Our current events resources help teachers lead effective and engaging discussions on today's news.
Today’s students are growing up in an extraordinarily complex time. Learning about and discussing the issues of the day at school helps students to make sense of the world around them and to develop the skills they will need to grow into thoughtful, civically engaged adults.
We have even more evidence now than we did a decade ago that high-quality and inclusive discussion of important current issues and events is a critical component of civic learning.
Guardian of Democracy, Civic Mission of Schools; Annenberg Public Policy Institute, 2011
Teaching current events can be challenging especially when the news cycle moves quickly, stories evolve, and the issues elicit strong emotions. Our professional learning and resources help educators set up classroom environments that support respectful dialogue, perspective-taking, and analysis, laying the foundation for civil discourse that allows for learning and growth.
Our current events mini-lessons and explainers are designed to be used within a single class period to spark thoughtful conversations among students as they build their capacity to:
Develop civic agency
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Our current events resources are a robust collection that includes classroom-ready mini-lessons and explainers, an actionable educator guide, live and on-demand professional learning, thought-provoking blog posts, and other materials that help teachers lead effective and engaging discussions.