June 1, 2021
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Funding & Recognition
Emergency Connectivity Fund Program

The Federal Communications Commission has adopted final rules to implement the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Program. This $7.17 billion program, funded by the American Rescue Plan, will enable schools and libraries to purchase laptop and tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, and broadband connectivity for students, school staff, and library patrons in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mobile Learning
Simulation of the Spread of a Virtual Pathogen

Operation Outbreak is an innovative platform for STEM education on infectious diseases and outbreak preparedness created by Sarasota Military Academy Prep School and the Sabeti Lab at The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. The platform integrates an academic unit covering relevant science and humanities subjects with a culminating “outbreak simulation” experiential learning activity.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Lessons on the Social and Emotional Impacts of COVID-19

As we begin to resume many aspects of our lives that have been on hold since the start of the pandemic, we can continue to reflect on the impacts of COVID-19, not only as teachers and parents but also through the eyes of students. The film Cocoon, made during lockdown in March 2020, offers a window to begin this conversation.

Virtual STEM Series with Bilingual Learning Experiences for Students

At a time when education systems are facing the challenges of the pandemic—and fieldtrips are on hold—the Perot Museum of Nature and Science has launched an engaging 10-partSTEM-focused virtual series called The Whynauts.

Funding & Recognition
Children’s Mental Health Innovation Awards

An initiative of Morgan Stanley Alliance, the Children’s Mental Health Innovation Awards identify and fund mental healthcare solutions for children and young adults across the United States. Selected organizations have opportunities to be awarded with a grant of up to $100,000.

Professional Growth
Community of Education Leaders Dedicated to Achieving Equity Outcomes

Jumpstart PD is a learning platform that combines the neuroscience of Universal Design for Learning with the mindset of culturally sustaining pedagogy to provide equity-focused professional learning that measurably changes practice and outcomes.

Guide to Help Make Sense of the Complexities of Artificial Intelligence

Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence is an A–Z online guide that offers a series of simple, bite-sized explainers to help anyone understand what artificial intelligence (AI) is, how it works, and how it is changing the world around us.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Teaching Ideas for Closing the School Year and Looking Ahead

During this time of upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, students need opportunities to experience community, connect, and feel a sense of closure before heading off for the summer. How can teachers provide such opportunities at the close of the school year?

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Summer Virtual Studio Courses for Budding Digital Creators

Budding young artists, photographers, or digital experts will appreciate the Master Class offerings that are part of Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures. Designed for students in grades 6–11, these weeklong studio courses help students develop specialized skills as they create personal projects inspired by Smithsonian collections.

Mobile Learning
“The Oregon Trail” Game with More Accurate Representation of Native Americans

A generation of children grew up playing settlers heading west on the Oregon Trail. They remember it mostly for the moment their party died of dysentery. Now, a new spin on the wagon train game focuses on more accurately representing Native Americans and includes new storylines and playable Native American characters.

Professional Growth
Conference on Teaching Black History

The Carter Center for K–12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri focuses on research projects and teacher professional development activities that seek to improve K–12 Black history education. The Carter Center’s Annual Teaching Black History Conference brings together educators who seek transformative and engaging ways to teach Black history in both history and humanities courses, preK–grade 12.

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Professional Growth
Comprehensive Guide for Procuring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

SDI has released its PPE for Schools Report to help guide district leaders as they look to navigate the rest of this school year and also mitigate future risks. In the free PPE for Schools Report, district leaders will find information about the PPE procurement process, lessons learned, and best practices for moving forward.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Virtual Deep Dive into Advanced Mathematical Knowledge and Skills

MoMath, the National Museum of Mathematics, is an award-winning museum in New York City that highlights the role of mathematics in illuminating the patterns and structures all around us. The museum’s exhibitsgalleries, and programs are designed to stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics.

Mobile Learning
Apps Promoting Family Conversation and Cultivating Early Literacy

Three new early-literacy apps have been released for free by a team in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and its Reach Every Reader initiative. The apps are designed for parents and caregivers to use with their children to encourage fun and rewarding interactions, promote dialogue, and give children the foundations they need to read, learn, and thrive.

Digital Learning • Learning Support
Graphs to Help Students Think About Growing Inequalities in America

To help students think critically about American society, The New York Times has compiled 28 graphs covering topics such as healthcare, education, and income. Among the graphs are examples that show how the coronavirus pandemic complicated the inequalities deeply entrenched in our society, as well as laid bare and widened these disparities.