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September 19, 2012
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Understand the changing demands of 21st-century citizenship
    The demands of citizenship have changed in the 225 years since the U.S. Constitution was signed, write National Council for the Social Studies Vice President Michelle Herczog and Lillian Kellogg, vice president of Education Networks of America. Herczog and Kellogg write in this opinion article that the four C's of 21st-century competencies -- communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity -- are necessary to be an effective citizen today, as well as a successful student. (Philadelphia) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. social studies teacher marks 50 years in the classroom
    Ro Schreiner has worked at what is now Manhattan Beach Middle School in California since 1962. The Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board recently honored the social studies teacher for her 50 years of service. "I find great joy in finding out what everybody is most proud of and trying to encourage that," said Schreiner, 71, of her students. "I appreciate everybody's strengths." San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)(free registration) (9/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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!
  Professional Development 
  • Teach for America is creating career teachers
    Teach for America's concept includes asking its young participants to spend only two years teaching in low-income schools, but statistics show 63% choose education as a career. "I truly believe that people should be in the place where they can do the most good. As time went on, I realized that education is that place for me," said Ivette Rodriguez, whose Teach for America experience led her to her current position as an elementary-school principal, instead of a lawyer. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Shake up your writing instruction. In Renew! literacy specialist Shawna Coppola provides a framework for rethinking how we teach the writing process, the tools we use, how we assess student writing, and our roles as writing teachers. A provocative, inspiring, and motivating read. Preview the entire book!
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Facebook is used for history lessons in the Netherlands
    A school in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is using Facebook's timeline feature to help teach history lessons. Students have created a Facebook page dedicated to the curriculum, where they engage in dialogue and post information. Students learn about historical events -- such as Magellan's voyages, 20th century inventions, fashion history and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union -- as well as their chronology, using the Facebook feature. (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IPads, technology use in Minn. schools expands
    Hopkins West Junior High School in Minnesota has embraced technology, with students using their school-issued iPads to conduct research, read e-books and interact with their teachers. Kim Campbell's seventh-grade social studies students use a maps mobile application to study geography on their iPads. Other teachers at the school who are using flipped classrooms report significant improvement in student test scores. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  Social Studies & Civic Life 
  • Museum exhibit tell 350-year history of Staten Island, N.Y.
    The new "From Farm to City: Staten Island 1661-2012" exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York reveals a history that includes a bustling harbor, posh resorts and an enduring conflict between conservation and development on the island. "There are a lot of surprises about Staten Island for people who don't know Staten Island very well, and for Staten Islanders as well," said Sarah Henry, chief curator and deputy director. Associated Press (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCSS Updates 
  • Upcoming state and local social studies conferences
    The South Carolina, Oklahoma and Kansas Councils for the Social Studies will be holding conferences in the month of September. Check out the full schedule of local, state and regional social studies conferences on our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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