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March is Women’s History Month, a time to commemorate the historic achievements and contributions of women in the United States and around the world. To help bring the celebration to your classroom, NBC Learn has curated a special playlist featuring past and present female trailblazers. In this month’s newsletter, we’re also highlighting stories to help teach your students about the human water cycle, to reassure them that spring is right around the corner, and to inspire them with examples of people working together for positive change.


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Women's History Month

Did you know that Women’s History Month has its origins in a 1978 weeklong celebration of women organized by the school district of Sonoma, California? The idea caught on quickly and in 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week. A few years later, in 1987, Congress expanded the week to a full month and the rest, as they say, is women’s history.

To help you celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8th), NBC Learn has assembled a special playlist to highlight some of the most influential female figures from days past and present, such as Harriet Tubman, Hillary Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor, and Malala Yousafzai. We hope you enjoy sharing these excellent resources with your students throughout the month. 

Human Water Cycle

March 22nd is World Water Day, a perfect opportunity to explore NBC Learn’s new original collection, “Human Water Cycle.” Produced in partnership with the National Science Foundation, this series looks at four scientists who are studying the vital connections between water, food and energy in the human water cycle to help develop new, sustainable ways of meeting our water needs.   

Spring Flowers

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed this Saturday, March 11th. The annual ritual of daylight savings may be controversial and a potential health risk (K12 / HE), but it’s also a bright reminder that spring is just around the corner. With the days growing longer and flowers starting to poke through the ground, you and your students will enjoy “The Chemistry of Flowers,” an NBC Learn original story from the “Chemistry NOW” collection that explains the basic role of pigment molecules in producing what humans see as color in flowers.

Parent Toolkit

Calling All Early Childhood Educators!

Join Education Nation and Parent Toolkit experts for March’s #ToolkitTalk Twitter chat focusing on early childhood development. Pre-K teacher Anne Morrison and education consultant Rae Pica will tackle the question “Is earlier really better?” in addition to answering questions from the audience. Lend your expertise and your opinions as a teacher or parent. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 21st at 7pm ET and join the conversation with the tag #ToolkitTalk. Looking for more on early childhood? Visit Parent Toolkit’s Pre-K, Kindergarten, or 1st grade pages for information and tips on education, health and social-emotional development.

Making a Difference

Fifth-grader Lena Draper knew one thing for sure about her local police… they were there to help. In fact, she had kept a t-shirt given to her by a local officer that promoted their community outreach program. So when Lena had a math homework assignment she could not solve, she reached out to her local police station on Facebook messenger. Watch this heartwarming and humorous story unravel, and remind your class that not only are police there to help the community, but also that adults have teachable moments as well!

Making a Difference

If you enjoy inspiring stories about the many ways friends, families and communities are coming together across America to help each other, we invite you to search NBC Learn with the term, “Making a Difference.” Over the years, we’ve added nearly 450 stories from the ongoing NBC Nightly News series by that title that looks at the many ways Americans are making a difference in each other’s lives.

Subscriber Spotlights

This month’s subscriber spotlights feature Chanda Bloom, a world cultures teacher at Hereford Middle School in Monkton, Maryland, and Jane El-Yacoubi, a political science professor at Strayer University. NBC Learn observed one of Bloom’s recent classes as she started a new unit on Europe. In this month’s K-12 profile, read how she seamlessly incorporated NBC Learn resources throughout the lesson to prompt her students’ exploration of the continent. El-Yacoubi teaches both online and in-person classes at Strayer. In this month’s Higher Ed profile, she discusses how she uses NBC Learn stories in different ways, depending on the educational setting. 

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!

Want to read more Subscriber Spotlights? On the Home page of NBC Learn K-12 or NBC Learn Higher Ed, look under the heading NBC Learn in the Classroom.

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