Kids Voting Durham interns
Kids Voting Durham is looking for young people ages 14 to 24 who’d like to volunteer this summer as youth interns. They’ll develop their outreach, writing, technical, design, and other skills while participating virtually with support from Kids Voting staff. They’ll also learn how Kids Voting Durham election guides, civic-education materials, and other projects are put together and will work on upcoming editions. Each volunteer will be asked to put in from 10 to 25 hours per week from Monday, June 21 to Friday, July 30 (dates are actually flexible). Apply for a position and include a personalized letter of recommendation; write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-560-7321 if you have any questions, and click here to apply.
Free STEM/coding workshop
Knox St Studios will host a STEM Exploration Playhouse and Coding Workshop at the american underground @Main (201 W Main St) on Saturday, May 8, 11am–5pm. Middle school and high school students are invited to learn about coding and web design (STEM = science, technology, engineering, math) by attending two workshops. The May 8 event is free, and the May 17–24 Web Design & Development series of workshops will cost $300. Click here for more info and to sign up for either offering.
DPS is hiring
Durham Public Schools (511 Cleveland St, 919-560-2000) is looking to hire bus drivers, bus monitors, custodians (full-time and part-time), school nutrition staff, before- and after-school staff, and substitute teachers. Starting pay is $15 per hour, and you can actually search for vacancies by school. Click here for more info and to get the ball rolling.
A fresh welcome
Eleven-year-old Merrick Moore Elementary School student Jabre “JJ” Green just released his first hit, “Six Feet” to welcome his schoolmates back to in-person learning.
DPS Family Academy
Durham Public Schools’ Family Academy helps parents, grandparents, etc keep up with technology and learn other tips and tricks for guiding their children to success. The online workshops are free and offered in English and Spanish. Here’s the full schedule; click here to attend the workshops.
Writer and writing coach Beverly Mahone invites middle- and high school students who want help with building their vocabularies by joining her Word Up program on her Communicate with Beverly Facebook page.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host a Box Turtle Science Natural Sciences Classroom program on Tuesday, May 11, 11–11:45am. Students from kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to learn how the Eastern box turtle (North Carolina’s state reptile) was able to adapt to living on land. Click here to register and attend this free online event.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host a Flower Power! Natural Sciences Classroom program on Tuesday, May 18, 11–11:45am. Students from kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to take a flower from outside, learn how to carefully take it apart, and identify all of the parts. They’ll also use their artistic skills so they can learn how to document what they find for future study. Click here to register and attend this free online event.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host a Creatures of the Pond Natural Sciences Classroom program on Tuesday, May 25, 11–11:45am. Students from kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to find out what critters live above and beneath the water in the Prairie Ridge Ecostation’s freshwater pond. Click here to register and attend this free online event.
DPS Family Academy webinar replays
If you missed any of the Durham public Schools Family Academy online workshops, you can always visit the page that houses them. Click on the logo below to go to the webinar page and watch as many videos as you like (in English and Spanish).
Teach at Home / Enseña desde Casa
Google, in partnership with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), and the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, presents Teach at Home, a comprehensive educational resource for those looking for tools and tips for keeping kids interested in learning. There are three categories: Teachers, Schools, and Families, and each offers tools for teaching. Learn how to use livestreaming and video calls to hold classes; how to use Socratic, a learning app for students on the high school and college/university levels; how to identify learning resources for young people with disabilities, and lots more. There is an incredible amount of ideas, resources, and solutions for at-home learning. Click here to get started; Click here to view the Enseña desde Casa website in Spanish.
NCLearn @ Home
NCLearn @ Home is a gathering place put together by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that taps into the expertise and programming of local museums and educational organizations. Teachers, families, and students are invited to explore the website and dive into the lessons and programming offered by the State Library, State Archive Collections, NC Museum of Art, NC Museum of History, NC Symphony, NC Zoo, and more. Click here to get started.
After a summer break, this popular podcast returns in September. Get loads of information on various school-related topics by listening to the Center for Family Engagement’s podcast, “Notes from the Backpack.” Click here for more info and to see a list of podcasts to choose from.