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In this issue:

November Events and Observances

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Election Day

DCMP Election Headquarters - Whether you're focused on national, state, or local elections, DCMP has accessible resources to support your classroom. These include dozens of described and captioned videos for all grade levels, as well as other resources of special interest to voters who are blind or deaf.

Evolution Day

November 24 commemorates the anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, and is used to educate the public about evolutionary biology. Grades 10-12.

Related Media

The Making of the Fittest - This series from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute takes students on an adventure around the world. Produced by award-winning filmmakers, each film illustrates the role of mutation and natural selection in adaptation.

Native American Heritage Month

In November, we recognize American Indians as the first inhabitants of the lands that became the United States and their contributions to American society.

Related Media

Self-esteem For Native American Students - Presents the strength and importance of the native people of North America. Gives tips and suggestions on how to celebrate one's ancient ancestry while still keeping in touch with modern society. Grades 7-12.

National Novel Writing Month

Also known as NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month is about encouraging the transformational power of creativity... and also, writing a novel in 30 days!

Related Media

Writing Narratives - Viewers learn how to create well-rounded characters and methods for establishing tone and mood. This video also covers writing realistic dialogue, developing a good plot line, building tension, and arriving at a successful ending. Grades 7-12.

Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week is an opportunity for students, educators, and community members to increase visibility of the transgender community and to raise awareness of the experiences of transgender and gender-nonconforming students.

Related Media

Millennials: Growing Up In the 21st Century—Darius's Story - Darius is a child actor being raised by his grandparents. As a transgendered youth, Darius faces challenges making friends. Part of the Millennials: Growing Up In the 21st Century series. Grades 7-12.


Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a harvest feast in 1621 that is considered one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations. The National Day of Mourning is an annual protest organized by Native Americans of New England, and Unthanksgiving Day is held on the West Coast.

Related Media

Stories From the Seventh Fire: Legend of the First Thanksgiving - In this animated Cree folktale, Mother Wolf tells her cubs a bedtime story about how the first Thanksgiving was created. Grades 3-4.


TIP: DCMP Videos as Student Rewards

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DCMP members have been utilizing Student Accounts to assign videos for classroom use. Some teachers are also "assigning" videos for students to watch for fun. Television series with description and captions like The Magic School BusPAW Patrol, The Dog Whisperer, Rock the Park, and Born to Explore offer students a fun way to learn on their own, based on their own interests. With a Student Account, kids can log in to DCMP at home as well as at school. Learn more about Student Accounts and Accessible Television.

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A woman typing on a laptop. DCMP QuickClasses.
DCMP will be offering two online QuickClasses Nov. 26 – Dec. 16:
  • Using Accessible Media in the Classroom With Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Using Accessible Media in the Classroom With Students Who are Blind and Visually Impaired

Registration is now open. For more information contact Cindy Camp at


Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) Contest

Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) Contest
The deadline is approaching for this year's Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) contest! This is a chance for students and teachers to win prizes by reviewing audio described videos.

Deadline for entries is Friday, December 3, 2018. Contest winners in each category will be chosen by January of 2019, and the grand prize winner will receive an iPad Mini! Each first-place winner will receive a $100 iTunes gift card. Second-place winners will receive a $50 iTunes gift card, and the third-place winners will receive a $25 iTunes gift card. Each supporting teacher who has a first-place winning student will be awarded a $100 Amazon gift card. Prizes are provided by ACB.

This contest is cosponsored by the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project (ACB-ADP) and DCMP. Find more details on DCMP's BADIE page:

New Episodes of Artrageous With Nate, Teen Kids News, Plus HHMI BioInteractive

Artrageous With Nate Series

Artrageous with Nate, a web series mashup of art, science and history.
New episodes of Artrageous With Nate are rolling in, and students will love how Emmy Award-winning host Nate Heck makes learning about art and creativity fun!

Grades 4-12

Teen Kids News Series

Teen Kids News
DCMP also gets new episodes of Teen Kids News in regularly, so be sure to bookmark their channel! The award-winning series includes segments on school, careers, entertainment, the environment, health, sports, and all things teen.

Grades 7-12

HHMI BioInteractive Channel

HHMI BioInteractive
HHMI BioInteractive develops educational films capturing the essence of scientific thinking and the thrill of scientific discovery.

NEW Lizards Looking for the Way Home (Spanish) (English) - Anole lizards are highly territorial and typically stick close to their home tree. So, what happens when a team of researchers carries them far away into the forest? Will they find their way back?

Grades 10-12

NEW Identifying the Key Genes for Regeneration
(Spanish) (English) - Identifying the key molecular players in planarian regeneration may offer clues into how the process may work in other species, including humans. HHMI investigators mute different genes in planaria to determine how they affect regeneration.

Grades 10-12

About DCMP

DCMP membership provides unlimited access to thousands of accessible educational videos. We're fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education, so there are no costs associated with any of our services. Family members, school personnel, and other professionals who work with early learners through Grade 12 students with a hearing or vision loss do qualify for membership. DCMP members can:
  • Access thousands of educational videos that are described and captioned in our Media Library, including training for parents, teachers, and interpreters.
  • Check out videos on DVD (with free return postage), or watch instantly on PC, Roku, tablets, and smartphones. iOS users can use the DCMP iOS app.
  • Create and share Student Accounts to assign videos and promote independent learning.
  • Access resources on education, accessibility, and advocacy in our Learning Center.
  • Stay up-to-date on news and recently added videos by subscribing to our monthly newsletter.
  • Watch accessible television series such as Bare Feet With Mickela Mallozzi, Bubble Guppies, Rock the Park, Lucky Dog, and The Inspectors.
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