MLK Day: 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Explore its Significance

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15, 1929, and each year we recognize his birthday and life’s work with a federal holiday. King is well known for his efforts as a civil rights movement leader and for bringing about racial equality in the nation by using nonviolent means. The same year that King won the Nobel Peace Prize in the field of human rights, the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed.

The following activities may be good ways to help families explore the significance of King’s work.

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Five Federal Institutions with Free Education Materials

Winter break is coming and it’s the perfect opportunity to explore new subjects and continue learning. Your daily routine may look different and may present opportunities to discover new and fun learning opportunities. Many organizations across the federal government and their partners have free education resources available for use. Here are five institutions that offer education materials for teachers, students, and lifelong learners.


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Five Reasons to Check-Out the Department’s New Open Data Platform

Open data is everywhere today…including the Department of Education. ED’s Open Data Platform (ODP) is bringing transparency to our public data in a way that is accessible, valuable, and user-friendly. The ODP has something for everyone – and provides easy access to all available Department public data resources in a way that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. For the educator, researcher, parent and public, ODP provides the following benefits:

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Students express themselves through performing arts

Julie Pappas has been performing since she was seven years old. Her first performance was in the local community theater in her hometown. Although school was a difficult place for Julie while growing up, she danced in high school and participated in a performing arts group every summer.

“[Performing arts] gave me life. It gave me joy. The arts have given me confidence and courage as a person.”

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New Mexico Native teaches students language and culture


Mila Padilla grew up in Shiwina (Zuni village) and heard Zuni spoken on the playground and from her grandmother. She never attempted to speak it herself until she moved in with her grandmother, where it was required. She did everything with her grandmother, from cooking and gardening to attending church and praying. By the time her grandmother had passed, the Zuni language and culture had been instilled in Mila.

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