NPR invites students around the country to create a podcast and then—with the help of a teacher—compete for a chance to win NPR’s grand prize and have their work featured on national public radio. This contest is for teachers with students between grades 5 and 12. Each podcast should be 3 to 12 minutes in length. New in 2020, entries may include original music—that is, music that students compose and record on their own. NPR’s panel of judges will be looking for work that stands out in two grade ranges—middle school (grades 5–8) and high school (grades 9–12). The winning podcast submissions will be featured in segments on NPR’s Morning Edition or All Things Considered. The NPR website provides a submission guidewith suggested prompts—for example, “Explain something that young people understand and grownups don’t.” The site also includes guidelines for submissions and responses to questions that teachers or students may have. Additionally NPR has put together resources to help both teachers and students along the way.
Deadline: March 24, 2020, for submission of podcast
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.