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September 10, 2012
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Teachers delve into history through Driven 2 Teach program
    Seventy-five teachers in Utah spent a portion of their summer learning about U.S. history through the Driven 2 Teach program. Through the program, teachers participate in a field study, in which they travel, read assigned works and keep journals. "It was about making connections as a group learning about an underappreciated part of American history," Russ McKell said. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Giving students a first-hand democratic experience
    Teacher Mark Phillips in this blog post offers several suggestions for teaching students about democracy. Among his recommendations are to enable students to practice having a voice and to model democracy in social studies courses and other parts of the curriculum. He also makes the case that schools should give more consideration to students' input and include them in the decision-making process. Edutopia.org/Mark Phillips' blog (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Teachers struggle with financial education
    Schools are increasingly adding financial literacy courses to the curriculum, but fewer than 20% of teachers and teachers-in-training said they felt "very competent" to teach personal finance, according to survey. Another report, recently released by the Securities and Exchange Commission, showed the problem goes beyond schools, concluding "U.S. retail investors lack basic financial literacy" and "have a weak grasp of elementary financial concepts." The Wall Street Journal (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Youths should read more nonfiction
    Students should be given more nonfiction reading materials, educator Bill Ferriter writes in this blog post. He recommends exposing students to reading nonfiction about a topic that's familiar and part of their surroundings, such as a book on birds that brought excitement to one of Ferriter's former students. Ferriter writes that students also should see their teachers reading and talking about nonfiction materials. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Standards & Assessments 
  • When is the right time to assess common-core skills?
    As states continue to bring Common Core State Standards into the classroom, some question when schools should begin testing students' proficiency and how to prepare parents and others for a possible drop in scores. Stu Silberman, director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and a veteran educator, suggests states follow Kentucky's implementation of the common core for best practices. The state added the standards to its curriculum and assessments last year. Education Week (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New York schools perform more field-testing of new assessments
    State education department officials in New York will administer tests this fall in about 550 schools statewide to field-test assessment questions. Parents raised concerns last spring about a similar practice, and again are concerned that the tests planned for October will negatively affect students. However, officials have defended the practice, saying it's necessary for the development of future assessments and teacher-evaluation systems. The Wall Street Journal (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Students seek to master technology in preparation for college, career
    Teachers in Salt Lake City are working to help their students not only grasp the knowledge and skills that make up their social studies and other curricula. They also focus on proficiency in computers, Web applications and other tools students will use in college and beyond. Teachers say making sure all their students have access to the Internet and computers can be challenging because of economic differences. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (9/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Social Studies & Civic Life 
  • Historians help explain mysteries unveiled by hurricane
    The formerly sunken remains of a ship brought ashore in Alabama by Hurricane Isaac have been of keen interest to tourists recently. Local historians are helping to shed light on what shipping was like along the Gulf Coast when the ship ran aground in 1923. "A tropical storm much like Tropical Storm Isaac that we just went through was hitting the Gulf Coast and a large number of these schooners were out in the Gulf. One was sunk just off Perdido Key and the crew was lost," said Michael Bailey, historian for the Fort Morgan Historical society. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)/The Associated Press (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCSS Updates 
  • Constitution Day resources
    Constitution Day is Monday, September 17, 2012. Links to free website resources -- as well as to NCSS journal articles (members-only) on the topic of the U.S. Constitution -- are available on our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 10 weeks to the NCSS Annual Conference
    The NCSS Annual Conference is only 10 weeks away. Have you registered? The Annual Conference offers more than 500 content-rich sessions, a lineup of renowned speakers and education experts, and the latest offerings from more than 150 exhibitors. Share the most current knowledge, ideas, research, and expertise in social studies education with colleagues from across the country and around the world. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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