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September 12, 2012
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Fla. middle school offers African and African-American history class
    John F. Kennedy Middle School in Riviera Beach is one of the first middle schools in Florida to offer a course in African and African-American history. The district has offered similar courses as electives in high schools through the years, but this is the first time such a class has been offered at the middle-school level. Educators said they hope the course will help the school's students, a majority of whom are African-American, feel more connected to academics by making the subject relevant to their lives. The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. expands testing to include first-ever social studies exams
    North Carolina elementary- and middle-school students this year will take state-mandated social studies exams for the first time. The new tests, which are among about 24 new state exams, are part of the state's effort to use assessments to evaluate teacher performance. Tied to the state's Race to the Top funding, the tests have resulted in additional local costs, including printing and grading the tests. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Common core requirements help boost librarians' profile
    School librarians are finding themselves in high demand these days with the focus Common Core State Standards have brought to the skills of research, reading and writing. Kristen Hearne, librarian at Wren Middle School in Piedmont, S.C., said she has been working with other librarians to train science and social studies teachers who must teach their students literacy skills for those subjects. "When it comes to the common core, librarians can be a school's secret weapon," said Hearne, who assisted a social studies teacher with a cross-disciplinary unit on the Vietnam War. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Study links EF Educational Tours and student development
An AdvancED study found that 92% of high school students report feeling more comfortable in new and different cultural settings after traveling with EF. EF's international programs, which address NCSS Global Connections standards, let teachers build academically focused itineraries for their students to more than 65 countries. Learn more.
  Professional Development 
Teach Holocaust History with Echoes and Reflections
Echoes and Reflections is the leader in Holocaust education, providing teacher training programs across the U.S. Earn professional development credit and explore classroom-ready materials― lessons include maps, photos, primary source documents, visual history testimony, and connections to standards. Find a program today!
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Sky is the limit for classrooms in the cloud
    Using cloud technology to transform traditional classroom lessons can both cut costs and improve engagement among students, according to a recent white paper on the subject. The technology, according to this article, gives teachers greater flexibility in their lessons and more power to adjust resources as needed. Lesson planning and execution also are made more efficient by the cloud and parents have a direct connection to classroom learning. (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Teachers, parents agree on promise of education technology
    In a recent survey, 82% of teachers and a majority of parents said they believe more education technology would help students learn. The Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission also found that most believe the next decade will see more technology in the classroom. The survey also found that teachers and parents had similar attitudes about classroom technology and shared similar concerns regarding technology-related issues. Education Week/Digital Education blog (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Social Studies & Civic Life 
  • Can a robot help determine human trustworthiness?
    People make judgments about other people's trustworthiness within minutes of meeting. A team of researchers, including Northeastern University psychology professor David DeSteno, have been trying to figure it out using a robot without the human factor of body language. "A humanoid social robot that afforded the team an important benefit -- they could control all its movements perfectly," the researchers wrote in the study, published in the journal Psychological Science. Business Insider (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

SIIA, the Software & Information Industry Association, is looking for educators and administrators who would like to participate as judges for the 2013 CODiE Awards for education products. Judging is a great experience that gives you the opportunity to see new products for the first time and provide valuable feedback to improve those products.

  NCSS Updates 
  • Volunteers needed for NCSS Committees
    NCSS is seeking applicants to serve on NCSS Operations Committees. Operations committees carry out board-mandated operations, duties, and policies, as well as many of the necessary business and organizational functions of NCSS. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1, and appointments will be made by the NCSS House of Delegates at the annual conference in November. Committee terms will begin July 2013. Learn more and volunteer. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teaching about elections
    Two weeks of watching political conventions has us thinking about the upcoming elections. NCSS offers articles and lessons on teaching about the 2012 elections, voting and campaign hot issues on our website. The resources page includes links to free articles as well as members-only materials. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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