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March 6, 2013
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Mo. fifth-grade students go presidential for history lessons
    Presidents, first ladies and one first daughter (Harry and Bess Truman's daughter, Margaret Truman) recently were portrayed by fifth-graders in teacher Jenni Halley's social studies class at St. Gregory's School in Maryville, Mo. It was part of the annual "living history" program, in which students spent weeks studying the presidency, then made a drawing of the president, first lady or family member they had selected. They then made a presentation to parents, grandparents and younger classmates. Maryville Daily Forum (Mo.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Development 
  • Calif. district uses "teacher specialists" to implement common core
    The Santa Ana Unified School District in California is using a team of 44 "teacher specialists" to craft lesson plans to align with Common Core State Standards and to coach other teachers on literacy instruction. Teacher specialists, for example, may suggest historical material to use in a language arts lesson. The district has piloted common core literacy instruction at some elementary schools, and 92% of 720 teachers have reported the standards as being "effective or very effective," said Michelle Rodriguez, the district's common core implementation director. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Tenn. district increases use of mobile devices
    Hamilton County, Tenn., schools are using federal grants and other available dollars to invest in mobile devices as the school district prepares for increased technology demands, including online testing. County superintendent Rick Smith wants an iPad or other tablet for each of the district's 42,000 public-school students, a goal the district may reach faster if it rewrites policies to allow students to bring their own devices to school. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Student: Calif. district's grading system monopolizes teachers' time
    A student from Yuba City Unified School District in California says a new grading system, in which teachers are required to submit grades through an online system within seven days, is leaving educators with little time to help students before and after class. During a recent school board meeting, River Valley High School student Sumana Kondle said the system, which applies to sixth- through 12th-grade teachers, has led her biology teacher to opt for more multiple-choice testing. The district's superintendent, Nancy Aaberg, said the grading system is intended to improve communication with parents, and teachers who refuse to meet deadlines could face disciplinary action. Appeal-Democrat (Marysville-Yuba City, Calif.) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Social Studies & Civic Life 
  • Retired justice O'Connor advocates for civics education
    Sandra Day O'Connor may have retired from the U.S. Supreme Court, but she continues to work on an issue of national importance -- greater civics education in schools. O'Connor, co-chairwoman of the national advisory committee for Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, travels to speak to conferences and has worked with a high-tech team to produce, an interactive computer game to help teach students about the democratic system of government. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. high-school students create homework communications system
    Homework assignments at Massachusetts' Ashland High School have been modernized, thanks to senior Ankit Kumar and junior Andrew Walter, who created the computer system called the Homework Beacon. Teachers at the school are starting to use a computerized system that allows them to upload assignments and other information, as well as move the due dates for various assignments and projects in real time. "The fact of the matter is student-teacher communication is stuck in the 20th century," Kumar told the Ashland school committee. The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCSS Updates 
  • NCSS awards
    NCSS is accepting nominations and applications for the following 2012 awards and grants: Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year; Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy; Award for Global Understanding; Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation; Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award; Jean Dresden Grambs Distinguished Career Research Award; FASSE Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award; and FASSE-IA International Understanding Grants. Learn more about NCSS awards and grants. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NCSS members -- Remember to vote!
    NCSS members -- please remember to vote in the 2013 Board of Directors Election. Individuals who were NCSS members as of Dec. 31, 2012, are eligible to vote! Get more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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