Back to School Guide

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Our Back to School Guide, which will be continued in September, begins the fourth year of our column Innovations in the Classroom in our Education section.

Originally, it began as an idea for Tech-Talk article on the types of technology teachers were using in the classroom such as Smartboards or tablets. But in talking with the many educators in our community, it became a means to showcase the amazing variety of ways they were using a whole array of technology to engage and educate students.

The column quickly grew beyond technology and the classroom to also demonstrate our area educator’s many innovative lessons and paradigms, accomplishments in extracurricular activities, and synergies with other educational groups throughout the city, across the country and around the world.

For this issue, the entire Education section is an Innovations in the Classroom column, highlighting our cover feature on Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, a Teck-Talk article on the education tool known as The Khan Academy, and several amazing accomplishments from our area schools. The section continues with a look at health and wellness with articles on Kids and Breakfast and Back-to-School Preparation.

All past Innovations in the Classroom columns can be found on our website at

The articles on the website continue to have many visitors and displays the impressive volume of work that the many educators, staff and administrators have devoted endless hours and energy into creating for our students.

We will continue highlighting new innovations and programs our September’s Back-to-School Guide and in the coming months. If you are implementing an innovative program, lesson, or extra-curricular activity, be sure and let us know by emailing or calling (724) 940-2444.

Pick up the August issue of Northern Connection Magazine to read the entire article.