• Free Eye Exams and Glasses Give These Students Vision to Learn | PBS NewsHour

    A new program called Vision for Baltimore provides eye exams and two pairs of glasses free of charge to every K-8 student in Baltimore City who needs them. About 25 percent of students in Baltimore who need glasses do not have access to them due to their high cost and the high level of poverty in Baltimore. City health department officials, a nonprofit organization called Vision to Learn, researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the eye wear retailer Warby Parker are working together to provide the exams, prescriptions, and fashionable glasses.

    December 20, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • What Are the Effects of Opioid Addiction on Young People? | PBS NewsHour

    Teachers and students: Watch this PBS NewsHour Facebook Live recorded on Wed., October 11th on how schools are teaching students about opioid addiction.

    Starting in the 1990s, chronic pain patients were given high levels of synthetic opiates to relieve pain. Some patients misused the painkillers, while others became addicted. In the 2010s, individuals who became addicted to painkillers turned to heroin after state governments started to clamp down on the number of prescriptions physicians could write. Currently, about 33,000 people die each year from opiate-based prescription drugs and heroin overdose in the U.S. Young people are at high risk of addiction and overdose. Recovery high schools are growing in popularity because many addiction treatment programs do not accept teenagers. There are currently about 40 recovery high schools across the U.S.

    October 10, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • DACA Students Find Refuge in School | PBS NewsHour

    Approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year. Most are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. While President Donald Trump campaigned on ending DACA, his position in office has since been less clear. Trump has reassured young DACA recipients, often called dreamers, that he doesn’t plan to target them. However, a lawsuit filed last week claims one dreamer has already been deported, leaving many students on edge.

    April 27, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Baltimore Program Hopes to Overcome Violence with Mindfulness | PBS NewsHour

    Schools in Baltimore, Maryland are experimenting with meditation as a way to help students deal with the stress and trauma associated with high levels of poverty and violence in the area. At Patterson High School, a nonprofit called Holistic Life Foundation has established the Mindful Moments Room as a place students can go when they feel stressed or angry. By practicing mindfulness, students learn to avoid conflict and negative influences by stepping away from tense situations and reflecting inward, instead of letting things escalate.

    February 24, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Community Comes Together to Help Homeless Students and Families | PBS NewsHour

    Homelessness affects more than 1.3 million students in the United States, and school districts receive money from the federal government to help provide students in need with basic food, supplies, and transportation to school. A school district in Kansas City, Kansas, with over 1,000 homeless students, has further partnered with a nonprofit called Avenue of Life to brings students out of homelessness by supporting the entire family.

    February 16, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How Betsy DeVos Could Reshape National Education Policy | PBS NewsHour

    The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary Tuesday, February 7. Preceding DeVos' confirmation and in the days that have followed, the Michigan philanthropist's policies have stirred significant public opposition. Audie Cornish talks with Lisa Desjardins about the resistance DeVos faced in the confirmation process. Emma Brown of the Washington Post joins in to discuss what Devos' confirmation means for U.S. policy-makers and schools.

    February 7, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Faces Questions on School Choice | PBS NewsHour

    The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, took place Tuesday, January 17. DeVos is a business woman from Michigan advocates for charter schools—publicly funded schools that operate independently—in her home state. DeVos believes in school choice, and endorses school vouchers to allow parents to use taxpayer dollars to send their children to private or religious schools, rather than the public schools for which that money is designated. Democrats are worried that Devos' support for school choice will undermine public school funding.

    January 19, 2017 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

    Grades: 6-12
  • BMW Apprenticeship Paves Road to Unique Opportunities

    Introduce students to this apprenticeship program, which is a post-high school graduation option with the help of this PBS NewsHour video and questions from June 6, 2014. The BMW factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is luring youngsters with a scholars program that offers part-time work, an all-expenses paid associate's degree and near guarantee of a job and future education down the road.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address Tackles Equity in Education

    In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced that he is pulling together a new coalition of elected officials, business leaders, and philanthropists who will work to help families access high-quality pre-K education. He also pledged to make higher education within reach for middle class students. -January 29, 2014

    Grades: 7-12
  • Goodwill Tries Tailoring Education to Meet Needs of Adult Dropout Students

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on January 17, 2014.

    Goodwill is known for its charitable resale stores, but Goodwill of Central Indiana has expanded their mission to help give high school dropouts a second chance.

    Use the Teacher's Guide to start a conversation with your class about education.

    Grades: 7-12
  • What Other Countries Can Teach Us About Good Schools

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on September 25, 2013.

    Despite increases in education spending and a decade of school reform, students in the United States still lag behind their peers in many other countries when it comes to math, science and reading skills.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Malala Yousafzai Champions Education | PBS NewsHour

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on October 14th, 2013 After surviving an attack on her life, Malala has recovered and has dedicated herself to the goal that every child everywhere will receive an education.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Tricking the Brain with Transformative Virtual Reality ERG

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 19th, 2013

    Want to have a just-like-real-life fantasy experience without leaving your living room?

    Grades: 7-12
  • How 'Flipped Classrooms' Are Turning the Traditional School Day Upside Down

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 12th, 2013.

    Clintondale High School outside Detroit was one of the lowest performing schools in Michigan when they decided to "flip" their classrooms.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Program Helps Low-Income Students Discover A Path to Top Colleges

    Share with your class how a collaborative program with Ivy League schools are turning the dream of college into a reality among the nation’s low-income students with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from September 12th, 2013. With rising student debt and soaring college costs that can top $50,000 a year, high-achieving students from low-income households rarely dream of applying to the nation’s top colleges, but one initiative is trying to change that.

    Grades: 7-12
  • New Jersey Considers In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

    Let students explore the “tuition equity” bill currently being proposed in the New Jersry State legislature with this PBS NewsHour video and educatonal materials from September 30, 2013.

    Grades: 7-12
  • What Should Be The Real Purpose of College?

    A PBS NewsHour article and video resource from Septemeber 5, 2013 that poses the question "what should be the real purpose of college?" 

    Grades: 7-12