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December 4, 2017
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How students can help put news into perspective
How students can help put news into perspective
The memorial for shooting victims at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Finding the best approach to discussing current events with students, particularly events that involve tragedy and violence, can be a challenge, middle-school teacher Sarah Cooper writes. In this blog post, Cooper shares the emotions and hesitations she experienced when discussing a recent shooting with her students and how their curiosity and desire to analyze the event made it easier to address the subject.
MiddleWeb (12/3) 
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Ideas on embracing new teaching strategies
Ideas on embracing new teaching strategies
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Educators should keep an open mind and be willing to learn about once-unknown approaches -- such as trauma-informed teaching or competency-based learning -- to improve outcomes for students, educator Marcia Powell writes. She shares strategies for teachers on learning about and adopting practices.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (11/29) 
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Achiever Exam Prep Guide for AP European History
Chris Freiler's vast experience with the changes to the AP European History course and exam informed this revision of his best-selling Achiever Exam Prep Guide. Filled with up-to-date content, with online updates to address the Fall 2017 course changes, this guide is the best resource for students using any AP European History textbook. Learn More
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Standards & Assessments
Ideas for making learning more personal
Ideas for making learning more personal
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Teachers may assume that new software drives personalized learning, but there are other paths to make learning more personal, asserts Troy Strand, a digital learning specialist and former middle-school instrumental music conductor. In this commentary, he shares personalized-learning lessons.
EdSurge (11/30) 
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Report examines post-recession education spending
Report examines post-recession education spending
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Twenty-nine states are spending less money on public schools than they did before the economic recession in 2008, according to a national report from the nonprofit Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It follows a separate report, released in August, that examined higher-education spending.
The Santa Fe New Mexican (tiered subscription model) (11/29) 
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Unleash students’ creativity with coding & STEAM
We can't prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, but we can ensure they are future-ready. In an increasingly automated world, learning code won't be enough — what students are able to DO with code will be what matters. Learn more on how to use STEAM & coding to turn students into creative problem-solvers.
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Technology in the Classroom
How to integrate technology in reading lessons
How to integrate technology in reading lessons
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Technology can help improve reading lessons, writes Monica Burns, an education-technology and curriculum consultant and former educator. In this blog post, she shares four approaches, including using Google Hangouts or Skype to help students connect with mentor readers.
Edutopia online (11/30) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Teens take lead in creation of pop-up museum
Teens take lead in creation of pop-up museum
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Students -- mostly from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland -- are opening a pop-up museum to offer a window into teenage life. The Museum of Contemporary American Teenagers includes 30 exhibits, selfie sculptures, murals and a performance space.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (12/3) 
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Okla. students address issues in community
An Oklahoma school is teaching students in prekindergarten through eighth grade about hunger, homelessness, the environment and other challenges to raise students' awareness of community issues and develop empathy for others. The lessons, differentiated based on grade level, include simulations about problems faced by the less fortunate.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (12/2) 
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NCSS Updates
"Visions of Education" podcast features the 2017 NCSS Annual Conference
In episode 71 of the "Visions of Education" Podcast, hosts Dan Krutka and Michael Milton discuss last week's NCSS Annual Conference. The episode includes Dan's interviews with award winners, presenters and attendees at the NCSS Annual Conference, and the annual meeting of CUFA-the College and University Faculty Assembly of NCSS. Hear the podcast.
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Thank you to everyone who attended the NCSS Annual Conference! We hope that you found your experience to be valuable and enjoyable. We would appreciate if attendees could let us know what you liked and what we can do better? It takes just few minutes. Your feedback will shape the 2018 Annual Conference, and help us give you the best possible conference experience. Take the evaluation.
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