Primary Grant Focus

To better support its online community of educators, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is expanding its popular website, Wonderopolis®, by adding an online social networking platform for educators (Educator Network — final name TBD). Through this new platform, teachers create, consume, and share Wonder-based, Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned ideas, customizable materials, and resources. The Educator Network is planned as a significant extension of the support available to the existing virtual Wonderopolis community and Educator Sandbox, where educators currently blog and Tweet about ways to incorporate Wonderopolis materials into their instruction.

Strategies for Supporting Common Core Success

Teachers use the new Wonder Integrated Network to search, organize, and curate Wonders of the Day® content, which are high-interest topics from across content areas that are described in video and student-friendly text and intended to spark the curiosity of children. Teachers are encouraged to join the online community by participating in the public forum associated with each Wonder of the Day, following another educator, Tweeting about incorporating Wonders of the Day into lessons, or entering virtual classrooms. Teachers may earn Wonderopolis certification by developing free, CCSS-aligned lessons and actively contributing to the online conversation about Wonderopolis resources and CCSS, including facilitating webinars.

General Information

National Center for Families Learning
325 West Main Street, Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40202
Contact Person: Shea Coughlin, Director of Development
Phone: (502) 584-1133
Term of Grant: July 2013 – June 2016
Grantee Initiative: Wonder Integrated Network
Region: National
Subject Area: Literacy
Education Levels: K-12