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Sep 29 2010

Thank a teacher contest

We’ve decided to dabble in contests. Mainly because hey, why not! It’s a win-win for everyone. We’re not sure yet if we’ll do more, so enjoy this while it lasts. Up for grabs is $25 to buy school supplies. We think entering the contest is pretty easy. Check out this video and then leave us…

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We admit, it’s fun to get to report about other people reporting on us. Luckily/thankfully/happily we’ve gotten several opportunities lately. Today we’re happy to add another to the list and report that the folks at WordPress.org, who make the uber-popular blogging software that we use, added our site to the WordPress Showcase which features “some…

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Sep 03 2010

Mentioned in the New York Times

When we check our inbox in the morning, there’s always a worry that we’ll find out something requires our immediate attention. After all, our full-time staff of zero doesn’t have much spare capacity during the day. However, yesterday we got exciting news in our inbox requiring our immediate attention: Teach For Us was mentioned in…

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We have a nifty way to feature our blogs on the homepage and we need some suggestions. The only requirement is that the blog have some good content and the author update with some consistency/frequency. Leave your suggestions in the comments.

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Aug 14 2010

Snap previews re-activated

After a short hiatus, we’ve reactivated the Snap shots plugin that adds previews for external links. Here’s what it means: If you link to anything on teachforus.org (like Our Supporters), there will be no preview bubble. If you link to anything external to teachforus.org (like Teach For America), you’ll notice that there’s a little bubble…

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Aug 01 2010

Would you take a look at that!

Teach For Us on the Teach For America homepage

It’s no secret that we’re fans of Teach For America. But, now it’s no secret that Teach For America is a fan of us. Our site is now linked from the Teach For America homepage in addition the Our Corps Members page. Check it out.

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Jul 31 2010

Answering your questions

Question Mark

We had some questions about using the site since the relaunch. We wanted to answer some of them here: It is not taking my email address as an acceptable email address. You must use your TFA-issued email address. What happened to the static “pages” bloggers used to include? The static pages are now located in…

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Jul 14 2010

Planned outage

TeachFor.Us will go offline late Thursday night, July 15, 2010. When we come back online… it will be a whole new Teach For Us. Please plan your blogging and visiting accordingly.

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Jul 01 2010

Revving up for a relaunch

A little more than three years and 11 months ago TeachFor.Us launched to the work. A little less than three weeks from now, Teach For Us will completely relaunch. Get ready for a set of significant improvements to the site design and functionality. Here’s a short list of things you can expect: Better branding. We’ll…

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Who says a blog on Teach For Us won’t get you something cool in life? Wookie Kim, the corps member behind [ABCDE], is an invited panelist for the Education Sector event Finding the Link: Teacher Evaluation and Professional Development. Way to go Wookie! ABCDE has been has been a consitently popular blog on Teach For…

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Jun 10 2010

Second Semester Statistics

It’s been a busy busy busy spring semester for us at Teach For Us. Lots of new blogs, lots of visitors, lots of great content. We wanted to take a moment to let you know about some of the top blogs of the semester based on number of visits: rubinc in nyc! (second semester as…

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Jun 08 2010

Seeking intern

Teach For Us is currently searching for a part-time News Community Intern. Background: Teach For Us is the blog network for Teach For America teachers to document their experiences closing the education achievement gap. Teach For Us was founded in 2006 and has quickly grown into the largest independent source of information about Teach For…

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We’re constantly amazed at the different ways our bloggers express their individuality. The blogger behind So Dak It Hurts gives everyone look into his life via a short film produced by his friend. So Dak it Hurts – A look inside Teach for America from Brittan Pittman on Vimeo.

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May 17 2010

Another “tops” honor

The folks at Rasmussen College honored the bloggers of Teach For Us recently by naming us to the number three spot on their list of “Top 50 Blogs for Teachers.” Here’s what they say: Not only a blog, but a congregate blogging community, Teach for US features the voices of persons currently educating through the…

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Proposed changes to federal funding procedures would reduce the corps size by 30 percent, and Teach For America wants to mobilize its supporters through the use of text messages. According to a post on their site, Congress is considering a change from the direct allocation model to a competitive grants process. The site reports that…

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If you follow us on Twitter, you get all the blog updates in your tweet stream. The coolest part is you can always be sure that you’re being pointed to a story on the TeachFor.Us site because our links are all shortened into the format tch4.us. We think that’s pretty awesome. While all our awesome…

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Feb 05 2010

Arbitrary milestone

We’re excited to report that January was the first time we noticed that we had more than 20,000 visits to the site. Emphasis on “first time we noticed” since, after reviewing our site stats a little more thoroughly, we discovered this first occured during October. We like this trend… that’s for sure. Digging in a…

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We discovered last week that TeachFor.Us received an honor. We’ve been named the best blog for “News from the Trenches” by Scholastic’s “Instructor” magazine. Scholastic is no small player in the world of education, so we’re really excited that they even know we exist let alone think we’re the best. Here’s how they describe us:…

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Jan 25 2010

First semester exam

Report cards likely went out to many students in the past few weeks detailing achievements of the first semester of the 2009-10 school year. We’d probably get an F for “regular updates,” but later is better than never, right? So, we proudly present the most popular blogs of first semester, measured by the number of…

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Jan 23 2010

Squash spam

We’ve been hearing some reports of spam comments becoming a problem again. PLEASE read this post which explains how to turn on the spam filter. We’d turn it on for you, but we’re not allowed. This is a five-minute fix to get rid of all spam!

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Jan 23 2010

Token time-out

Our awesome hosts at ibiblio think they’ve figured out a way to increase the site speed. It involves a minor change to how some information is processed on the server. We’ve made a temporary adjustment to see if it works. This change went into effect on Thursday, January 22, and no one has reported any…

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Nov 13 2009

Congratulations, served two ways

We’re happy to announce two things: The first of the 2010 corps has started to join TeachFor.Us within 24 hours or so of their acceptance. We are, of course, happy that this signals more people joining the community to share their story, but it also signals a huge accomplishment to those people for their admittance…

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Sep 10 2009

Updated features and function

We made some changes to the server software today. If you’re trying to do anything normal (write, edit, comment) and the site seems to act up, please shoot us an email so that we can take a look. Additionally, we added a toolbar to every page at the bottom that allows visitors to interact with…

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Sep 03 2009

Server migration

We’ve migrated the entire TeachFor.Us site to a new server within our data center. You should notice that the site is much snappier now. Other than increased performance, this should impact not the site. If you experience anything out of the ordinary, please let us know. Thanks to CMP over at ibiblio for helping us…

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May 15 2009

Social Media Blitz

Twitter the teachers We’re now tweeting all blog posts to @TeachForUs. We have links to all the posts included in the tweet. We want to make sure you notice that we’ve got awesome TeachFor.Us-branded links using the shortened URL http://tch4.us. This is all thanks to awe.sm and Jonathan Strauss who donated services to us. Kindle…

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