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National Geographic Society Learn At Home Resources

In this time of global uncertainty, National Geographic Society is increasing efforts to support educators, learners, parents, and caregivers. Explore these collections of

  • Learn at Home activities. 
  • Resource Library. Contains over 4,000 different assets from which to choose.
  • The Real Time Curriculum Project. This is a series of “minute projects,” each focused on real-time, relevant current events. The first piece is focused on the coronavirus.
  • #TeacherStrong. Educators have been organizing themselves into a #TeacherStrong movement to help them find support and resources they need.  NatGeo Education fellow, Dwayne Reed is now hosting a weekly Twitter chat under #TeacherStrong each Sunday evening at 8 pm.
  • DAILY Explorer Classroom event on YouTube is an opportunity to connect young people with scientists, researchers, storytellers and other real-world role models/problem-solvers as they go out in the field, and helps students develop an explorer’s mindset. Parent guides to support each event are available.

Teaching American History offers free webinars

TeachingAmericanHistory.org is offering a series of free webinars. These include:

  • American Minds - The focus of these webinars is on individuals who have had significant impact on our culture, society and government through literature, reform leadership, science, religion and war, as well as politics.

  • Documents in Detail - These webinars offer a close read and in-depth discussion of a single document in each episode. Scholars will discuss the ideas, historical context, purpose, speaker, audience and use of language in each document to help teachers gain a deeper understanding of one core document from American history.

Constitutional Rights Foundation offers student programs

The Constitutional Rights Foundation provides the youth of today and leaders of tomorrow programs that provide the skills and confidence to engage actively in civic life.

  • Civic Action Project (CAP) - This cutting-edge program is used in all 50 states and many countries. CAP students, many of whom live in low-income communities, learn civics by addressing real issues and problems that matter to them. They work with government officials and community agencies to achieve real policy change, from improving public transportation to instituting antibullying policies at schools. CAP reaches well more than 96,000 students each year.
  • Amplifying Youth Voice - The foundation has partnered with Empower the People, founded by two students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Sari Kaufman, a senior at Douglas High School, and Casey Sherman, now at Duke University, are leading a new national CAP Youth Board. Together, they are planning and hosting Citizen Debates where policymakers and experts share different perspectives on key issues and have civil dialogue with CAP students around the nation. Its first Citizen Debate event was held in partnership with Duke's Fuqua School of Business with hundreds of CAP students from Durham, NC, Los Angeles, CA, Spokane, WA, and Longmont, CO. 

The Hamilton Education Program is coming to Cleveland

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is partnering with the producers of Hamilton for the Hamilton Education Program. This is part of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s broader mission to improve the teaching and learning of American history. The goal of the Hamilton Education Program is to help students see the relevance of the Founding Era by using primary sources to create a performance piece (such as a rap, poem or dramatic piece), following the model used by Lin-Manuel Miranda to create the musical Hamilton. The Hamilton Education Program is a free online history program available to all schools across the country with students in grades 6-12. Please note this program currently is in its pilot year and will be available to a wider audience this fall. In the 2020-2021 school year, the Hamilton Education Program will visit cities around the country, including Cleveland. Teachers interested in having a class participate in the Hamilton Education Program and attending a matinee performance of Hamilton need to register.