Fla. school shooting sparks national protests | Educator: How teachers' words affect students | Strategies to boost student-centered learning
February 19, 2018
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Fla. school shooting sparks national protests
Fla. school shooting sparks national protests
Memorial at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Students, advocates and others are working to raise awareness about gun control after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Students from the Florida school are organizing "March for Our Lives" in Washington, D.C., on March 24, and the Women's March EMPOWER branch is organizing #Enough, National School Walkout Day on March 14.
NBC News (2/18),  TIME online (2/18),  CNN (2/18) 
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Educator: How teachers' words affect students
Educator: How teachers' words affect students
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What teachers say to students can have an effect on their emerging identities for the rest of their lives, educator Ariel Sacks writes in this blog post. She shares both positive and negative experiences teachers have had on her life and suggests educators carefully consider what they say to students.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/14) 
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Connect Students to history with HMH Social Studies
HMH Social Studies for Grades 6-12 promotes inquiry and active learning to challenge and prepare students for college and career readiness. Learn more and request access to review online materials via our new learning system, Ed: Your Friend in Learning®.
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Standards & Assessments
Strategies to boost student-centered learning
Strategies to boost student-centered learning
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It's time to adopt student-centered learning, writes Amy Dujon, a practice leader with Learning Sciences International. In this blog post, she shares strategies to support productive struggle that she suggests can help prepare students for college and career.
SmartBrief/Education (2/14) 
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Mindfulness program uses music in Ohio schools
Mindfulness program uses music in Ohio schools
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Educators at about 60 Ohio schools are using music to promote mindfulness among students. The Mindful Music Moments program uses symphony and orchestra music to help students focus on their breathing to help ease anxiety and improve behavior.
ThisWeek Community News (Lewis Center, Ohio) (2/14) 
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Other News
Making science stick
Hands-on learning in the science classroom sets objects and concepts within a real-world context. Students connect theory to experience and learning sticks. Get more insights on effective science instruction from the Smithsonian's Carol O'Donnell in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
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Technology in the Classroom
Can a video game help curb stress?
Students at Missouri State University are studying whether a video-game program can help to curb stress. Students are testing the saliva of people who play the game, Alive, and comparing results with those who participate in mindfulness exercises.
KYTV-TV (Springfield, Mo.) (2/17) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Students learn about disabilities through "Wonder"
Students at a New York middle school participated in disability simulation exercises and learned about nonprofits helping individuals with special needs after reading the book "Wonder." The message of disability awareness is aimed at helping students appreciate differences and share a common goal of learning, teacher Jim O'Hara said.
Herald Community Newspapers (Garden City, N.Y.) (2/15) 
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Should schools stop tackle football?
Should schools stop tackle football?
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School leaders should withdraw support for tackle football, asserts Mark Serva, an educational consultant and associate professor at the University of Delaware. In this commentary, he cites research suggesting that any amount of tackle football may be harmful to children's health.
District Administration magazine online (2/15) 
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NCSS Updates
Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society
Enhance the school year by applying for a Rho Kappa charter. Rho Kappa is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. Any accredited public or private high school can apply for a local chapter, through which individuals will be inducted into Rho Kappa Honor Society. Rho Kappa provides national recognition and opportunities for exploration in the social studies. Learn more or apply for a charter.
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Social studies conferences around the nation
Now is a busy time for regional, state and local social studies conferences. Check out our complete listing.
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