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September 5, 2012
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Why performance character is important
    There is a difference between moral character and performance character, and schools should boost performance character in their students, journalist Paul Tough says in an interview with social studies and English teacher Larry Ferlazzo. "In terms of performance character, I think schools should try to teach those traits for a simple and practical reason: because they help students do better in college and beyond. And that's really the core mission of our K-12 education system," Tough said. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q&A blog (9/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Students weigh in with opinions of political ads:   Students in Evy Fernandez's social studies class in St. Petersburg, Fla., weren't overwhelmed by the effectiveness of campaign ads they were shown in a recent class. The Dixie Hollins High School students noticed some interesting aspects of the advertisements. One student noted how certain words might strike a chord with some voters. Education Week (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Teacher-led travel builds students' cultural awareness
A study by AdvancED revealed that EF Education Tours' teacher-led international programs improve the cultural understanding of high school travelers. After traveling to such places as France, Costa Rica and China with EF, students reported being able to better recognize and appreciate the ways in which the world is interconnected. Learn more.
  Professional Development 
 
  • Colo. social studies teacher promotes literacy strategies
    Windsor Middle school social studies teacher Rachel Wood spent her summer touring the nation as part of the Colorado State University Writing Project. In this interview, Wood discusses her experiences as she reached out to educators to promote classroom strategies that highlight literacy, such as exposing students to source materials they can use when studying history. Windsor Now (Colo.) (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Policy Watch 
 
  • Oregon schools seek to boost financial literacy
    Oregon students are learning about savings, credit and other aspects of economics and personal finance as the state seeks to turn out more financially responsible young adults. Some schools, however, are still grappling with how to implement state-mandated financial literacy standards into the curricula from kindergarten through high school. The Oregonian (Portland) (9/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nashville, Tenn., academies earn national accreditation
    Metro Nashville's 12 high schools in Tennessee offer students three career academy options that focus on subjects such as the arts, communication, business and health sciences. Rather than take a vocational education approach, as some parents and critics had feared, the schools have maintained solid college-prep opportunities. Since the transformation to academies started in 2009, four schools have earned accreditation from the National Career Academy Coalition, and in November, Nashville with host the coalition's annual conference. The Tennessean (Nashville) (9/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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"You can't learn math without making mistakes." What's Right About Wrong Answers gives you 22 activities that focus on important ideas in grades 4-5 math. Each includes a summary of the content and highlighted error, Common Core connections, redproducibles, required manipulatives, and other tools. Preview the entire book!
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Teachers need to unplug sometimes
    There are times when teachers and others need to unplug, says instructional coach David Ginsburg. In this blog, he writes about the temptation to tweet, text or check e-mail when the priority should be on engaging -- in-person -- with students, colleagues or others. That means removing the temptation, if necessary, to use a smartphone or other device during class or a meeting, Ginsburg writes. Education Week Teacher/Coach G's Teaching Tips (9/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Social Studies & Civic Life 
  • Federal prosecutor returns home to teach high school
    Madison Sewell left a high-paying career as a an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice to come back home to Kentucky and become a teacher. Sewell, who developed a criminal law program at Henderson County High School, teaches students about the law, criminal investigations and even how to write search warrants. Steve Gold, Henderson County attorney, said the hands-on experience of Sewell's classes "would be useful to any citizen." The Gleaner (Henderson, Ky.) (9/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCSS Updates 
 
  • NCSS welcomes new staff
    NCSS is pleased to welcome new staff members. Ashanté Horton is Program Manager, Conference Services and Education succeeding Daniela Jaramillo, who left NCSS in the spring to return to Equador. Jordan Grote is Program Manager, External Relations and Council Communications, filling the position previously held by Kristen Pekarek who left NCSS to join the staff of ASCD. Get to know Jordan and Ashanté. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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