Welcome Friends of NBC Learn!

This month’s newsletter features the stories behind the new faces on U.S. $5, $10, and $20 bill. And we’ll give you some tips to help prevent the summer slide.  

As the school year comes to a close, we want to congratulate the NBC Learn community of administrators, faculty, students and parents on another successful year! The newsletter will be on hiatus for the months of June and July. Have a great summer and we look forward to writing you again in August.  

Best wishes,

The NBC Learn Team

Current Events

In April, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that former slave and abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, would be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. This playlist will take a look back at the extraordinary life of Harriet Tubman and explain how U.S currency is made today.

Lew also announced that five women and civil rights activists would have prominent positions on the $5 and $10 bills. Have your students learn more about the heroic lives of these women with this playlist.

Decision 2016

After the Indiana Primary, it seems clear that there will not be a contested Republican Convention and that Donald Trump will be the nominee. With so much talk about conventions over the last several months, it seemed worth exploring how conventions have changed over the years, whether they are still necessary, and how the media has covered  these historic events.  And, you can even watch the contested 1976 Republican National Convention of Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan! 


Last month, thousands of America workers received unexpected perks from their employers. And some customers benefitted too. Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya recently gave thousands of employees an ownership stake, healthcare company AETNA is paying for employees to sleep more, and a hospital system is offering refunds to unhappy patients. Share these stories with your students and ask whether this is good business and why? 

Current Events Thought Starter

In this month’s Current Events Thought Starter, you’ll find five April news stories paired with discussion questions that you can share with your students.

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Summer Slide Video Series

As schools wind down across the country and summer looms ahead, parents play an important role in making sure students don’t lose what they learned during the year.  We have some tips. During your end of the year meetings, share the Summer Success video series from the Parent Toolkit. The videos offer ideas for academic games parents can play as well as information on keeping kids healthy in the summer months. The videos are also available on NBC Learn. 

NBC Learn Twitter Chat

Discuss your summer plans and goals with other NBC Learn subscribers and educators. Join the conversation using #NBCLearnChat!

Parent Toolkit Chat

Kids are bombarded daily with images – from the television to social media and advertising – and those images can have an impact on how children view their own body. Join our friends at Education Nation for an important discussion on how parents can encourage positive body image for their children. 

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Subscriber Spotlights

This month we feature two Midwest educators: Anne Yarnot, a health teacher at Germantown High School in Wisconsin and Gerard Mellnick, a Professor of Business at Schoolcraft College in Michigan. See how Yarnot utilizes NBC Learn’s robust Health & Wellness collection to cover timely and important physical and mental health topics; And how Mellnick implements NBC Learn across nine 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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