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September 24, 2012
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Social studies teachers take on common core
    School leaders in Scottsdale, Ariz., are hurrying to organize teacher-training sessions on the Common Core State Standards. Over the summer, more than 600 teachers attended training on the standards, which call for teaching English and math in a more analytical way. "These are the skills that kids need to be successful in college and the world of work," said Andi Fourlis, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for the district. "And they're not just being taught by English language arts teachers -- they're taught by science and social studies teachers." The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School district is praised for recognizing LGBT History Month
    October has been designated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month, and Broward County, Fla., has decided to take time to recognize the issue. Gary Stein writes in this editorial that LGBT History Month is an opportunity not just to recognize certain role models in society, but to advance conversations and education about bullying and tolerance. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (9/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can Wikipedia be used as a teaching tool?
    Wikipedia should be used in the classroom, argues Jonathan Obar, an assistant professor at Michigan State University and Wikipedia Education Program volunteer. In this opinion article, he writes that the site can be used as a teaching tool and a resource for research, countering a recent column against the use of the site in classrooms. Obar argues against what he says are myths about Wikipedia, saying some academics do support its use and that it can be used to teach students how to use sources effectively. (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Standards & Assessments 
  • Social studies exam scores part of N.C. teacher-evaluation process
    Social studies and science tests will be among the new exams North Carolina middle- and elementary-school students will take as part of the state's Race to the Top plan. North Carolina is administering these common tests in subjects in which no state assessment is already used. Test scores will be used as part of the state's teacher-evaluation program. Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.) (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Do teachers need more training in technology?
    In a recent survey by Dell of students, teachers and parents in the U.S., China and Germany, most agreed that education technology is important and should play a greater role in instruction. However, China is leading both countries in the implementation of classroom technology -- a trend that some observers attribute to a lack of adequate training for teachers. U.S. News & World Report (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does technology aid literacy education?
    Educators who are urging more technology use in schools should consider how it can be used to close literacy gaps, education professor Venus E. Evans-Winters writes in this blog post. "How can we seriously discuss and advocate for an increase in technology in education without first acknowledging that we have a growing population of citizens who are not even able to read a Google page for information or able to decipher media propaganda from legitimate news sources?" Evans-Winters writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Social Studies & Civic Life 
  • A doctorate in philosophy take U.S. official to White House, U.N.
    Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is a Rhodes scholar and earned a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University. Rice is President Barack Obama's longest-serving foreign-policy adviser and is facing a major challenge these days, defending U.S. foreign policy in Syria. She also is considered a possible successor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton if Obama wins a second term. The Washington Post (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Historian shares significance of famous Civil War-era photograph
    John Hennessy, chief historian of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in Virginia, explains that a photograph taken in 1862 along the Rappahannock River represents a major turning point in American history. The image shows a group of slaves crossing the river to freedom. Clint Schemmer writes in this blog post that at a recent event at the site of the photo, Hennessy urged students to visit the site and cross the river to better remember that historic moment. The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.)/Past Is Prologue blog (9/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCSS Updates 
  • Call for manuscripts for Social Studies and the Young Learner
    If you are an enthusiastic elementary teacher or teacher educator with great ideas that you have implemented in the classroom, we invite you to share your work in Social Studies and the Young Learner. Read themes of upcoming issues, and view guidelines and deadlines. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NCSS Annual Conference Scholarships: Deadline extended
    The deadline to apply for scholarships covering the cost of registration for the NCSS Annual Conference has been extended to Sept. 28. Teachers in the Pacific Northwest who have never attended an NCSS Annual Conference are encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply on our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."
--Henry David Thoreau,
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