Innovations for School Libraries



Found in the Big Deal Media K-12 Technology newsletter.

Inspirational Stories from Female Role Models in STEM Fields
Women @ NASA features short films that explore the careers and backgrounds of career women who work for NASA in each of the STEM areas. The website includes a collection of 64 videos and essays from women across the agency who contribute to NASA’s mission in many different ways. Their stories illuminate the vibrant community of dedicated women employees who play a vital role at the agency. Students will hear stories of women overcoming almost every obstacle imaginable to pursue their dreams and make a difference in the world.

Teaching Tools for Celebrating Women’s History
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Congress’s passing a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote. NewseumED offers free online resources to explore the history and struggles of the suffrage movement—from artifacts on the Seneca Falls Convention to a video recounting Susan B. Anthony’s arrest for voting to a timeline on major events in the fight for gender equality. NewseumED’s lesson plans and activities can be used to observe Women’s History Month (March) and all yearlong. The standards-aligned lessons and activities support historical connections, media literacy, and civics and citizenship. Teachers may need to sign into NewseumED for access to some of the resources; registration is free.

Initiative Connecting the Natural World and STEM
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) provides an extensive Green STEM Guidebook, full of inspiration, information, and lesson plans to inspire teachers to join NWF’s Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyards Habitats Pathways programs. This freely downloadable guidebook shows how the programs provide a clear pathway to excite, motivate, and educate the next generation of experts, innovators, and math and technology whizzes. The guidebook also highlights, with detailed case studies, how students can put their STEM skills to work solving real-world environmental issues right in their own communities.

Webinar on Use of Public Media in the Classroom
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH, preserves historic programming created by public media and provides a central web portal for access to these unique programs. The collection includes coverage of the Watergate hearings, education, women’s history, climate change, elections and civics, protests in America, civil rights, and much more.

Curriculum Tracing the Struggle for Women’s Equality
The Bill of Rights Institute has launched a new curriculum, just in time for next year’s 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. Votes for Women: The Story of the Nineteenth Amendment tells the story of the fight for women’s equality, women’s right to vote, and the struggle, sacrifice, and hardship involved.

Student-Led Organization Focusing on Violence Prevention
Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise Clubs are a place for young people across the country to show their leadership, creativity, and passion for protecting their friends, schools, and communities from violence before it happens. Established and led by students, SAVE Promise Clubs are a powerful approach to preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) because they recognize the unique role that young people play in making their schools and communities safer.

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