Letters to the Next President 2.0 engages and connects youth aged 13–18, as they research, write, and make media to voice their opinions on issues that matter to them in the upcoming election. Throughout the spring, KQED Education will host a series of multimedia skill-building activities, called Media Makes, for teachers and students to practice digital media making that facilitates dialogue around critical issues in this election. Each Media Make includes an Invitation—a compelling case for each media format and its unique value for expressing civic arguments; a Prompt—a clear theme and call to action with specific parameters for student submissions; Submission Process—a unique hashtag for each Media Make and a Google form to collect URLs and emails for each submission; and Instructional Supports—a recorded webinar moderated by a wide range of partners to provide resources, host live conversations, and point to technology tools for educators. On the website, teachers will find updates about Media Makes launch dates, submission deadlines, and webinars.
Super skills, twenty-first century skills, best practices—whatever you want to call the 4C’s (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication), they are an integral part of the student experience in our classroom. Even so, sometimes a pathway to incorporate the 4C’s may seem evasive or like it takes too much time. Adding the following tools and ideas to an instructional toolbox can support a seamless incorporation of the 4C’s into our teaching and learning for all students.
Peace First is convening a global group of youth leaders between the ages of 13 and 25 to design a meaningful, youth-centered campaign in response to COVID-19. The organization is offering minigrants of up to $250, mentorship, and project support to young people leading initiatives to address secondary effects of COVID-19 in their communities.