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      May 2015

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In the Spotlight for May

Annenberg Learner Announcements
    Summer Teacher Institute Applications Due May 10
    NEW! Reading & Writing in the Disciplines
    Summer Professional Development
    Pardis Sabeti to Share Research with Against All Odds Users
    New Format, Same Monthly Update
 
Curriculum Focus
    Food: Cooking Up a Tasty Lesson

Current Events
    Tornado Season
   
Connecting Learning with May Topics
    Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
    Brown v. Board of Education (May 17, 1954)


Annenberg Foundation Update
    Annenberg Space for Photography, Emerging

Annenberg Learner Announcements 
Newseum Summer Teacher Institute Applications Due May 10

The Newseum, in partnership with Annenberg Learner, will offer two free sessions of "Primarily Digital: Teaching Media Literacy to Plugged-In Students." One session will be for novices with limited experience and will feature blended learning and another will be for advanced teachers who are already active creators of online content. Applications are due May 10 and the sessions will be offered July 2015. Further details are available on the Newseum website. 


NEW! Build Student Discipline Literacy in the Content Areas

Reading and Writing
                                                in the DisciplinesReading & Writing in the Disciplines, a multimedia course for middle and high school teachers of science, mathematics, history/social studies, and English, is now streaming on Learner.org. Connected with the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, this graduate-level course guides teachers through the research and practice behind discipline literacy and provides activities and tools to integrate reading and writing into content instruction. The course was developed by the WGBH Educational Foundation with a team of experts in discipline literacy. DVDs of the video will be available for purchase by early June, and the course will be offered for graduate credit this fall through Colorado State University.


Summer Professional Development

Professional development shouldn't be one-size-fits-all. This summer, meet your specific professional development requirements by earning graduate credit and CEUs through Colorado State University, the University of San Diego, and PBS Teacherline. View the course list, enrollment dates, deadlines, and credit options online. For a full list of all professional development workshops and courses, visit our website. 


Pardis Sabeti to Share Research with Against All Odds Users

Against All OddsScientist, host of the newly updated Against All Odds: Inside Statistics, and one of TIME magazine's most influential people, Pardis Sabeti is reaching out to students who are using the series. She will share data sets and updates on her Ebola research. If your class is using this series during the 2015-16 school year, and you would like to receive information and become part of the user group, send an email to aao@learner.org. Please provide an email address for a class contact, the school name and class (e.g., Mr. Deming's AP Stats Class).



New Format, Same Monthly Update

In the upcoming months, you may notice a few differences in our monthly update. We'll be using Constant Contact to mail out the update. While the format may look slightly different, the content will be the same information on what's new from Annenberg Learner and on Learner.org. Please let us know if you have any questions at info@learner.org.

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Curriculum Focus
Food: Cooking Up a Tasty Lesson

When you think of bringing food into your classroom, go beyond birthday cupcakes and end-of-year pizza parties by using the fascinating science and history behind our food and drink on Learner.org.

Chemistry: Challenges
                                            and SolutionsBrewing an aromatic cup of coffee requires the right amount of solutes in your solution, without releasing evil bitter flavors at the same time. Learn from baristas and coffee roasters
the trick for making an excellent cup in "When Chemicals Meet Water: The Properties of Solutions" from Chemistry: Challenges and Solutions.

A proper balance of acids and bases is essential for baking a light and airy cake, making cheese, or avoiding poisoning by an overdose of lemonade. Find out how the pH scale works as we create and consume our favorite foods in "Acids and Bases: The Voyage of the Proton."

The quest for exotic spices and foods spurred exploration and mixing of cultures. Food historian Jessica Harris explains that what we eat reveals our history and the culinary trends that were intertwined with major economic shifts. See the Hands on History segment in "Mapping Initial Encounters" from America's History in the Making.

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Current Events
Tornado Season

Weather
                                                    InteractiveWhile we welcome warmer temperatures, the spring's surly weather has us watching the skies. See the NOAA site to compare monthly and yearly tornado counts. 

High school students identify the conditions that lead to dangerous tornadoes on the Powerful Storms page of the Weather Interactive. The virtual Storm Chaser activity allows students to track storms through Tornado Alley.

Watch elementary classrooms explore how light affects weather patterns, including wind and storms, in Science in Focus: Shedding Light, workshop 8.


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Connecting Learning with May Topics
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Explore Annenberg Learner resources to discover the rich history, cultures, and personal stories of Americans of Asian and Pacific Island heritage.

Students come to understand the plight of Japanese-Americans in World War II as they read poetry by Lawson Fusao Inada in the The Expanding Canon: Teaching Multicultural Literature in High School, "Critical Pedagogy: Abiodun Oyewole and Lawson Fusao Inada." 

Teaching
                                                    Multicultural
                                                    LiteratureNew York City students explore "dual identity" by reading the literary works of authors Gish Jen, Tina Yun Lee, and Lensey Namioka. As students discuss the works, you'll see effective teaching strategies, including peer facilitation circles, in action. See "Engagement and Dialogue" of Teaching Multicultural Literature: A Workshop for the Middle Grades.

Maxine Hong Kingston, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, writes stories that explore balancing cultural values with the expectations of American society. Read about her life and works in American Passages, "Search for Identity." 


Brown v. Board of Education (May 17, 1954)


History in the
                                                    Making: Brown v.
                                                    Board of EducationIn 1954 a legal team led by Charles H. Houston and Thurgood Marshall argued before the United States Supreme Court, which decided in favor of Brown in Oliver L. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (KS), et al. This landmark case marked the end of legal racial segregation in schools and other public facilities.

Before Brown v. the Board of Education, the federal case of Mendez v. Westminister (1946) challenged the segregation laws of California public schools. Find out about this case in America's History in the Making, unit 20, "Egalitarian America." See the historical significance of the case in the Archives.

Watch part 1, Ending School Segregation: The Case of Farmville, Virginia, of the video for Democracy in America, program 5, "Civil Rights: Demanding Equality." In 1951, black students staged a strike in Farmville, VA to end segregation in their school. Their protest may have been a catalyst for significant change in all American schools. Use the discussion questions to examine this case study and Brown v. the Board of Education. 

Look for additional connections to historical events and important days, including the day the New York Stock Exchange was established (May 17, 1792) as well as Get Caught Reading Month, in our Facebook and Twitter feeds and in the May 2014 update.


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Annenberg Foundation Update
Annenberg Space for Photography, Emerging

The Annenberg Space for Photography is partnering with Photo District News to bring you their next exhibit. Emerging is comprised of works from photographers who have been featured in "PDN's 30," Photo District News' annual selection of 30 emerging photographers who represent a range of styles and genres. Emerging will run from June 6 to September 20.

Emerging
Photo by Ben Rasmussen

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