The Bill of Rights Institute rewards students who rise to the challenge of tackling some of the most compelling questions of our time. This year’s We the Students Essay Contest challenges students to tell what civil discourse means to them. Students who provide the most thoughtful, meaningful responses to this question will receive scholarship awards of up to $7,500. A total of 14 students will receive scholarship prizes totaling $19,000. In their essays, students must not only share their understanding of what civil discourse is meant to be but also relate what it looks like when it works—and when it does not—and why. Students are encouraged to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples (including current events), and well-researched facts into what they write.
Deadline: April 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (PT), for essays
Plus: The We the Students contest isn’t the only opportunity for students to win scholarships and prizes by taking on the crucial issues of the day. Every two weeks on the Bill of Rights Institute’s Think the Vote debate platform, students are invited to share their opinions on a currentevents–related question. Students who make the most persuasive case for their position win a gift card and a chance at a $1,000 scholarship at the end of the school year.
The award-winning Novel EffectiPadapp brings stories to life, promotes literacy, sparks imagination, and provides enjoyment for children aged 12 and under. The app follows the voice of users as they read aloud from children’s storybooks, and responds at just the right moment with music, sounds, and character voices.
On June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (ET), children can join educators from the National Gallery of Art and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for an enjoyable hands-on Art Tales Live: Online Storytime program.
From Alexander Hamilton to Ida B. Wells, writers and their works have had a huge impact on how people see the world. The American Writers Museum is inviting teachers to submit entries from their students in the museum’s second annual OnWord Student Writing Competition. Students’ work should be based on this prompt: Using writing as a catalyst to create change in the world, would you empower, inspire, or disrupt?