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New website has online learning tools for War of 1812’s 200th anniversary

A new website from Maryland Public Television and Thinkport features a wide array of teaching tools for educators looking to include the War of 1812’s bicentennial in their lesson plans this year.

The page has a section detailing the general historical overview of the war, along with resources searchable by age group, interactive maps and games, and even potential field trips to landmarks in the area.

If you’re including a unit on this, it’s a great thing to check out.


12 Things Star Teachers Believe

This post was written by University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Distinguished Professor Emeritus Martin Haberman and originally appeared on

Over the past fifty years Martin Haberman has developed more teacher

education programs, which have prepared more teachers for diverse children in poverty than anyone in the history of American Education. The most widely known of his programs was the National Teacher Corps, which was based on his intern program in Milwaukee.

His Star Interviews for selecting teachers and principals who will be successful
with children in poverty are used in 300 cities throughout the country. His contributions have been recognized as distinguished by ATE, AACTE, AERA, Kappa Delta Pi, Teachers College, Columbia and the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin. Continue Reading →


How to teach STEM courses

A professor teaches science to STEM students

A professor teaches STEM students at Eastern Mennonite University

From eSchool News:

What makes science programs at specialized science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) schools better than ordinary programs? A new report identifies key factors that contribute to effective STEM education, and it recommends that science instruction receive the same level of priority as math and reading.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), “Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics,” from the National Research Council, responds to a request from Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., to identify highly successful K-12 schools that specialize in one or more STEM disciplines.

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Progress on early childhood in Santa Maria, CA

From Sarah Garland of the Hechingere report:

A few years ago, preschool teachers in Santa Maria, a low-income, mostly Hispanic city north of Santa Barbara, CA, attended a series of meetings with kindergarten teachers in the district. Most had never met. Although their students were only a year apart in age, teachers had little idea what happened in each other’s classrooms.

What they discovered changed the course of early education in this small city, and is at the heart of a new national reform movement known as PreK-3.

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