Charlie Pettitt empowered his English as a Second Language (ESL) students in China to advocate for an issue they cared about: wildlife conservation. When Charlie connected his lesson to a topic relevant to his students, they were more willing to speak up, practice their environmental vocabulary, and explore solutions. Charlie implemented this project with eighth-graders. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Advocating for Wildlife Conservation
UNITED STATES The theme for this year’s Banned Books Week is “Celebrating Diversity.” Why do you think books by diverse authors or featuring diverse content are disproportionately challenged and banned? (Guardian) Learn more about challenged and banned books with our resources, polls, and maps. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas This week is Banned Books … Continue reading Banned Books Week: Celebrating Diversity
UNITED STATES On Saturday, a group of about 20 armed protesters occupied the headquarters of a National Wildlife Refuge in rural eastern Oregon. Federal ownership of land in the western United States has triggered such conflicts for decades. Why? (Nat Geo News) Use our Oregon Tabletop Map to identify Burns, Malheur Lake, and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list … Continue reading Why Are Federal Lands So Wildly Controversial in the West?
WORLD Racists, frauds, and misogynists: Meet the rogues’ gallery of Nobel Prize winners. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to check out less controversial Nobel winners, including Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year. Discussion Ideas What is a Nobel Prize? Nobel Prizes are awarded every year by different Swedish and Norwegian committees. Nobel Prizes are considered the most prestigious professional … Continue reading Nobel Laureates We’d Like To Forget
UNITED STATES Upwards of 11,300 books have been challenged for content that some consider to be offensive, according to the American Library Association. Books featuring teen Native Americans, on-the-run alien lovers, gay penguins, and middle-school theater geeks topped the latest list. (CNN) Have you read any of this year’s most-challenged books? Take our polls and tell us about it! Teachers, scroll down for a quick … Continue reading ‘Banned Books Week’ Champions Challenged Literature