CILC's Community of Learning

Join other learners from around the world for live, interactive programs for 2022. 

  • Programs are held Monday – Friday at 1:00 PM EST.  See the programming schedule below.

  • Register for your preferred session(s), connect through CISCO WebEx and get ready to enjoy quality programming from within your classroom or the comfort of your own home! Participants will need to download the Webex App or use browser extension to particpate in the event.

  • Programs are FREE with registration.

Thank you to our partnering Content Providers who continue to provide impressive and informative programming for students of all ages through CILC's Community of Learning.

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I am an elementary teacher from Brazil. I signed up today to see how this would work and see if I could use this in my classes. This is great!  The instructor is great, the cameras (with different angles) are helpful, and the Webex platform was easy to install. Just wanted to say I love it!

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Upcoming Community of Learning Programs

Making Chai

by Penn Museum

Have you ever tried chai? This spicy and sweet drink can be prepared in a variety of ways, depending on your flavor preference. Learn more about the origins of chai (the Hindi term for “tea”) in India and how it changed over time, through the colonial occupation of Great Britain to it’s modern popularity in coffee houses today. Consider the ways that food traditions change as people share their cultural customs.

For school-aged

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Backyard Birding

by Central Michigan University: Museum of Cultural & Natural History

Join us as we explore animal adaptations and learn about some of our favorite feathered friends! Students will understand how adaptations help birds survive in a variety of environments and gain a basic understanding of how to identify different species as well as habitats birds can found in, including their own backyards!

For Grades 1-5

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Lewis and Clark Expedition

by Gateway Arch National Park

Join a ranger at Gateway Arch National Park to learn more about the Corp of Discovery.

For Grades 4-8

Thursday, May 19, 2022

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

See the World - Live from Itacare, Brazil

by Banyan Global Learning

Join Teacher Jill who will walk you through her hometown Itacare, Brazil. Itacare is a small surf town that attracts tourists from all over the world. That global culture can be seen in the artwork and food all along its cobblestoned main street. Walk with Teacher Jill from her house, down main street, all the way to beach and meet locals along the way!


Friday, May 20, 2022

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Animal Adaptations

by Toledo Zoo and Aquarium

daptations are amazing! Explore and learn the many traits that animals need to help them survive in the wild as we visit exhibits and meet live animals. All Toledo Zoo Programs include a live tour of an animal exhibit with a knowledgeable guide and time for interaction with participants.

For Grades K-6

Monday, May 23, 2022

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

The Art of Kalighat Paintings

by Penn Museum

Join Museum educators as we look closely at the bright colors and bold designs of Kalighat paintings. Originally created by patuas (painters on cloth) working in the area around Kolkata, India, these paintings were sold as souvenirs for pilgrims visiting a temple to the goddess Kali. Learn more about the stories depicted on these paintings, and follow along as we sketch scenes from popular stories today.

For school-aged

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

The Adventures of Benjamin Franklin

by Actors Company

Scientist, Inventor, Author, Ambassador, Printer, Postmaster, Philanthropist, Patriot: Benjamin Franklin has even been called "the First American". In this original, interactive one-man show, one of the world's greatest statesmen and authors weaves together history, civics, science, and humor by recounting the story of his life. Dr. Franklin (professional actor/historian J.T. Turner) discusses his challenging youth in Boston, his days as a printer and writer in Philadelphia, and his adventures as an inventor, philanthropist, diplomat, and hero of the American Revolution. This show is particularly relevant to both STE and HSS curriculum, and of course, character development.

For K-12 and adult learners (adapted to each age group; this performance will be tailored for K-6, but all are welcome)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

Liquid nitrogen & properties of materials

by Fizzics Education

A show performance where your class interacts with our science presenter as we explore how liquid nitrogen affects the properties of materials. Engaging demonstrations cover phase changes, expansion and contraction, Newton's Laws, basic cell theory, air pressure and the atmospheric research. Explanations and demonstrations are tailored to the year level and abilities of your students. Includes pre-class and post-class activities as well as background teacher notes.

For Grades 3-5

Friday, May 27, 2022

1:00 pm ET

45 minutes

In Spring 2020, CILC launched the Community of Learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a resource for interactive learning for families and learners of all ages.
The videos below capture testimonials, reactions from some who have enjoyed the programming so far.