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Remembering Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Tom Kenning

This blog post honors the life and legacy of Tom Kenning, who passed away while rescuing a 17-year-old girl from drowning in Lake Michigan in June. A cherished member of the National Geographic community, Tom Kenning was a middle school social studies teacher at Plato Academy Pinellas Park in Pinellas Park, Florida, U.S., as well as a member of the National Geographic Society’s Grosvenor Teacher … Continue reading Remembering Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Tom Kenning

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MapMaker Activity: Explore and Protect the Ocean With Pristine Seas

MapMaker, National Geographic’s geovisualization tool, contains an ever-expanding list of map layers curated for students. Together, they form a geographic data set that learners can use to illustrate a concept or tell a story. These map layers are data that learners can overlay on a basemap, like a transparency on a projector. In September, we shared tips for getting started with MapMaker. Now, we have … Continue reading MapMaker Activity: Explore and Protect the Ocean With Pristine Seas

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This Bat Season, Go Beyond the Myths With Your Learners

Educator James Fester wrote this post. Depending on where you live, this time of year can be a prime opportunity to see bats—those small, nocturnal, winged creatures. In the eastern U.S., bats search for food and mates in the fall before hunkering down to hibernate. This year, October 24-31 is Bat Week, a valuable chance to learn about and celebrate the role bats play in … Continue reading This Bat Season, Go Beyond the Myths With Your Learners

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Meet Koki Mookodi, Who’s Inspiring Educators in Her Native Botswana

Koketso “Koki” Mookodi is a National Geographic Explorer and Botswana country director for  the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project (NGOWP), which aims to secure permanent, sustainable protection for the Okavango River Basin in southern Africa. The basin covers parts of Angola, Namibia, and Botswana, where its waters fan out to form an iconic inland delta. Koki’s vision is to ensure that NGOWP’s work includes—and benefits—the … Continue reading Meet Koki Mookodi, Who’s Inspiring Educators in Her Native Botswana

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Birthed From Hope, Stories to Rebuild a Broken World

Chloe Nunn, C. Isabel Núñez Lendo, Michael Schrenk, and Wendi Pillars wrote this post. One hot summer’s day several years ago, I, Chloe, stood knee-deep in the warm, clear waters of Point Judith Pond, Rhode Island, surveying my wards: young campers away from home, probably consuming far too much sugar and getting almost no sleep. But in the moment, they were joyfully splashing around, mostly … Continue reading Birthed From Hope, Stories to Rebuild a Broken World