August 6, 2017

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August Is Awesome!

Ready or not, Back to School is coming soon (if you haven't already gone back). Did you know that August is also the birth month of some pretty awesome people? Maria Montessori (1870), Alan Jay Lerner (1918), and Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809) were all born this month. Birthdays, anniversaries, and upcoming events can provide inspiration for teaching students about past and current events and the amazing individuals who contribute to history, literature, and more!  

Book Lovers Day

Celebrate National Book Lovers Day on August 9th with the help of our curated reading resources! Challenge students to share their favorite book with the class. Read your favorite children's book to your students. Find audio books, book lists, and more.

Discover reading resources for all »

Get to Know Your Students

Use these helpful ideas to get to know your students. This resource includes ideas for all grades. Try out one of the activities during the first week of school to help break the ice and discover more about your students!

Find great ideas here! »

Equality for All

Help your students to understand the importance of equality for all. Prepare your students for Women's Equality Day (the anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment in 1920) and I Have a Dream Day with these resources for researching Martin Luther King, Jr and famous women from history. 

Celebrate the 19th Amendment

This month we celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment and women gaining the right to vote. Teach your students about this important event in history with these resources about women's suffrage. Challenge groups to create projects.

Digital classroom ideas for women's suffrage topics, history, and more »

I Have a Dream Day

The dream lives on! Navigate and share this collection of interactive sites and more featuring Martin Luther King, Jr. and the progress of civil rights throughout our history. Encourage students to write a narrative of their own dream for the future.

Enjoy lesson ideas, activities, civil rights research materials »

Learning Opportunities for you and your students!

Summer may be winding down, but our comprehensive professional learning workshops continue. Try out one of our virtual sessions (OK2Ask®) or join our Twitter chat focused on getting ready for Back to School. And for those looking to get more organized this school year, our recent blog post highlights a tool you can use for classroom organization and beyond!

Happy Birthday Orville Wright

National Aviation Day

Take your students' learning off the ground with these resources about aviation and the Wright brothers. Find books, interactive websites, and more to share in your science and history lessons.

Soar into flight here »

Starting September 19th

Our Fall Book Study Is Around the Corner!

Take a professional learning journey through collaboration, technology, and inspiration with our upcoming Fall Book Study! [ SAVE THE DATE! ] We kick off our fall book study the week of September 19th. [ REGISTER TODAY! ] Seats are limited.

Don't miss our Fall Book Study! »

Trio of Technology

Summer Virtual Workshops Continue to Sizzle!

Our summer professional learning series (OK2Ask) has only a few weeks left! [ COMING UP ] We have a trio of informative sessions remaining. Join us for Class Hacks Using Microsoft Office, Meet Google Classroom, or 3 Cool Tools for the Primary Classroom.

Further tech integration skills for your classroom »

Get Organized with SignUp Genuis

Organization Tool for School and Beyond!

Our recent blog post highlights the many ways you can use SignUp Genius to organize your students, volunteers, events, and much more. The post includes specific ideas, video tutorials, and links to additional resources.

Improve your organization »

Share with Our Tech Coaches

Back to School Twitter Chat

Come tweet with our K12 tech coaches! Get in gear for Back to School. Learn about new tools to organize and engage. Share your own tips and tricks with other chat participants. [ JOIN OUR CHAT ] Join us on Thursday, August 17th at 8pm Eastern.

Come tweet with us »

Important Peacekeeping Roles for Youth

Vote Now in Our Weekly Poll

International Youth Day is in August, a day to spotlight young people’s inclusion in the peace and security agenda. Do you plan to do anything to commemorate this day with your students?

Tell us here »

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