Happy 2017! We have lots of exciting tools and updates for you in this edition of Innovate: Black History Month resources for your classroom, tools for Pink Shirt Day, and even a thank you video for you from the Commissioner of the NHL! Scroll down to check it out.

On another note, we always love hearing your feedback on our courses. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please click here to complete our 2016-2017 survey. We appreciate you!

- Your EverFi Schools Team

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Pink Shirt Day | Black History Month Resource | Teacher Spotlight

Featured Video: NHL Commissioner | What We’re Reading

Get Your Pink Shirts Ready!

On February 22nd, schools across Canada will come together for Pink Shirt Day to stand up to bullying and cyberbullying. Wearing something pink helps spread kindness and allows those individuals who are dealing with, or have dealt with bullying to know that they are not alone!

Bullying doesn't just happen in the school yard. Cyberbullying has become a growing issue in schools across the country. With increasing access to technology and online tools, it is important for students to learn the 21st Century skills needed to be responsible in the digital world.

We want to help! EverFi’s online resource Ignition - Digital Literacy & Responsibility™ combines the power of cutting-edge instructional design, rich media, and simulations to educate students and empower them with the skill set to leverage technology safely and effectively. For example, in Module 6 of the program, students work through simulations where they will learn about the myths and facts around cyberbullying, the appropriate steps when dealing with a cyberbully, and how to notice the signs when a friend or classmate is being cyberbullied.

Ignition is available to you and your students at no cost thanks to our partners. To get started, login to your teacher dashboard and click +Create Class to set up access for your students.


306 - Black History

Looking for a way to engage students throughout Canada's Black History Month? 306 introduces students to black history through the use of beautiful artwork, primary documents and compelling real-life stories. Short modules allow teachers to integrate a few history lessons into their core academic subjects, or to focus on the content as a stand alone unit. Here are a few of the lessons available to your students this February:

A Journey Through The Underground Railroad - The Underground Railroad was instrumental in helping slaves escape to freedom. In this module, students are introduced to the moments and familiar figures in history whose courageous actions transformed North America.

Reflecting on Lessons Learned - As a capstone project for the course, students delve deeper into the themes of black history by constructing a guided essay. From outline to conclusion, the course walks students through the construction and revision of a thoughtful, persuasive essay.

306 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.


Tabitha Herrin

Tabitha is a teacher at Stewarts Creek Middle School in Smyrna, TN, USA. She was a recipient of the 2016 FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America) Distinguished Service Award.

What impact have EverFi’s courses had on your students?

A parent told me that a student who used EverFi Financial Literacy in my class helped his older brother with his FAFSA form! I love hearing stuff like that.

I’ve also seen the impact of Healthy Relationships and Ignition – both hone in on all of the issues of this middle school age. Students connect with the courses on a personal level and really enjoy them.

What is your approach to implementation?

I use a half and half method – 10 students will get on the computers and the rest of the class will go through our written curriculum. We alternate back and forth each day.

What best practices would you share with other teachers?

I planned an engagement activity for Venture [the entrepreneurship course where students created their own food truck business]. I reached out to several food trucks in the area…


Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the National Hockey League, thanks EverFi teachers for integrating STEM into their classroom through the Future Goals - Hockey Scholar resource.

Want to use some Hockey Scholar STEM lessons in your classroom? Login to your teacher dashboard and click +Create Class to set up access for your students.


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

1. What is personalized learning, and how can technology help teachers achieve it?

2. For personalized learning products, what matters is what a product enables the students and educators to do, not what the product does itself.

3.Here are four personalized learning trends to watch in 2017.

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