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Harvard Institute with Jal Mehta and Alisa Berger

Experience and learn how to create the conditions for deep and powerful learning that prepares all students for the demands of the 21st century.

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December 02, 2019

 

Writing Contest on Real-World Issueswrite.amnestyusa.org

Funding & Recognition

Write for Rights Project

Write for Rights introduces students to human rights by writing letters to help 10 real young people around the world who are at risk just for their peaceful human rights activism. By participating in Write for Rights, students develop effective writing skills and experience firsthand the power of their words to make a difference.

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Bestselling professional resources from Scholastic Education

Literacy Resources

Meet Every Student’s Literacy Goals

Deepen your practice and facilitate conversations about teaching, learning, equity, and literacy achievement with bestselling professional resources from Scholastic Education. From foundational skills and fluency to guided and independent reading and writing, Scholastic provides expert strategies to help students excel. All books include access to online professional learning.

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Photo by John Moeses Bauan on Unsplash

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Competition Fostering Mathematical Problem Solving and Technical Writing Skills

The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a free mathematics competition open to all US middle school and high school students. Unlike most mathematics competitions, the USAMTS allows students a full month, or more, to work out their solutions.

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Master in Education from University of Cincinnati

Professional Growth

Earn a Master in Education—100% Online

Increase your earning potential with a Master in Education from the University of Cincinnati. With the flexibility of an online degree, you can finish in as little as one year or work at a pace that fits your lifestyle. Multiple concentrations are available. Cincinnati’s online MEd programs offer you instruction from award-winning faculty, 100% online instruction, and part-time flexibility. Ready to get started on the next step in your career? Request more information here!

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WWII resources onlinenationalww2museum.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Artifacts, Primary Sources, and Oral Histories of WWII

The National WWII Museum engages with learners from all across the world through a variety of online and distance learning programs to connect audiences with World War II (WWII) history and honor the generation who sacrificed so much to secure our freedom. The museum’s programs include a broad range of online learning experiences and topics, allowing students and educators to learn significant WWII stories, including Pearl Harbor, the Home Front, and D-Day, without having to leave their classrooms.

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Writing Contest on American Stories

Funding & Recognition

50 States, 1 Nation Contest

As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has announced the 50 States, 1 Nation Contest, a new essay competition for elementary school students in the 2019–2020 school year. The goal of this new contest is to help expand students’ understanding of how their families, towns, and states connect with one another and with American history.

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NWEA delivers the insights that help students learn, teachers teach, and leaders lead.

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Assessment That Reaches All Students

The MAP Suite brings learning into focus—so educators can support growth, skills mastery, and early literacy for every student. This cohesive assessment system from the nonprofit NWEA illuminates student learning, helps teachers target instruction, and gives administrators what they need to help their districts thrive.

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Philosophy contestPhoto by Jen Theodore on Unsplash

Funding & Recognition

Kids Philosophy Slam

The Kids Philosophy Slam is designed to make philosophy accessible and engaging for youth of all ages and abilities, to promote a philosophical dialogue between youth and adults, and to increase awareness of philosophy and education in everyday life. More than $2,500 in prizes is available to students and schools.

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Teaching about world issuesworld101.cfr.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Modules for Increasing Understanding of Issues That Shape Today’s World

World101, a program of the Council on Foreign Relations, offers a growing library of free multimedia resources that explain international affairs and foreign policy issues, helping students understand the basics of these topics, including why they matter and how they are relevant.

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Physics app for childrenmontessori.edokiacademy.com

Mobile Learning

Problem-Solving App Introducing Simple Machines and Mechanical Motion

Crazy Gears from Edoki Academy gets children to think critically and explore physics and other STEM topics. This puzzle-like app for iOS asks students to construct gears to find a way to “pull themselves to the next level.”

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Ken Burns Educational Resourcespbslearningmedia.org

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Online Destination for Exploring Documentaries by Ken Burns

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.

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bbc.com

Professional Growth

Research Findings on the “Why” of Bullying

Bullying behavior often emerges in childhood, and the consequences for victims can last a lifetime, but what makes a child become a bully? Researchers have continued to consider the reasons children bully their peers, increasingly finding that more than one type of bully exists.

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Creativity at Camp Inventioninvent.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Program That Turns Curious Children into Innovative Thinkers

Camp Invention, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, provides a unique experience for youth to make discoveries about the importance of intellectual property while exploring, creating, and designing. The program promotes STEM learning; builds leadership, perseverance, and resourcefulness; and encourages entrepreneurship.

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VR Biology Anatomythebodyvr.com

Mobile Learning

Virtual Reality Journey Through a Human Cell

The Body VR lets users experience the wonders of the human body and its billions of living cells. Users travel through the bloodstream and learn everything there is to know about how blood cells work to spread oxygen through the human body. They also learn how the body reacts when it is faced with deadly viruses.

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social-emotional learning programcarmensandiego.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Web Series Highlighting Social–Emotional Learning

Carmen Sandiego is on a new mission: traveling the world to help the next generation of global citizens build valuable social–emotional skills. Students can journey with Carmen in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s new web seriesFearless Kids Around the World, and meet young heroes working to do good with bravery, resilience, and kindness.

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