The start of a new year is a wonderful time to explore the past year’s most important news in your classroom. The New York Times Learning Network is encouraging students to write a rap about the year’s news. Students should include information and stories that garnered the most attention in 2015 and create short, 12- to 15-line raps. Winning entries will be published on The Learning Network blog.
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.