Maine students take on civic leadership roles | Mock trials help students with literacy skills | College Board reverses plans for AP history
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July 20, 2018
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Maine students take on civic leadership roles
Maine students take on civic leadership roles
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students participate in a protest march in Parkland, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A group of Maine high-school students have committed to activism in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and subsequent walkouts. Students relaunched the school newspaper and started the Maine Teen Advocacy Coalition, which has brought issues to state lawmakers and school administrators, and recently registered peers to vote.
Maine Public Broadcasting Network (7/19) 
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Mock trials help students with literacy skills
Mock trials help students with literacy skills
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Mock trials can help boost literacy and critical-thinking skills among students, writes Shane Safir, a writer, educator and facilitator. In this blog post, she writes about a mock trial exercise she participated in at an Oakland, Calif., high school and how the exercise teaches students how to make an argument and analyze texts.
Edutopia online (7/18) 
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Policy Watch
College Board reverses plans for AP history
College Board reverses plans for AP history
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The College Board announced Wednesday it would scrap plans to begin the Advanced Placement history exam content around the year 1450, following criticism from educators concerned that the move would make the course too Eurocentric. Instruction now will begin with the year 1200, and a second AP world history course will focus on ancient history.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (7/19),  Inside Higher Ed (7/19) 
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Share of budget spending on children to decline
Share of budget spending on children to decline
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The share of federal dollars that support programs for children is expected to decline by about 27% over the next decade, according to a report published Wednesday by the Urban Institute. The report also finds that spending on education is expected to decline, but it projects a slight increase in spending on children's health and income security.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (7/18) 
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Other News
Technology in the Classroom
Making the library cool again
Making the library cool again
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Media specialist Erick Hanson created a media club in his library to help students learn how to create -- and not just consume -- content. The club, run by students and funded by grants they secured, has taught them the challenges of creating a compelling narrative and how to transition an idea if it fails, among other lessons.
EdSurge (7/19) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Report: Some US schools find elevated lead in water
Thirty-seven percent of the US schools that tested their water for lead found elevated levels, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. Data show that fewer than half of all school districts tested their water in 2017.
The Hill (7/17),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (7/17) 
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Students learn Chinese, Russian in free program
Students learn Chinese, Russian in free program
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Rising fifth- and sixth-graders in a Virginia school district are learning Chinese and Russian during a free four-week program funded by a grant from the federal government. The students, who are chosen to attend by lottery because of heavy interest, speak the languages full time in an immersion model and participate in cultural enrichment activities and field trips.
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (7/18) 
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NCSS Updates
Anthony Ray Hinton to speak at NCSS Annual Conference
Anthony Ray Hinton spent nearly 30 years on death row in Alabama for murders that he didn't commit. With the help of Bryan Stevenson (founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative), Hinton was exonerated and released from prison in April 2015. Register for the 2018 Annual Conference in Chicago to hear him speak. Learn more.
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NCSS 2018 Media Literacy Institute
US teens consume more than nine hours of media every day. Media literacy and critical thinking skills are essential to teach our students the difference between what's real and what's fake, what are opinions and what are the facts. In this intensive 3-day training, develop the skills, practice, pedagogy, inspiration and materials to effectively and continually integrate habits of inquiry and critical thinking into the social studies curriculum. Learn more and register.
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