Leveled Content: Behind the Scenes

| By Julie Mellors | The creation of Gale In Context: For Educators brought with it many new features to aid in classroom instruction, and now the In Context student databases have a new classroom feature of their own with leveled content. Leveled content meets teacher needs in the classroom as well as meeting student … Read more

Building Gale In Context: For Educators—A Product Manager’s Perspective

| By Liz Collins, K-12 Product Manager | “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” The sentiment of this quote, attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, rings true for product managers who are trained to think about problems or “pain points.” We turn challenges into data that can be used … Read more

Gale Has You Covered on the Facts about E-cigarettes and Vaping

| By Sheila Dow | Between 2017 and 2018, there was a dramatic increase among teen use of vaping devices in just a single year, with 37.3 percent of 12th graders reporting “any vaping” in the past 12 months, compared to just 27.8 percent in 2017, according to the findings by Monitoring the Future (MTF).1 … Read more

Traveling through History: The Erie Canal

| By Traci Cothran | Confession: I have an Erie Canal fascination. This is, in part, geographically inspired—I grew up in upstate New York, home of this mega-tool of westward expansion, where you learn the Erie Canal song in elementary school (“We towed some barges in our day/Filled with lumber, coal, and hay/And we know … Read more

Meet the New Gale In Context: Environmental Studies

| By Kristine Krapp, Content Strategist | Flooding coastlines. Heat waves. Extreme storms. Melting glaciers. Starving polar bears. Invasive species. Vanishing bee colonies. GMOs. Pollution. The environment effects everything around us. It’s in the news and on our minds daily. Teachers discuss environmental issues in science classrooms; politicians debate over environmental policies on a local … Read more

Remembering Toni Morrison

| By Laura Avery | Toni Morrison is one of the most highly respected authors in contemporary American literature. Beginning with the publication of her first novel, The Bluest Eye, Morrison earned increasing critical and popular acclaim. Her novels highlight the struggles of black people to rediscover and maintain connections to their cultural history and to … Read more

Work Smarter, Not Harder…
Introducing Gale In Context: For Educators – Coming This Fall!

| Lemma Shomali, Director, K-12 Products | “Work smarter, not harder.” Easier said than done, in most cases. Sometimes, we only realize we could have worked smarter after we’ve already worked pretty hard – leaving us feeling frustrated and thinking: “If I knew then what I know now, I would have…” As a partner to … Read more

Understanding Suicide Awareness & Prevention Through Gale Resources

| By Tracie Moy | Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and suicide rates have increased by more than 25% in the last two decades1. Acknowledging for every suicide there are 25 attempts that aren’t fatal, you realize the extent of our current mental health crisis. Suicide awareness and … Read more

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

| By Traci Cothran |

How wonderful is it that following the release of the movie “Hidden Figures,” the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson are now known by millions?  Their collective story is an impressive and important one, yet it’s a part of our history that’s been concealed for decades.

What other significant contributions by women are also shielded from view?  It’s a joy to uncover these gems, and allow them to inspire other women and girls today.  To me, that’s what Women’s History Month is all about—shining a light on the often overlooked contributions made by women throughout history.

Here are just a few, randomly chosen women from today and yesterday whose work and lives are notable.  You’ll find them all in Biography In Context, among other Gale resources.  As you read about them, you’re bound to discover other interesting women, too!

Maria Tallchief – (1925-2013) Tallchief was the first American-born woman to achieve prima ballerina status at a major dance company; she was also a member of the Osage Nation.  She’s featured this month in Research In Context.

Zora Neale Hurston – (1891-1960) A writer and major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston is a favorite of mine, for both her wonderful writing and her ability to live an unconventional life for women of her era.

Read moreWOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Gale’s Award-Winning In Context Suite

Current, authoritative, media-rich information—you’ll find it in Gale’s In Context family of online resources, which meets the needs of today’s students with a user-friendly, mobile-responsive design. Eye-catching, engaging, topical databases seamlessly integrate trusted content with curriculum-aligned materials that span key subject areas. Users can easily access G Suite for Education and Microsoft Office 365 tools … Read more