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By Brittany Engelmann @ 2017-05-16 5:00 AM

With the school year coming to an end, you’re likely already thinking about what lies ahead in the Fall. Whether you’re an educator or a parent, those thoughts turn to what students will need in the coming school year.

Whether you’re thinking about boxed tissues, glue sticks or kids who need a little extra help, it’s not too early to start planning your next supply drive.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2017-03-14 7:00 AM

A Master of Nonprofit Management, while not necessary to work in the nonprofit sector, can be a great way to take your career to the next level. Masters programs teach students the business side of running a nonprofit, and offer the opportunity to concentrate in a particular area of organizational management.

With an advanced degree, you’ll be qualified to work in any nonprofit organization in a variety of jobs such as fundraising, program management or policy analysis.

According to Best College Reviews.org, “nonprofit management positions will grow by 10% through 2024”. When you couple this with the nonprofit sector currently making up 10% of the US workforce, it’s easy to see that jobs working with nonprofit organizations aren’t disappearing anytime soon and afford room for professional growth.

If you’re looking for a Masters in Nonprofit Management program, here are 3 top rated programs for you to consider.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2017-01-18 3:00 PM

Rosa Parks is one of the most significant historical figures. Her bravery and determination helped to ignite an ongoing battle for civil rights in the U.S. Yet, teaching these topics to children can be complex, and learning about the Jim Crow era can be both confusing and scary for youngsters. February 4th is Rosa Parks Day, and it offers educators the opportunity to teach their students about the tremendous impact Rosa Parks had on the civil rights movement.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-10-24 7:00 AM

It’s always disheartening as a teacher to work with students who come from low-income families and often are ill-equipped with supplies for the school year. Whether they don’t have enough warm clothing, are constantly struggling to purchase lunch, or simply don’t possess the required supplies to complete their classwork effectively, low-income students face a lot of difficulties in their education. Fortunately, there are a lot of simple ways that teachers can support these students and empower them to get the most from their studies.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-10-21 7:10 AM

There are few jobs more exacerbating than managing the finances of a school district. With school budgets constantly at a minimum, school districts need to innovate creative ways to offer a great education on limited resources. Here are a few tactics that will help you squeeze more learning from your budget, while setting your financial worries to rest.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-09-30 7:00 AM

The average teacher spends about $500 out-of-pocket on school supplies every year. This is largely due to a shortage in school funding. Many teachers want to provide a superior classroom experience to students, but find themselves unable to afford all project supplies via the strict school budget alone. Yet, with the modest income teachers are already earning, they shouldn’t have to spend their own money on supplies. Here are some tips to provide an exemplary classroom experience, while remaining well within your tight budget.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-08-10 7:00 AM

For teachers, summer vacation is a necessary break to help unwind from the school year and prepare for the year ahead. The life of a teacher can be stressful, and throughout the year, you’re often expected to do a lot of work outside of the traditional classroom hours. From parent-teacher conferences to preparing classroom activities, the average teacher works about 53 hours per week. Come summer, you finally have the opportunity to relax, but that break can make it all that much more difficult to get back in the teaching groove come school time. Here are some tips to make the transition back to school seamless and carefree.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-08-03 7:00 AM

Summer is flying by, and it’s just a few more weeks before the new school year begins. There is no time more chaotic in the life of a teacher than those first couple weeks back. Not only can it be a challenge to get yourself back into your daily routine, but the children are often bouncing off the walls from their summer away. Here are some tips to brace yourself for the back-to-school frenzy, so things can feel a little calmer and the transition is a bit more seamless. 

Create a Back-to-School Checklist

There are so many tasks required to sufficiently prepare for school, it can be difficult to stay on top of everything. Prepare a checklist in advance to ensure nothing is left out. This will help you map out all of your classroom responsibilities, so you’ll be more prepared come the first day of school.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-07-29 7:00 AM

Savvy small business owners are constantly on the lookout for ways to maximize sales and bring in more customers. This inevitably means adjusting your product offerings from time to time to cash in on specific trends or seasonal product lines. When children and college students make their return to school, they are often in a rush to conquer everything on their shopping list, hopping from store to store in hopes of finding the best bargains. For opportunistic business people, this offers the ideal opportunity to leverage this trend by offering a variety of back-to-school supplies.


By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-07-18 6:30 AM

Summer is a hectic time to be a mom. In addition to your routine 9-to-5, you have to make childcare arrangements, keep up with errands, and make sure your children are prepared for the school year ahead. Despite summer break lasting two to three months, those months seem to slip by in seconds with little time to prepare. Yet, there are countless tasks required for preparing a child for their new year in school, which just adds to the never-ending list of things a mom has to do.