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Happy New Year to our NBC Learn subscribers and followers!  2017 brings plenty of “new” to our world, our nation, and even to us, here at NBC Learn.  From the inauguration of a new president, to a new chapter in U.S. - Russia relations, to the announcement of a new original collection by the NBC Learn original productions team, we’re excited to share all of this “news” with you.


The NBC Learn Team

MLK Day 2017

Monday, January 16th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. NBC Learn has dug into the NBC News Archives and uncovered six gems featuring the Civil Rights leader during the 1960’s. We present a special playlist that includes MLK’s five appearances on the iconic Sunday morning NBC News program “Meet The Press,” as well as a live debate in primetime between MLK and a segregationist newspaper editor. These videos offer a unique opportunity to hear Dr. King debate and discuss the most important issues of the Civil Rights Movement, including non-violent sit-in demonstrations, the March on Washington, the Selma March, and the Vietnam War.  This is a playlist you will want to save as your own for future use (simply click on the tab that says “Click Here to Save This Playlist to Your Own Playlists.” You must be signed into NBC Learn for this feature to work). 


At noon on January 20, 2017, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts will swear-in Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. The 35-word Oath of Office will take place in a ceremony outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. It will be the 58th Presidential Inauguration in U.S. history. Use this historic event as an opportunity to explore the history of the Inaugural Address. NBC Learn has compiled a playlist of past inaugurations, dating all the way back to the transcript of Abraham Lincoln’s first Inaugural Address in 1861.   

Fresh Water

With icy, cold temperatures upon most of us, global warming may seem like a distant concern. Learn how scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are measuring the growing amount of freshwater in the Arctic Ocean to see how it could impact the Earth’s climate. Without fresh water serving as a blanket for freezing oceans such as the Arctic, will the global climate go into flux? Watch this video from NBC Learn’s award-winning original collection “Changing Planet,” created in partnership with the National Science Foundation, to learn more about the ways scientists are measuring this fragile area’s impact on climate change. 

Also, later this month, we’ll be releasing our newest collaboration with the National Science Foundation, “Human Water Cycle.” The four story collection is a follow up to our award-winning 2013 collection, “Sustainability: Water.” We’ll share more details about the new series in our February newsletter.   

U.S. - Russia

The rocky relationship between the U.S. and Russia has been in the news a lot these past several months. From the hacking of servers belonging to the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election, to the failure to implement a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war, several events have intensified the confrontation between the former Cold War foes. Explore the history of the U.S. - Russia relationship with a special playlist that includes key moments, such as the formation of NATO, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Reset/START Treaty, Edward Snowden, and the most recent United States election hacking. To see hundreds of more stories related to this relationship, just type, “Russia” in the NBC Learn search bar. 

Parent Toolkit

How’s that Resolution Going?

Parents, teachers, and students alike set new goals for the New Year, but sticking to those goals isn’t always the easiest. Our friends at Parent Toolkit have brought together some of their favorite tips to ease the transition back to school and an idea for a realistic resolution for parents. And don’t forget to check out the Social and Emotional Development section on to encourage students of all ages to build their goal-setting skills and persevere in accomplishing those goals. 

January Twitter Chat

NBC Learn also invites you to join a Twitter chat about setting goals in in the classroom.  What do you hope to achieve in the New Year and how do you hope to achieve it?  Join us on Wednesday, January 11th at 6pm ET to share and discover strategies for getting the most accomplished in 2017! 

Subscriber Spotlights

This month’s subscriber spotlights features Melissa Hatcher, a social studies teacher at Faubion Middle School in McKinney, Texas, and John Kennedy, a veteran music professor at California State University, Los Angeles. Melissa brings government concepts and policies to life when exploring NBC Learn’s US Government & Politics collection, and has found these stories to be great discussion starters in her 6th grade classroom. John likes to use NBC Learn’s in-depth profiles of famous and culturally celebrated musicians in his classrooms. His students are often amazed at the impact that socioeconomic conditions have on music communities.  

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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