In my first year in the classroom, a group of students and I founded the College Readiness Club, aimed at exposing my students to the resources and opportunities that could make college real for them. A year later, in June 2013, we took 22 teenagers from Miami to Boston to experience university life.  This past year, the the tradition continued when Amy Flynn and George Hart, two fellow alums from Miami, brought their groups of students to Boston as well.

In my preschool classroom, story time is the most anticipated part of the day. My students sit on the rug and I sit in my chair to read stories and be transported to other places and worlds. One of my favorite stories to read is Rosemary Wells’ Bunny Cakes.

Congresswoman Dina Titus

Yesterday we received the following letter from the group United Students Against Sweatshops via email. The letter raised important issues and concerns and so we felt it was critical to share both their letter and our email back for all of those interested.

Our email response to USAS:

Growing up in Alabama my family dinner table conversations centered on the importance of a strong and well-rounded education. For my parents, this ideal went beyond good grades and what happens inside the classroom – that was important! - they also wanted to make sure my brothers and I were developing academically with a strong focus on how we could lead and serve others. My parents inspired and motivated us through their own example.

This spring, 12 alumni members of The Collective, Teach For America’s alumni of color association, participated in selecting corps members alongside Teach For America staff members. Their involvement was entitled “The Collective Selects,” and its purpose was to gather input and perspectives from alumni to inform Teach For America’s desire to live up to our organizational commitment to diversity. Below is a reflection from one of the 12 participating alumni, Rudy Acosta (NY ’03).

Earlier this summer, teacher Aaron Bos-Lun wrote about the gay-straight alliance (GSA) he started at his school. Today, he continues his reflection on the path to making his school a safe space for all students.

Occupy Wall Street commemorated its three year anniversary by eliminating student loans for thousands of lucky Americans.

Emily Olsen-Harbich

As you kick off your school year planning, consider incorporating a lesson on sustainability!  The Center for Green Schools, at the U.S Green Building Council, would like to invite teachers to participate in this year’s Green Apple Day of Service.


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