NIE Newsletter: December 2017

Happy Holidays! We are already almost halfway through the school year – congratulations! We hope you enjoy your well deserved upcoming holiday break. This month we have a few very special events to share, as well as your usual resource highlights.

We have also added a new section to your newsletter! Scroll down to find ‘Get Inspired with NIE!’ to see what it’s all about. We are accepting contributions.

group of school kids and teacher in classroomSharing is Caring!

We want as many teachers and students as possible to benefit from our program, so we’ve made it easy for you to share NIE. Just copy and paste the below text and pass along! Or forward any NIE email you’ve received. Thank you so much for helping us reach classrooms around the country with our resources!

I’m currently using the no-cost News in Education program in my classroom, and thought you would be interested. I get unlimited access to the daily digital newspaper (eEdition) as well as a comprehensive website full of additional resources such as lesson plans, training supplements, quizzes, and much more. Enrollment is easy! Click here to find your newspaper and visit your NIE site. Then choose “Enroll Now” to complete registration. If you have any questions or need help, just contact the NIE team at 

Upcoming Events


Join us as we present One Day University at selected sites! Spend a fascinating day with award-winning professors from around the country. You’ll experience thought-provoking talks and countless engaging ideas – all in one day. And don’t worry, there are no tests, no grades and no homework. Just the pure joy of lifelong learning!


Sacramento:  Presented by the Sacramento Bee
February 25, 2018 |  10:00 AM – 1:15 PM
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sacramento
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, CA 95815

Special price: $79 – Use promo code TEACH
Click here to view event details and register!

Fresno:  Presented by the Fresno Bee
March 03, 2018  |   9:30 AM – 1:15 PM
Radisson Hotel Fresno Conference Center
1055 Van Ness Ave
Fresno, CA 93721

Special price: $79 – Use promo code TEACH
Click here to view event details and register!

Fort Worth:  Presented by the Star-Telegram
March 10, 2018  |  9:30 AM – 1:15 PM
Riley Center at Southwestern
1701 W Boyce Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76115

Special price: $79 – Use promo code TEACH
Click here to view event details and register!

Get Inspired with NIE!

Portrait of teacher with elementary school boy at his deskThis new section of your newsletter will be dedicated to feedback and comments from teachers like you around the country who are using NIE. Check here every month to find inspiration, fresh ways to incorporate NIE into your curriculum, and what other classrooms are saying!

“I use NIE as part of my overall literacy program.  Since a newspaper has different sections and different stories, it allows students to find something of interest to them.  Many students like to follow sports.  Other students enjoy reading human interest stories.” – Troy, Teacher Librarian, CA

“I use NIE most days with my Financial Literacy classes. Usually I use articles in the Business section, or things related to the economy from any section. Students read, summarize, and analyze.” – Richard, High school teacher, CA

“We read the newspaper everyday – looking for current events.  We also use it for gaining informational text.  The class is also playing the pick’em NFL football contest – loving that feature.  They also like reading out of something different than a text book. Thank you for providing us a wonderful resource!” – Beverly, Current Events teacher, KS

“My class uses NIE to keep updated on the news of the valley.  They read an article and write the 5 W’s and 1 H for their article.  At the end of the week, they must choose one article and share it out to the class. They like the program.  It gives them an opportunity to read not only what is going on in their town, but in other towns as well.” – Elizabeth, High school teacher, CA

“This is one of the best programs for all educators.  This program works for all levels of education and is something the students look forward to each day.” – John, Special Education teacher, KS

If you would like to submit class feedback to be featured here, just send an email to Hannah Rosenboom at with the subject line: “NIE feedback”. We always love hearing from our teachers and students!

LaRue County Public Library – Evening with Woody & Chloe

Friday, November 3rd, The LaRue County Herald teamed up with the LaRue County Public Library and hosted an evening with Woody and Chloe. It consisted of a Meet & Greet, Pictures with the Pups, and a presentation about the serial story.

image1Allison (publisher) and Doug (editor) pulled out all the stops. They even had the LaRue County 4-H Kayak and Canoe Club bring out kayaks and canoes to put on stage. The attendance wasn’t huge but we were anticipating a smaller crowd, and the smaller numbers made it so everyone who attended had plenty of one-on-one time with Woody and Chloe. Oh – and the mayor was there. Not every day the mayor comes to a Woody event.

Check out some photos and highlights from this event below:

A grandmother brought her grandson to the event. After the presentation she told us that her grandson didn’t enjoy school or reading. When she saw Woody’s story she brought it to his attention and had him read it each week. She says it has made a difference in how he feels about reading and school. This kid knew everything about the story. I would ask a question from the story, he would know it. I would put an illustration on the screen and he would immediately get excited and start telling me what happened in that chapter. It was so fun to see his excitement and just as enjoyable to witness his grandmother’s joy.

This past July we did a program at the LaRue County Library and met a little boy. On Friday morning I received an email from the mom with a picture of her and Woody from this summer. She said the little boy’s dad had died in August and she was bringing him to the event to see Woody. She explained he hadn’t talked much since his Dad passed. At the event, she took a few more pics of Woody and her son. Check out the text she sent: “Thank you so much. He is still talking about Woody and saying it was the best day ever.”

Finally, at the end of the presentation we put all the kids in the boat. As we were in the boat talking, I asked how many of them had been in a boat before. None of them. So for the first time ever, they were sitting in a canoe due to Ky Press Association and their local newspaper. A canoe on stage – but still nonetheless a canoe.

Field Trip to Danville Water Treatment Plant

With Special Guests Woody, Chloe, and Ron & Leigh Anne Florence, Authors of the Woody & Chloe series! 

Hundreds of Danville and Boyle county students took a trip to Danville’s brand new Water Treatment Plant for a tour of the facility, and a one-hour presentation with Woody & Chloe. The event was an exciting day for NIE participants who were readers of this year’s story.

Photos and captions by Ben Kleppinger of the Advocate Messenger

If you are interested in a planning an event or field trip, please send an email to Hannah Rosenboom at, and she will connect you with individuals who can provide further details.

December is…

Ult_Hol_Activity_GuideThe Holiday Season! Check out page 58 (December) of our Ultimate Holiday Activity Guide for information and creative ways to teach your students about St. Nicholas Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas! This guide covers it all with a day-to-day look at the special days that we set aside to honor events and people. Special days are listed for nearly every day of the year.

Mailbox, Letter, and BookWrite a Friend Month. Help encourage the development of your students’ writing skills by taking a pause from the festive holiday fun of December, to celebrate Write a Friend month! Check out this post from Scholastic for tons of creative ideas and ways to include Write a Friend month in your classroom. You can even find free printable stationary.

Special December Dates

Its_Your_RightDecember 15 – Bill of Rights Day. This is the day the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution— known as the Bill of Rights —became effective. Use the It’s Your Right supplement to help your students learn facts, history and what role these rights play in our life and society today.

Celebrating_FlightDecember 17 – Wright Brothers Day. The Wright brothers were American brothers, inventors and aviation pioneers. This day commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier than air, mechanically propelled airplane, made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. View the Celebrating Flight supplement which chronicles the history of flight from unmanned balloons through the Wright Brothers historic first powered flight to man’s exploration of outer space.

NIE 2017.12 NewsletterDecember 25 – Christmas Day. Before school is out for winter break, wrap up the semester with an affirming exercise. Instruct each student to fold a piece of paper in half, and write their name on the outside. Then, have the students pass the paper to their left, and each person will write down one good quality about the person on the front of the paper. Emphasize that no negative comments are allowed. Continue passing to the left until the student receives their paper back. Each student will go home with a sheet full of positive and encouraging words, a treasure they will hold onto for years. I know many people who have done this and have their letters hanging on walls, or in special boxes.

NIE 2018.01 NewsletterDecember 31 – New Year’s Eve. From all of us at News in Education, we wish you, your students, and your families a very happy holiday season, and a wonderful new year!


Monthly Calendar

DecThis calendar provides a subject-specific focus for each day of the week with activities for every school day of the month and year:

  • Monday – Language Arts
  • Tuesday – Social Studies
  • Wednesday – Math
  • Thursday – Science
  • Friday – Thematic for each month with topics of Newspaper Knowledge, Character Education, Critical Thinking, Life Skills, Careers, and Moral Reasoning.

View December.

Woody & Chloe Chapter Book

WC 1-teaser emailOur special series has come to a close, with chapters 1-10 posted, but you can still view all chapters, podcasts and activities, and start anytime! Bring your students on a 10-week reading adventure to follow our favorite pups, Woody & Chloe, as they travel across the Kentucky waterways via boat in the chapter book, Dog Paddling Across the Bluegrasswritten by Leigh Ann Florence and illustrated by Chris Ware. Your students will learn about the difference between lakes and oceans, Parts of the river, Water cycle, Watersheds, Barges, Docks, marinas, Waterfalls, Gorges, and more. Each Tuesday, a new chapter will be added. You can find the chapters with activities and a podcast on the Woody & Chloe main page.

Our Sponsors

header-thank-youThank you to the local businesses, non-profit organizations, and subscribers who donate to support our NIE program. Together, we are helping over 200,000 K-12 students around the country to develop reading skills, grow as critical thinkers, and become engaged citizens in their local communities through no-cost access to the eEdition (digital newspaper) and other educational resources. Teachers, parents, students, and interested individuals can click here to find your site’s local sponsors.

Contact Us

Don’t forget, you can email us directly at with any questions, comments, or for help with your NIE account.

Connect with NIE

Find us on social media and like, follow, and pin with us!

images   circle-twitter-512   pinterest-flat

Please leave a reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s