Renew Your Passion for Teaching

Penn State’s Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is led by expert faculty from the Penn State College of Education and conveniently offered online through Penn State World Campus. Through the exemplary in-class learning and research this program offers, you can advance your knowledge of curriculum, teaching, learning, teacher education, and educational supervision. Apply by April 1 for a May 17 start.

March 1, 2021
Funding & Recognition
Competition to Showcase Scientific Solutions to Everyday Problems

Discovery Education and 3M invite students in grades 5–8 to participate in the Young Scientist Challenge by creating a one- to two-minute video describing a new, innovative solution that solves an everyday problem.
Mobile Learning
Canvas for Thinking Spatially

The Muse app for iOS provides a spatial canvas for research notes, reading material, sketches, screenshots, bookmarks, and more. Users can pull in relevant notes and photos, and then arrange the information as they wish. Muse lets them sift and sort through it all, helping them find patterns and insights.

Professional Growth
Lead the Way in Digital Discovery

Equip yourself to guide students through a cutting-edge learning experience. Enhance your career and advance your education with a perfect-for-you, affordable master’s online. The University of Alabama offers its Master of Arts in Instructional Technology (MA IT) and Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) in flexible formats designed to fit the lifestyle of a full-time educator. Both programs can be customized to your interests and goals through tailored electives. The MLIS offers optional concentrations, and a certificate program is also available. The MLIS program does not require test scores for admission. For a limited time, test scores have been waived for entry to the MA IT program.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
23 Early Presidential Collections Digitized

Although it’s not quite the same as being in the room where it happened, poring over Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten rough draft of the Declaration of Independence—complete with edits and scratched-out words—will likely offer any American history student a thrill.
Mobile Learning
Software That’s an Animation Playground

Iorama Studio’s Looom iPad app offers a new way to create hand-drawn animation. The name of the app evokes a “simple but magical” animation technique called weaving loops.

Literacy Resources
5 Must-Have Resources for Teaching in the COVID Era

Learn techniques that you can use right away—online, in person, hybrid—to help all students break down a wall of words and understand texts, themselves, and the world. Teachers and students love the Folger Method. Students at all levels own their learning and find success in the adventure of reading. Yes, rigor can be fun! To help all of your students feel confident with complex texts, Folger Shakespeare Library has compiled essential resources just for you.
Teachable Moment Exploring a Mysterious Structure in Science

In April 2019, scientists obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole. Teachers can capture students’ enthusiasm about black holes by challenging them to solve the standards-aligned math problems provided by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.

Funding & Recognition
Grants to Grow STEM in Rural Areas

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by Bayer Fund, allows eligible farmers to nominate their local public school district for grants to help enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Measurement Tools That Promote Learning and Progress

For the past 70 years, ETS has been driven by a vision of what’s possible when all people can improve their lives through education. It’s why ETS’s uncompromising commitment to equity and fairness is behind everything ETS does.

Image by Ebrahim Amiri - Pixabay
Funding & Recognition
Challenge Inviting Stories Highlighting Our Shared Humanity

The Stronger Than Hate Challenge invites students aged 13–18 to create a video; write a poem, song, or blog; or produce a painting or piece of artwork that demonstrates the chosen medium’s potential to create a community that is stronger than hate.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Achievements and Influences of African American Music

In 2016 the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville, Tennessee, created programs to educate the community on the concept of cultural appropriation, specifically related to African American music. The museum has now partnered with QuaverEd to bring the museum’s school curriculum, From Nothing to Something, into the digital space.

Image by Hatice EROL - Pixabay 
Professional Growth
Educator Community for Solving the Riddle of Distance Learning

Two English teachers in Los Angeles have launched a Facebook group, Distance Learning Educators, to help fellow educators collaborate and share resources amid remote instruction because of the pandemic. Group members include administrators, counselors, coaches, and department of education personnel.
Activities Engaging Students in Scientific Inquiry

Teachers and families across the country are facing a new reality of providing opportunities for students to do science through distance and home learning. To support educators in this endeavor, the National Science Teachers Association is providing free sense-making tasks called Daily Dos designed to engage students in authentic, relevant science learning.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Cultural and Historical Perspectives of New Orleans Music

The Preservation Hall Foundation has unveiled Preservation Hall Lessons, a free series of online music lessons for K–12 students co-created by the foundation and members of the Preservation Hall community of musicians. The lessons include content focused on introductory and advanced techniques for the range of instruments in a traditional jazz band.

Professional Growth
Podcast Sharing Ideas for Making a Difference in Students’ Lives

The popular Wired Educator Podcast presents interviews with amazing educators and educational authors from around the world who share their stories to help teachers make a difference in the lives of their students.

Digital Resources Delivering Engaging Science News

Twig Science Reporter is a free weekly science news service for K–6 classrooms created in partnership with Imperial College London to connect science lessons with real-world STEM news and events through high-quality video and other learning resources to pique students’ interest.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Curriculum Building Entrepreneurship, Emotional Intelligence, Self-Esteem, Leadership

The Young Merchants Club is an interactive virtual learning platform for high school students that utilizes technology to develop real-world competency. Students receive messages from university professors, former gang members, entrepreneurs, police officers, and others.