About TeachableMoment


TeachableMoment, a project of Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, fosters social responsibility through K-12 classroom lessons that: 

  • encourage inquiry and critical thinking on current issues  
  • support students’ social & emotional learning

TeachableMoment was created in the wake of 9/11. In the days after the tragedy, Morningside Center began receiving calls from teachers who were looking for ways to sensitively address issues related to 9/11 in their classrooms. Our website’s traffic began to grow exponentially. We turned to lifelong educator Alan Shapiro, who had helped found Morningside Center, to help us generate new lessons - and TeachableMoment was born.

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TeachableMoment now includes hundreds of issue-oriented classroom lessons, as well as lessons to foster students' social and emotional learning, essays and reviews. It has been recommended as a valuable resource by the websites of PBS, the National Education Association, and many university websites. 
Teachers are free to reproduce TeachableMoment lessons for use in their classrooms. For permission to reprint materials for widespread circulation, please email: lmcclure@morningsidecenter.org.