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February 2018
 
Black History Month
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Explore African American History
February is Black History Month, and NBC Learn has hundreds of resources that celebrate the achievements of African Americans and bring greater understanding of the important role blacks have played in U.S. history.

Explore the African American Studies collection, which includes a rich offering of current events, archival news reports and photographs, and original stories about the extraordinary events that have helped shape the African American experience.
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Finishing the Dream: Learning from the Civil Rights Era
Take an in-depth look at the major milestones of the Civil Rights Movement with NBC Learn’s original collection, “Finishing the Dream,” produced in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. From the arrest of Rosa Parks, to the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., these primary source news reports help bring the struggle for social justice during this era to life.
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Chronicles of Courage: Tuskegee Airmen
Pay tribute to the sacrifice and brave service of African American aviators with the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, part of the series, “Chronicles of Courage: Stories of Wartime and Innovation.” In this original story, produced by NBC Learn in partnership with Vulcan Productions, hear fighter pilots Robert Friend and William Holloman describe the risks they took escorting bomber planes across enemy lines, while still facing social injustice in the military and at home.
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PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games
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A Look Back: Science and Engineering of the Olympic Winter Games
The 2018 Olympic Winter Games begin on Friday, February 9th. Help your students unravel the science behind the Winter Olympics with two of NBC Learn’s celebrated collections: “Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games” and the Emmy Award-winning “Science of the Olympic Winter Games.”

NBC Learn and NBC Sports, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, have produced more than 25 stories that look at the science, technology, engineering and math that helps athletes reach their peak performance. All of these stories include lesson plans and activities provided by the National Science Teachers Association.
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Valentine’s Day
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Mysteries of the Brain: Emotional Brain
In preparation for Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14th, learn how the brain processes emotions like fear and love. At Duke University, neuroscientist Kevin LaBar and his team are using a virtual reality room to study how the brain reacts to both negative and positive emotions. "Mysteries of the Brain" is produced by NBC Learn in partnership with the National Science Foundation.
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Presidents’ Day 2018
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The First Commander in Chief: George Washington
Monday, February 19th, is Presidents’ Day, or “Washington’s Birthday” as the federal government still officially calls it. Celebrated on the third Monday of February, this holiday has evolved from honoring just George Washington’s birthday, to celebrating all U.S. presidents, since both Washington (Feb. 22) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) have birthdays during the month.

NBC Learn has created a playlist commemorating the legacy of George Washington that includes stories about Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River, re-enactments of his inaugural address, and discussions around the life and legacy of America’s first president.
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The Great Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln
A self-taught lawyer and opponent of slavery, Abraham Lincoln had a difficult crusade ahead of him as 16th President of the United States. Explore Lincoln’s life with this specially-curated playlist that covers everything from the purchase of his Springfield, Illinois home in 1844, to the polarizing election of 1860, to the bloody Civil War, during which Lincoln successfully fought to preserve the Union and abolish slavery.
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Parent Toolkit
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Tips for Students and Parents Navigating the Digital Landscape
Parents and teachers agree; raising digital natives is no small feat. In honor of Digital Learning Day on February 23rd, we’re featuring some of our favorite digital guides from our friends at Parent Toolkit. “5 Things My Students Have Taught Me About Cyberbullying” is a great read for any middle school teachers. For high school students looking to impress college admissions officers, here are tips to have an “unselfie” digital presence. Teachers know that digital distractions are often omnipresent for students. Here’s 5 ways to stop the distraction. Of course we can’t forget about parents. This primer on what every parent needs to know about Snapchat is one of our favorites.

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