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Teaching Civic Culture Together

Workshops Exploring the Current State of Public Discourse

Apply today for the Sphere Summit: Teaching Civic Culture Together 2021. The annual Sphere Summit is a full-scholarship professional development program for educators of grades 5–12 that will take place June 27–July 1 and July 25–July 29 in Washington, DC. The summit will offer a hybrid experience, which will allow for both in-person and online attendance.

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April 15, 2021

 

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grants for underserved communitiesallpointsnorthfoundation.org

Funding & Recognition

Grants for Initiatives That Support Middle School Education

All Points North Foundation is considering grant requests ranging from $20,000 to $60,000 to prepare and retain middle school teachers in an ever-changing education climate and help students, especially those in underserved communities grow both academically and socially/emotionally.

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Interactive technology promotes engagement and effective learning

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Interactive Technology That Promotes Engagement and Effective Learning

Dive into the power of interactivity with Samsung—why interactivity matters so much to effective learning and how prioritizing it engages students and improves learning outcomes. Uncover the science behind interactive learning and the key elements driving impact, as well as the principles of interactive learning and their ever-changing applications. Also explore how to capture students’ imaginations and drive meaningful outcomes. And review the importance of having technologies and methods that are simple to deploy, easy to use, and ready right out of the box.

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equity grantsnwea.org

Funding & Recognition

Grants That Promote Equitable and Inclusive Academic Opportunities

NWEA offers Educators for Equity Grants of up to $10,000 to foster growth for students who face systemic barriers to academic opportunities. Proposed programs should be equity-focused, evidence-based, culturally relevant to students served, and explicitly designed to improve academic opportunities and outcomes.

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DISCOVER HOW CATCHON KEEPS YOU INFORMED IN REAL-TIME

Digital Learning • Learning Support

5 Ways Student-Level Data Can Ensure Learning Continuity

No matter where learning occurs, CatchOn helps you stay informed. Most districts lack visibility into their students’ patterns of digital engagement and learning, leaving them scrambling to figure out what is working and what is not. Check out five ways CatchOn empowers education leaders to track, visualize, and analyze data at the student level to detect emerging trends and assess student engagement, both inside and outside the classroom.

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National Poetry Monthpoets.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Celebration of Poets and Their Craft

Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. In a short video, celebrated poet Amanda Gorman talks about why poetry is her chosen medium. Additionally, #DisruptTexts offers a freely downloadable discussion guide or Gorman’s inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb.”

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diverse bookslittlefreelibrary.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Diverse Voices at a Grassroots, Community Level

Read in Color is bringing diverse books to Little Free Library book-sharing boxes around the world. The program has four key components: Read in Color pledge; Little Free Library installations; Free diverse books; and Recommended reading lists.

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collections.louvre.fr

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Digital Collection of Masterpieces from the Louvre

The Louvre museum in Paris has put nearly half a million items from its collection online for the public to visit free of charge. The new database includes not only items on public display in the museum but also those in storage.

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global issuesworld101.cfr.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Modules on the Issues, Forces, and Actors That Shape Our World

The renewed focus on civics education in this country provides a promising path for readying students for the challenges of twenty-first century citizenship. The Council on Foreign Relations has created a free curriculum to facilitate this critical work. Educators are invited to explore the library of curriculum units—Global Era Issues; Regions of the World; and How the World Works—and Sometimes Doesn’t.

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african american historyStanley Nelson, 2014

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Reference Center with Perspectives on African American and Global African History

The BlackPast provides a global audience with reliable and accurate information on the history of African Americans and of people of African ancestry around the world. The compilation and concentration of these diverse resources allow BlackPast to serve as the “Google” of African American history.

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close the covid learning gaphoracemann.com

Professional Growth

Insights from the Horace Mann Voice of the Educator Study

A research study by Horace Mann Educators Corporation, “Closing the Learning Gap: How frontline educators want to address lost learning due to COVID-19,” is based on a nationally representative survey of 941 US educators, including public school K–12 teachers, administrators, and support personnel.

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virtual educator programsflickr.com Ted Mielczarek

Professional Growth

Virtual Summer Program with Constitutional Scholars

This summer, educators can join other teachers from around the country and constitutional scholars from across the philosophical spectrum for virtual summer educator programs with the National Constitution Center.

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Samsung STEM Contest

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Participate in a Virtual Pitch Event

Samsung has announced 10 National Finalists in the 11th year of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. These schools have each won $65,000 in Samsung tech and classroom materials. Now, it is preparing for a virtual Pitch Event on April 28. It will be live-streamed to the public, from roughly 10 am to 2 pm EST, at SamsungSolveforTomorrow.com

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national geographic photo libraryImage by Frank Winkler from Pixabay 

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Photographs Documenting the Diversity of the World’s Wildlife

Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to document every species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts.

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virtua garden programgrowingschoolgardens.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Virtual Garden-based Learning Event

On April 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. (PT), Sprouts Farmers Market’s Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, in collaboration with the School Garden Support Organization Network, will present the first-ever virtual garden-based learning event with lessons taught by students at school garden sites across the country.

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virtual field tripImage by IMAGE-WS from Pixabay 

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Live Broadcasts from Remote Regions of the World

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, explorers, and conservationists by bringing science, exploration, adventure, and conservation live into classrooms through virtual speakers and fieldtrips with leading experts across the globe.

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STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Podcast Taking a Glimpse into Futures Beyond the Bounds of Earth

Cohosted by Astronaut Cady Coleman and physicist/author Andrew Maynard, Mission: Interplanetary, explores the “big questions”—the challenges, opportunities, and mysteries facing us as we seek to build positive futures here on Earth and beyond.

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Mobile Learning

7 Key Emotions Translated into Sounds Through Artificial Intelligence

The AI app Facing Emotions assesses the emotion it sees on another person’s face to help someone who is blind or visually impaired “see” the emotion of the person they are talking with.

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bemyeyes.com

Mobile Learning

Live Virtual Assistance to Individuals Who Are Visually Impaired

Be My Eyes is a free tool that connects users who are visually impaired with a global community of volunteers ready at a moment’s notice to help them “see”—to lend their eyesight and support with everyday tasks.

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