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March 1, 2013
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Students see history in the making with pope's resignation
    Teachers and students in Catholic schools in North Carolina and Tennessee watched Pope Benedict XVI's last appearance as church leader on television and discussed the religious and historical significance of his resignation and status as pope emeritus. "This is something that we have not seen in several hundred years and everyone has sort of had to refresh themselves on how to handle certain protocols with the resignation as opposed to the death of a Pope," said Davis Bodie, who teaches middle-school social studies and religion at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville, Tenn. WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (2/28) , WWAY-TV (Wilmington, N.C.) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • History curriculum is undergoing reform in England
    England Education Secretary Michael Gove's plans to reform the country's history curriculum to teach historical events as part of a narrative has received support from a group of 15 historians. The plan, which has been criticized by history teachers, includes the reintroduction of some topics that had been eliminated from the curriculum under other regimes and calls for history to be taught in chronological order. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • NCLB waiver sought by group of 9 Calif. school districts
    Nine school districts in California, including Los Angeles, are seeking a waiver from portions of No Child Left Behind and are pledging to develop their own ways for evaluating the success of schools. The request -- filed jointly by the districts belonging to the California Office to Reform Education -- calls for the evaluation of schools based on standardized test scores, along with attendance, suspensions and graduation data, using district-developed formulas. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Idaho launches first-of-its-kind partnership with Khan Academy
    Idaho will launch a pilot program in the fall, becoming the first state to partner with the Khan Academy to provide free, online access to math, physics and history classes. The program, to be implemented in 47 schools, is funded through a $1.5 million grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. "Idaho has the students, the schools and the determination to succeed in showing the nation how to innovate within our public education system," said Jamie MacMillan, the foundation's executive director. KBOI-AM (Boise, Idaho)/The Associated Press (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Social Studies & Civic Life 
  • Schools increase focus on character education
    Support for including character education in schools appears to be gaining momentum, according to some supporters -- a trend that many believe could help improve student achievement. "If kids come to schools where they feel valued, safe, and feel teachers have their best interests at heart, ... they commit themselves," Marvin Berkowitz, a professor of character education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said. "They work harder, there are fewer distractions, and kids are more motivated. Of course they learn more." Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Understanding the difference between school climate, culture
    There are differences between school climate, which is the immediate condition, and school culture, the ongoing beliefs and traditions developed over time in the school community, writes longtime educator David Jakes, coordinator of instructional technology at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Ill. The climate must be changed to improve the culture, he writes in this blog post. "Over time, elements of a school's climate can become part of its culture. Truly successful schools create the conditions that enable this to occur," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  NCSS Updates 
  • NCSS workshop helps participants use thoughtful teaching strategies
    In the workshop titled "Strengthening Social Studies Learning and Excellence in the Common Core using Practical, Engaging, Thoughtful Teaching Strategies," participants will build a learning community while learning 15 powerful and practical activities to foster active engagement, excitement, and enhanced thinking in the classroom. Through the experience of hands-on lessons, participants will model constructivist strategies in the areas of inquiry learning and substantive discussion, as well as reading, writing, and other creative processing activities. The workshop takes place July 31 to Aug. 2 at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Link social studies standards with the Common Core State Standards
      
    "Teaching Reading with the Social Studies Standards: Elementary Units that Integrate Great Books, Social Studies, and the Common Core Standards," the latest bulletin from NCSS Publications is now available. This new publication includes class activities that help teachers to achieve learning expectations of the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies as well as specific objectives outlined in the Common Core Standards for Reading Literature. Learn more and order online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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