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This month, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day with original and archival content that will help your students consider the importance of conservation and caring for the environment. Alas, with a nod to T.S. Eliot, April does have its cruel moments, too. Perhaps the cruelest falls on April 15th, Tax Day. We help you take a deep dive into the history of taxation in America, as we share a specially curated playlist to mark the annual occasion. And last, but certainly not least, we highlight an amazing behind the scenes tour of the iconic Crayola crayon factory.


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Earth Day

Join NBC Learn in going green on April 22, when the world will celebrate its 47th annual Earth Day. Be inspired by former New York City Mayor John Lindsay, as he is interviewed in 1970, and explains the significance of the world’s first Earth Day (K12 | HE). While he provides a positive outlook on the impact cities can have on the future wellbeing of our planet, we challenge educators to ask their classes, “Are today’s goals to clean up the Earth as ambitious as they were in 1970?”

Also, Arbor Day is April 28! This mass celebration of trees calls for the world’s people to not only share their enthusiasm for our green giants, but also for individuals to plant and care for a tree of their own. To learn more about the crucial role trees plays in keeping our planet healthy, check out our original story, “Changing Planet: Survival of Trees.” 

Tax Day

In honor of Tax Day on April 15th, NBC Learn has mined through the archives to explore the history of taxation in America. This specially curated playlist covers some of our more infamous taxing moments, such as the British taxation of the American colonies that would contribute to the American Revolution, as well as more recent issues, such as complaints by residents in Washington, D.C. that they are still subject to "Taxation Without Representation." Unlike most of what we associate with the pain of Tax Day, these tax events are momentous, thrilling, and in some cases even uplifting!   

Crayola Business

Follow TODAY Show correspondent Sheinelle Jones to the Crayola Factory in Easton, Pennsylvania, where we learn about the process that Crayola takes to produce over 3-billion crayons a year, and where the names of Crayola’s 120 colors come from. This fun and entertaining story provides insight into what makes a Crayola crayon the third-most recognizable smell in the world.

Parent Toolkit

Prom Season? Time to Talk About Alcohol.

Whether you’re a parent, educator, or both, April is a great time to talk with students about drinking. Join @EducationNation on Twitter Tuesday, April 18th to get tips and ideas for how to start those conversations, what to say during it, and more. If you have a strategy that works well with your students, join and share your knowledge! Log on to Twitter at 7pmET and follow the hashtag #ToolkitTalk for the full conversation.

Subscriber Spotlights

This month’s subscriber spotlights feature Tracy Tromm, a science teacher at Havana Junior High School in Havana, Illinois, and Sharon Frey, an educational psychologist at East Mississippi Community College. Find out how Tracy is using NBC Learn’s original “Cheeseburger Chemistry” collection to teach her students about reactions and compounds. In this month’s Higher Ed profile, read how Sharon is using NBC Learn to explore the full progression of human life in her Human Growth and Development course. 

How are you using NBC Learn as a teaching and learning resource? E-mail us at with examples of NBC Learn videos that especially engaged your students or summaries of your lessons.  We may feature you in a future K-12 or Higher Ed Subscriber Spotlight!

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