Social Media literacy, online communication, and online safety.
Feb 17, 2020
Since its launch in 2011, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog
has included more than 900 posts covering a wide range of topics and suggesting various strategies for deepening student engagement and learning.
Feb 03, 2020
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.
Jan 15, 2020
Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions
is a national initiative of the federal courts that brings high school and college students into federal courthouses for legal proceedings stemming from situations in which law-abiding young people can find themselves. These court hearings (not mock trials) are realistic simulations
that showcase jury deliberations in which all students participate, using civil discourse skills.
Jan 15, 2020
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.
Dec 06, 2019
Students come to school with, as Dr. Adolph Brown describes, two backpacks. One of the backpacks contains academic tools, such as pencils, calculators, and textbooks, that represent their readiness to learn. The second backpack represents the invisible emotional weight that burdens each student entering our school buildings. Anxiety, stress, rage, self-doubt, and low self-worth resulting from bullying, child abuse, substance abuse, and neglect cannot be unpacked and shoved into a school locker. This backpack accompanies students throughout the school day and impacts their engagement, attentiveness, and interactions. Educators don’t always see the contents of this backpack, yet they witness its negative impact on student learning every day. So how can educators and leaders reach these students? How can we unburden them and teach them coping and relationship skills that allow them to participate in their education fully?