How Mich. educators guide current events in class | Politics finds its way into English classes | Podcast: Student helps teacher see his "blind spots"
September 18, 2017
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How Mich. educators guide current events in class
How Mich. educators guide current events in class
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Educators in a Michigan district are using various approaches to address current events, the August violence in Charlottesville, Va., and issues involving race in the classroom. Some teachers are preparing for the time when students want to talk about the issues, while others have initiated classroom discussions so students can share their thoughts and consider the perspectives of others.
MLive (Michigan) (free registration) (9/17) 
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Politics finds its way into English classes
Politics finds its way into English classes
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Some high-school English teachers are tapping into students' passionate opinions about current events and Donald Trump's presidency. Educators are using classical works and novels from more diverse writers to encourage students to make connections with today's political environment and learn about civilized debate techniques, argumentative writing and literary analysis.
Politico Magazine (9/2017) 
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Share American History Toolkits In Your Class!
Take your students back in time with TAH.org's American History Toolkits. Each toolkit covers a major era of American History to provide you with a diverse collection of resources that cover our nation's most pressing times. Inspire your students and download the free Toolkits today!
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Standards & Assessments
How can states help close the AP access gap?
How can states help close the AP access gap?
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Advanced Placement participation rates in rural schools trend lower than suburban and urban schools, according to a report from the Education Commission of the States and the College Board. The report offers strategies to help improve AP access in rural areas.
District Administration magazine online (9/12) 
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Chicago mandates postsecondary plans
Chicago mandates postsecondary plans
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Beginning with the class of 2020, graduating seniors in Chicago public schools will be required to show proof of a postsecondary plan. The plan has received general support, but some school leaders and educators say more resources will be needed.
The Atlantic online (9/14) 
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Technology in the Classroom
How students can drive VR-content creation
How students can drive VR-content creation
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Educators should encourage students to become creators of virtual reality -- not just consumers -- asserts Iolani School teacher Michael Fricano. In this blog post, Fricano shares five ways to promote student-led VR-content creation.
SmartBrief/Education (9/14) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
N.J. students lobby for Genocide Awareness Month
Students at a New Jersey high school and their social studies teacher, Debbie Rokosny, recently lobbied for and secured a state resolution that designates April as Genocide Awareness Month. The students raised awareness among peers with presentations about the issue during the school year, and Rokosny is developing information for a website to spread news about educational events in the state.
MyCentralJersey (Somerville, N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (9/14) 
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Teacher's inclusive classroom uses singular "they"
Teacher's inclusive classroom uses singular "they"
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English teacher Jacqueline Maxwell shares ideas for creating an inclusive classroom for students who identify themselves beyond traditional genders through the use of the singular "they" pronoun. Maxwell shares how she made her decision -- including guidance from a conference and other resources -- and how she directs students' use of pronouns.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (9/13) 
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NCSS Updates
NCSS Annual Conference highlighted speaker
Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody Awards and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work. In 2015, he received the TED Prize, awarded annually to one exceptional individual with a creative, bold vision to spark global change. His fifth StoryCorps book, "Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work," was released in 2016. Learn more about NCSS Conference speakers.
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Upcoming state and regional social studies conferences
Regional, state and local social studies conferences organized by NCSS-affiliated councils provide great opportunities for teachers in their home areas. Visit our site to find a complete listing that includes meeting themes, proposal deadlines, council webpages and conference contacts.
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