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Principal Rich Appel Finds Army Training in Iraq Informs Job at Home

When asked if his training in the Army Reserve influenced his initial years working in schools, Rich Appel answers without hesitation: “One hundred percent.” Appel, the 2014 Wisconsin Principal of the Year, has an unconventional leadership resume: In addition to nearly two decades working as a principal at the elementary and middle school level, he…

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5 Books for Educational Leaders’ Reading List

A leadership mindset isn’t something that you switch on or off according to the calendar. Most educators maintain a robust summer schedule, but still manage to find a bit of extra time to catch up on reading—both for pleasure and for professional development. Libraries abound with summer reading programs designed to support literacy for students,…

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Cinco de Mayo: 5 Activities for Teachers to Use in Their Classrooms

Warm smiles and bright colors. Festive music and friendly gatherings. These are just a few positive things that happen every May 5th on Cinco de Mayo. Teachers who bring the celebration into their classrooms with learning activities can anticipate big grins from young students. To celebrate this year’s Cinco de Mayo with winning smiles, we’re…

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Disney Lesson Plans: 10 Ways to Make Your Trip to Disney World an Educational Experience

Teachers constantly balance learning objectives with engaging school activities. If your classroom has a chance to visit Disney World, what better way to accomplish both? Whether it’s in the classroom or on a field trip to Disney World, your students will be thrilled to learn while doing. Here are 10 creative lesson plans for elementary…

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Celebrate a Teacher: 5 Movies About Inspiring Educators

Teachers do more than just teach. They counsel. They plan. They set up the foundation for student success in the classroom — and the rest of life. To honor this year’s National Teacher Day on May 5, we’re recommending five movies featuring teachers who inspired students to defy the odds and succeed. Whether you buy,…

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5 Free Field Trip Ideas for Florida Teachers on a Budget

Finding new educational field trips is challenging — especially for teachers on a limited budget. Florida, however, with its endless coastlines and iconic animals, offers many fun and free educational opportunities for students and teachers alike. Here are five admission-free field trip ideas in Florida that are engaging and works within your school’s budget. Busch…

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7 Resources to Celebrate Earth Day in the Elementary Classroom

Happy birthday, Earth Day! To honor this 45-year ecology tradition, we highlighted seven environmental resources for elementary school teachers to use in the classroom. You can browse to help find ideas and activities for students that focus on ecology and environmental education. We hope these online resources will help you shine light on Earth Day…

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9 Library Videos in Honor of National Library Week

School libraries are changing. Many elementary school libraries are being reconfigured, remodeled and revitalized to reflect new demographics and 21st-century innovations. In honor of National Library Week, which starts April 12, we handpicked nine videos to highlight the unlimited possibilities of libraries in today’s elementary schools. Libraries are at the heart of learning Julie Hembree,…

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7 Online Resources to Celebrate National Encourage a Young Writer Day

In recognition of National Encourage a Young Writer Day on April 10, we’ve compiled seven online resources to help teachers find writing tips and activities for their young writers. Some resources offer specific creative writing assignments for kids. Others provide practical suggestions for reading and writing activities to inspire young students. We’re excited about getting…

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9 Honored Children’s Books for Elementary School Readers

Dr. Seuss, also known as Theodor Seuss Geisel, understood that books for kids sell… well. How could he tell? Geisel learned that children’s books, when embraced by librarians, have a pretty good chance of making it onto the shelves of school libraries, and then on their way home with kids. In recognition of Geisel and…

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4 Free St. Patrick’s Day Resources to Help Students Celebrate in the K-4 Classroom

You don’t have to be Irish to wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day. It does help, however, to know what the celebration’s all about on March 17, when not wearing something green can get you pinched by rivals. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, we’re celebrating the shamrock by highlighting some reading and writing activities…

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