More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian Institution’s vaults, but where public view ends, the freeSidedoor podcast begins. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers, and astrophysicists, the host sneaks listeners through Smithsonian’s sidedoor to search for stories that can’t be found anywhere else. Among the episodes from season 1 are “tech yourself,” “gaming the system,” and “shake it up.” Season 2’s episodes include “if these bones could talk” and “the art of war.” Teachers and students can access the stories, free of charge, through iTunes, Google Play, and RSS.
From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. The Ellis Island Oral History project is dedicated to preserving the firsthand recollections of immigrants who passed through the Ellis Island immigration station during that period and the employees who worked there.
Penn State World Campus offers a world of possibilities—online. Earn a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and choose from five areas of emphasis: STEM Education; Elementary Education; Children’s Literature; Curriculum and Supervision; and Theory and Practice in English, Social Studies, and World Languages. Learn from the same faculty who teach on campus and apply your new knowledge immediately in your classroom. The programs are asynchronous so you can study on your own time, from any location. Advance your knowledge and gain a well-respected credential from Penn State’s College of Education—ranked consistently in the top 10, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Celebrating Student Voices, Facing History’s2018 student essay contest, invites students to reflect on the stories and ideals that have helped shape the ways they think about their roles and responsibilities as engaged members of their communities. The contest highlights themes in the upcoming PBS documentary film American Creed.