Teachers: Here’s how to bring Poetry Out Loud to YOUR school!

Does your school participate in the Poetry Out Loud contest? If not, make this the year that it does! 

Poetry Out Loud is the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition. Top finalists and their schools receive $50,000 in awards, including $20,000 for the National Champion. Nearly 3,000,000 students and over 9,500 schools have participated.

Poetry Out Loud also fulfills the following NCTE and Common Core Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12. Teachers who make use of the optional writing activities and lesson plans will also satisfy Standard #5.

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Teachers, plan NOW! Banned Books Week is Sept. 24 – Sept. 30. Celebrate the freedom to READ!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas.

Banned Book Week for Teachers

Many educational facilities and teacher  celebrate Banned Books Week, often creating displays and programs around the awareness campaign.

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) supports an Intellectual Freedom Center to help teachers facing challenges to works used in their classrooms. The following resources (PDF) help teachers prepare for teaching the literature they …

September 11 is a National Day of Service and Remembrance

September 11 Day of RemembranceThe September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed. This effort first established the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with helping to support this effort across the country.

On the anniversary of …

What’s on your “bucket list?” September is Self Improvement Month. Time to get started!

September is Self improvement month. What's on your Bucket List and why is it important?Have you always dreamed of learning a foreign language?  Writing the next Great American Novel? Or, hope to return to college to finally finish your degree? September is Self Improvement Month and the perfect opportunity to learn something new!

Why is creating a Bucket List so important? Author Juliana Labianca explains in the Reader’s Digest article “A Psychologist Explains How Making a Bucket List Can Make Your Life More Meaningful, “…while the idea of making a bucket list to create a more meaningful life is certainly bolstered by anecdotal evidence, research also supports it. One study found that participants who …

Educators: Superstars in Education Awards deadline is fast approaching!

Superstars in Education Delaware, 2017What is the Superstars in Education Awards Program?

Created in 1989 and supported by the business community, Superstars in Education is a statewide program that recognizes members of Delaware’s education community who have implemented and sustained best practices and innovative educational programs. Superstars in Education Is dedicated to sharing educational best practices, focusing on student skill development and increased academic achievement to help ensure students are career ready or prepared to pursue postsecondary education.

This year we are focusing on excellence in science teaching, integrated classroom technology practices, and school-to-career partnerships. Additionally, a special award will be presented which recognes