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Harnessing a Cyclone: Reflecting on Success, Challenge, and Building a Pathway for Growth

This post was written by elementary educator Kelly Gresalfi. This is a four-part series, with installments released weekly. We encourage you to follow Kelly’s journey this month and challenge you to engage in the questions at the end of each segment using the hashtag #ExploreReflectConnect. If you ask my mom, she would say I was always like this. But if you ask me, I was … Continue reading Harnessing a Cyclone: Reflecting on Success, Challenge, and Building a Pathway for Growth

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Black Lives Matter: A Message From Our Chief Education Officer

Dear Education Family,  Black lives matter.  We have witnessed ongoing injustice, violence, and deeply ingrained racism with the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and many others — the gravity and weight of which are heartbreaking. Racism, violence, and hate have no place in our world. At the National Geographic Society, we stand in support of human dignity, equity, and justice. … Continue reading Black Lives Matter: A Message From Our Chief Education Officer

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Creativity & COVID: A Lesson from Art Educators on the Importance of Creativity in a Crisis

At National Geographic Education, we see the work of educators encompassing a wide range of skills: flexibility, thoughtfulness, application of the most up-to-date content and pedagogy, relationship building, and so much more. A common thread across subjects and content, in every teaching setting—and now especially in the move to digital or hybrid learning—is the importance of creativity in your work designing learning experiences. You are … Continue reading Creativity & COVID: A Lesson from Art Educators on the Importance of Creativity in a Crisis

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A Recipe for Good Storytelling: Cooking, Cameras, Community and the Power of Photography to Change the World

Feature image by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark. This post was written by educator Jenna Conner-Harris. Photography is like cooking and baking: they are forms of art. All are done with love and care, meticulously created and crafted. Each work is meant to be better than the next, and then shared with others for enjoyment. Similarly, a photograph captures a slice of life and … Continue reading A Recipe for Good Storytelling: Cooking, Cameras, Community and the Power of Photography to Change the World

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Calling on Community and Embracing a Growth Identity

This post was written by educator Jennifer Burgin. Who do I want to be during COVID-19? The question appeared in the center of a graphic I saw recently on social media and it struck me—it was the first time I saw something that helped me unpack my evolving feelings during this time. The graphic features three concentric circles, each with a specific “zone”: fear, learning, … Continue reading Calling on Community and Embracing a Growth Identity