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Educator Spotlight: Sharing Diverse Student Stories

Maeve Hitzenbuhler empowered English language learners to share their migration journeys through drawing and writing. Students authored books, which they shared with the school and their community. Maeve’s National Geographic Educator Certification capstone project is titled Invisible to Visible. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Sharing Diverse Student Stories

What is Westward Expansion?

During the 19th Century, more than 1.6 million square kilometers (a million square miles) of land west of the Mississippi River was acquired by the United States federal government. This led to a widespread migration west, referred to as Westward Expansion. A variety of factors contributed to Westward Expansion, including population growth and economic opportunities on what was presented to be available land. Manifest Destiny … Continue reading What is Westward Expansion?

At the Explorers Festival: Kim Young

Kim Young was one of the educators who joined us at the 2018 Explorers Festival. Kim teaches ninth-grade world history in Weston, Massachusetts. Last year, she completed an expedition to Arctic Svalbard as part of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program. Kim brought the study of migration to her course through the Out of Eden Learn platform. This year during Explorers Festival, Kim spoke with us about her role as an … Continue reading At the Explorers Festival: Kim Young

Did the First Americans Take a Ride on the Kelp Highway?

SCIENCE Until recently, it was widely thought that the first humans arrived in North America via a land bridge between what is now Russia and Alaska. Now, anthropologists think America’s earliest humans didn’t arrive by land at all. (Science) Why did humans migrate to the Americas? Use our activity to explore ancient push-pull factors. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in … Continue reading Did the First Americans Take a Ride on the Kelp Highway?