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This month’s newsletter highlights an important education event that our NBC News Education Nation team is holding in Baltimore on April 14th. The two-hour event will focus on “Supporting our Students.” If you would like to attend the live event, please email

And as always, you will find timely and thought-provoking resources that you can share with your students.


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We know students reach their fullest potential when they have a strong support network. Join our friends at Education Nation as they convene parents, teachers and students for a live two-hour forum in Baltimore to rally communities nationwide to support students in the classroom and beyond. Coinciding around the one-year anniversary of Freddie Gray’s death, the event will touch on last year’s civil unrest and the impact on students in Baltimore, as well as broader issues faced by students across the U.S., such as access to healthy food options for low-income families, closing the achievement gap, and how to encourage students to reach for higher education.

Tune in for the livestream (linked below) and join in with hashtag #SOSevery1 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you live in the Baltimore area, tune in to WBAL for the broadcast, and if you would like to attend the event in person, please email to request an invitation. If you’re outside the Baltimore area, you can still get involved in the discussions on these important topics. From joining the conversation on social media to hosting your own watch party for students and families, there are many ways to get involved. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, other family member, or a combination of all, take the step to support the students in your life. It takes everyone. 

Current Events

With the recent bombings in Brussels, students may be asking questions about what they have seen on TV or heard from their peers. This NBC Learn resource will give you ideas about how to navigate sensitive topics with your students. 

Government & Politics

April 22nd will mark the 46th Earth Day. Share with your students a video about the 1st Earth Day in 1970 and explore the progress we have made over the last half-century. What environmental challenges are we still facing today? Be sure to check out our award winning series on the sustainability of water—earth’s most vital resource. 

Decision 2016

This month, the 40th anniversary of Apple has given us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the unprecedented revolution in technology and computing. Share with your students important strides technology companies like Apple have made over the last four decades and discuss what it means for us now and in the future. 

New to the Archives

We are constantly adding new and educationally relevant content from the NBC News archives. This playlist will highlight some of our newest additions, including an interview with the famous artist Roy Lichtenstein and an informative story on how to be an effective communicator.  

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. 

Connect with other K-5 educators to discuss activities, ideas and tips to help end the school year on a high note.

Subscriber Spotlights

This month we feature two passionate educators: Lindsey Kowalsky, an 8th grade Language Arts teacher from Iselin Middle School in New Jersey and Michael Waguespack, an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University in Texas. See how Kowalski (left) uses the versatility of NBC Learn to make her courses more dynamic. And how Waguespack (right), a former senior counterintelligence executive in the FBI, uses NBC Learn to bring his homeland security course to life for his students. 

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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