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



1. Create a hanging garden.

2. Upcycle trash into flower art.

recycled garden craft

3. Grow an egg carton tree.

recycled egg carton tree craft
Credit: Glued to My Crafts

4. Fashion a pop top bracelet.

5. Chime the wind.

recycled lid wind chime craft
Credit: Hands on as We Grow

6. Paint paper bags.

paper bag painting craft
Credit: Small for Big

7. Raise a rainbow made of drink tops and bottle lids.

recycled drink top rainbow project
Credit: Mollie’s Mum

8. Feed the birds.

9. Make papier mâché pots.

Credit: Childhood 101

10. Catch the sun.

earth suncatcher catcher
Credit: No Time for Flashcards

Get the details for these crafts and more ideas from  at WeAreTeachers

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. “Libraries Transform” returns as the theme for 2017, reminding us that today’s libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. Several events going on during the week include National Library Workers DayNational Bookmobile Day; and Take Action for Libraries Day. To learn more, check out the newly released The State of America’s Libraries, that captures usage trends within all types of libraries. The report finds that library workers’ expertise continues to play a key role in the transformation of communities by empowering users to navigate our ever-changing digital, social, economic, and political society.

Thank you, school Librarians!


Author: U.S. Department of Education ~ THE TEACHERS EDITION - ED Teacher Newsletter

Here at Educators On Call we believe that literacy is a fundamental skill in order to learn, to experience our world,  to advocate for ourselves and to live full lives.  Children in the most impoverished parts of the city are missing out on the amazing benefits of reading and having quality books readily available to them.  Philadelphia is one of the lowest ranking metropolitan cities in Reading proficiency. Philadelphia also has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation.  Youth 18 and under makeup almost ¼ of this population.  This is why we have set a goal to reduce "book deserts" in the City of Philadelphia by donating books to organizations that support families living in poverty and homelessness.

Our 4th Annual Book Drive has collected over 3,000 books along with clothing donations for children serviced by Youth Services, Inc. We want to thank our donors who made this year our biggest book drive yet!

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

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Educators On Call is seeking passionate substitute teachers to provide coverage to charter schools in Philadelphia. Teacher call-outs happen frequently and should not interrupt classroom instruction. That's why we're looking for a team of substitutes that wake up ready to work and make a difference. Seeking substitute teachers that will provide instruction, encourage student progress, and manage the learning environment effectively.

Substitute Teacher Requirements:
- Available to commit at least 3 days a week to provide substitute coverage
- Ready to receive coverage requests by 6am
- Flexible to teach any grade or content area
- Ability to travel anywhere in the City of Philadelphia
- Best candidate must be dependable, flexible, a team player and have a passion for working with children

- Bi-weekly electronic pay options
- Employee Assistance Program (corporate discounts)
- Payroll mobile app
- Access to LifeCare & LifeMart - Save time and money with hundreds of great discounts from leading brand name retailers.
- Access to iLearn@ADP - enroll in class-room-based instruction; virtual instruction based trainings and self-paced online classes.
- Gain exposure & experience
- One-on-one coaching & teaching mentor
- New educators get a chance to discover their teaching style
- Those seeking to obtain certification can network while working on your credential & explore what grades and subjects are right for you
- Connections that can lead to permanent positions
- Referral bonuses & other bonus opportunities

Compensation: $90.00 - $120.00 a day depending on credentials and assignment

Department of Education Requirements:
- Minimum Bachelors degree in any field
- FBI clearance from the PA Department of Education
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check
- PA Child Abuse Clearance
- Act 126 Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training Completion Certificate
- TB Test – proof of negative results
- Completed Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Release form - A form must be filled out for every employer you have had where you had contact with children.
- Completed Arrest/Conviction Report & Certification Form

If you want to make a positive impact on the lives of children, you're the one we're looking for!


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For the last 3 years EOC has celebrated National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day), organized by the National Education Association to promote reading, by hosting an annual book drive.  Our book drives have given the gift of reading to many children in the Philadelphia area.  Over the years, we have managed to collect over 900 books and have been able to donate our collections to Mastery Charter School- Cleveland Elementary, the Methodist Services Children’s Home and The People’s Emergency Center.

This will be our 4th annual book drive, held in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, on Thursday, March 2, 2017, in an effort to motivate children of all ages to read, daily. Encouraging daily reading is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better academically.

Philadelphia is one of the lowest ranking metropolitan cities in Reading proficiency. Philadelphia also has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation.  Youth 18 and under make up almost ¼ of this population. One can guess that this would have a negative impact on a child’s education. Knowing how fundamental books are to a developing mind; we are hosting our 4th annual book drive to provide new and gently-used books to homeless youth served by Youth Service, Inc.  YSI is a non-profit organization that has provided immediate shelter and support services to Philadelphia’s children, youth and families for over 65 years.

In order to increase our outreach, we are seeking support from you in hopes of receiving books and/or monetary donations to purchase new books. Educators On Call’s goal is to place books in the hands of as many youth, as possible.

We hope you will join us in our mission to ignite a passion for reading by making a donation

One book could potentially change a life! 

Drop-off or mail donations to: 

Educators On Call - 413 Johnson Street, Suite 214, Jenkintown, PA 19046

For questions or to schedule a pick-up please call 888-248-4801

unnamedDear EOC Educators, 

We hope that the winter break was everything you needed to be and more.  As we enter the new year and the second half of the school year we would like to take a moment to thank you for all your sacrifice and dedication to educating today’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders. 

We know that you touch lives every passing day without recognition for all the hard work you do.

We know you worry about students long after the you have left the classroom. 

We know how tired you are at the end of each day, and how by Friday it’s beyond exhaustion.

We know that you have families, too, and many of you have “table time teaching” at home after school hours. 

We know that you did not enter this profession for the money but because of your love and passion for making a difference in the lives of children.

We know that you are not afraid of hard work which has only gotten harder in the recent years.

We know you buy supplies with your own money and extend yourself far beyond your job description to help and mentor students.

We know that you are passionate about teaching and cannot help but impart that passion. 

We know that it is often easy to forget the impact that you have as substitute teachers. Schools are busy places, so it’s no wonder that you sometimes miss out on chances to stop and reflect upon the influence that you’ve had over the young people in your care. Often, it’s the little conversations, the easily-forgotten asides, the friendly smile or brief compliment that mean the most to young people. While you might forget them by the time you accept another assignment and enter a new classroom, those words can remain with a young person for a long time, shaping their personalities and outlooks on life.

Our schools depend on you to creatively, selflessly, and passionately work with their students to help build the next generation.

We sincerely appreciate you,

EOC Management Team


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Many of you are familiar with the demonstration flight attendants give regarding appropriate procedures in the event of an emergency and the warning that if there is a decline in cabin pressure, masks will drop from the ceiling that will supply the oxygen necessary. The point is stressed during the presentation that people must put on their own masks before they can turn and assist someone else.

The lesson we, as teachers, can learn is that in order to influence someone else’s behavior we must first have control of our own. This is a powerful concept and one that educators should take to heart.

By securing our own mask first and taking control of our own actions, we as educators can then create an environment where students are capable of behaving well. In addition to watching for appropriate student behavior, teachers should notice their own appropriate behavior, which includes:

  • Setting clear expectations and following those expectations
  • Recognizing appropriate behavior
  • Removing sarcasm
  • Responding non-coercively to inappropriate student behavior

If teachers can master their own behavior, it will increase the likelihood of appropriate student behavior. The most important principle is that the teacher must first gain control of his own behavior before he can expecting appropriate behavior from someone else. Eleanor Roosevelt put it beautifully when she said, “It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.” 

So, whose behavior are we trying to control? The answer is: our own. By controlling our own behavior, we become an example for the students and as a byproduct, create an environment where students are able to behave well.

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We also recommend checking out this support community for substitue teachers.