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April 16, 2012
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life

  Teaching & Learning 
 
 
  • O'Connor's iCivics offers lessons, interactive games and more:   Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 2009 created iCivics, a free, online, standards-based program of civics lessons and interactive games. Today, the project is being used by more than 50,000 students in all states. She offers one lesson in this article. The Washington Post/Magazine (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teacher to take students on a field trip through history
    A group of 20 Texas middle-school students will embark on a "Heart of Texas" field trip, touring a number of state historical sites, thanks to the efforts of their social studies and history teacher, Michael Sanchez. During the weekend trip, largely paid for by the Texas City school board and student fundraisers, students will visit museums and state landmarks, participate in geocaching treasure hunt activities and record their adventures in interactive journals. The Galveston County Daily News (Texas) (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Trayvon Martin case offers classroom lessons for students
    Teachers should take class time to discuss the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, say Jeffrey P. Carpenter, coordinator of secondary and K-12 teacher-education programs at Elon University, and Scott Weathers, a high-school senior. They write that the Florida teen's death can be linked to history, literature, civics and government lessons. While the topic is controversial, Carpenter and Weathers write that the conversation likely would be productive and rewarding and would hold students' attention. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Standards & Assessments 
 
  • Maine House passes new standards for high-school graduation
    High-school students in Maine soon may face new education challenges under a bill passed last week by the Maine House of Representatives. The bill requires school districts to move from graduation requirements based on a specified number of class credits to requirements based on demonstrated proficiency in various subject areas, including math, English, science and social studies. Opponents to the bill question whether sufficient funds are available for teacher training and other costs of implementing the plan. Maine Public Broadcasting Network (4/9)
  • Test-based accountability versus evidence-based education
    Test-based accountability focuses instruction on a limited number of skills -- those most likely to appear on standardized tests, writes Robert Slavin, director of Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University. Evidence-based instruction has no such limitations, writes Slavin in this blog post, but rather focuses teaching on proven strategies for promoting student success. Education Week/Sputnik blog (4/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Technology in the Classroom 
  • More schools adopt flipped instructional method
    A growing number of teachers nationwide are adopting the flipped instructional method, in which students view lectures online and practice what they have learned in class. While there is little research on the technique, there have been success stories. "It's spreading because innovative teachers are looking for a way to use technology to transform the traditional classroom," said Jim Warford, a senior consultant at the New York-based International Center for Leadership in Education. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students teach at Tech Expo
    Students became the teachers at a recent Tech Expo in Wilton, Conn. The annual event is held to demonstrate the latest technology being used in district schools -- and all the demonstrators are Wilton students. An eighth-grade social studies class spent weeks doing research, writing scripts and editing documentary films for a project on immigration. The Wilton Bulletin (Conn.) (4/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Social Studies & Civic Life 
  • High-school students teach economics to struggling middle-schoolers
    Students from Loyola High School in Los Angeles are fulfilling the community service requirement for their Advanced Placement economics class by teaching the subject to middle-school students. The high-schoolers are giving back to the community as they reinforce concepts they're learning in their own class. "This experience has been incredible," said high-school student Conrad Ukropina. Los Angeles Times(tiered subscription model) (4/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Anthropologist to return soldiers' remains
    Three boxes of bone fragments of soldiers who died in the French and Indian War will soon be returned to the site of the battle in which they died 250 years ago. Maria Liston, an anthropologist at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, has stored the remains for nearly 20 years. Later this month, she will return them to the site of the battle at Fort William Henry in Lake George, N.Y. The Record (Kitchener, Ontario) (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sharing a passion for archaeology
    Three classes of Colorado fifth-graders recently received hands-on experience with archaeology, thanks to the passion of their teacher, Lindsey Mieras. The students wrapped up their study of archaeology, history and prehistory by working with U.S. Forestry Service employees to search for the remains of an old schoolhouse. "It's a multidiscipline field," Mieras said of archaeology. "They use math, writing, reading, history, science. It crosses all levels." The Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) (4/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCSS Updates 
  • 2012 Carter G. Woodson Book Award winners
    NCSS announces the recipients of the 2012 Carter G. Woodson Book Awards. First presented in 1974, this award recognizes distinguished books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States. The award is intended to "encourage the writing, publishing, and dissemination of outstanding social studies books for young readers that treat topics related to ethnic minorities and race relations sensitively and accurately." See the list of 2012 Woodson Award books. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Geographic education Road Map
    Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, National Geographic, the Association of American Geographers, the National Council for Geographic Education, and the American Geographical Society are collaborating to create recommendations to guide national efforts to improve geographic education over the next decade. Drafts of these reports will be available until April 20 for public review and feedback. Those interested in reviewing and providing feedback on any of these reports may visit the Road Map Project website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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