Every February, America and Virginia observe Black History Month, celebrating and honoring the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to the economic, cultural and political development of America. The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to provide teachers and school divisions with Black History Month resources that support the History and Social Science Standards of Learning.
Elementary school teachers in Virginia and across the United States are now able to access a new, free online tool, designed by and for teachers, to find highly targeted instructional math resources to support their kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms. Find out more about Teacher Advisor With Watson »
Geography Awareness Week is November 12-18 this year. What a great opportunity to talk with students of all ages about the impact that geography has on their lives, civilization, flora and fauna development—even music! Geography is an interdisciplinary learning path across content areas. Check out these resources »
This Saturday, November 11, is Veterans Day—a national holiday to honor people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Teachers: Try these resources to help your students understand the significance of this day:
All ACPS educators and students now have access to a powerful accessibility tool called Co:Writer, which is designed to help learners of all ages have word prediction to support all aspects of the curriculum. Co:Writer is both a Chrome internet browser extension and desktop app that provides on-demand word prediction as well as audio representation of those words. This application allows support for students to engage with any digital text that they create—on a website in any browser or in any digital writing tool. Watch a demo »
NPR’s Tinkercast presents Wow in the World, a podcast aimed at kids ages 5-12 (and their grown-ups). Every Monday and Thursday, hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas take their listeners on a journey away from their screens, inside their brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science, technology, and innovation. Listen »
Global Read Aloud 2017 kicks off October 2, 2017! Since its launch in 2010, more than 2,000,000 kids from more than 60 countries have participated in this free event!
What is the Global Read Aloud (GRA)? The premise is simple: Educators choose one of the selected books to read aloud to their students between October 2 and November 10, and during that time, they connect with one or more classrooms around the globe. Continue reading
The impact from the events of this past weekend will continue to be felt well into the future. Many of the comments in the media this week referred to these events as being a teachable moment. I know all of you are thinking deeply about how you will engage students around this topic when they return to the classroom next Wednesday. Continue reading
Summer is a time for fun, games, and … TOYS! As many teachers around the country enjoy their summer vacation, we want to share an activity you can do with the children in your life to have fun while learning about how things are made. In the Toy Take Apart activity, created by the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium, discover the parts and pieces that make up your old toys. Here’s an overview of what this project entails »
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