The Daily World NIE FAQ
Newspapers In Education (NIE) puts the newspaper, literally a "living textbook," into the hands
of educators and students. NIE also provides nationally acclaimed curriculum materials that help
teachers incorporate timely content from the newspaper into all areas of study for their students.
Why is this program valuable for educators, students, and our
Newspapers In Education lessons help students apply skills they learn from textbooks
to the real world around them. All curriculum materials are aligned with Washington State
Department of Education standards, the No Child Left Behind Act, and local
School District Curriculum Guidelines to help students learn what they need to succeed
in school. Studies have shown that in classes where the newspaper is utilized as a
learning tool, students perform ten percent better than those students whose learning
does not include the newspaper. Additionally, the greatest benefits of the NIE program
were found in schools with large minority populations. In Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, the
newspaper is a crucial tool for teaching English Language Learners, as well as our
adult education population.
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How does the NIE program work?
Any educator that teaches in an accredited school within The Daily World
delivery area and who wants to receive the newspaper in the
classroom is qualified to request our services. We try to accommodate any teacher
that would like papers; however, the number of papers we are able to distribute is
based primarily on outside sponsorship. To sign up for newspapers, visit
our Web site at www.thedailyworld.com/newspaper_services/nie.
Currently, about 40 educators use The Daily World in their classrooms.
In 2008-2009, The Daily World NIE program distributed more than 110,000 newspapers to
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What is the history of the NIE Program?
Newspapers In Education is a concept dating back to June 8, 1795 when the Portland
(Maine) Eastern Herald published the following editorial. "Much has been said and
written on the utility of newspaper; but one principal advantage which might be
derived from these publications has been neglected; we mean that of reading them
in schools, and by the children in families..." Beginning in the 1930s and 1940s,
a handful of newspapers started to deliver their product to schools. Thus was born
the "Living Textbook Program." During the 1960s and 1970s, the program grew and
eventually became the "Newspapers In Education" program. Today, nearly every major
newspaper has an NIE program. Locally, The Daily World NIE program, begun in the late
1990's, has blossomed into a much sought-after community resource.
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How Do Students Use the Newspaper in School?
There was a time when newspapers were used only tangentially to the rest of the
curriculum, perhaps just for a current events lesson once a week. Now, however,
there are countless ways to integrate the use of the paper into the required
curriculum while having fun! Newspapers provide "real-world" applications to skills
learned in textbooks. They help vary the lesson content and motivate students.
Newspapers In Education (NIE), is committed to delivering sponsored copies of The
Daily World as educational tools, in turn stimulating life-long learning and healthy
reading habits in children and adults. The program is grounded in the belief that
use of the newspapers is an essential element in the formation of responsible,
informed, and literate citizens. The Daily World NIE curriculum is meant to nurture the
next generation of newspaper readers and to bridge the gap between students, schools,
and their communities by developing meaningful and appropriate educational materials
and resources. We are committed to providing businesses, corporations, foundations,
and community leaders with opportunities to partner with NIE in promoting literacy
in western Washington.
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