Category Archives: News

Important Announcement about CTnation Logins

At the end of June, Citizen Teacher CTnation accounts will not be accessible. Staff accounts will be fully accessible. If you have any documents or information you would like to access over the summer, please be sure to copy and … Continue reading

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SHOUT OUT: Jennifer Litton teaches Genetics!

SHOUT OUT to Citizen Teacher Jennifer Litton, physician at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center teaching Jane Long students all about genetics! Apprentices have been learning about careers in the medical field, DNA, and pedigrees through hands-on activities and guest speakers. Jennifer has led her apprentices to success and the group is preparing for their WOW! at the Houston City-Wide WOW! on December 14th! Continue reading

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Jane Long students WOW! NASA!

Congratulations to Measuring the Solar System and Video Game Design apprentices from the Jane Long Middle School for presenting their amazing work from their apprenticeships this past semester to employees at NASA in Houston, Texas! Special SHOUT OUT to Citizen Teachers NASA engineer Shaun Williams from Video Game Design and Matthew Olson Shuttle Astronaut Trainer at Johnson Space Center from Measuring the Solar System! Continue reading

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Citizen Schools PSA featured in Times Square jumbotron through the month of December!

Through the month of December, we will be airing a new 15-second commercial in the heart of Times Square! At the top of every hour, the CBS jumbotron on 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues will show this clip:

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Can-struction apprentices create and donate!

The numbers tell the story best:

1,624 cans of donated food to give to Capital Area Food Bank
12 Architects from SHW Group
10 Apprentices from Citizen Schools Bedichek
3 Parent Builders
5 Staff Team from CS Bedichek
Hundreds of visitors
1 very special day
1 giant impact!
Led by Texas Citizen Teachers from the SHW Group Emily Potts, Alison Binford, and Ed Napier, Bedichek students from the Can-struction apprenticeship WOW!ed hundreds of visitors at the Barton Creek Mall as they displayed their masterpieces made solely out of donated cans! Working in teams of three, the “Can”Struction apprentices built a giant cornucopia, milk carton, and slice of cherry pie. Each structure represents the abundant harvest of the Thanksgiving season. Not only did students demonstrate their mastery of design concepts, but they learned the importance of spacing and foundation as they manipulated the nearly 1,624 cans to create their final products. The cans were donated to the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin.
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SHOUT OUT: Citizen Teacher Lonny Stern teaches Robotics

Over the course of the semester, Texas Citizen Teacher Lonny Stern from Skill Point Alliance has been turning Kealing apprentices into programmers, engineers and researchers to design robots to navigate around obstacles. The future engineers and scientists are also researching how biomedical engineering can improve emergency room procedures! Their findings will be revealed at the STEM WOW! on Thursday, December 9th. Continue reading

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10 Week WOW! Plan

The key to a great apprenticeship is planning ahead! Use this 10 Week WOW! Planning document to help you map out your 10 weeks of lessons including learning objectives and 21st century skills. Sometimes it’s easier to start planning backwards and begin with the WOW! What do you want students to be able to do at the end of the semester? What will students need to do each week to finish their WOW! product, performance, or presentation? Be sure to work with your Team Leader when filling out this document. Best of luck and happy WOW! planning. Continue reading

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Video: New Mexico Citizen Teacher Kathy Lopez-Bushnell teaches Rescue 2020

Check out this video from New Mexico Citizen Teacher Kathy Lopez-Bushnell’s apprenticeship where Wilson apprentices are learning how to assess vital signs, administer first aid and CPR, about fitness and nutrition, and risk assessment and health. Note in this video … Continue reading

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Helpful websites recommended by teachers

Check out these websites recommended by classroom teachers to help you plan your lessons with your Team Leader.

PBS Teachers: Website chockful of FREE lesson plans, supplements and interactive media to teach students about all sorts of cool historical stuff. Continue reading

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SHOUT OUT: Massachusetts Citizen Teacher Tony Helies teaches students how to measure the solar system

Massachussetts long-time Citizen Teacher and Principal of Helies and Company Tony Helies is back for his 13th apprenticeship teaching Irving Middle School students how to measure the solar system! This past week, Tony demonstrated for apprentices how to measure the sun from the school’s parking lot. The parking lot was full of excitement as the aspiring astronomers learned to measure the relative size of the sun using shoe boxes and rulers. In December, the astronomy apprentices will present hand-made models of the solar system to physicists at the University of Massachusetts—Boston. Continue reading

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