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Computer Science Education Week 2017: Cracking the Code for a Brighter Tomorrow

Contributed by Meghan Sullivan What do Amazon, Google and Netflix have in common? If you said that these three companies are technology giants providing people with digital platforms that have become embedded in our daily lives, you’d certainly be right. But beyond where these companies are today, they also share remarkably similar beginnings — each of these three giants was founded and led by a person with a penchant for computer science. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s […]

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The Best Deals for Teachers on Black Friday 2017

Contributed by Nicholas Prajka It shouldn’t come as a surprise that educators tend to show their passion for teaching even when they are outside the classroom. It comes out in little ways, like when you linger over a nicely illustrated children’s book or reflexively pick up a pack of Paper Mate Flair pens because it contains colors you don’t have yet. Whether they plan for it or not, teachers spend their own money on their […]

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10 Inventive Reading Nooks to Cultivate a Love of Reading

It’s an unspoken golden rule in education that reading is the most important skill to develop in all students. Reading is not only how students access information across all other subjects, it is how students continue to learn past the classroom, past elementary school, past childhood and past college. Because even as adults, reading is one of the primary ways we learn new things. Unfortunately, developing a child’s interest in reading isn’t easy. Now more […]

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Resilience in the Face of Hurricane Harvey

It is a somber time in Houston, and all other areas of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The record-breaking flooding has affected millions of lives, and has struck a chord with the nation as a whole. The images and videos filling news stations are overwhelming in its immenseness and scale. In many cases this can make us feel helpless, but it is important to remember that even if you cannot take your speedboat through the […]

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Warming Up To Summer

As the weather warms up, students are itching to get out of the classroom and spend time outside.  Fortunately for them, summer is right around the corner.  Summer plans can vary greatly from student to student.  Some students pursue internships like the ones we highlighted in a recent blog, ‘Starting Summer Off on the Right Foot’, while others take summer school classes, attend camps, or participate in sports training for an upcoming season. Schools continue […]

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State Funding Formula Shortchanges Some Districts

In Freehold, New Jersey, 500 elementary school students spend the school day packed into one large classroom. There is not enough money for the district to build walls for separate classrooms. Each district is allocated funds according to the state school aid formula, but Freehold says it has received far less than the full share it is owed; Click here to read more about how the state school funding formula, which is designed to help […]

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Pursuing Equity in the Classroom and Community

It is said that education unlocks doors to opportunity. Yet, as long as the quality of learning varies based on neighborhood, race, or class, a policy of equity rather than equality may be the key to making an equal playing field. Committing to equity means ensuring that all students who need more support than others to achieve their academic goals receive the same amount of resources. When a district budget adds $100 to educating each […]

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Rooting for the Cubs and Winning with a Team

History was made in Chicago on Wednesday night, and everyone at the EFP Chicago office is ecstatic (and a little tired from celebrating the win). What is it about hometown pride and sports that makes victory so sweet? Quite simply, the togetherness of experiencing the emotional ups and downs of a game with your friends is a feeling like nothing else. Certainly you’ve heard it before: “sports build character.” It’s cliché, but it’s true. Team […]

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