2024 Webinars and workshops

There is no charge for these events, but registration is required.

Webinar Archive

Brown v. Board of Education teacher webinar

Teacher webinar commemorating the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. To access the teacher materials, go to Click on Social Studies under the Curriculum Supplements tab and scrolled down to the publication Separate ≠ Equal: Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education.

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) / Genocide in the 20th & 21st centuries public webinar

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) 2023 is April 18. This webinar, open to the general public, will use NIE’s new curriculum supplement, Genocide in the 20th & 21st Centuries, to explore how individuals, groups and societies can take action to address the root causes of violence and conflict, such as hatred, intolerance, racism and discrimination.

Water Source Protection

This webinar features 2022 NIE Teacher of the Year Runner-Up and SWFWMD SPLASH Grant recipient Rachel Kingdom, who teaches Environmental Science at Central High School in Hernando County. The focus of this webinar is on teaching water conservation.

Genocide in the 20th & 21st centuries public webinar

This webinar, open to the general public, will use NIE’s new curriculum supplement, Genocide in the 20th & 21st Centuries, to examine the cultural, religious, societal, historical, economic and political factors that lead to genocide.

Native Plants and the classroom

An expert in Florida Native Plants, Dr. Shirley Denton, with the Florida Native Plant Society, has four college degrees including a PhD from the University of Michigan in Natural Resources with a focus on applied plant ecology. She came to Florida in 1986 for a Post-doctoral fellowship at the Archbold Biological Station where she gained a lot of respect for the hardy, and often rare, plants that call Florida’s ancient scrubs home. Denton has worked for a series of environmental consulting firms. Her specialties are native plant research, surveys of rare plants and land management planning. She became known for her work on wetlands. In addition to her work with the Florida Native Plant Society and Tampa Bay Sierra Club, Denton is a gardener. She says, “My home landscaping has focused on native plants since 1998 when I acquired my current home. I live where I depend on a well, so my landscape is also focused on water conservation (I do not water any established planting areas), and a maintain a “freedom lawn.”

Celebrate Freedom webinar

Each year during Celebrate Freedom Week, students in Florida, Texas, and a number of other states are expected to recite a key passage from the Declaration of Independence and to spend time studying this important document. The curriculum supplement Celebrate Freedom carefully examines this key passage, helping students better understand its meaning and why it is still important today. Join Jodi Pushkin, manager and curriculum writer for the Times NIE program and William Mattox, Director, Marshall Center for Educational Options at The James Madison Institute for a webinar focusing on this publication, American Founders’ Month, Constitution Day and Celebrate Freedom Week. In addition to focusing on the content of the publication, we also will provide lesson ideas using the newspaper and other forms of informational text in the classroom.

Water Matters webinar

To conserve water means to use it wisely and to not be wasteful. Water conservation is important to meet our current and future water needs as humans, as well as the needs of plants, animals and the environment! In west-central Florida, more than 90 percent of our freshwater supply comes from groundwater, most commonly the Floridan Aquifer.

Feature writing in the classroom

Over the last 30 years, DeGregory has written more than 3,000 stories. She came to the Times in 2000 and has followed a feral child who was adopted, a girl whose dad dropped her off a bridge and a dying boy waiting for his miracle. She has won dozens of national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. A listener, a writer, and a podcaster, DeGregory will speak about her special features, tips for teaching writing and her podcast. DeGregory, says “I love embedding in strangers’ lives and sharing their stories. When I was 6 years old, growing up in D.C. during the Watergate scandal, I told my parents I was going to be a journalist. I was editor of the newspaper at the University of Virginia, then worked in newsrooms across the East Coast.”