Tool to Build Meaningful Connections Between Teachers and Students
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative brings together educators, researchers, and product developers to build tools for educators that enable them to differentiate learning experiences equitably and foster strong connections with their students. One of these tools is the AlongTeacher–Student Connection Builder that helps teachers develop meaningful connections with their students so that every student feels seen and known.
Designed in response to educators’ needs, and with support of researchers and practitioners, Along lets teachers and students check in, one on one, via quick videos, audio, or text messages, enabling students to open up about who they are and what is really on their minds, away from the pressures of their peers. Along is provided at nocost by Gradient Learning, a nonprofit organization founded and led by educators.
Genially is, at its core, a slide presentation tool, and although many such tools are available, this one stands out by making its creations interactive. Rather than flipping through a slideshow, students become more engaged with the content, so they are actively learning as they progress through the presentation.
Kami is a digital classroom space that teachers and students can use to access resources, create and submit projects, and more. Everything is cloud-based and integrates with other platforms to allow for access across devices and locations.
For nearly 40 years, the National Science Foundation, on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, has honored STEM teachers nationwide for both their deep content knowledge and their ability to motivate students. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government for K–12 STEM educators in public, private, and charter schools. PAEMSTawardees, of which there are up to two per state and jurisdiction honored each year, receive a certificate signed by the President; a $10,000 award; a paid trip to Washington, DC; and access to a nationwide cadre of award-winning teachers.
The award alternates yearly between K–6 and 7–12 grades. This Academic Year 2022–2023, members of the public can nominate a teacher at the 7–12 level. Teachers may also directly apply themselves. Nominations are due by January 9, 2023, and applications are due by February 6, 2023. Learn more at www.paemst.org.