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  • Bridging the Divide - 06/12/2013

    Ten years ago, when I attended my first AP® World History Reading, I went for all the wrong reasons. To a first-year assistant professor of world history at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, an all-expenses-paid trip far from the summer heat of South Texas, where I would score the free-response portion of the AP Exams and earn a small honorarium, seemed very appealing. But after a decade of participating in the Readings, I’ve realized that I keep going back for something completely different than a change of climate and some extra pocket money.


  • Dec. 17 Is Thank a Teacher Day - 12/17/2012

    In honor of the six educators who died this Friday in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, today is "Thank a Teacher Day," with people around the country encouraged to send a note, thank in person, or do something special for the teachers who have made a difference in their lives.


  • Master Educators 2012 Contest Winners - 11/28/2012

    The winners have been chosen for 360 Education Solution's 2012 Writing Contest, and the Master Educators themselves have been informed. We'd like to proudly announce our Master Educator Winners.


  • Teacher Story: Alyssa Potasznik - 05/11/2012

    May 7 through May 11 is PTA Teacher Appreciation Week. In honor of our teachers who often selflessly sacrifice their time an energy in the hopes of reaching children and teenagers, we would like to present stories of inspiring teacher that have been submitted to us.


  • Teacher Story: Ginny Clark - 05/10/2012

    May 7 through May 11 is PTA Teacher Appreciation Week. In honor of our teachers who often selflessly sacrifice their time an energy in the hopes of reaching children and teenagers, we would like to present stories of inspiring teacher that have been submitted to us.


  • Teacher Story: Terrance Peterson - 05/09/2012

    May 7 through May 11 is PTA Teacher Appreciation Week. In honor of our teachers who often selflessly sacrifice their time an energy in the hopes of reaching children and teenagers, we would like to present stories of inspiring teachers that have been submitted to us.


  • PTA Teacher Appreciation Week - 05/07/2012

    May 7 through May 11 is PTA Teacher Appreciation Week. In honor of our teachers who often selflessly sacrifice their time an energy in the hopes of reaching children and teenagers, every day this week, we would like to present various stories of inspiring teachers that have been submitted to us.


  • Innovative Educator Challenge Winners - 12/05/2011

    360 Education Solutions is proud to announce our winners for the 2011 Innovative Educator Challenge. We received a number of deserving individuals who have made a difference in the lives of many children, which made judging the entries challenging task, but we truly enjoyed having the opportunity to read all of the entries. Besides, it is not everyday that teachers are recognized for their hard work and dedication to the profession.


  • A Foreshadowing? - 04/01/2011

    The teaching profession is in the news again, not only due to No Child Left Behind reform by the Obama administration, but also because of the controversy over collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin.


  • The Ones We Cannot Forget - Contest Winners - 03/02/2011

    360 Education Solutions is proud to announce an overwhelming response from K-12 teachers with over 180 entries submitted for "The Ones We Cannot Forget" writing contest.


  • A Memphis Merger - 02/08/2011

    In my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee there is presently a heated debate over merging the city school system with the county school system. Consolidation of school districts is a universal topic all over the country. Unfortunately, in Memphis it is a can-of-worms with racial and political overtones, not to mention the educational and financial impact of doing so.


  • Behavioral Health - 01/24/2011

    Our country is still in shock over the recent shooting incident in Tucson, Arizona regarding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Whatever the motivation was for Jared Loughner to gun down a government representative and innocent bystanders, one may ask what does this have to do with education? After all, we are educators who are insulated from the harsh outside conflicts of the world and focused in on developing the minds of children.


  • All I Want for Christmas - 12/05/2010

    The holidays are approaching and teachers are worrying about what gift to buy for a roomful of students that they will enjoy for more than a day and will be affordable on a teacher's salary. Parents are puzzling over what to get the teachers that will endear their child to them and be a practical item.


  • The Ones I Cannot Forget - 11/06/2010

    Rumor always had it among us romantic teenage girls that Miss McMahon had lived during her youth in New York City working near Broadway. We never knew if this work was in the theater or teaching, but imagining her on the stage or behind the scenes of a popular play was more exciting.


  • Getting to Know You - 10/01/2010

    With so many beginning-of-the-year tasks to complete, how can a teacher find the time to plan and implement activities that help learners to befriend each other and the teacher to learn a multitude of personalities?


  • Back to School - 09/01/2010

    Labor Day marks the end of summer and the beginning of school for most of the United States. It is partly a time of frustration over the short summer and a time of anticipation and renewal due to the start up of a new school cycle.


  • Developing a Professional - 06/05/2010

    This is the perfect time for some elective professional development that is fun, stimulating, and inspiring. Discovering nuggets of professional knowledge and helpful teaching tips and ideas can relieve a teacher of much stress in the upcoming school year and help solve those past nagging questions of "How can I handle this classroom situation more effectively and efficiently?"


  • Use It or Lose It - 05/03/2010

    Summer regression of academic skills is a proven phenomenon, but what is the best way to combat this? Are summer reading lists sufficient to maintain literacy skills for all learners? Are purchasing at-home practice workbooks an adequate way to drill those math facts and language rules or playing number and word games on family night?


  • Spring Fever Anyone? - 04/01/2010

    Now is the time of the school year for that popularly known childhood condition called Spring Fever. It commonly infests its victims with bouts of unfocused gazing out the classroom window, doodling images of fantasy such as Storm Troopers, Spiderman, or Dora the Explorer, and having pencil duels or spit ball fights with your neighboring accomplices.


  • To Team or Not to Team - 03/05/2010

    Team teaching has been around the educational world for several decades. I began my teaching career many years ago on a seven member team of third and fourth grade teachers. I have also experienced team teaching with four other fourth grade teachers in a different school.


  • Why Teach? - 02/12/2010

    Throughout high school, my love for words and literature and dreams of travel to lands I had seen in "National Geographic" led me to consider writing as a possible career goal. Intrigued by foreign correspondents on TV news, I concluded that journalism was the solution to my love of writing and desire to see the exotic.


  • Casting a Long Shadow - 01/05/2010

    Before the students rushed in, I wrote the "Quote of the Day" on the board. As the students made their way into the room, they glanced up at the board, wondering what the reason was for the "Quote of the Day."


  • A Tale of a Teacher - 11/01/2009

    Smugly striding up to the elementary school building the next day, it struck me that I had never been in a room full of five year old children by myself. Wearily, I opened the classroom door and saw an array of tiny tables, a miniature kitchen center, and a selection of balls, bins and tricycles.