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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 OrganizationNetwork, will present the first-ever virtual garden-based learning event with lessons taught by students at school garden sites across the country.
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.
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.
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.