This post was written by 2020 Education Fellow Kim Young. I’ve never experienced anything like this. Disruptions in teaching are frequent, both big and small. Every day we come to school with a plan but often something totally different happens. As we find out where our students, community, and administrators are at, we adjust our plan throughout the day. But in my 16 years of … Continue reading Teaching in a Time of Crisis: Connection, Community, and Curiosity at a Distance
Each year, the National Geographic Society selects outstanding individuals to serve as Education Fellows who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in the education space. Our fellowship program is instrumental in accelerating the education strategy at National Geographic. Our fellows bring unique skills and expertise with a focus on innovative project development, project leadership, emerging issues, and idea incubation. The program provides an opportunity for fellows … Continue reading Meet the 2020 National Geographic Education Fellows!
Zana Pouncey, an educator at a botanical garden, asked students to step into the shoes of botanists studying the diversity of native plants in an ecosystem. Following methods used by the garden’s conservation team, students practiced identifying plants and conducted diversity surveys. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Investigating Ecosystem Diversity
Alexandrea Dillon guided a student through an investigation of accidental inventions based on the American Genius: Perseverance activity. Her student explored how perseverance in the face of failure has resulted in groundbreaking discoveries. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Learning the Value of Perseverance
Laura Chase’s 11th-grade biology students investigated social inequities that impact their local communities. Collaborating with a humanities teacher, Laura asked her students to draw from the analytical skills they learned in science, the persuasive methods they learned in English, and the technical skills they learned in film in order to communicate their stories in a thoughtful way. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Exploring Social Inequities Through Storytelling