FC_Joy_BlogoA Music Classroom Where Every Student Is Important

Dr. David Lazerson understands what he does is serious… seriously fun, seriously unique, and seriously effective. Dr. Lazerson, also known as Dr. Laz, is a special education music and drama teacher at The Quest Center in Hollywood, Florida. There, Dr. Laz has created a one-of-a-kind classroom full of visual and sound effects for his students […]

Danielle Blumhoefer_BlogYour Donation is this Teacher’s Entire Budget

For teachers without classroom budgets, a donation provides the bare necessities for a classroom. Danielle Blumhoefer teaches special education at Maple Lake Elementary. Her classroom needs are basic, but still amount to many out-of-pocket purchases. “As a special education teacher, I don’t have my own classroom per say, so I don’t have a classroom budget,” she said. […]

FullSizeRenderWant to wow your donors? Try thank you cards!

We all get a lot of email. In an ever-increasingly electronic world, hand-written thank you cards, notes or photos stand out to donors. Taking a moment for your class to appreciate the generosity of others and to express that gratitude is also a great lesson for students. We’ve collected helpful tips and ideas on how to make your classroom’s […]

r and art blog#GetawayGiveaway: Win Art Supplies for your Class!

Does enjoying your summer mean spending massive amounts of time on Pinterest getting ideas for your classroom? During the month of August, we challenge you to getaway…and get creative with a Pinterest-inspired giveaway with the prizes sponsored by The Art Institutes system of schools!

paula colePaula Cole helps her students find their place in the world

Paula Cole is a teacher who knows how to adapt. She ensures that her students continue getting a strong, inclusive education no matter what changes happen in school or what struggles they face at home. Mrs. Cole is a 1st grade teacher at Emerson Elementary in Minneapolis, MN. Emerson Elementary is a dual Spanish immersion […]

Cool Tool BlogOrganizational Tips for a Stress-Free Classroom

Are you feeling the August panic? We know that when your students walk through the door this fall, you’ll have to be ready for anything. The school year is stressful and right now you have a chance to get ahead. You can’t anticipate every challenge you’ll face in the upcoming year, but the physical space […]