Welcome to News In Education for the Fall / Spring 2014 - 2015 school year. We pack this website with exciting, skills-building activities, games, puzzles and more, updated weekly. Visit every day for something new and interesting to share with students; invite parents to take a look, too. NIE is where enthusiasm for learning grows!

To register your class, click on the tab above and enter the information requested. Then select the newspaper you want your students to access and you will receive a user name and password to share with your class.

In addition to the online content we provide here every week, you can also access a wealth of free educational resources available through our membership in the national NIE Institute. Click here for more information and a list of topics.

We also invite you to visit the Celebrate New Jersey website for more inspiring ways to lead your students to a better understanding and appreciation of the state they call home: www.celebratenj.org

Earn continuing education credits. Schedule a free News in Education Workshop at your school. Teachers who attend earn three continuing ed credits. For information, contact us at mlyons@starledger.com or 973-392-5841.


What is NIE?

News in Education is a nationwide program started in 1966, under which newspapers act as a supplement to the usual textbooks and teaching materials.

The Star-Ledger and The Times News in Education programs provide teachers with innovative and versatile teaching resources linked to the information, people and events making news today. Students and teachers alike discover a wealth of new ideas that make learning interesting and fun while reinforcing reading and writing proficiency, as well as science, math and other vital academic and life skills. News in Education offers a variety of materials and curriculums to support the classroom experience.

Our Mission:

The Star-Ledger and The Times, through the News in Education (NIE) program, are dedicated to the promotion of literacy in accordance with New Jersey state-mandated education standards. NIE fosters a learning environment that serves to inform, involve and inspire students in the development of positive study skills in a variety of subject areas with the added goal of assuring good citizenship.

News in Education provides: Free digital delivery of the newspaper for classroom use, Free supplemental teaching guides & curriculum and Free Teacher training and workshops, many for continuing education credits.

NIE helps advance education for students in several ways:

  • Develops research skills
  • Applies academic study to practical experiences
  • Helps build student comprehension of local, national and international issues
  • Builds self-esteem through positive classroom experiences
  • Encourages class participation
  • Offers timely learning materials at little or no cost

Learning to Give is a national organization that is headquartered and started here in Newark, NJ. The curriculum is dedicated to giving kids a sense of responsibility and accountability in their communities.

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Online Extras (Updated every Monday)

NIE Special Report


Who doesn’t like to eat?

Turn the fun of food into a great science experience to start off the school year using a new science content reading Is there a gene for liking broccoli? and an accompanying activity Taste this!

Click here to view the new material



Miley Cyrus gig banned in Dominican Republic

Answer FIVE Geography questions each week based on major news events.

Archive of Geography quizzes


California Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Discussion prompts & video archive.


Become a Wildlife Watch Treasure Hunter

National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Watch is a national, nature-watching program created for people of all ages. Through the program, you’ll gain first hand experience with plants and animals in their natural environment and share details that help National Wildlife Federation track the health and behavior of wildlife and plant species nationwide. In return, the Wildlife Watch website keeps you up-to-date on wildlife news and facts, and new ideas for attracting wildlife to your backyard and community.

Click here to join the hunt today!


NIE Institute Educational Resources

As an NIE subscriber, you can access a wealth of free educational resources available through our membership in the national NIE Institute. All are appropriate for classroom instruction when used with the electronic or print edition of The Star-Ledger.

Visit our NIE Institute page for these topics:

Art
Careers
Character Education
Critical Thinking Skills & Gifted
Diversity & Multicultural Literacy
Elementary & Middle School
ESL & Spanish Bilingual - Black & Hispanic Heritage
Financial Literacy Supplements
First Amendment
General Educational Development
Health, Nutrition, Fitness
Homeland Security, Crime, & Online Safety
Journalism & Press Freedom

Language Arts & Literacy
Life Skills
Math, Science, Tech & Environment
Media Literacy
Multi-Curricular & Miscellaneous
Multiple Intelligences
NIE Instructional Calendar
NIE Miscellaneous
Safety & Anti-Drug & Alcohol Awareness
Social Studies, Govt., Civics
Sports
Study Skills & College Prep
Women's Studies

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Download a lesson based on political cartoons and print it out for use in your classroom. (PDF format)

This week's lesson: President criticized over vacation

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There are more than 180 lessons archived for your use



Tap the wealth of information in your newspaper as a teaching tool:


E-cigarettes prompt new health concerns about young users, targeted with ads and flavors

-- Front Page Talking Points Archive



Diversity, multiculturalism, worldwide events. You'll find plenty for classroom discussions in this listing of events.




This week's word in the news: RENDITION

DEFINITION:
An interpretation, as of a role or a piece of music.


FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Lizbet Martínez, the Cuban rafter girl who warmed the hearts of U.S. Coast Guard officers and many others across the nation 20 years ago with her rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, still has the violin that made her famous.
The Miami Herald -- 09/01/2014