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The teacher's tone of voice is a powerful instrument. It sets the tone and environment for the entire classroom in terms of engagement, behavior, and rapport with students. We recently came across an article on EdSource.org titled, For Teachers, It's Not Just What You Say, It's How You Say It. It contains some valuable insights from teachers who have experimented with how their tone of voice affects the functionality of their classrooms. Here are our top three teacher tone takeaways: Find
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Kendley Davenport, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Source4Teachers, has been named a recipient of the 2017 Future 50 Awards by Philadelphia SmartCEO. The program recognizes the 50 fastest-growing mid-sized companies in the Greater Philadelphia Area as demonstrated by a combined three-year average of revenue and employee growth. Kendley and his fellow Future 50 winners were recognized in SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards ceremony on January 17, 2017.  Click here to read the full award press release. “This award is
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Yesterday, Education Week released a dispatch from John B. King Jr., the outgoing U.S. Secretary of Education. No matter your personal political views or how you feel about how King performed in his short time holding this office, we thought his message was full of hope and inspiration for the future of education. In the dispatch, King emphasizes the need for policy differences to be set aside so we can move forward together to provide excellent public education to every student in America. He
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Winter is here - bringing snow, sleet, school closings, car accidents, and slip‐and‐falls! While we hope for a mild winter, we want to make sure you are prepared for whatever the season may bring. Before you head out in the cold, here are some helpful tips to get you safely to your destination:  Things to do: DO listen to the news and traffic reports for state of emergency announcements including school and road closures BEFORE you leave your house. DO
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With Martin Luther King Jr. Day right around the corner, we wanted to share this article we found on Education World's website: Martin Luther King, Jr. Teaches Many Lessons.  This page contains a compilation of meaningful Martin Luther King Jr. lesson plans from all over the web, and conveniently notes which grade levels each lesson is appropriate for. Have your students write their own "I Have a Dream" speech, or work with your students to map the important places throughout King's life. These rich lessons
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Going back to school after winter break can feel like a let-down to some teachers. The merriment that came with holiday anticipation has evaporated, the days are short, and the weather is cold. You may find yourself pining for the days of sleeping in and binge-watching the latest TV craze. Remember, you are likely not the only one feeling this way; it's common for students to feel foggy or unmotivated as well. But it's important to take this time to set the tone for
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2017 is underway and a new presidential administration is on the horizon. Reflecting on President Obama's last eight years, we found this excellent video from the U.S. Department of Education titled: 8 Ways Education Has Improved Under the Obama Administration.  
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It's important for teachers to take some time to recharge their battery while schools are closed this week. We found a helpful blog post from The Institute for Excellence in Education entitled: Four Tips to Help Teachers Rejuvenate During the Holiday Break.  The post advises teachers to think of winter break like half-time at a football game – players should spend some time taking care of themselves and rejuvenating so they can bring their 'A-Game' to the second half of the game [or in
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The holiday season is a joyful time for most. But for families struggling to make ends meet, the holidays can be difficult – especially when children are involved. For the second consecutive year, Source4Teachers and MissionOne worked with several of our partner school districts to “adopt” 16 families in need over the holidays. Each of these families were contending with extraordinary hardship, and our team was eager to spread some holiday cheer their way. During the month of December, our
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Check out this funny post we found on WeAreTeachers.com, titled 9 Honest Holiday Cards for Teachers. Teachers are sure to relate to these snarky holiday cards that seem to "keep it real" in a way Hallmark might not!  Here's a sneak preview, but make sure you check out the rest of the article!
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