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March 11, 2013
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Ore. students turn history project into community asset
    The history project that fourth- and fifth-graders at Camas Ridge Elementary School in Eugene, Ore., have worked on since last year isn't limited to Donna DuBois' classroom. The students gathered old photos and historical information about 20 sites in their city, such as the train station and the public market, and made short videos about each one, as well as QR codes for smartphones. The project earned the support of Mayor Kitty Piercy, as well as business owners who posted signs to alert visitors to the QR codes for each site. The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students get firsthand civics lesson on cost of sequestration
    As students and families head to Washington, D.C., for upcoming spring break, many will be disappointed by the Obama administration's decision to cancel White House tours because of the sequestration. The self-guided tours were halted Saturday as part of the federal government's efforts to reduce spending. Tens of thousands of people already had the free tickets, provided by congressional offices, when tours were canceled. White House officials expressed regret over the cancellations, but members of Congress say tours of the U.S. Capitol will continue. The Washington Post (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is the role of the teacher changing?
    At the recent SXSWedu Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, the changing role of teachers as facilitators of classroom learning was a primary focus, SmartBrief senior education editor Melissa Greenwood writes in this blog post. Among the suggestions offered by speakers were to teach students to use technology to find answers on their own, put context before content and approach learning in a less formal way. Other ideas included educators acting as "spark igniters," who help students discover what drives their own passion for learning, and allowing students to help craft curriculum. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards & Assessments 
  • Consortium pilots common core assessment software
    The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is seeking student and educator feedback on its online testing platform that will be used to assess student mastery of the Common Core State Standards. Consortium officials say the pilots that will take place in 6,000 schools will help pinpoint any issues before the final rollout in 2014-15. Education Week/Digital Education blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Three Miss. elementary schools find success with literacy focus
    As Mississippi lawmakers debate a bill requiring third-graders to read at grade level or face retention, three elementary schools in Gulfport and Water Valley, Miss., -- that serve some of the poorest students -- have improved their students' test scores by focusing on literacy. Some of the improvements include hiring literacy coaches and reading specialists and using assessments to guide reading interventions. "We're trying to get rid of the ineffective stuff that we've done for so long," reading specialist Patricia Treloar said. The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.)/The Hechinger Report (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • Fla. school district invests in electronic documents
    A Florida school district is spending $10,500 to implement the Board Docs program and technology that allows it to post school board agendas and related documents online. Ahead of the first meeting at which the e-agendas were used, officials received training and IT employees were on hand to help board members through the transition. The district also is providing paper copies at meetings for those who want them. Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Social Studies & Civic Life 
  • Mich. high-school students use projects to raise awareness
    Using the Industrial Revolution as inspiration, students at Kent Innovation High School, in Grand Rapids, Mich., have embarked on project-based learning that also enlightens others about important issues in the community. One group of students created a website that shows corporate donations to political candidates, while another group started a campaign to help reduce ocean pollution related to "nurdles," plastic pellets found in many consumer items. "The Industrial Revolution obviously isn't that engaging in its historical sense to kids, so we tried to make it about things they care about in their lives," said Andrew Holly, a social studies teacher. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • History comes to life for students at Texas celebration
    Some little-known facts about Texas history, such as the use of camels to pull wagons in the 19th century, were among the features of a recent three-day event called Texas Our Texas, presented by the Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent in Victoria, Texas. The event -- for the public and students, including first-grade students from Chandler Elementary School -- included real camels as well as exhibits about Texas independence and culture and a performance of Mescalero Apache music courtesy of Tony Two Hawks. Victoria Advocate (Texas) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCSS Updates 
  • NCSS Conference proposal review
    The review period for NCSS Annual Conference session proposals has begun. Reviews are due March 24. If you volunteered to be a reviewer, please visit to access your assigned proposals and complete your reviews. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NCSS Election closes Friday
    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. The election closes Friday. Eligible members can access the ballot online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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