NIE Newsletter: January 2018


Happy New Year, and welcome back to school! We hope your winter break was full of warmth and joy with family and friends.

In this newsletter, you will find information about a special new resource called The Mini Page, now available on the NIE blog. We’ve also highlighted Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and impact, National Drug & Alcohol Facts resources for teens, and several other wholesome subjects such as mentoring and giving compliments.

COMING SOON – Teachers, stay tuned for our first NIE lesson plan, coming soon! It will be an exciting short series on a relevant and timely topic. Make sure your email inbox is set up to receive communications from your respective newspaper as well as, so you don’t miss out!

Scroll down to find ‘Get Inspired with NIE!’ for comments from teachers just like you around the country who are using NIE. See what other classrooms are saying and find fresh ways to incorporate NIE into your curriculum!


Sharing 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!

megan-soule-250676This section features 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!

We check the weather, the moon phases, we checked out the political candidates and their agendas, countries and their leaders, we have used it to find key words and main ideas. My students use for statistics and scores. My classes are so used to using it that they love it now and will ask in their free time if they can read it. I have used the paper in my classroom for over eight years. I also have my own personal subscription that gets delivered to my house that I bring to the classroom in the beginning of the year so they can get used to the format and understand how to navigate through the paper. – Susan, 6th grade Social Studies teacher, NC

My Marketing class has used it to look up advertising and promotions examples. My Personal Finance class has used it to read and research Financial articles. They are learning to use the news paper to locate information and reinforcing reading. – Eric, high school Marketing & Business teacher, NC

I love NIE. It’s an invaluable resource. I have students read the Wichita Eagle almost daily and I give current events quizzes every Friday. I also use the paper for examples of different types of stories, headlines, pictures, etc. Parents tell me all the time that their children are keeping up with news, and that’s because we have access to the paper. The students are now daily newspaper readers! I realize they do it in large part because of the quizzes but I’ve had numerous kids tell me they come to enjoy knowing what’s happening in the world. Thanks so much for NIE. – Kollen, high school Journalism, Photojournalism & Newspaper teacher, KS.

NIE is very valuable in providing current local, regional and state news. I value it as a tool to discuss current events, and for in-depth information about topics that relate to 5th grade curriculum. As a teacher, I love to read the paper to help build background and integrate current events into my lessons. – Bret, 5th grade teacher, CA

The Mini Page

The Mini Page logo

The Mini Page, a weekly newspaper for children, is a publication that offers instructional entertainment for kids in classrooms and homes. Each week, The Mini Page presents fascinating facts on a different topic in a way that kids can understand and relate to. Each week’s topic is supported by word puzzles, connect the dots puzzles, recipes, drawings and pictures. Click here to find current and previous issues. Each week, we will update the page as the new papers are published.

January is…

MentoringNational Mentoring Month. Mentors encourage students to reach their goals based on developing a vision for the future, as well as being a positive role model and source of inspiration for teens. View the Mentoring Course Student Supplement from The National Mentoring Partnership to teach students all about mentoring, how to find a mentor, develop a great relationship, ask good questions and open up with good dialogue, find activities to do with their mentor, and much more.

Life_is_ExpensiveFinancial Wellness Month. Educate and prepare your middle and high school students with our many supplements on money management, economics, financial literacy, financial planning, banking, entrepreneurship, and much more. All of these supplements are easy to incorporate into your lesson plans.

Special January Dates

MLKJanuary 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. View the Martin Luther King, Jr.: Celebrate Black History supplement which provides a biography, an overview of his upbringing, and the history of his most important achievements.

Teen_DrinkingJanuary 22 – 28 – National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. NDAFW is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drug and alcohol use. View the site here to learn about NDAFW and get activity ideas, free booklets and resources, and an online guide to plan an event for your class or school. Choices: Making Smart Decisions About Your Health & Safety, is an excellent supplement for teens to learn up-to-date information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco; health, exercise & emotional well-being; and leadership & relationships. Teen Drinking: Too Much, Too Soon, Too Risky will help students understand the effects of alcohol, what it does to their bodies and brains, why they may be tempted to try it, the dangers alcohol poses to their health & safety, and how they can say no.

National-Compliment-Day-January-24-e1481827895443January 24 – National Compliment Day. Give an extra compliment today. National Compliment Day is observed annually. Encourage your students to observe the people around them as they go about their day, and discover some things they genuinely notice or like about a person’s behavior, personality or appearance. Have them try to give at least 3 compliments during the day. Then encourage them to keep it going, and to try and give a compliment every day of the year. Click here for a short article you can share with your students.

Monthly Calendar

JanThis calendar provides a subject-specific focus for each day of the week with activities for every school day in January:

  • 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 January.

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.

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