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September 26, 2012
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Ind. high school focuses on technology, project-based learning
    Students attending Gary New Tech High School in Indiana learn in a technology-rich environment with a focus on project-based learning. Students develop digital storytelling projects, make movies, mix music and, in an upcoming assignment, will design homes at a former housing project. "Technology is the very important component that will open so many doors for successful careers that our students can relate to and enjoy," said Esther Goodes, principal of the two-year-old school. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Student garden part of lessons in sustainability
    Middle-school students in St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tenn., are growing a vegetable garden as part of the school's Seeds of Change project. Students have learned about food, hunger and sustainability, and will hear from guest speakers about the issues. Some of the vegetables grown at the garden are given to a local cafe. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)(free registration) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
EF Educational Tours awarding $10,000 in travel each month
In an effort to make international travel more accessible to students, EF Educational Tours will be giving $10,000 to a high school teacher every month until December. Each donation will allow the winning and his or her students travel free on any of EF's immersive international programs, which address NCSS Global Connections standards. Win a free trip.
  Professional Development 
  • PBS extends its partnerships in education
    PBS is working with educators in Boston and Chicago on major projects aimed to enhance the skills development of pre-K and kindergarten students in areas such as math and vocabulary. PBS also has launched a website that provides lesson plans, ideas and materials in subjects including social studies, math, language arts, science and the arts. Another partnership site includes professional-development components for teachers who want to implement the lessons. Education Week/Vander Ark on Innovation blog (9/25) 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!
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Students can make virtual climb of Mount Kilimanjaro
    Students around the world can accompany, via their computers, an actual trek up Tanzania's famed Mount Kilimanjaro and study the information collected on the mountain in databases being made available online to classrooms everywhere. Sponsored by GLOBE Xpedition, this year's journey includes scientists, teachers, one middle-school student and three high-school students from the U.S. A webinar hosted by the scientists on the mountain is planned for Oct. 1. T.H.E. Journal (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students excel in Ariz. school's blended-learning environment
    Students attending Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School in Yuma, Ariz., attend class in a blended-learning environment in which they spend half of their time sitting in office-like cubicles, receiving instruction online in their core subject areas. The rest of the time, they are working in small groups in workshops led by subject-specific teachers. Students, who attend school four days a week, have performed better on the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards exam since 2005, when the school switched to a blended model. The Hechinger Report (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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 
  • Calif. develops program to get students engaged in civic life
    The California Youth Leadership Project, signed into law recently by Gov. Jerry Brown, will provide scholarships to high-school students and encourage their involvement in government. "Underserved young people face many challenges," said the bill's author, state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord. "The Legislature needs to hear from them, especially on issues like poverty, bullying, addiction, and education. This legislation will provide much-needed funding to help give these youth a voice in their government." San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)(free registration) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Geographer predicts new dawn for primeval forests
    Alexandre Guertin-Pasquier, a geographer with the University of Montreal, says he believes climate change and rising temperatures could resurrect ancient forests in northern Canada. "According to the data model, climate conditions on Bylot Island will be able to support the kinds of trees we find in the fossilized forest that currently exist there, such as willow, pine and spruce," he said. Toronto Sun (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  NCSS Updates 
  • NCSS Leadership Program on Legislative Advocacy
    Join us at the NCSS Annual Conference on Thursday, Nov. 15 for an exciting pre-conference program, where we will share the latest news on education policy development related to social studies, as well as strategies and tips that will make a difference in your individual and group legislative advocacy efforts. See our website for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 International Social Studies Conference
    The conference program preview for the 2013 International Social Studies Conference is now available. To download a copy of the Preview, and find more information on registration and submitting a proposal, please visit our website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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