Trip to Europe to aid Conn. teachers' lessons | Revamp of Texas social studies focuses on the Alamo | Tips for teachers who want to use OER
September 10, 2018
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Trip to Europe to aid Conn. teachers' lessons
Trip to Europe to aid Conn. teachers' lessons
Connecticut high-school teachers Deborah Banas and Chad Cardillo say they will use their trip to Europe for their history and psychology lessons in the classroom. In this Q&A, Banas and Cardillo, who traveled as part of a Fund for Teachers fellowship, say the experience has left them better prepared for when students question the relevance of such lessons.
Record-Journal (Meriden, Conn.) (9/8) 
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Standards & Assessments
Revamp of Texas social studies focuses on the Alamo
A working group of educators and historians revamping Texas social studies standards are recommending the state board of education remove the word "heroic" from its description of the 1836 siege at the Alamo. The panel will hold a hearing and final vote this week with a second reading expected in November to set the curriculum.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/8) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Tips for teachers who want to use OER
School districts can make it easier for teachers to access and effectively use open educational resources, asserts Steve Baule, a former school administrator and an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. In this commentary, he shares several tips to help teachers find and evaluate these resources for use in the classroom.
eSchool News (9/6) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Teacher makes music part of classroom structure
Teacher makes music part of classroom structure
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Kentucky fourth-grade teacher Alex Gregg incorporates music as part of his classroom structure by playing guitar and singing to students as a transition tool or a calming activity after recess. Research shows music enhances memory, and Gregg reviews lessons from earlier in the day before he plays guitar.
Georgetown News-Graphic (Ky.) (9/6) 
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Grocery store program supports early learning
Ten grocery stores in Philadelphia are piloting a program aimed at encouraging conversation among children and their parents based on literacy and math tasks. The Talk it Up program is funded through a $190,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation and builds on research about the beneficial effects of such interactions on early learning.
WHYY-TV/WHYY-FM (Philadelphia) (9/10) 
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NCSS Updates
Eric Liu to Speak at NCSS Annual Conference
Eric Liu will speak in Chicago this fall at the Annual Conference. Liu is an educator, civic entrepreneur, and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. He is also the founder and CEO of Citizen University, which promotes and teaches the art of powerful citizenship through a portfolio of national programs. Register for the 2018 Annual Conference in Chicago to hear him speak. Learn more.
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