NIE Newsletter: February 2018


It’s February! In this month’s newsletter you will find resources on Black History month, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, teen dating violence awareness, heart health, Valentine’s Day, and more.

News & Announcements

March 7, 2018: The California Central Valley Spelling Bee (the oral competition) will take place at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H Street, Sacramento, CA. The event begins at 9:30 AM, and is open to the public to attend. Click here for details.


Readvolution-WordMarkIn partnership with the Carolina Hurricanes and the Wake County Public School System, we are pleased to announce the  Readvolution 2017-2018 Essay Contest Winners. Click here for the list of winners and to read their winning essays.


Fresno Bee, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and Sacramento Bee teachers, don’t forget to register for your special event with One Day University, coming up at the end of Feb. and early March! See details for each event and get your special discount code in our ‘Upcoming Events’ section below.

teacherGet Inspired with NIE!

This 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!

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!

We have been using the paper to help establish credible resource sources. There are many bias sources online and on social media. We have also used it lately on Pearl Harbor remembrance and the MO education commissioner saga. – John, director of alternative education center, KC

I will scan the issues for any article that has something to do with STEM and invite my students to do the same.  We will talk about issues about the environment and how engineers are solving or could solve problems. – Keith, PLTW instructor, KC

We enjoyed the story “Dog Paddling Across the Bluegrass”. It was a great way to blend Social Studies, Math, and Reading into a great library lesson. – Karen, Librarian, TX

I use the newspapers in all of my journalism classes, but especially in my intro class.  When parents had a physical paper lying on the coffee table, kids would pick it up and read it. I have found that as parents discontinue their print subscriptions, they are not exposing their children to the online newspapers, which means I have more than two-thirds of my students not reading a paper at all. We read the papers daily–we’re on a block schedule, so every other day–in my intro journalism class. They love them! We use them to discuss current events, the functions of a journalist, accusations of “faux news,” and study writing and design. These papers are integral to that class, and I don’t know what I’d do without them! – Ann, HS English/Journalism teacher, KC

February is…

Pride_in_ColorBlack History Month. Celebrate the rich history and pride of African Americans. We have many excellent supplements on our site, including Pride in Color, which takes a look at the history and cultural contributions of African-Americans, and explores where African-Americans have been and how far they have come. There are also supplements dedicated specifically to the accomplishments of African American educators, inventors, writers, musicians, and those in science and technology fields, a special Civil Rights supplement, and one on Martin Luther King, Jr. View the Black History section of your NIE site to find these excellent resources.

healthy_habitsAmerican Heart Month. A month-long US observance, this is a great opportunity to commit to a healthy lifestyle and educate your students on how to have a lifetime of heart health by starting early with small choices. View our supplement, Healthy Habits 101 for an easy and engaging lessons on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a fun section on heart health. You can also check out the American Heart Association‘s special Educator page for activities, lesson plans, and PE programs you can implement.

breaking_cycleTeen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Teen DV Month (sometimes called TDVAM) is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it. View Breaking the Cycle, a supplement focusing on helping preteens and teens gain the knowledge and learn the skills they need to form positive, healthy relationships and protect themselves online and offline. You can check out our Online Safety section for additional supplements.

Special February Dates

downloadFebruary 9 – 25 – Olympic Winter Games 2018. A very special event will occur this month, that only happens every 4 years – the Olympic Winter games! It is always exciting to watch sports such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, bob-sleighing, ice hockey and more as their teams and individual athletes compete for the gold medal. Our special Winter Sports Science supplement explains all the fabulous feats of winter sports and the science of how they work. You can also download this educational kit called Experiencing & Discovering the Olympic Games: SPECIAL PYEONGCHANG 2018. to take your class on an exciting journey learning about this event. The purpose of this kit is to show how the Olympic values and the culture of the host country have been incorporated into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The themes are designed to link with educational curricula in a variety of ways, and awaken students’ curiosity, while familiarizing them with the Olympic Games.

NIE 2018.02 NewsletterFebruary 14 – Valentine’s Day. Use your daily eEdition and have your students complete a fun digital activity with this St. Valentines Day Scavenger Hunt! Students will look in the eEdition for the different clues you call out. You can have them participate individually, in pairs, or on teams of 3-5. If you do not have enough devices for your students, you can even complete this activity together as a whole class.

_ElectingThePresidentFebruary 19 – President’s Day. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present. After the holiday, plan to incorporate our supplement, Electing the President: A Guide to the Election Processinto your lesson plans for the week. Students will learn about all aspects of elections as required by state standards, including: Voter Registration, Primaries & Caucuses, Party Conventions, General Elections, the Electoral College, the role of the media in setting the public agenda, and many other social studies, civics and government standards.

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.

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!

Monthly Calendar

FebThis calendar provides a subject-specific focus with activities each day of the week, for every school day during the month. View February.

  • 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.

Teacher and school kid using digital table in librarySharing 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 

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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