Little Kids Rock partners with public school districts in some of the nation’s most economically disadvantaged communities with the goal of ensuring that all K–12 students have access to music education and its many benefits. Toward this goal, Little Kids Rock has created a school music program called Modern Band. The program teaches youth to perform, improvise, and compose using the popular styles that they know and love, including rock, blues, rap, hip-hop, reggae, and other popular styles of music on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and computers. The education programs include freeteacher training workshops. Trained teachers then receive donations of curricula, instruments, and other resources to launch the Modern Band music programming for students at their schools. Schools have the option to offer Modern Band music classes during regular school hours or as after-school enrichment programming.
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, aged 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. To date, more than $7.8 million has been awarded to 346 brilliant young people. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and Outside the Box.
Ken Burns, who has used archival footage and photographs to tell uniquely American stories, has launched a new site for educators called Ken Burns in the Classroom on PBS LearningMedia. The site is an online destination for free teaching and learning resources inspired by his documentaries.
The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the United States by increasing the quality of civics education in the nation’s schools and improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. On the organization’s website, teachers will find resources from these organizations, searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards, and teaching strategy.