The National Speech & Debate Association has announced a new partnership with the Boston Debate League to bring Evidence-Based Argumentation (EBA) to classrooms across the United States. The EBA professional developmentprogram helps teachers in all disciplines create a classroom environment where students regularly practice the 21st century skills of critical thinking, analysis, evaluation, questioning, and problem solving. Using EBA, teachers infuse their classroom with activities that teach a core skill of speech and debate: creating an argument on any subject by evaluating evidence, developing claims, and using sound reasoning. School districts can learn more about EBA, including sample activities and results, by visiting the EBA website.
The EF+Math Program is focusing on improving the way students learn math. The effort, funded by NewSchools Venture Fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, aims to create strategies that develop students’ executive-function skills and boost math outcomes.
Destination Imagination’s open-endedSTEAM-based Challenges enable students to learn and experience the creative process while fostering their creativity, curiosity, and courage. Destination Imagination is open to all kindergarten through university-level students worldwide. Students form teams of up to seven members, select their preferred Challenge, and work together to develop a solution to the Challenge.
The You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube program provides resources and support to schools and youth organizations to teach STEM/STEAM standards and twenty-first century skills by using the Rubik’s Cube. Invented by Professor Erno Rubik as a model of 3D geometry and design, the Rubik’s Cube has its foundation in the classroom.