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
Stefanie Frump challenged her high school students to consider what would happen if Tampa Bay’s blue crabs disappeared. Groups of students took on the perspectives of different stakeholders, presented possible solutions, and considered each other’s needs and ideas while developing a compromise. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Uncovering an Ecological Mystery
POLITICS Voters in Brattleboro, Vermont, will be asked this week to lower the voting age for local elections to 16, a move that some say could place the town on the cutting edge in a world where teenage political maturity may be vastly increasing thanks to online social interaction. (Christian Science Monitor) Use our resources to learn more about elections. Teachers, scroll down for a … Continue reading Should 16-year-olds Be Allowed to Vote?
POLITICS President Barack Obama has delivered his 2015 State of the Union speech to Congress, outlining what his administration is calling “middle-class economics.” Read the full text of the speech, and explore some of the issues raised by middle-class economics—and President Obama’s final term in office. (Medium) Use our resources to better understand the U.S. government. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key … Continue reading What’s the State of the Union in 2015?
ARTS The British Museum has lent one of the so-called “Elgin Marbles” to Russia. What are the Elgins, what is cultural repatriation, and why is this such a controversy? (The Telegraph) Use our resources to better understand cultural repatriation. Should the statues be returned to Greece? Scroll down to vote! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion … Continue reading Everything about the Elgins