Tulsa Teacher Gets a Little Back-to-School Relief

Like many teachers, Katherine Holland was getting anxious thinking of ways to prepare for the school year ahead. Mrs. Holland is a sixth grade teacher at Clinton Middle School in Tulsa, OK. Often her students can use an extra hand to get the school year. “I have 130 students, most come from five housing projects […]

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#LookFreshFeelGood: Add AdoptAClassroom.org to your Back to School Look

For teachers and students alike, half the fun of fall is starting the new year off with a fresh look. If you’re anything like us, sometimes the excitement is a little too much, and you start feeling guilty about the frequency of mall-trips and packages showing up on your doorstep.

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Running your first classroom: Advice from last year’s rookies

Forty to fifty percent of new teachers leave within their first five years on the job. Why? Because teaching is hard. More is expected of teachers than they could comprehend before starting the job. Teachers are lesson-planners, disciplinarians, fundraisers, administrators, emotional-support systems, and more.

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#BICFightForYourWrite

We at AdoptAClassroom.org are excited for another year teaming up with BIC’s Fight for Your Write campaign! Together, we are working to save handwriting as a critical learning tool for children. But we think typing about it would be a little hypocritical…So instead we got some of our team members to practice their handwriting by […]

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2nd Grade Teacher Creates a Family Base in her Classroom

“These kids are so excited about a book.” Heather Mitchell is a 2nd grade teacher at McKinley Elementary School in Erie, Pennsylvania. Her classroom is home to students from all over the world, and many are English Language Learners. Often their home lives are difficult, some without parents there to raise them. For that reason, […]

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Featured Donor Story: Believing in Public Education Means Taking Action for Michael Ellegood

Michael Ellegood is concerned about the state of education in his city. When a vote to give the local school system more money failed, it upset him. “We are taking kids that are our future and we are denying them their future,” he said. “I want to do something so that people in our community […]

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How To Be a Classroom Champion

We all need someone to lean on, and teachers are no exception. If you are frustrated that teachers are struggling to teach because of a lack of supplies, you can do something about it. Become a Classroom Champion! Classroom Champions are often the key to a classroom adoption. When you help raise awareness about a […]

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Classroom Success Story: School Garden Grows Important Lessons for Students

What do you do with a low-income school, a few donated garden boxes, and no funding for plants or supplies? To this question, teachers Debbie Rutledge-Lockyear and Janet White’s response was confident. You make it work. When they received the garden boxes, the teachers began dreaming of creating a community garden where they could give their […]

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In Queens, Ms. Hemans’ Young Men Need Pencils to Thrive

Vivett Hemans is an 8th grade language arts teacher at Eagle Academy for Young Men of Southeast Queens in Jamaica, NY. “There is one Eagle Academy in each of the five boroughs as well as one in Newark, New Jersey,” said Ms. Hemans. “They have been strategically placed in neighborhoods that have been identified as school-to-prison […]

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