Educators learn strategies for teaching about race | 3 projects for real-world learning | Study: How students' age affects achievement
August 21, 2017
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Educators learn strategies for teaching about race
Educators learn strategies for teaching about race
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Twenty educators from middle and high schools in the US recently attended a workshop at Indiana State University to learn best practices for how to approach discussions about race, and civil and human rights. The meeting aimed to help teachers feel prepared to address sensitive topics in the classroom.
The Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Ind.) (8/19) 
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3 projects for real-world learning
3 projects for real-world learning
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Learning may be most effective when there are real-world applications, asserts Suzie Boss, a project-based learning advocate. In this blog post, she shares three projects to try with students during the school year.
Edutopia online (8/17) 
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Share American History Toolkits In Your Class!
Take your students back in time with TAH.org's American History Toolkits. Each toolkit covers a major era of American History to provide you with a diverse collection of resources that cover our nation's most pressing times. Inspire your students and download the free Toolkits today!
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Standards & Assessments
Study: How students' age affects achievement
Study: How students' age affects achievement
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The age when students start school could affect their academic performance through college, according to a study released by the National Bureau of Economic Affairs. Researchers found that older students had about a 40-point edge on the SAT and were more likely to enroll in college.
National Public Radio (8/18),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/18) 
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Some schools may be inflating grades
High-school students attending private and suburban schools may be receiving higher grades, even as achievement on the SAT trends down, according to a College Board study expected to be published early next year. Michael Hurwitz, senior director at the College Board, says the findings point to potential grade inflation among wealthier schools.
The Hechinger Report (8/16) 
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Technology in the Classroom
How digital tools can enhance note-taking
How digital tools can enhance note-taking
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Students can improve their comprehension skills by using digital tools to take notes and visible-thinking routines to make sense of them, asserts doctoral student Beth Holland. In this commentary, she suggests several note-taking tools and inquiry strategies.
KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (8/17) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Should schools be named for Confederate leaders?
In the wake of the national debate over Confederate statues, some are calling for renaming schools that are named for Confederate leaders. There were at least 138 public schools in the US named for Confederate leaders in the 2015-16 school year, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/18) 
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Egyptian archaeologists find trio of 27th Dynasty-era tombs
Three ancient tombs holding several sarcophagi have been found near Samalut, Egypt, south of Cairo, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. The tombs date throughout the 27th Dynasty and differ in style from other tombs found at the site, suggesting the area was once a vast cemetery used over an extensive period.
National Geographic online (8/16) 
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NCSS Updates
NCSS responds to Charlottesville events
As members of the National Council for the Social Studies, we express deep concern for the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., and the aftermath. Read more.
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NCSS Annual Conference
San Francisco's rich history and vibrant neighborhoods come alive at the 97th NCSS Annual Conference, held Nov. 17 to 19 (pre-conference meetings will be Nov. 15 and 16). Join NCSS in its first return to the Bay Area in more than 30 years for the world's largest and most comprehensive social studies professional development conference. Read more.
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