Teach Deeply

Teach Deeply Teach Deeply is a stream of News Deeply whose mission is to educate, inform and engage middle & high school students on global & humanitarian issues.

TEACH DEEPLY FOR GLOBAL EDUCATORS ABOUT OUR MISSION As a project of News Deeply, a social enterprise dedicated to digital news in the global public interest, the Teach Deeply program is designed to help teachers bring current affairs into the classroom. With the input of our teacher partners and advisor Steve Armstrong, Former President of the National Council for the Social Studies, we have created interactive lesson plans around humanitarian issues and global hotspots, crafted for middle and high school classrooms. In our globalized and interconnected world, educators and students need an up-to-date understanding of the rapidly changing social, political, and economic forces shaping society. Through Teach Deeply, these innovative, collaborative, and rigorous open courseware tools will be shared with teachers across the United States and around the world. Our hope is that we can enable students to face the challenges of today’s world, teaching them about complex issues and empowering them to make a difference. All of our courseware is free and open, licensed by Creative Commons and aligned with Common Core and C3 Standard compliance. THE PROBLEM There is a deficit of in-depth educational programming on global issues current events, especially in American public schools. Teachers who want to bring these issues into the classrooms most often have to do so alone, creating individual solutions to what is a collective problem. The teachers we serve tell us that even the most basic off-the-shelf solutions, properly vetted by subject matter experts, can make a monumental impact in bridging the gap. That’s what Teach Deeply aims to do, by truly linking the newsroom and the classroom through a free and digitally savvy lesson plan. In today’s world, our students and young thinkers must have the capacity to comprehend global issues, with a way to access and understand pivotal crises. By introducing these issues into the classroom, young adults can become more knowledgeable about world events while expanding their global horizons, paving the way for a broader set of career goals and opportunities. These lessons, deployed by dedicated teachers one classroom at a time, can help inform the next generation. OUR SOLUTION Educating a millennial audience isn’t difficult; you just have to use their tools and speak their language. That is why Teach Deeply has developed digital interactive lesson plans that educate, engage, and inform students. In time, this model could expand to cover a range of global issues, from conflict zones and modern history to civic engagement and environmental science. In doing so, Teach Deeply hopes to provide a whole new dimension of free, open curriculum support that is teacher friendly, student friendly and Common Core Standards compliant. SUPPORT A TEACH DEEPLY PLATFORM Teach Deeply grows through the support of individual and institutional sponsors, through philanthropy that values education on a global level. If you are interested in supporting a Teach Deeply platform you can reach our team at [email protected].

Mission: To educate, inform and engage American middle & high school students on global and humanitarian issues by preparing lesson plans that are designed for a tech-savvy millennial audience.

Internships Abroad: Unpaid, With a $10,000 Price TagThe New York TimesSome experts complain that the internships give we...
03/10/2015
Internships Abroad: Unpaid, With a $10,000 Price Tag

Internships Abroad: Unpaid, With a $10,000 Price Tag
The New York Times

Some experts complain that the internships give wealthy students an unfair leg up in the job market. “Expensive overseas internships are yet another way that the internship economy reinforces privilege, making the once unthinkable seem almost normal — people paying thousands of dollars to work,” said Ross Perlin, the author of “Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy.”

But to many students and parents, even to families like the Francises, for whom the expenditure was a stretch, the benefits — the on-the-job learning and exposure to another culture — justify the cost.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/education/edlife/the-10000-unpaid-global-internship.html?ref=education

Hundreds of program providers have seized on a growing interest in interning abroad, adding numerous bells and whistles that cost students.

International Women's Day: Why educating girls should be a priority for Arab StatesBrookings Institution PressA girl who...
03/10/2015
International Women’s Day: Why educating girls should be a priority for Arab states

International Women's Day: Why educating girls should be a priority for Arab States
Brookings Institution Press

A girl who goes to school is less likely to marry early and more likely to delay childbirth and have healthier children. In Arab states, a one-year increase in maternal education is associated with a 23 percent decrease in the number of children under the age of five dying from pneumonia—the largest killer of children under 5 years.

As more countries in the Arab world are embroiled in conflict, it is also important to consider the role that educating and empowering women can play in establishing peace and security.

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/education-plus-development/posts/2015/03/06-international-womens-day-jalbout?utm_campaign=Brookings+Brief&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=16439098&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--PV5VAiH15P64B1lm7MO_ddCiFtHjoHyMKfeHpa-2aZlwLSIlqy8hTHSQO2DJEJtuxiXwXQPxilZtIanAEDbl48HnamA&_hsmi=16439098

In light of International Women's Day on March 8, Maysa Jalbout calls for Arab leaders to increase efforts to extend access to education to girls in the Middle East and North Africa region.

New initiative from the The White House called #LetGirlsLearnThe mission is to increase educational opportunities for gi...
03/03/2015
Let Girls Learn | U.S. Agency for International Development

New initiative from the The White House called #LetGirlsLearn

The mission is to increase educational opportunities for girls and empower them to learn across the globe via USAID and the Peace Corps.

Learn more about it via:

1. The White House Press Release
http://www.whitehouse.gov/LetGirlsLearn

2. The USAID Project Page
http://www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn

Right now, 62 million girls around the world are not in school. Millions more are fighting to stay there. Let Girls Learn is a new effort by the United States Government to raise awareness about the importance of allowing all girls to pursue a quality education.

Aleppo Residents Burn Furniture to Protect Children from Freezing in WinterSyria DeeplyThere is not a stick of furniture...
03/02/2015
Aleppo Residents Burn Furniture to Protect Children from Freezing in Winter

Aleppo Residents Burn Furniture to Protect Children from Freezing in Winter
Syria Deeply

There is not a stick of furniture left in the house, which is somewhat ironic since Abu Mohammad’s business before the war was selling imported wood. Like many residents of the area, the family has broken up their furniture and is burning it this winter to keep warm and heat their food.

Before the war, he says, his financial situation was “above average.” Now, he earns about 500 Syrian pounds a day driving a taxi, which is about US$2.60. The family is running out of furniture to burn; now they also burn whatever they can find, including shoes and nylons.

http://www.syriadeeply.org/articles/2015/03/6901/aleppo-residents-burn-furniture-protect-children-freezing-winter/

The first time I had to burn my bedroom was to cook food. After that I started with the living room. We also use what my children pick up: pieces of wood, shoes and old clothes from the destroyed houses.

My Syrian Diary: Reflections on a New YearSyria DeeplyMarah, a teenage girl from one of Syria's besieged cities, shares ...
01/26/2015
My Syrian Diary: Reflections on a New Year

My Syrian Diary: Reflections on a New Year
Syria Deeply

Marah, a teenage girl from one of Syria's besieged cities, shares her stories of life in the war. She recently moved to Damascus to continue her education, deciding to focus her college studies on prosthetics. She hopes to help heal the injured in her country's conflict.

http://www.syriadeeply.org/articles/2015/01/6680/syrian-diary-reflections-year/

Marah, a teenage girl from one of Syria's besieged cities, shares her stories of life in the war. She recently moved to Damascus to continue her education, deciding to focus her college studies on prosthetics. She hopes to help heal the injured in her country's conflict.

Teachers Rally Against Standardized Testing At No Child Left Behind HearingThe Huffington Post (Education)But the fierce...
01/23/2015
Liberal Advocates Are Aligning With Congressional Republicans On This Education Issue

Teachers Rally Against Standardized Testing At No Child Left Behind Hearing
The Huffington Post (Education)

But the fiercest opponents of testing, such as historian Diane Ravitch and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, say the requirement's deleterious effects are far worse: They unfairly penalize poor students; they reduce children to the sum of a single score; and they discourage teacher creativity.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/21/standardized-testing-no-child-left-behind_n_6517102.html?utm_hp_ref=education

At the end of every school year, Stephen Lazar, a New York City social studies teacher, would stand in front of his students and apologize to them for turning into a "bad teacher" to prepare them for the Regents exams. On Wednesday morn...

Paris Attacks Lead French to Reinforce Secular Values in SchoolsThe New York TimesFrench schools already have a secular ...
01/23/2015
Paris Attacks Lead French to Reinforce Secular Values in Schools

Paris Attacks Lead French to Reinforce Secular Values in Schools
The New York Times

French schools already have a secular code of conduct, but about 1,000 teachers and staff members would be trained on questions of “laïcité,” France’s secular identity, codified under a century-old law on the separation of church and state. She promised that a day devoted to secular laws would be celebrated once a year in every school.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/23/world/europe/charlie-hebdo-attack-leads-to-changes-in-french-schools.html?ref=education

The aftermath of the killings at Charlie Hebdo and a kosher market near Paris exposed serious cultural rifts, teachers say.

Obama pitches free community college, higher education tax credits in State of the Union Inside Higher Ed“I want to sp...
01/21/2015
Obama pitches free community college, higher education tax credits in State of the Union...

Obama pitches free community college, higher education tax credits in State of the Union
Inside Higher Ed

“I want to spread that idea all across America, so that two years of college becomes as free and universal in America as high school is today,” he said.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/01/21/obama-pitches-free-community-college-higher-education-tax-credits-state-union

WASHINGTON -- Addressing the nation on Tuesday evening, President Obama highlighted what he called his “bold” plan to make community college free for some students. He also called for an overhaul of the tax code that redirects benefits away from wealthy Americans in order to extend tax credits for c…

The Global Search for Education: Education and EconomyThe Huffington Post (Education)How can the schools of today better...
01/20/2015
The Global Search for Education: Education and Economy

The Global Search for Education: Education and Economy
The Huffington Post (Education)

How can the schools of today better represent the world of 5, 10, and 25 years from now?

Stefan: Even in the poorer developing countries, the children in schools now will grow up in a far more connected, complex world than they are experiencing today. These children are growing up in a world that should offer them more opportunities, but we cannot take it as given that they can take them: jobs won't be guaranteed nor the accountability of their leaders. Improving the basic learning outcomes of children is one step, but it would also be important to encourage them to think more independently and creatively, so they can stake a claim over their own future, rather than be told what to do.

Andreas: When we can access the world's knowledge on the internet, when routine skills are being digitized or outsourced, and when jobs are changing rapidly, accumulating knowledge matters less, and success becomes increasingly about ways of thinking - creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and judgment; about ways of working - collaboration and teamwork; about tools for working, including the capacity to recognize and exploit the potential of new technologies; and about the social and emotional skills that help us live and work together.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/c-m-rubin/the-global-search-for-edu_b_6497764.html?utm_hp_ref=education&ir=Education

"When jobs are changing rapidly, accumulating knowledge matters less, and success becomes increasingly about ways of thinking - creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and judgment; about ways of working - collaboration and teamwork; abo...

Our best weapon against terror attacks on freedom of speech?The Hechinger ReportSaid and Cherif Kouachi were more member...
01/20/2015
Public school: Our best weapon against terror attacks on freedom of speech? - The Hechinger Report

Our best weapon against terror attacks on freedom of speech?
The Hechinger Report

Said and Cherif Kouachi were more members of the underclass than of mainstream French society. Limited job opportunities, incarceration, as well as educational, residential and social isolation all till the soil of terrorism. Consequently, countries should maximize connectedness and foster a greater sense of loyalty to the nation – patriotism – in ways that truly reflect its devoted members.

http://hechingerreport.org/content/public-school-best-weapon-terror-attacks-freedom-speech_18819/

Waving flags and pens won’t unify a country like public schools can. If you want more patriotic citizens, then demand the integration of public schools. Protect the country from inside the schoolhouse out. This month’s attacks in Paris were both unpredictable and expected. Harder to defuse, lone-wol…

Challenging the Myth of Content vs. Character Education in the Age of Common Core The Brookings InstitutionAcademic cont...
01/15/2015
Challenging the Myth of Content vs. Character Education in the Age of Common Core

Challenging the Myth of Content vs. Character Education in the Age of Common Core
The Brookings Institution

Academic content is without question an important platform for a growing knowledge base, and you’ll not find any attack on the role of knowledge acquisition here. However, solid and growing evidence uncovering the importance of skills—including grit, but extending to other life-critical skills such as emotional self-control and critical thinking—has clearly opened our eyes to the link between these skills and success in school, jobs, and life.

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/education-plus-development/posts/2015/01/13-content-character-education-grob-zakhary?utm_campaign=Brookings+Brief&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=15596772&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_d8Is6p0nS0voJxRCn1qLO8s7rwfZ99NtThu9vifVkVdfrmbeqE74wXJAUCxMiw-n-yCaseOeZmpQG8raCzj-vvdmSXw&_hsmi=15596772

Randa Grob-Zakhary weighs in on Anna North's recent New York Times piece on smarts vs. personality in school, arguing that we do not have to choose between these concepts, but rather utilize both together.

Hundreds of Iranian students shave their heads after teacher diagnosed with cancerThe GuardianAfter a cycling career tha...
01/15/2015
Hundreds of Iranian students shave their heads after teacher diagnosed with cancer

Hundreds of Iranian students shave their heads after teacher diagnosed with cancer
The Guardian

After a cycling career that included appearances in major championships, Ghaderi, now 36, became a physical education teacher and now works at Ayatollah Masoumi School in Hamedan, around 300 kms (190 miles) from Tehran.

“I am so happy to have the pupils’ affection and love. I feel God has given me a new life,” he was quoted as saying by the agency.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/15/hundreds-of-iranian-students-shave-their-heads-after-teacher-diagnosed-with-cancer

Students of Mohammad Reza Ghaderi, a former top cyclist and national champion, cut their hair in solidarity

New Teachers May Be Staying In The Field Longer Than BeforeThe Huffington Post (Education)About 70 percent of beginning ...
01/13/2015
New Teachers May Be Staying In The Field Longer Than Before

New Teachers May Be Staying In The Field Longer Than Before
The Huffington Post (Education)

About 70 percent of beginning teachers are sticking with the profession for at least five years -- in both high-poverty and low-poverty schools, according to researchers Robert Hanna and Kaitlin Pennington of the progressive think tank Center for American Progress. Their analysis contrasts with previous research, which found that 50 percent to 60 percent of new teachers stick to the field for at least five years.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/09/cap-teacher-retention_n_6445468.html?utm_hp_ref=education&ir=Education

New teachers may be staying longer in the education field than in the past, according to a new analysis. About 70 percent of beginning teachers are sticking with the profession for at least five years -- in both high-poverty and low-poverty schoo...

01/13/2015
Education Secretary Says Administration Is Committed to Testing

White House Still Backs Annual Testing in Schools
The New York Times

In a speech on Monday to outline the administration’s priorities for a revision of No Child Left Behind, the signature Bush-era education law, Mr. Duncan said that “parents, teachers and students have both the right and the absolute need to know how much progress all students are making each year towards college- and career-readiness.”...

In July, the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers’ union, called for an end to mandated yearly testing, and a growing number of parents and educators have been pushing back against what they see as excessive testing and test preparation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/13/education/arne-duncan-says-administration-is-committed-to-testing.html?ref=education

Arne Duncan outlined the administration’s priorities for a revision of No Child Left Behind, indicating that testing was important to measuring achievement.

Generation TBDGlobalPostAn in-depth look at millennials and the economy worldwide. "Welcome to the reality of Generation...
01/12/2015
Generation TBD: despair and opportunity for millennials in an uncertain global economy

Generation TBD
GlobalPost

An in-depth look at millennials and the economy worldwide.

"Welcome to the reality of Generation TBD, millions of millennials around the world for whom the prospects of a sustainable future — a career, a home, perhaps a family — are “to be determined." Featuring 21 fellows reporting in 11 countries, this project explores the causes of a global youth unemployment crisis and features changemakers offering solutions."

Funded by the Ford Foundation

http://www.globalpost.com/special-reports/youth-unemployment-generation-tbd

Welcome to the reality of Generation TBD, millions of millennials around the world for whom the prospects of a sustainable future — a career, a home, perhaps a family — are “to be determined." Featuring 21 fellows reporting in 11 countries, this project explores the causes of a global youth unemploy…

Obama to Call for Laws Covering Data Hacking and Student PrivacyThe New York TimesThe president will also propose the St...
01/12/2015
Obama to Call for Laws Covering Data Hacking and Student Privacy

Obama to Call for Laws Covering Data Hacking and Student Privacy
The New York Times

The president will also propose the Student Data Privacy Act, which would prohibit technology firms from profiting from information collected in schools as teachers adopt tablets, online services and Internet-connected software, officials said....The premise behind the data collection is to customize lessons to the academic needs and learning preferences of each child.

But these data-mining practices have begun to trouble some parents, who say they are concerned that education technology companies could potentially collect — and later share — sensitive details about, for example, a child’s disciplinary record or a family’s financial status.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/12/us/politics/obama-to-call-for-laws-covering-data-hacking-and-student-privacy.html?ref=education&_r=0

The announcement is part of a weeklong focus on privacy and cybersecurity by President Obama ahead of his State of the Union address on Jan. 20.

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