Stories and lessons for growing minds

We are a free multimedia platform for educators and students. Through our immersive storytelling and curricula, we explore the deeper issues facing humanity. Use our award-winning films, photo essays, and essays to learn about social, cultural, and environmental issues from people and communities worldwide. For grades 3-12, our stories and lessons encourage students to broaden their perspectives and worldviews while fostering inquiry, empathy, resilience, and a sacred relationship to our planet. We aim to bring universal values into the lives of educators and students.

Experience Our Storytelling

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Students share their perspectives during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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We Will Breathe

These photos by Sheila Pree Bright share intimate moments of mourning and inspiration within the Black Lives Matter movement.

Lesson Plans Exploring Our Common Humanity

High School
Grade Level: 9-12
Do We Have a Right to Clean Water?
High School
Grade Level: 9-12
Our Shared Humanity
High School
Grade Level: 9-12
The Power to Persevere

Student Voice

Through photography, students document their unique and powerful perspectives during the global shelter in place orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upcoming Events

Suzanne Simard, a pioneering scientist who has changed the way we understand forest ecosystems, is joined by David G. Haskell to discuss her highly anticipated first book, Finding the Mother Tree (Knopf). In this book, Simard brings us into her world, the intimate world of the trees, in which she brilliantly illuminates the fascinating and vital truths–that trees are not simply the source of timber or pulp, but are a complicated, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities with communal lives not that different from our own.

Emergence Magazine is partnering with Point Reyes Books for this event and it will be streamed on their Crowdcast channel at 12pm PST. Registration is required and there is an optional sliding scale fee. 

Who Is Using Our Materials

Our materials provide opportunities for an interdisciplinary approach to learning across disciplines from social sciences and humanities to environmental sciences. Education stakeholders, including K-12 educators, university professors, librarians, tech/media specialists, parents, and students are using our materials in multiple learning environments.

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