Month: May 2021

The U.S. Department of Education released a state plan template application — as well as a letter to school chiefs and a notice on LEA plans — that will support states in describing how they will use resources under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III fund to continue to support students during the school year and summer, especially those most impacted by the pandemic.


Growing Up STEM powered by PNC, is a free Penn State PRO Wellness program that provides elementary school classrooms STEM lessons taught by their staff. Lessons focus on making connections between learning and healthcare careers while exploring topics that engage students between kindergarten and 3rd grade. All lessons align with education standards.


In the wake of Derek Chauvin’s trial, we must address and answer questions about police violence and current events. Too often, teachers in predominantly white schools do not believe their kids need these conversations. Do not be that teacher. Read more suggestions for how to talk about the Derek Chauvin trial, recent police violence and other current events topics.


Weaving social-emotional tools into classroom lessons and activities may help to support students both emotionally and academically as the 2021-22 school year begins, helping them better absorb and process the learning taking place in the classroom. These tools can be woven into lessons across the board, from health and wellness to art.


Deadline: Friday, June 25, 2021
Prizes: If your video is chosen as the winner, you will receive a $250,000 post-secondary scholarship, $50,000 prize for your teacher, and $100,000 breakthrough science lab

Create and submit original videos (3:00 minutes in length maximum) that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. The submissions are judged on the student’s ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in engaging, illuminating and imaginative ways.


Deadline: Thursday, July 1, 2021

Use your creative talents to research primary sources and develop outstanding projects that feature Unsung Heroes who can serve as role models and inspire others to create change.


Across the country, schools have been teaming up with community-based afterschool and summer program providers to support students during the pandemic. With new support from the American Rescue Plan, schools have an opportunity to leverage support from afterschool and summer programs to help students reengage, reconnect, and recover. Learn more about how you can take action today to make the most of this opportunity.


The guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial bring a sense of relief and justice for many across the nation. In this moment of racial reckoning, the Chauvin verdicts must not stop the quest for racial justice. Four actions for educators to take: 1) discuss the George Floyd murder and the Chauvin trial in your classrooms, 2) talk about race meaningfully, 3) lead as an education leader, and 4) recognize that silence is complicity.


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