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September 24, 2018
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life
Teaching & Learning
Wis. high-schoolers to help register voters
Wis. high-schoolers to help register voters
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Juniors and seniors from one Wisconsin high school are partnering with the League of Women Voters for a registration drive to mark National Voter Registration Day. The students are part of a project-based, high-school program in which they earn credit for efforts in social studies and English and leadership.
WFRV-TV (Green Bay, Wis.) (9/21) 
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Standards & Assessments
Ky. education board mulls new graduation requirements
Kentucky students soon may have to meet new graduation standards, including passing foundation reading and math exams, under a proposal being considered by the state's board of education. If approved next month by the board, the standards would go into effect with students who are incoming freshman in the fall of 2019.
WFPL-FM (Louisville, Ky.) (9/23) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Students use AR to study Oklahoma City bombing
Ninth-grade students in one Oklahoma school are using augmented-reality technology to learn about the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum created the interactive AR experience with a $75,000 grant from Google.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (9/21) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Texas 5th-graders create art, talk about peace
A class of Texas fifth-grade students created pinwheels and engaged in discussion on how to create a more peaceful world as they marked the UN's International Day of Peace. A school counselor said students have been learning about conflict resolution and were challenged to answer three questions, including to name what students can do to show peace at school.
The Brazosport Facts (Clute, Texas) (9/22) 
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Novel inspires student's service-project idea
Novel inspires student's service-project idea
The study of a novel about overcoming childhood trauma has inspired a group of students to organize a service-learning project to help the homeless. The seventh-graders who attend an Illinois alternative school for students with behavioral challenges recently cooked and served hot dogs and other food to homeless individuals.
Herald & Review (Decatur, Ill.) (9/21) 
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NCSS Updates
"Having a Sense of Community"
In her September President's Message, India Meissel discusses the community aspects of membership in NCSS. Read more.
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Your Whole Classroom is Watching: Teaching 1968
Explore the tumultuous events of 1968 through artifacts, photos and oral histories at this @ChicagoHistory pre-conference clinic at the 2018 NCSS Annual Conference. Learn more.
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