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Strategy Share: Inspiring Action During Out of School Time

Join us this Spring for a series of free webinars to learn from National Geographic Education Fellow Willie Buford and other experts on how you can safely conduct a BioBlitz and incorporate Social Emotional Learning strategies in afterschool and Out-of-School time programming. A BioBlitz is a great way to connect with nature while social distancing, and can be done individually or in groups, outside or … Continue reading Strategy Share: Inspiring Action During Out of School Time

#TeacherStrong Is Sharing When You’re Not Okay, Too

This post was written by educator and 2020 Education Fellow Dwayne Reed. As 2020 comes to an end and we educators prepare for a much-needed winter break, I want to communicate that it’s okay to not be okay. It can be #TeacherStrong to share when you are struggling. As a human, and especially as a teacher where so many other humans count on me, it … Continue reading #TeacherStrong Is Sharing When You’re Not Okay, Too

Geographic Perspectives with Educator Kim Young

This post was written by Dr. Vicki Phillips. As students are challenged with 21st-century issues, geography is a skill, insight, and vision that allows learners to better understand the interconnected world. Given the complex social, environmental, and political challenges today’s learners will inherit, we must leverage the power of geography to teach them to measure the impact of our actions.  That’s why I’m thrilled to continue … Continue reading Geographic Perspectives with Educator Kim Young

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How the MapMaker Tool Helps Us “Wrap Our Arms and Minds Around Our World”

This post was written by 2020 Education Fellow Anita Palmer. Early on in my teaching career, I asked my school’s social studies department chair if I could ever teach geography. And they said, “Anita, we teach world history, don’t you think that’s enough geography for one department?” I felt that was my call to action to use geographic information systems (GIS) to teach geography through … Continue reading How the MapMaker Tool Helps Us “Wrap Our Arms and Minds Around Our World”

Seeking Solutions in Your Community? Try This Youth Leader’s Tips

This post was written by 2020 Education Fellow Andrew Brennen. One evening in early 2016, my classmates and I attended a school board meeting to lobby our elected representatives. Our presence in the room was unusual — typically students in Kentucky are invited to school board meetings to be seen, not heard. We planned to break that tradition, but by then, we were used to … Continue reading Seeking Solutions in Your Community? Try This Youth Leader’s Tips