Art students at a Virginia high school are creating portraits of refugee children from Syria and child orphans from Tanzania for the Memory Project, a national program. Teacher Jon Roark described the program as beneficial to all of the young people involved, from the Virginia students who draw the portraits based on a photograph and the overseas child, who will receive their portrait in the mail.
Ryan Sprott, an Advanced Placement world history teacher in Texas, has partnered with a peer who is an artist and professor to develop a course that allows students to conduct in-depth study of immigration. In this blog post, Sprott describes the course, called Border-land, that helps students explore migration issues through art, dialogue and travel to border areas.
Teacher Sydney Chaffee is the Council of Chief State School Officers' 2017 National Teacher of the Year. Chaffee, who helped craft the eighth-grade English language arts curricula, teaches ninth-grade ELA and social studies. "For me, education is a tool for social justice," Chaffee said.
Data show student arrests and suspensions in New York City costs $746 million annually in city funds, according to a report from the nonprofit Urban Youth Collaborative and The Center for Popular Democracy. The estimated cost was based on city budget data and potential costs associated with students who are suspended or arrested dropping out of school.
AP government and civics teacher Jo Boggess Phillips says online games have provided a "safe harbor" to teach students about civics "without being bombarded by partisan rhetoric." Tools educators are using include iCivis, Civic Action Project and One and All.
Organizers of a model United Nations program in Minnesota say it is the only one in the country being operated entirely in Spanish. The recent Spanish Model United Nations, with 240 students from five schools, called on students to shift from conversational Spanish to a more "professional and serious" language.
A group of kindergartners and first-graders spent a recent Saturday at a Wisconsin middle school learning about the Hmong people. The event, conducted by the Hmong Language and Culture Enrichment Program, teaches the language and gives students time to practice it while encouraging them to connect with others in the community.
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.