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Welcome to the izzit.org Press Room! We welcome your inquiries. Below is a factsheet about the organization and its products and services. For immediate assistance, photos and requests for interviews with izzit.org's executives, please contact:
Marjory Hawkins
Hawkins Public Relations
[email protected]
2501 West 12th Street, Box 614, Erie, PA 16505
(814) 833-6950
izzit.org specializes in creating innovative, free, standards-aligned content for educators that fosters critical thinking and respectful debate among students. It is estimated izzit.org videos generate over 11.3 million impressions annually. In addition to its library of more than 130 video-centered teaching units, Teachable Moments, and online courses, izzit.org also offers a Current Events service, Teachers Guides with lesson plans, discussion questions, vocabulary, worksheets, and quizzes -- all at no cost to educators.

More than 400,000 educators have registered for an account with izzit.org. izzit.org videos and the ideas presented within those videos have a documented 76 percent comprehension rate based on over 30,000 recent auto-scored quizzes taken by middle and high school students.
Available for Interviews
Rob Chatfield, President/CEO
Dean Graziano, J.D., Vice President of Education
Susan Gable, Director of Education
izzit.org's mission is "To present and explore moral and social choices for living flourishing lives." Moral choices address your personal behavior (your thoughts and actions) and social choices address how you interact with others (by choice or by force).
Video Lessons
izzit.org's large library of educational videos focuses on Business & Economics, Constitution & Civics, Career Technical Education, Social Studies & Humanities and Elementary Focus. Most videos are interdisciplinary, suitable for English Language Arts writing assignments, and feature topics across multiple subjects including science and the arts.
Teachable Moments
Teachable Moments are short (3-4 minute) video clips that get right to the point and inspire lively discussions about a wide variety of subjects, from monumental Supreme Court decisions to the Maori Haka.
Learning Modules
Two interactive learning modules - The U.S. Constitution & Black History and First Amendment examine how the laws of the United States, starting with the Constitution itself, have impacted the history of Black Americans, and all aspects of the First Amendment. Developed from the PBS television series, A More or Less Perfect Union, and with Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit, the courses cover important Supreme Court cases, such as Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Brown v. Board of Ed, as well as Free Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of the Press, and more. The courses are available at no cost to educators as either online courses or as course modules that can be loaded into an LMS.
Constitution Resources
izzit.org offers a library of resources for teaching the U.S. Constitution, including Judge Ginsburg's Civics Fundamentals and the two interactive courses mentioned above, plus nine Teachable Moments.
Current Events
Current events lessons are updated daily throughout the school year by professional educators and are designed for middle- and high-school students. Each lesson includes a news article from a variety of sources, vocabulary words, and higher-level discussion questions. The two daily articles often are of different lengths and reading levels and occasionally offer different perspectives on an issue or event. Each new lesson remains on the website for one week and is archived for one year.
izzit Here!
izzit.org added a mobile teaching unit to launch its Career & Tech Education program. The custom-outfitted izzit Here! vehicle accommodates hands-on demonstrations from professionals in various trades, including culinary, automotive, technology and more. izzit.org's career readiness curriculum, Workforce Innovation Now, places emphasis on employability skills and builds on a strong foundation of financial literacy and work-based learning as key elements toward success.
Elementary Focus
The Pups of Liberty are back! Pups of Liberty Short Tails is an animated series of five videos that help start discussions about perseverance, truth and justice, hard work and industry, honesty and integrity, and courage. The 3-5 minute videos are created for K-5 level students. The original 17-minute animated Pups series includes The Pups of Liberty: The Dog-claration of Independence and The Pups of Liberty: The Boston Tea-Bone Party. Both were developed for grade levels K-6.
Working in partnership with Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit, izzit.org developed an online civics course, CivicsFundamentals.org. Judge Ginsburg filmed 100 two-minute videos that not only answer the 100 questions on the U.S. Citizenship Test but explain the importance of the answers. The course is free for educators, homeschoolers and anyone who is studying to take the Citizenship Test. A Teacher's Guide, pre-and post-assessments, gamification support, and Spanish captions are available.

izzit.org's career-readiness course, Workforce Innovation Now, places emphasis on employability skills and builds on a strong foundation of financial literacy and work-based learning as key elements toward success. The program offers a combination of video-based learning and live instruction. Working with community partners, students participate in mock interviews and work with a mentor on resume writing, cover letter preparation, and interviewing skills. The program empowers students to demonstrate mastery of competencies and employability skills necessary for a successful post-high school career, with a further understanding that financial literacy leads to greater personal and economic freedom.
Interactive Activities
Free, innovative classroom activities that immerse students in exciting challenges are available to download. Unlock & Beat the Clock turns the classroom into an escape room, while the Virtual International Fieldtrip program lets students travel the world without ever leaving the classroom.
Professional Development
From how to teach critical thinking to inspiring curiosity and self-directed learning, izzit.org's Professional Development sessions are helpful and inspiring. Hosted by Dean Graziano, an award-winning educator, and Susan Gable, izzit.org's director of education, the sessions are recorded and free to watch at teachers' convenience.
Making the educator's job easier is one of izzit.org's objectives, therefore, it offers online quizzes on all of its videos, ensuring students understand the basic concepts of the subject.
Standards Alignment
izzit.org offers standards alignment on its website for all of its videos. Simply select the standards needed and the subject, hit the search button online and the information you need will come up.