Curriki … Thanks for Being a Teacher’s Best Friend

By Lani deGuia, Guest Blogger and Curriki Member

The holiday season and the end of 2016 is a perfect time for reflecting on all things we are thankful for. We are reminded of those who are there for us all year, whom we call best friends. For many teachers, students, homeschoolers, parents, and education professionals around the world, Curriki has been a best friend – a constant, valuable resource to lean on.

If you haven’t discovered it yet, I’d like to share how Curriki strives to be a teacher’s best friend!

Trustworthy Instructional Resources

Teacher and studentsCurriki hosts an open-source library of instructional resources that you can rely on. Curriculum units, lesson plans, worksheets, graphic organizers, videos, simulations, reference materials and more are plentiful. They cover grade levels K-12 and higher education. Subject areas span from the arts and core subjects like math, science, language arts, and social studies, to career and technical education and foreign languages. Educators from around the world are constantly uploading new resources to share, plus, many resources come from esteemed educational partners and sponsors such as Khan Academy, the National Constitution Center and Oracle Academy.

“Read Your Mind” Search Results

Best friends know what you are thinking and what you need. With Curriki, you can search by keyword, subject, grade level or instructional material type to get relevant resources you can use in the classroom or your homeschool.

Generously FREE Open Resources

Money is never an issue with your best friend. Curriki offers a library of over 83,000 instructional resources that are completely free. It is free to become a member and no charge to view, download, and share resources. The library of resources is constantly evolving.  In addition, Curriki has curated collections specifically designed to align with standards and high-need content areas.

Community Ready To Listen, Dialogue, Collaborate

In addition to a vast resource library, Curriki consists of a community of nearly 500,000 members from around the entire globe, sharing instructional materials with each other and collaborating in groups. You can connect with colleagues within your own schools, community or across the world.

Help Whenever You Need It

Curriki is quicker than a phone call away. Scrambling for a supplemental resource to help differentiate instruction or address a content need? Pull up Curriki on your phone, tablet, computer or anywhere you have internet access! Why reinvent the wheel when someone else is willing to share?

Keeps You Organized

We’ve all needed our best friend to keep our heads on straight. Curriki isn’t just a place where you can search for materials. — you can also save and organize resources in your own personal library and even share it with colleagues!

Encourages You to Help Others

By being a member of Curriki and sharing resources, you help global education for all. Many educators around the world don’t have the time and resources as you do. Likewise, you may benefit from the shared resources of others. The education profession is a juggling act. Curriki offers the chance to leverage the playing field and collaborate so we can maximize our time and accomplish all that we can for our students.

Join the Community

For more information on becoming a Curriki partner, please email Partners@curriki.org or visit Curriki.org.


LaniLani deGuia is a Norfolk, VA-based Educational Consultant with experience writing and developing curriculum and managing school technology.

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Habla Español? Curriki que sirve ahora

By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

Curriki' Spanish website

Curriki’s Spanish website

In response to growing interest in Open Educational Resources by educators, parents and student who speak Spanish, Curriki has created a Spanish-language version of its website.

The new, BETA Spanish-language Curriki site recently went live, and you can access it by simply clicking on the “Español” link on the upper right of the Curriki.org homepage, or by going directly to www.curriki.org/es/.  You’ll discover a collection of hundreds of Spanish-language OER resources in   language arts, mathematicsscience,  social studies and history and even more in English: writing, computer science, engineering!

It’s a great start, but Curriki needs to expand the library with more Spanish-language resources. We are encouraging educators and homeschoolers who teach in Spanish to upload your curricula and share what works for you.

At its heart, Curriki is about ensuring that all children—no matter where they come from, where they live or what language they speak—receive a world-class education, which means access to the Curriki OER Library is critical to their success as students. Offering Spanish-language curricula through Curriki is a good step toward providing teachers, schools and parents the support they need to reach every child and for students to access resources in their native language.

How You Can Contribute

  1. Become a Volunteer Translator!Currently, there are 377 resources written in Spanish in the Library, and we are asking the Curriki community to lend their services to help translate its more than 84,000 teaching and learning resources from English to Spanish. If you are fluent in English and Spanish and familiar with education resources, or you can refer someone to us, please contact jpinto@curriki.org
  2. Contribute Your Spanish Teaching and Learning Materials!Educators are encouraged to contribute their lessons, videos, activities, assessments, ebooks, curriculum, units, worksheets, and more to the Curriki Library. Contributors must first join Curriki (it is free) and login to the site.

Please check out the site and send us feedback.  

We also have a survey we would love for you to take,  here


Por Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

En respuesta por crecer el interés en Recursos Abiertos de Educación por los maestros, padres y estudiantes que hablan español, Curriki ha creado una versión de lenguaje en español de su sitio web.

La nueva versión BETA del sitio Curriki en lenguaje español acaba de abrirse para todos, y para entrar simplemente de un click en el link de “Español” en la esquina derecha del sitio Curriki.org en la página de inicio, o yendo directo a www.curriki.org/es/. Encontrará una colección de miles de recursos OER en lenguaje español en artes del lenguaje, matemáticas, ciencia, estudios sociales e historia, y ¡de igual manera en inglés: escritura, ciencia de la computadora e ingeniería!

Es un gran comienzo, pero Curruki necesita expandir su biblioteca con más recursos en lenguaje español. Estamos retando a los papas que dan escuela en casa que enseñan en español para que suban más recursos en español que nos sirvan como recurso para ellos.

Curriki quiere asegurarse que todos los niños de donde quiera que vengan, en donde quiera que vivan o en que lenguaje hablen, reciban una educación mundial adecuada, eso significa que tengan acceso a la librería de Curriki OER es crítico para el éxito de los estudiantes. Ofrecer este tipo de recursos en lenguaje español es un gran paso para proveer a todos los maestros, escuelas y padres que necesiten de este soporte para criar y enseñar a sus hijos o estudiantes en su lenguaje nativo.

¿Cómo puedo contribuir?

  1. ¡Conviértete en un traductor voluntario!: Actualmente, hay 377 recursos escritos en español en la biblioteca, y estamos preguntando a la comunidad de Curriki para pedir su ayuda y traducir sus más de 84,000 recursos para enseñar y aprender del inglés al español. Si usted puede traducir de inglés a español o sabe de alguien que lo pueda hacer, háganoslo saber, por favor. Contáctenos al correo jpinto@curriki.org
  2. ¡Puede contribuir con sus materiales de enseñanza y aprendizaje de lenguaje español!: Estamos invitando a los educadores para que contribuyan con sus lecciones, videos, actividades, asentamientos, libros en línea, currículums, unidades, hojas de trabajo y más en la biblioteca de Curriki. Los contribuyentes primero se tienen que unir al sitio Curriki (es gratis) y entrar al sitio.

Por favor, cheque el sitio y envíenos un mensaje de vuelta:

http://curriki.org/es/acercade-curriki/contact-us/.

¡De igual manera tenemos recursos que le podrían ayudar aquí!:

https://www.recursomono.com/r/EspanolCurriki


Kim JonesKim Jones is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Curriki. Kim is active in driving policy initiatives and is regularly featured as an honorary speaker on the impact of technology in education at influential meetings around the world. Learn more at Curriki.org.

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Curriki Unveils New Personalized Services

By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

OER logoCurriki has created a new array of custom services to give educators direct and personalized access to its high-quality curriculum resources on your school’s own website.

I’m really excited about these tools, because they will make a huge difference for educators by putting Curriki’s curriculum directly into their hands so much more conveniently than before! But the real beneficiaries will be your students, who will have more direct access to Curriki’s wealth of high-quality educational materials.

Here’s what we are offering:

Customized OER Collections

Curriki’s Custom OER Collection Curation team, comprised of curriculum development and subject matter experts, now offers the ability to curate vetted Open Educational Resources into customized collections tailored to meet the needs of any organization. Curriki can even develop Sponsored Collections with the branding of its educational partners, providing personalized, collaborative instructional materials that empower teachers to make a greater impact on student success. Learn more or email partners@curriki.org.

Custom Search Widget

With the Curriki Custom Search widget, organizations can add a Curriki Advanced Search box to their Learning Management System (LMS) or school support site to make it easy for staff to find high quality Open Educational Resources in the Curriki library without leaving their school website. Learn more or email api@curriki.org.

Search API

Curriki-logoCurriki is now offering a Search API (Application Program Interface) that can be integrated into any organization’s application to search Curriki’s library of open educational resources (OER). Searches can be conducted by text-based query, type, subject, subject category, grade level, review rating or standard. To learn more about Curriki’s API, visit www.curriki.org or email api@curriki.org.

Curriki, a 2016 SIIA CODiE Award finalist, hosts a free library of 83,000+ educator-vetted learning materials in all K-12 subject areas and in many formats—from individual lesson plans, instructional videos and units, to games and simulations. All content contributed by educators and select partners is available to others for use, adapt and share at no cost. In addition, Curriki curates resources into course-sequenced, standards-aligned units to enable educators to easily find materials. Curriki recently released a new High School Physics Collection.

The mission of Curriki, a nonprofit organization, is to eliminate the gap between those who have access to high-quality education and those who do not. Its online community of educators, learners and committed education experts works together to create quality materials that benefit teachers, parents and students globally. A Computerworld Honors Laureate for 2012, Curriki was selected as the 21st Century Achievement Award winner for Digital Access. With more than 470,000 members and 83,000+ learning assets, Curriki has reached nearly 12 million users worldwide. Join today at www.curriki.org.


Kim Jones is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Curriki.Kim Jones is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Curriki. Kim is active in driving policy initiatives and is regularly featured as an honorary speaker on the impact of technology in education at influential meetings around the world.

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Back to School Time for Teachers

By Janet Pinto
Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki

back to school boardDepending on where you live, back-to-school is either here or coming up very soon. But no matter which it is, August is the time to start thinking about the upcoming school year and forming your strategy for making the most of it.

Fall beckons as a fresh start for both teachers and students. A clean slate. A new classroom full of students to inform and inspire. It’s a huge responsibility. How will you do it?

Back to School Checklist

I found a terrific Back-to-School Checklist for Educators at fueling-education.com. Its tips include:

  • Putting relationships first
  • Being patient, especially during the transition from summer to school year
  • Creating a solid foundation for the year, and then
  • Writing the story of the rest of the year, realizing there will be a new cast of characters and challenges to explore. “Be inspired by the story you are writing!” it says.

Planning the Year

teacher and studentsScholastic.com has a Back-to-School Planning Guide for teachers that includes tips for organizing your classroom, planning your year, accessing online activities (such as those Curriki offers), and creating a caring, emotionally safe classroom.

Breaking the Ice

But before you can start learning, you need to spend a little time getting your students to feel comfortable in the classroom. Here are a few icebreakers that rock, from Cult of Pedagogy.

Find more back-to-school resources for school leaders at Edutopia.com.

Share Your Ideas

What has worked for you? What are your favorite resources for getting the school year off to a strong start? Please share them here!


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Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, leads and manages all of Curriki’s content development, user experience, and academic direction. Learn more at Curriki.org.

Avoiding Summer Slide and Keeping Summer Learning Fun

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By Guest Blogger and Curriki Member Lani deGuia

Summertime is the perfect time for students to relax, hit the reset button, and enjoy long days of fun. That doesn’t mean that learning has to stop or that learning can’t be fun during the summer.  Some children may crave continued learning and some may not. However, it is for certain that children do not like to be bored. There may be downtime on road trips, plane rides, at the sitter, or during a heavy thunderstorm. Opportune chances can fill summer days for both experiential and academic learning, keeping students’ skills sharp and ready for school in the fall!  Here are some great resources for capitalizing on summer free time!

Preparing for Kindergarten

Summer is a great time for preschool students to solidify their skills before they enter the kindergarten classroom. Curriki member Sandy Gade has a collection of games from Duckie Deck that covers every pre-kindergarten topic including numbers, seasons, animals, ecology, and crafts.

Parents can also help young students through guided activities.  The following are from ReadWriteLearn and help students develop literacy and numeracy skills.

You can also help your child with communication with Family Learning Phonics Games. The site includes various activities to improve speech, pronunciation, articulation, and more.

Get Children Reading!

The International Reading Association Children’s Book Choice provides a reading list each year for K-12 students. WeAreTeachers also provides a great list echoing what children in grades 9-12 may be reading during the school year.

Learn Math Through Gaming

ABC MouseFor elementary school students, ABC Mouse Math Games  has a Pinterest board of activities to do at home.  These activities use simple materials found around the house and cover a wide range of concepts including shape sorting, number sense, money, arithmetic, and patterns. 56 Great Math Websites offers great resources for online math activities and games.  It even includes Manga Math, for those kids especially interested in Japanese animation.  The Money Games collection  includes links to online activities for practicing knowledge of currency and counting money.

Some additional math game websites include:

For students interested in interactive math and a more complex challenge, MathBreakers is a Common Core aligned role-playing. Students will investigate math concepts through a 3D virtual world. Scratch from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a free online platform where students can apply coding to create interactive games.

Make Time to Explore STEM

Code Fred: Survival Mode is an educational game that teaches about the human body systems.  It actually gives users the opportunity to jump inside a human body system to see how basic physiological processes work and help the body to survive.

See Social Studies in a Different Way

Mission US provides an interactive experience in learning history.  Users are engaged in transformational moments in American history through role-playing, all to encourage understanding of multiple perspectives, problem-solving, and judging evidence.

Meet me at the cornerMeet Me at the Corner is a series of video podcasts that provide virtual field trips on fun topics such as juggling, homing pidgeons, and puppeteering. Each episode includes a questions and activities.

Encourage the Use of Educational Apps

Just because your child has a mobile device doesn’t mean their apps can’t be a source of learning.  Curriki has several vast collections of apps that can keep skills sharp and help students explore their favorite concepts. Use these resources to help filter out amazing apps from those that don’t provide much of a quality learning experience.

  • Educational Apps collection:  This collection is categorized by both grade level and subject area (including Home Economics and Band/Choir).
  • iPad Apps for ELLs: If your child is learning English as a second language, don’t let the summer be a setback for all that was learned in the previous school year. Curriki Member Lisa Buccigrosse shares a detailed list of iOS apps effective in boosting language skills for ELL students.

Make summer a time for experiences, fun, and continued learning. Keep your child’s thinking skills sharp and ready for the fall!

Extension Projects for the Middle School Math

LaniBy Guest Blogger and Curriki Member Lani deGuia

The months before summer break often fall into the similar pattern of finishing up the year’s curriculum, preparing for standardized testing, and trying to keep students engaged through to the last day of school. These may appear as three separate feats, but it can be effective to develop activities that address all three at once. Here are several lessons and projects that involve collaborative learning and critical thinking. They can help with reviewing past material, applying curriculum to real-world problems, and maintaining student interest.

Capitalize on What Students Are Focused On

Why not start with what students may already be thinking about? Summer vacation. Planning a family road trip http://www.curriki.org/oer/Planning-a-Family-Road-Trip–Ratios-and-Proportions-in-Real-Life/ can be an effective scenario to practice applications of ratios and proportions. A weekend vacation project http://www.curriki.org/oer/Weekend-Vacation-Project/ can teach students about the finance concerns of a small trip and teach about staying within a budget.

Provide Activities Tied to the Real WorldHas the economy had an impact on your classroom?

Sometimes students will understand the applications and purpose of math concepts when they are connected to real world experiences. The Museum Exhibit Project http://www.curriki.org/oer/Museum-Exhibit-Project–A-3-Dimensional-Outcome-to-Research-Activitites-41917/ gives students the opportunity for alternative research in curating inclusions for a museum exhibit. They’ll further use Google Sketchup to create a 3 dimensional representation of the exhibit based off of their understanding of geometry. Architectural Planning with Pythagoras http://www.curriki.org/oer/Architectural-Planning-with-Pythagoras-63614 will have students utilize their knowledge of the Pythagorean Theorem to help design a shelter for survival on a deserted island. In Real World Percentages: How Much Will It Take? http://www.curriki.org/oer/Percentages-Project/, students will get to examine the reality of having an income in the future and how it will influence the purchase of a car, the cost of a home, furnishing a home, etc. In Farmer’s Market http://www.curriki.org/oer/Unit-1-Project-Farmer’s-Market, students will relate business costs to algebraic expressions.

fractionsTurn Abstract Concepts into Creative Endeavors

The Cereal Project Lesson Plan http://www.curriki.org/oer/Cereal-Box-Project-Lesson-Plan-48182/ allows students to use their creativity to custom “design” their own cereal while applying fractions, ratios, and percentages. The Four Fours Project http://www.curriki.org/oer/Four-Fours-Project-Lesson-Plan-48168/ teaches students the order of operations through art design. Divide and Conquer—Warm Up, Searching for the token http://www.curriki.org/oer/Google-Divide-and-Conquer—Warm-Up-Searching-for-the-token engages students in a ‘divide-and-conquer’ strategy to solve the mystery of “stolen crystals” using decomposition to break the problem into smaller problems and algorithmic design to plan a solution strategy.

Don’t Forget About the Olympics This Summer

Proportional Reasoning: Lesson on Your Mark http://www.curriki.org/oer/Proportional-Reasoning-Lesson-On-Your-Mark/ will get students thinking about whether Olympic distant runners should run distances based on their personal heights. Unit 4 Project: Olympics http://www.curriki.org/oer/Unit-4-Project-Olympics/ gets students to apply algebraic expressions, inequalities, and systems of equations to sports.

However you need to close out the school year, remember it is possible to ensure you still provide valuable, interesting, and worthwhile instruction for all.

 

10 Most Popular Curriki Learning Resources

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki janetpic_preferred_cropped

We’re already a quarter into the new calendar year, so we’d like to kick it off with a collection of our most popular learning resources this school year. As always, these high quality resources are free to use, share and customize, so you definitely should take a look at! Counting down from number 10…

10) Tuck Everlasting Novel Study

This resource provides an excellent 25 day unit on the novel Tuck Everlasting. With an emphasis on questioning, particularly question-answer relationships, the novel study materials guide students to develop critical thinking skills. All materials like question cards, game instructions, graphic organizers, rubrics, templates for character development, vocabulary development, etc., are included in this thorough, comprehensive, highly usable resource.

Tuck Everlasting Novel Study

9) Curriki Geometry Teacher View

A Collection of various lesson plans including: Selling Geometry, Designing a Winner, What is your angle, Pythagoras?, TED Talk: House of the Future, The Art of Triangles, How random is my life?

All of the lesson plans provide detailed instructions on how to run the lesson making it a great resource for teachers and instructors.

Curriki Geometry Teacher View

8) Differentiating Between Different Types of Conflict Collection

This lesson is part of a larger unit on the Great Depression. In this unit, students will be focusing on determining importance; summarizing; making predictions; recognizing plot structure; and identifying flashbacks, foreshadowing and setting. Wherever possible, mini-lesson texts relate to American life in the 1930s, and all students will be reading literature circle novels set during this time period in American history.

In today’s lesson, students will practice differentiating between different kinds of conflict.

Inside, you will find a detailed lesson plan, a student worksheet, two overhead transparencies for use with the lesson, and exit slips to asses student mastery of today’s objective.

This resource is part of the Great Depression Unit collection.

Differentiating Between Different Types of Conflict Collection

7) Word Search Games & Other Fun English Language Activities

This web site is for people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL). There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities.

Word Search Games & Other Fun English Language Activities

6) Oracle Academy Java Using Alice

This workshop engages students with little or no programming experience to learn basic Java programming concepts. Participants use Carnegie Mellon’s Alice* platform to do something fun – create animated stories, movies and games.

Getting Started with Java Using Alice

5) Teaching Fractions Collection

This highly-rated collection of resources includes videos and lessons for teaching fractions.

Teaching Fractions Collection

4) Free High School Science Texts Collection

This 154-page document contains Earth Science course curriculum for grades 9 – 10. The collection has been prepared from resources contributed by teachers and partner educational organizations on Curriki, an online community for creating and sharing open source curricula.

Free High School Science Texts Collection

3) Rob Lucas Developing Biology

This collection contains a wide variety of activities, labs, slide shows and worksheets on the topics of Cells, Cellular Transport, DNA, Photosynthesis & Respiration, Mitosis & Meiosis, Genetics, Evolution, and Classification. Much of the material is suitable for both middle school and high school students, although some of the pieces (such as the Photosynthesis PowerPoint presentation) have complex material better suited for more advanced biology classes.

Rob Lucas Developing Biology

2) Khan Academy Science – Physics

This collection contains about 100 videos, covering all topics in a complete high school or college course in Physics. Many of the videos demonstrate solutions to sample problems. This is excellent primary material for long distance learning, or rich supplementary material for any physics course.

Khan Academy Science – Physics

1) Rob Lucas Grammar Collection

Always in our top 10 resources, this grammar collection is an extremely rich resource offering a complete unit on teaching grammar in a fun way. The content is correct, thorough and appropriate. Inclusion of a version of Mad Libs and a collaborative group project/presentation offers as much creativity for teaching grammar as possible. A humorous poem in worksheet form makes the lesson engaging and interesting. A scoring guide for the presentation makes the unit meaningful and understandable to students. The unit uses many various strategies to enhance the content.

Rob Lucas Grammar Collection

If you have a favorite Curriki resouce, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you

 

 

 

 

 

OECD Report: Education at a Glance 2014

KimJonesimage  By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

 

The OECD report “Education at a Glance 2014” was released on 9 September 2014.

EducationataGlance2014The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has 34 member countries, and they included data from 10 additional countries in this report. The report looks at educational attainment and impact on economic and employment results in 44 countries across Europe, North and South America, Africa and the Asia / Pacific region.

Key findings include:

  • The economic divide between tertiary-educated (college or university-educated) individuals and those with less education is growing.
  • The level of unemployment is 3 times lower among those with a tertiary education (5% vs. 14%)
  • Those with tertiary-level educations earn twice as much as the average of those with less education.

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“Education can lift people out of poverty and social exclusion, but to do so we need to break the link between social background and educational opportunity,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “The biggest threat to inclusive growth is the risk that social mobility could grind to a halt. Increasing access to education for everyone and continuing to improve people’s skills will be essential to long-term prosperity and a more cohesive society.

A press release from the OECD with a high-level overview of the key findings is at: http://www.oecd.org/newsroom/educational-mobility-starts-to-slow-in-industrialised-world-says-oecd.htm

A 55 slide summary of many of the key results is available at: http://www.slideshare.net/mobile/OECDEDU/education-at-a-glance-2014-key-findings

You can access the full 568 page report at: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/education/education-at-a-glance-2014_eag-2014-en

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Curriki shares the objectives of increased access to education and improving work-related skills for people across the world. Curriki helps to spread educational opportunity to children in all countries by providing over 50,000 free and open K-12 educational resources at www.curriki.org/welcome.

Education Across the Globe

Kim JonesBy Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

The infographic in this post has some very interesting information on education and literacy around the globe. It was produced by Tutoring Expert in Canada.

A few facts: there are 1.4 billion students on earth, fully 20% of the world’s population. There are 65 million educators around the world. This is approximately equal to the population of France. Developed countries typically spend about 10 to 15% of their total government budgets on education.

Around 800 million adults across the globe are illiterate. Three nations each have over 1 million girls not in school: Nigeria, Pakistan, and Ethiopia. Only 12% of women in Afghanistan are able to read. Around 31 million girls of primary school age around the world are not in school.

In India, 88% of boys are able to read, but only 74% of girls. Clearly one of the challenges is increasing literacy for all, and especially, educational access for girls. On the other hand, in the Philippines, there are many more girls in school than boys.

In the U.S., only 32% of students are considered proficient in math. Children in Finland have the world’s highest scores in math and science, despite not starting school until age 6 or 7.

Despite the problems that remain, 1 in 3 young people are now expected to receive a college or university degree. Education is key to job opportunities, and to one’s standard of living, health, and social position. Most societies and parents around the world care deeply about their children’s future, for both boys and girls, and thus for their educational development. They invest considerable resources in their children’s education. But there are also serious shortcomings that must be addressed.

Curriki, as a not-for-profit foundation, is fully dedicated to improving education access and educational outcomes around the world. Over 50,000 Curriki educational resources are freely available to anyone with Internet access. These resources are also open source, in order to allow customization as needed. To date, 10 million unique users have visited the Curriki web site.

Take a careful look at the infographic, and see what other interesting factoids you are able to discover. The variation of school attendance hours between countries is fascinating!

Cinco de Mayo Resources

KimJonesimageBy Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May, on Monday this year) is perhaps a bigger holiday in certain parts of the United States than it is in Mexico. This is despite it being a celebration of a victory by the Mexican Army over French troops in 1862 at Peubla, Mexico. The observance in the U.S. is a celebration of Mexican-American culture among the large community in the U.S. of people with a Mexican heritage.

In Mexico it is observed primarily in the state of Puebla and is known as the Day of the Battle of Peubla (in Spanish: El Día de la Batalla de Puebla).

Cinco de Mayo is not just about a national fiesta. It is an important springboard for learning about Mexican history and culture. We currently have a number of featured Social Science resources on Curriki for this year’s observance.

For Elementary School: Cinco De Mayo Vocabulary Worksheet

Contributed by: Curriki’s Thematic Collections – This worksheet includes vocabulary related to Cinco de Mayo.

For Middle School: Mexico Geo-Political Map

Contributed by: Marshall Cavendish

For High School: The African Influence in Mexico

Contributed by: Brenda Faye – This curriculum unit is based on experiences as a participant in a Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad. The unit explores the African presence in Mexico from a historical and cultural perspective.

You can also find additional Cinco de Mayo resources on Curriki hereWe hope you find some of these resources useful in your classrooms.