Each year, thanks to the generosity of artist Marion Cilker, San Jose State University and the Santa Clara County Office of Education host two days of inspiration for both pre-service and in-service arts educators. KQED will be there to present a workshop about KQED Art School, and other presenters include SFMOMA, AXIS Dance, and TheaterWorks of Silicon Valley.
Matthew Green runs KQED’s News Education Project, a new online resource for educators and the general public to help explain the news. The project lives at kqed.org/lowdown.
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News & Civics | January 21, 2015
On August 28, 2013, thousands gathered on the National Mall to commemorate the 1963 march and the tremendous impact it had. Some of the featured speakers, though, noted that many of the demands have still not been met, particularly along economic lines.
News & Civics | January 19, 2015
Frozen hair and polar vortexes aside, 2014 was the hottest year on record worldwide, according to recently released data from the Japan Meteorological Agency. In fact, 14 out of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000. Bottom line: climate change is happening; it’s as real as gravity.
News & Civics | January 16, 2015
Although Monday is officially recognized as Martin Luther King Day, today is the civil rights leader’s actual birthday. Born in Atlanta on January 15, 1929, King would have turned 86 today. How much do you actually know about him and the movement he led? (Article continues below quiz.)
News & Civics | January 14, 2015
2014 marked a heightened public scrutiny of police departments around the country igniting deep racial tensions and putting a sharper focus on police racial demographics. A less addressed factor, though that may impact police-community relations is officer residency rates. Here’s a map that illustrates the percentage of cops who actually live in the communities they serve in the Bay Area.
News & Civics | January 12, 2015
Roughly 1 billion people lived on our planet in 1800. And that was a pretty major milestone, considering it took all of human history — at least 50,000 years — to reach that point. But today, a little more than 200 years later, our population is more than 7.2 billion strong.
News & Civics | January 5, 2015
In the sea that is breaking news, 2014 was a tsunami. A multitude of tumultuous events shook the world this year (sometimes literally). And although it’d be silly to attempt to quantify the “most important” stories, it is worth looking at the topics that American audiences were most drawn to and that seemed to have the greatest impact.
News & Civics | December 18, 2014
Break out the cigars (the good ones)! The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, ending 50 years of Cold War hostilities between the two nations, President Obama announced today. Check out this interactive timeline that shows the history of Cuba and U.S. relations.
Civics in the Community | December 15, 2014
High school students across California this fall created and entered editorial cartoons in a contest that included schools from Chula Vista down south to Ukiah up north. See the winners here.
News & Civics | December 11, 2014
A New York grand jury in early December voted to not criminally charge a white police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man. The decision came just 10 days after a Missouri grand jury declined to charge Darren Wilson. Here is an effort to explain a process that’s been thrust into the spotlight over the past two weeks, but remains pretty vague: the Grand Jury.
News & Civics | December 4, 2014
Circles in the map below are scaled according to the number of sworn officers in each police department. As shown in the blue legend at bottom, the shade of each circle indicates the size of the race gap between the police force (sworn officers) and the population; the darker the circle, the larger the gap.