5th Annual Book Drive

Our 5th Annual Book Drive will be in full swing beginning Monday, March 19th, to continue our mission of reducing the number of book deserts in the Philadelphia community.  We have chosen to combine our book drive with the celebration of Children’s Book Week in the belief that “a great nation is a reading nation". 

We aim to provide new and gently-used children’s books to two local youth-based organizations; Turning Points for Childrenthe largest social service agency for children in Philadelphia whose focus is reducing child abuse and improving the lives of children and youth across the city, and WePAC; their key initiative is to renovate and reopen school library space.

For many adults, as children, reading was one of their favorite things to do. They looked forward to exploring new authors and using their imaginations to experience new worlds. In the midst of indulging in this favorite past-time, they were developing their vocabulary and strengthening their command of the language. Unfortunately, today this is not the case for many children in our local communities. Philadelphia is one of the lowest ranking metropolitan cities in Reading proficiency. According to the most recent Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) data, 41% of fourth graders in the city are reading at or below basic levels. A contributing factor is that many schools and community libraries throughout Philadelphia have closed due to budget constraints and low readership, which has impacted youth access to quality reading material.  

Over the years, we have collected over 3,000 books and have donated our collections to Mastery Charter School- Cleveland Elementary, Methodist Services Children’s Home, The People’s Emergency Center and Youth Services, Inc. The main goal of our annual book drive is to reduce the number of book deserts within the Philadelphia community. By contributing to the development of youth in our city it is our hope to place books in the hands of as many youth, as possible. That the books received will increase their exposure to literature and fuel a continued desire to read.

Knowing how fundamental literature is to a developing mind we hope you'll support this mission by doing at least one of the following:
  • Donate new or gently used books until May 4th, 2018.
  • Make a monetary donation for our Celebration of Reading event:
    • GoFundMe
    • CashApp Fundraising - $EducatorsOnCall
  • Save & share the flyer to the right with your social and professional networks. Use hashtag #EOCBookDrive.
  • Tell your friends and family about the book drive.

Criteria for book donations:

  • Should appeal to children in lower elementary to middle school
  • New or like-new without coloring or damaged pages and can be hardcover
  • Award winners, main characters of color, leveled readers, popular series books, and juvenile nonfiction are of particular interest.

If you have any questions about how you can get involved in giving the gift of reading to youth in Philadelphia send us an email to eocadmin@educatorsoncall.org or give us a call at 888-248-4801 ext. 100. 

As we know and believe that knowledge is our greatest resource, we also know that one book can change a life!



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“a great nation is a reading nation,” ~ Frederic G. Melcher

Are you thinking about becoming a teacher?

For new and seasoned teachers, here are some benefits you may not have thought of or may sometimes forget…

Teacher turned freelance writer, Allie Heemstra, explains that being a teacher is an amazing career in her article “The Intangible Benefits of Being a Teacher”. While teachers don’t earn CEO salaries or perks, Heemstra says that teachers are able to feel the “tangible and sentimental” reasons for being in the classroom. For example, a Math Teacher applying real-world experiences to help her students understand the true value of her lessons. Or a Kindergarten Teacher opening the minds of her students to the wonders of reading. Or the High School English Teacher helping her students write college essays. Teachers impact the lives of their students in ways that could never amount to any dollar value. Teachers MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Heemstra shares three other ways in which teaching is a rewarding job:

  1. Teachers get to be innovative...
  2. Teachers get to spark connection...
  3. Teachers get the constant opportunity for growth...

Click here to read more.

For those interested in exploring a career in education and those seeking more experience in the classroom, check out opportunities for substitute teaching!

Meet Allie Heemstra

Allie Heemstra is an Iowa native who has a passion for writing. Previously enrolled in University of Northern Iowa, she took courses in Elementary education, Teaching K-8, and a Literacy minor. Heemstra had gone to Brazil to do student teaching and then came back to become a third grade teacher in Kansas City for 5 years.

Those warm, carefree summer nights have led to the bright beginnings of a new school year. Parents are bustling in OfficeMax to buy supplies and kids are waving goodbye to vacation with a heavy heart. Substitute teachers are also getting ready for the year ahead to provide the best possible education to students. Today we are going to discuss why motivated, caring teachers are so vitally important.

In 2011 Eric Hanushek, an Education Economist at Stanford, wrote an article revealing the empirical value a good teacher has on their students in Education Next. Education is one of the most important economic x-factors in determining a country's output. Hanushek stresses that quality education is one of the most important links to improving our national economy. Efforts to improve quality of education have included structural reforms such as decreasing classroom size, adjusting curriculum, and adding technology to aid learning. However, the most impactful metric on education quality is the ability of the teacher to effectively communicate the material to students. The value of a good teacher is almost immeasurable in terms of growing both our nation's economy and improving the overall quality of life for students.  According to Hanushek, teachers have the ability to increase the lifetime earnings of a student by $110,000 to $230,000.

The rest of Hanushek’s article explores possible solutions to help retain high-quality teachers and it can be seen from the data how critically important educators are, not just here in the US but around the world. Regardless the amount of time spent in the classroom, substitutes have a huge impact on students’ lives. May the upcoming school year be filled with productive positivity. Check out our Facebook and Twitter for resources and tips to help you be the best teacher possible.


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Meet our summer intern, Joe:

Working at Educators on Call this summer was a fantastic hands-on experience for my ambitions to pursue a career in Marketing. Tara and Julie, the stellar on-site staff, never spared an opportunity to share valuable advice or answer any of my questions. One of my favorite parts of the internship was the independent yet supportive work environment fostered in the office. As a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major at UPenn, my background in marketing is sparse, to say the least, but working with Julie fast-tracked my understanding of the industry, as well as provided keen insights I could not have received in a classroom.

I also was lucky enough to work with the company during a period of growth in the midst of their expansion to staff more schools and recruit more teachers. One of my primary objectives this summer was to promote our first ever Educator Career Fair this October (the 11th, which by the way you should totally go to) through social media, email, and phone marketing. So much of the company's blood, sweat and tears have gone into planning this one event, alongside the school expansion plans. One of the most important lessons I learned from this endeavor is that when you achieve success, your problems do not go away, they only grow to a larger scale. Nevertheless, the feeling of achievement is amazing and I would not want to share it with a different team.

Moving into my senior year, I am glad I had the opportunity to help a company as driven, honest, and fun as Educators on Call to prepare me for the workforce after college. Thanks to everyone have a great school year!

Hey Substitute Teachers!

In just a few short weeks students will line the halls and school will be in full swing. Get ready for teacher absences, and no matter how long you're in a classroom remember, "proper preparation prevents poor performance."

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Every day educators have the opportunity to not only positively affect students' education but their confidence to take on any obstacle they face in and out of the classroom.  Jasmyn Wright is a third-grade teacher at Frederick Douglass Elementary in Philadelphia and she understands the impact she has as an educator goes beyond the classroom.


Happy Independence Day from Educators On Call to you and your families! We hope your grill and fireworks are as lit as our passion for bringing quality education to our schools. Today we would like to take a moment to thank the men and women who serve our country and allow us to pursue truth in education without restriction. Our freedoms are the reason we are so grateful to live in the beautiful USA.

We salute those who make our freedom possible.

Summer break is a time for well deserved rest from early mornings and after-school meetings, but that does not mean your time off needs to be unproductive. Here’s a list of seven helpful ideas to make this summer your springboard into an amazing school year.

1- Read these three books. While there are many amazing books that will inspire you this summer, these three are certain to help you reinvent yourself as an educator.

  • Drive, by Daniel Pink. Everything you ever needed to know about what motivates people, and students, to do anything. This was my life-changing book.
  • Teach Like a Pirate, by Dave Burgess. Arguably the best teacher book ever written. No matter how experienced and good you are, TLAP will make you strive to be better.
  • Assessment 3.0, by Mark Barnes. Okay, this one may seem self-serving, but the throw-out-grades movement is real, and this book shows you how to be part of it and how to forever change how we assess learning.

2 – Join a social network for teachers. Find a Twitter chat, Facebook group, or online book club, and collaborate with other educators. We are better together than we are apart. Here are a few options:

  • #Edchat on Twitter. This feed has powerful information 24/7 and two live chats weekly on Tuesdays.
  • Teachers Throwing Out Grades on Facebook. One of education’s most influential groups, there are thousands of teachers, parents, and students here, talking about how to build an ongoing conversation about learning.
  • Talks with Teachers. This is a growing community of educators, who discuss many education-related topics daily.

3 - Reflect On Last Year’s Teaching Experience

Think back over the previous year and identify your successes and your challenges. While you should spend some time thinking about both, concentrate on the successes. You will have greater success improving upon what you do well than focusing on what you did poorly.

4 - Take a Colleague to Lunch

It's better to give than to receive. As the school year approaches, teachers need to know how much they are appreciated. Think of a fellow teacher who inspires you and let them know how important they are to students and to you.

5 – Write

Whether you write a guest blog post, a series of Facebook articles, or start your own teacher blog, you should write about education. Share something awesome with the world–a unique teaching strategy or a new tech tool you’ve discovered. You’ll love contributing to the profession.

6 - Build a new yearlong project 

The yearlong project can help you meet many objectives, while giving students the opportunity to take charge of their own learning. Summer break is the perfect time to put all pieces of your project in place, so you can launch it the second school begins.

7 - Maintain Your Expertise

You can always learn more about the topic you teach. Check out the latest publications. You might find the seed for an excellent new lesson.


Be sure to check out more actionable ideas to improve your teaching this summer on Melissa Kelly’s article for ThoughtCo and Mark Barnes’ list for Brilliant or Insane.


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“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”  ― Aristotle

As part of our annual book drive, we host a Celebration of Reading with our selected recipient. This year's recipient, of over 3,000 books, was Youth Services, Inc. Since winter snow postponed our celebration we were excited to share our love of reading during Children's Book Week 2017, on Wednesday, May 2nd.

The morning was filled with laughter and joy as we sang, read a story aloud, and completed a super-hero mask craft with the children serviced by YSI.  We want to thank all of our donors again for making this year's book drive such a huge success.


  • Lankenau High School
  • Librarian and students at Salford Hills Elementary School, Souderton School District
  • iLoveBOBs Membership
  • Obioma Martin - OMART Women Supporting Women
  • Tonya Ladipo -The Ladipo Group
  • Educators On Call team
  • The Archways Professional Building
  • Farida Saleem - Family Centered Outpatient Theraputic Services
  • Rafyah Lumb -Naturally Neat
  • Tara Colquitt - The Credit Woman
  • John Walters
  • Community Council Education Services
  • Mary May of Butterfly Love-Consultations
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”  — Oscar Wilde