Every school day The New York Times Learning Network invites teenagers to share their opinions about questions on topics from reality television to the justice system, and hundreds post arguments, reflections, and anecdotes to The Learning Network’s Student Opinion feature. Now, for the fifth consecutive year, The Learning Network is inviting students to channel that enthusiasm into something a little more formal: short, evidence-based persuasive essays. Participants simply choose a topic they care about, gather evidence from sources both within and outside The Times, and write a concise editorial (450 words or less) to convince readers of their view. Because editorial writing at newspapers is a collaborative process, students may write their entry as a team effort. They may also choose to write their editorial on their own. The judges will use a rubric (PDF) for selecting winners to publish on The Learning Network’s webpage.
Deadline: April 5, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. (ET), for submission of editorial entries
June is Immigrant Heritage Month, and Brightly, an online resource to help educators grow lifelong readers, features 15 booksfor children about the Immigrant Experience in America. One of the books suggested for children in prekindergarten/kindergarten is The Name Jar, a familiar immigrant tale of having an unfamiliar name and feeling like an outsider—until someone kind or brave or both makes a gesture of inclusion.
The TESOL Teacher of the Year Award, presented by National Geographic Learning, recognizes outstanding teachers for their commitment to advancing English language teaching and learning practices, and their dedication to motivate and inspire their students. Applicants are not required to be TESOL members; any English language educator who has been a classroom teacher for a minimum of three years may apply.
If you’re looking for a way to take story time up a notch with the children in your classroom, why not turn to astronauts? That’s the premise of Story Time from Space, a project from the nonprofit Global Space Education Foundation that features astronauts reading children’s books from the International Space Station.