Meet the 2019 National Geographic Education Fellows!

Each year, the National Geographic Society selects outstanding educators to serve as Education Fellows. It is with pride, admiration, and enthusiasm that we announce our 2019 class. The goal of the National Geographic Fellows program is to empower and elevate individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences who have demonstrated leadership and excellence, and provide them an opportunity to develop and/or lead an … Continue reading Meet the 2019 National Geographic Education Fellows!

Literacy Expert Stephanie Harvey Explains the Benefits of Explorer Magazine

Dear Educators, We’ve had an inspiring few months working with National Geographic Education Fellow and literacy expert Stephanie Harvey to review and improve Explorer magazine, our classroom resource for students grades K-5/6. In partnering with Stephanie, we’ve produced a four-part video series that takes a deep dive into Explorer and its supplementary features. Watch this introductory video to learn how you can utilize Explorer to engage striving … Continue reading Literacy Expert Stephanie Harvey Explains the Benefits of Explorer Magazine

Celebrating and Advancing the Year of the Bird with Geo-Inquiry

By Alex Oberle The feathery smudge was an epitaph inscribed on a high window of an Iowa home, a sad homage to a migration that came to a sudden and final end. Was the smudge left by an ovenbird, already 700 miles of flight but one unyielding window short of the dense woods of central Ontario? Or was the smudge left by a black-and-white warbler, … Continue reading Celebrating and Advancing the Year of the Bird with Geo-Inquiry

At the Explorers Festival: Kavita Gupta

Kavita Gupta was one of the educators who joined us at the 2018 Explorers Festival. Kavita is a high school chemistry teacher in Cupertino, the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. She is a 2018 National Geographic Education Fellow, a 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and also completed the National Geographic Educator Certification Program. Kavita’s expedition to the Galápagos inspired her to begin a climate change unit that explored … Continue reading At the Explorers Festival: Kavita Gupta

Inferring in Nonfiction: Going Beyond the Text

by Stephanie Harvey Inferential thinking is the bedrock of understanding. Inferring involves drawing a conclusion or making an interpretation based on information that is not explicitly stated in the text. Inferential thinking helps readers make predictions, surface themes, or draw conclusions. When reading nonfiction, readers infer from the text, but they also infer from illustrations, photographs, and graphic features such as color and design. Readers … Continue reading Inferring in Nonfiction: Going Beyond the Text