Welcome Friends of NBC Learn!

It’s September, and with the academic year underway across the nation, we wanted to provide you with some important resources to share with your students. We feature compelling stories reflecting on the September 11th attacks, our Living Constitution collection to celebrate Constitution Day, and two amazing new tools that we have added to our site. 

Best wishes,

The NBC Learn Team

September 11th

Fifteen years ago, the September 11th terrorist attacks devastated our nation. Since many students are too young to remember the day, NBC Learn has many resources to help them understand one of the most challenging events in American history. Our full 9/11 chapter in our U.S. History collection (K12 / HE) provides more than 125 stories spanning the last 15 years of coverage.  In order to give your students a sense of the chaos and fear as the attacks transpired, share the timeline of events (K12 / HE). To hear the personal stories of Tom Brokaw, Matt Lauer and many other NBC correspondents as they covered the day, consider sharing: “9/11: In Our Words” (K12 / HE).

Current Events

With hurricane season in full swing, we wanted to highlight our original collection: “When Nature Strikes: Science of Natural Hazards.”Discuss with your students how hurricanes form and keep them engaged with stories about other natural disasters, such as tornadoes, flash floods, and even space weather! Produced in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, each story contains exciting cutting edge research and also comes with a link on the back of the CueCard to a lesson plan produced by the “Windows to the Universe” team at the National Earth Science Teachers Association.

Government & Politics

Bring the U.S. Constitution to life on Constitution Day, September 16, with the Living Constitution section of the U.S Government & Politics collection. You’ll find hundreds of current events and archival stories that are aligned to every Article, Section and Amendment to the Constitution, including landmark Supreme Court cases and decisions that continue to have an impact on the lives of all Americans.  

Decision 2016

Do you teach Civics? Or are you interested in helping your students become engaged citizens? Join our colleagues at the Parent Toolkit for their #GoalToBeGreater pledge campaign. The campaign asks  all of us to make a video, photo or text pledge about what we’re going to do this year to make a difference in our communities. Each goal received will equal one dollar, and the total number of submissions will be added up and donated to the charity of choice of the person who sends in the most creative, original submission*.  So spread the word, share your goals, and prove that we can all make a difference together. Visit today. Also, don’t forget to join in this month’s #ToolkitTalk on Tuesday, September 20th at 7pmET for tips on raising civic-minded kids. 

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Void where prohibited. Open only to legal residence of the 50 US or DC who are 18 or older. Begins September 6, 2016 at 10amET and ends September 30th, 2016 at 11:59pmET. Limit 1 entry per person. For Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions, visit Sponsor: NBCUniversal Media, LLC 

Need more ideas about how to incorporate current events into your teaching? Looking for a way to spark more vigorous discussion and debate in the classroom?  Try our Current Events Thought Starters, a helpful resource that features a few of the top current events news stories from the past month paired with engaging questions for your students.

Twitter Chat

Kick off the school year with our September #NBCLearnChat and connect with other educators about how they use social media in the classroom!

Subscriber Spotlights

Over the past few months, we have been working hard to enhance our site with two new technological features that had been requested by you! The playlist feature allows you to add multiple resources to a playlist at the same time, without having to open each CueCard. Simply click on the plus sign to the right of the CueCard to add several stories from a collection, subchapter or search result to existing or new playlists. A second feature we’ve added is a clipping tool to allow you to show or share just a portion of a video that you chose. The clipping tool will make it much easier to isolate the portion of the video that your students should be watching. For more information, on either of these tech improvements, please see the descriptions below.

Subscriber Spotlights

This month we feature two educators: David O'Shea, an economics and global history teacher at St. Pius X Catholic High School, in Atlanta, Georgia and Donna Faucheux, a business and technology professor at Delgado Community College, in Slidell, Lousiana. See how O'Shea utilizes NBC Learn to bring a global perspective into his classroom.  And how Faucheux implements NBC Learn across eight different business courses. 

How are you using NBC Learn as a teaching and learning resource? E-mail us at with examples of NBC Learn videos that especially engaged your students or summaries of your lessons.  We may feature you in a future K-12 or Higher Ed Subscriber Spotlight!

Want to read more Subscriber Spotlights? On the Home page of NBC Learn K-12 or NBC Learn Higher Ed, look under the heading NBC Learn in the Classroom.

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