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March 20th: A Day for Mister Rogers, Our Neighbors, My Short Story

Autographed Picture of Mr. McFeely

“It’s you I like.” “We can sing together.” “Please won’t you be my neighbor?” These are the words of Fred McFeely Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. There are so many skillfully concise phrases that this wonderful man coined. Kindness, tolerance and togetherness were common themes of his long-standing PBS show (31 seasons to be exact). […]

Ushering in the ABCs

Let’s talk about the alphabet. It’s awesome! When you’re a little kid in school, you learn how to recognize the characters, write them and recite them. Later on, you discover all the cool words that can be constructed with just these 26 letters. But first, you have to remember them. A-B-C-D-E-F-G… And everybody remembers the […]

3 Overlooked Education Documentaries

We shared some of our favorite fictional depictions of teachers on film, but what about real life? Every teacher’s – and every student’s – experience is different. Recent documentaries like Waiting for Superman and American Teacher might have attracted a lot of buzz, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites you might […]

Living History: One-Room Schoolhouses

It can be startling to remember that the United States is a nation still in its adolescence. In less than 250 years, the rapid pace of development and change that has taken place is staggering. In this short period time, Americans have managed to build lives and communities, even in the most far-flung and rugged […]