INNOVATE - Fall 2016 EVERFI'S K12 NEWSLETTER

Introduction

Welcome to the new and improved K12 newsletter, INNOVATE! This digital version was created especially for you by our K12 team. It's interactive and mobile responsive because we care and know that 50% of you are reading this on the go!

Just like with our courses, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the tools you use every day. We recently added new features on your teacher dashboard, including a messaging center and teacher invitation button. Login to your EverFi account to check it out and invite fellow educators to join the movement to teach critical life skills!

We hope you enjoy the updated look and features below. Please don't hesitate to contact us with suggestions. We love supporting you in the life-changing work you do on behalf of students.

- Your EverFi Schools Team

Table of Contents

Global Entrepreneurship Month | Featured Resource | $1,000 Scholarships

Teacher Spotlight | Featured Video | STEM REIMAGINED | What We Are Reading

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP MONTH

From Snapchat co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, to beauty vlogger Zoella, young people have a lot of entrepreneur role models these days. In fact, about 70% of teens say they’d like to start their own business.

To participate in Global Entrepreneurship Month this November, you can have students complete NFTE Venture - Entrepreneurial Expedition™, a 1.5 hour course that guides students through their personal journey to become an entrepreneur. While starting a food truck business in Venture, students learn to make informed business decisions about their product, pricing, hiring, marketing, and even their business pitch for a potential investor. Each student finishes with their own e-Portfolio – a dynamic, visual representation of their personalized business plan and career goals.

At the end, students can submit their business plan to NFTE’s Make Your Job competition for a chance to earn up to $5,000 in funding for their idea. (Visit www.makeyourjob.org and select “EverFi” as your organization.) Last year, the fourth place winner was a Venture student!

Venture is available to you and your students at no cost thanks to our partners. Login to your teacher dashboard and add it by clicking +Additional Courses.

FEATURED RESOURCE: Commons - Digital Town Square

The election may be over, but ongoing civic engagement is key to a successful democracy that is by and for the people. Yet, research indicates that young people often do not participate because they feel alienated and shut out of the conversation. Commons, prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens through educational gaming, personalized social components to spark civic engagement, and connections to community leaders and heroes.

Module 3: A Leader for the People - Students investigate the role of the President and the Executive Branch and understand how it has evolved over the course of history. Other topics covered include checks and balances, the general duties of the President, the President’s cabinet members, and Washington’s Farewell Address.

Module 8: My Voice, My Vote - Students explore the electoral process and eligibility for elected office. They’ll also discover the role of individuals in elections, such as voting, running for office, helping on campaigns, debating issue and working at polls.

Commons is available to U.S. students at no cost thanks to our partners. Add Commons to your teacher dashboard by clicking +Additional Courses.

$1,000 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

As your students plan for their futures by completing our financial literacy courses, we want to honor their hard work with financial support as well. We are excited to announce that this year we will be awarding $1,000 college savings scholarships to five elementary/middle school students in the U.S. who complete either Vault or FutureSmart, and who provide a short reflection by January 20th. This is a great capstone project for students and allows them to reflect on what they’ve learned.

TEACHER SPOTLIGHT: Sean Bradley

Sean Bradley is a teacher at W. Erskine Johnston P.S. in Kanata, Ontario

How do you use EverFi's courses in your classroom?

I have my students work at their own pace to complete the modules. Due to the high level of student engagement, and with all of the earphones being used, you can hear a pin drop at any given moment. We use the topics covered in the lessons to springboard into other discussions of how Mathematics and Science are related to the NHL and the real world. This has provided material for rich and relevant teachable moments and for the class to draw connections across the curriculum. We recently watched the streaming of the Future Goals Showcase, EverFi’s virtual educational field that kicked off the World Cup of Hockey on September 14, 2016.

Everyone became very excited and watched many of the games, especially the final game when Canada won the cup!

This opportunity was a wonderful way to establish a community of learners and to positively start a brand new year.

What best practices would you share with other teachers?

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FEATURED VIDEO

Field Trip to the World Cup of Hockey

In conjunction with the NHL and NHLPA, the Future Goals team of Canada hosted over 9,000 students at the Air Canada Centre during the World Cup of Hockey's Future Goals Showcase. Students from across the Greater Toronto Area gathered at the arena (and thousands more online) to see the STEM concepts from Hockey Scholar come to life on the ice. Special guests included Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the NHL.

STEM REIMAGINED - Agency, Relevancy, and Digital Natives

While the emphasis on STEM education has grown over the years, equity and access to engaging quality curriculum have not always advanced at the same pace. Education Week + EverFi have teamed up to explore how we can use a blended learning approach to make STEM relevant to students from diverse backgrounds.

Join our webinar to hear best practices from educators & subject matter experts. Our guests will discuss:

  • The challenge of making STEM concepts more relevant to students, particularly students who have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields
  • How a blended learning approach can extend the instructional reach of STEM teachers
  • Access to a suite of no cost STEM resources to facilitate a blended learning environment

Join the Webinar

Thursday, November 17th

2-3 PM Eastern Time

WHAT WE'RE READING

A curated list of education technology articles from around the Web:

1. Reading, Writing and Citizenship - U.S. Secretary of Education calls for emphasis on teaching students about their roles as citizens.

2. Personalized learning is great in theory, but there's no magic wand to transform the education system into a personalized paradise. Each community needs to figure out what works for them.

3. How can innovation in school design better meet the needs of students? Is going smaller the answer?

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