KQED Education is looking for highly engaged educators who are interested in integrating innovative pedagogical approaches to learning where students can connect, collaborate, and debate with their peers from around the country on current events.

KQED Do Now is a weekly activity for high school students around the nation to explore current issues using social media. It is a simple and excellent way for educators to integrate civic engagement and digital citizenship skills into the curriculum. This project has grown to a national level with the help from our recent partnerships with the National Writing Project, PBS NewsHour Extra, California Academy of Sciences, The Summer of Making and Connecting, and Twitter.

We are making a big effort to find educators who represent a diverse range of classrooms in the following areas:

Social Studies, Language Arts, Arts, Technology, Science, and Health

You do not have to be tech-savvy or come from a school with an incredible offering of computer equipment and resources for your students. The activity is super flexible and can be implemented in a number of ways, with or without mobile devices, on or off sites like Twitter.

We will be creating 3 working groups:  1) Civics, Government & Policy 2) Science/STEM 3)Arts & Popular Culture.

The working groups will be held during the Fall semester from September to mid-December and will be hosted entirely online. Those who get accepted and participate will be given a $200 stipend at the conclusion of the project.

The time commitment for this project is as follows:

  • 1, 2-hour orientation/webinar at the end of August (TBD).
  • 1, mid-semester session in mid-October (TBD). This session will be asynchronous and you will be given a week to look at the materials and fill out a survey. The time commitment should not exceed 3 hours.
  • 1, end of the semester session in mid-December (TBD). Again, this session will be asynchronous and you will be given a week to look at the materials and fill out a survey. The time commitment should not exceed 2 hours.
  • You will have to commit at least a portion of one class/one teaching period per week through out the fall semester for this project.
  • You will have to moderate your students responses (or do an exchange-type program with another teacher) each week.
  • Become a Do Now leader/advocate for future iterations of this activity.

If you are interested in joining the working group for KQED Do Now, please fill out the form below. If you have already participated and know of educators who may be interested, please pass this email along to them. And sign up before you break for summer as spots will fill up fast.

Deadline to apply is August 15.

Visit our About Do Now page to learn more.

The Do Now discussion can reach beyond the classroom and connect students far and wide. If you have any questions, email Matthew Williams at at mwilliams@kqed.org.

  • I teach freshman composition to at-risks students. Is this strictly for those in k-12?


    • Hi Terry, Thanks for getting in touch. I recommend that you apply for the working group. We work with mostly high schools, some 8th grade classes, and would be open to exploring the impacts of Do Now for higher ed.

  • Shannon Stanford

    I’m interested! How do I apply?

    • Hi Shannon, There’s a form at the bottom of this post…just fill it out and click submit!

  • Angela Gottschall

    I’m VERY interested but don’t know if my class/school would qualify. My school is unique – continuation high school in LA area with a very different model. Students get assigned to a teacher when they come to our school and stay with that teacher for most subjects AND for the years they attend our school. I have students ranging from 14 – 20 y.o. in my class – some I have had 3 years. I have to prepare different subjects each year – so they will be able to meet all requirements. This year Fall semester will be Government, Sociology, Science, and Film. We are a small school,about 250 students. I usually carry 30-35 on my roster, but as these are often students with different challenges, sometimes they are gone for a while. They don’t get to do a lot and this would be a wonderful opportunity to learn appropriate social media skills. I looked at the application and there’s no way to explain this. Would we be able to participate? Also – it does not give possible time for mandatory mtg. If it is during teaching hours, I don’t know if I could get coverage since we are a small school. Thanks for this great idea!

  • Mary Ruth Greene

    Is this the form?

  • Mary Ruth Greene

    Are you still accepting application for the KQED working group? I have tried to log in various ways to find the application and still cannot find it. My Venice High School students would love to participate!

  • Susan Moore

    I teach a debate class and want to keep them thinking about current events and debating topical issues – would this be appropriate for that?

    • Sounds like a perfect fit. They can debate to a national audience of peers using multiple modes of communication.

  • Claire

    Hi Matthew, I just tried to find the form in this page and was not able to see it. Has the form been taken off?

  • I am interested in participating


Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams is a filmmaker and media educator who has recently transplanted to Oakland from Los Angeles. He believes that you are what you eat and feels everyone should have a multitude of dietary options for self-realization. Matthew is the Educational Technologist at KQED.

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