If you’re not familiar with, The Learning Network, it’s a very cool resource. The New York Times offers up this substantial way to engage students and educators in current events in a way that promotes open discussions. Highlighting a variety of topics that might otherwise be difficult to navigate or fly under the radar for students. Having the contests is a great motivator for kids and gives teachers something to utilize as extra credit or as supplemental to the curriculum. Among The Learning Networks offerings are Lesson Plans, Teaching Resources, Articles & Questions, Writing Prompts, English Language Arts and Personal Narrative Essay Contests to get the wheels turning and the dialogue going. The honor of being featured in the NYT is a great motivator and a proud moment for those lucky enough to make the cut.