, very talented, incredibly smart. If I could uproot her and put her somewhere else, she’d probably be going to Harvard or Yale on a full scholarship." As it is, Clay, who moved out of the house at age 16 due to family conflicts and now shares an apartment with ...


Here’s an interesting class project: Rebecca Chapman’s 4th grade students in Texas recently sent letters of support that brought tears to the eyes of AIG employees in Connecticut and London, according to The Washington Post. Yup, the same AIG that incurred global scorn recently for dolling out millions in bonuses after receiving a government bailout. Chapman gives her students daily economics lessons. Last month, she used the populist outrage over the AIG bonuses as a teachable moment. First she asked her students to pretend they were the tax payers funding the bailouts. They got riled up. Then she ...


A new Vanderbilt University study, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, finds that students learn best when taught the concepts behind math problems rather than specific procedures on how to solve them, reports ScienceDaily. "When you just show [students] how to do the problem they can solve it, but not necessarily understand what it is about. With conceptual instruction, they are able to come up with the procedure on their own," said Percival Matthews, Peabody doctoral candidate and co-author of the study. In math classes now, many teachers demonstrate solving a problem and then have students practice similar ...


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