NIE Newsletter: March 2018


Happy March to you and your students! Spring is on the way, and Daylight Savings Time ends this month (March 11). We are eagerly awaiting longer and brighter days! In this month’s newsletter, you will find resources on Women’s History, nutrition & health, St. Patrick’s Day, and more.

News & Announcements

Important: Affidavits will be sent the first week of April. Be on the lookout for the email which will come from Please make sure you put this email address on your “safe” list, and make sure this information is passed along to your school or district IT department.

We would appreciate you confirming the affidavit as soon as you receive it. Be sure that you check your spam or junk folder if you happen not to see it in your inbox. Remember, responding to this notice is a requirement for all teachers enrolled in the NIE program and is done as part of our end-of school year reporting and auditing.

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.

March 17, 2018: What’s Growin’ On?  speical educational supplement will be published in the The Sacramento Bee — look for it in the eEdition, as well you can download your copy here. This year’s 16-page supplement will teach students how food travels from the farm to their homes.  As well, don’t forget to visit California’s Capitol on March 20th to celebrate California Agriculture Day! Thanks to the California Foundation for Agruculture in the Classroom for sponsoing this great program!

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!

Fresno and Fort Worth teachers, your One Day University events are happening this month on March 3 and March 10! Scroll down to the Upcoming Events section for details and be sure to register quickly! 

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!

My Composition 2 dual credit college course currently uses the Eagle as we write letters to the editor.  We read the paper every day, then decide on a topic that interests us enough to comment / write about.  We also read other letters for informational purposes and to gain an idea of content and tone.  I tell my students that it is time they entered the public discourse and write a letter to the editor.  Thank you for the subscription service — it truly is a helpful educational tool in my class room! – Matt, High School Language Arts, KS

I am assigned to the Computer Lab and all the 3rd through 5th Grade students are responsible for reading two of the Achieve 3000 nonfiction articles each week in the lab.  When there is a subject I can relate to everyday life — I try to use it.  For example, they were reading about the cost of fruits transported to the United States and local fruits.  I had them check the cost of cherries at local markets and consider the cost of out of seasons cherries. Whenever a topic can be related to our local community — I try to let them research the topic. – Cheryl, lab instructor, GA

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!

The Mini Page

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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.

March is…

WomensHistoryGuideWomen’s History Month. Our Women’s History Month Guide provides biographies of 45 historic women celebrating their accomplishments. You can also check out the Mothers of Invention supplement, which highlights several staple products that were all invented by women, and Girls Can Lead the Way, a lesson resource on what it takes to be a leader, increase self-confidence and be smart about money. Find all of these resources here.

food_savvyNational Nutrition Month. Nutrition doesn’t have to be a chore – show your students how fun it can be to eat healthy! Empower them to make healthy choices with our lesson plans on nutrition. Our Food Savvy guide is a good start to learning about the pitfalls of poor diet and lack of exercise with information on how to make the best choices for a lifetime of good health. Our variety of health supplements will help you educate your students on the many benefits of healthy eating, including the most important one – feeling great!

Special March Dates 

Girls_Can_LeadMarch 8 – International Women’s Day. This day commemorates the movement for women’s rights as a civil awareness and anti-sexism day. Use our supplement, Girls Can Lead the Way, with the girls in your class to empower and celebrate them while they learn about being a leader and more.

NIE 2018.04 NewsletterMarch 11 – Daylight Savings Time ends. Don’t forget to set your manual clocks (car, oven, microwave, electronics, etc.) an hour forward tonight. We lose an hour of sleep, but more sunshine is certainly a good trade!

NIE 2018.03 NewsletterMarch 17 – St. Patrick’s Day. Visit History’s St. Patrick’s Day – Origins, Facts, Celebrations, Traditions to learn all about St. Patrick, the traditions and customs surrounding the holiday, why we celebrate, food, parades, and more.

APlanForAllSeasonsMarch 20 – First Day of Spring. View pages 32-44 of A Plan for All Seasons for fun exercises and activities on spring weather, St. Patrick, and more!


Upcoming Events


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!


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!


Monthly Calendar

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

  • 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.

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

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, and interested individuals can click here to find your site’s local sponsors.

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