Contact: Crystal Germond
Are we doing enough to ensure students understand how to protect the planet? Today TIME For Kids and Austin-based education company PenPal Schools announce the launch of an initiative designed to help students learn how to explore environmental issues. Students will connect and collaborate with peers globally while learning about topics like the disappearance of the Great Barrier Reef and efforts to save rhinos in South Africa. They will also learn about leading activists and young people from around the world and explore ways that they can address environmental issues in their own communities.
“For the past 21 years, TIME For Kids has brought the world to U.S. students. We are thrilled that now, in collaboration with PenPal Schools, we will be able to connect American students with peers in other communities and around the world,” says TIME For Kids editor Nellie Gonzalez Cutler. “We hope that by making personal connections, students will not only learn about each other but also gain a deeper understanding of a topic that affects us all—the environment.”
PenPal Schools has matched over 100,000 students in more than 170 countries to share their experiences and learn with others from different cultures and backgrounds: “We at PenPal Schools are thrilled to offer our students and teachers this new course to learn and share perspectives on environmental issues,” says Joe Troyen, founder of PenPal Schools. “The environmental challenges that we face are global, and will take decades to address, so it’s crucial that we inspire the next generation of leaders to learn and collaborate on new solutions.” The innovative platform enables students to practice their reading, writing, technology and collaboration skills in addition to reflecting and communicating with peers from diverse perspectives. “Our new course not only explores human impact on the environment,” says PenPal Schools’ Mark Danforth, head of Learning and Student Achievement. “It also challenges young people to discover ways to advocate for the environment in their own communities.”
Protecting the Planet is open to students ages 8 and up. Students and their pen pals will learn about and reflect on a different topic each week for six weeks. The course is available at multiple difficulty levels and is aligned with academic standards (including the Common Core). Teachers are invited to try a demo and enroll students directly in this initiative at penpalschools.com/courses/protecting-the-planet.
About TIME FOR KIDS
TIME For Kids and TIME Edge are trusted leaders in education resources for teachers, students, and parents. TIME For Kids, for grades K through 6, and TIME Edge, for middle school, deliver authentic content that covers a wide range of real-world topics with multimedia tools that align with the Common Core State Standards. With content that is easily integrated across many curriculums, including social studies, science, and math, TIME For Kids and TIME Edge help build reading and writing skills, creating lifelong readers and informed citizens. TIME For Kids and TIME Edge are divisions of Time Inc. For more information, visit timeforkids.com and TIMEEdge.com. Website: timeforkids.com Twitter: @timeforkids
About PenPal Schools
PenPal Schools connects over 100,000 students more than 170 countries to learn together. PenPals ages 9 and up collaborate through high-quality online courses to discover other cultures and learn about global challenges while practicing essential reading and writing skills. PenPal Schools has won multiple international awards and was recognized by the President of the United States as one of the world’s leading social enterprises. Website: penpalschools.com. Twitter: @PenPalSchool