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May 14, 2018
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N.J. middle schools pilot social action program
N.J. middle schools pilot social action program
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Students at seven New Jersey middle schools are learning about civic participation through the Students Taking Action Together framework, a pilot program by the Rutgers Social and Emotional Character Development Lab. In this blog post, lab director Maurice Elias highlights the PLAN -- problem, list, action, notice -- approach.
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Assignment aims to help teacher-student relationships
Assignment aims to help teacher-student relationships
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Middle-grades teacher Erin Ott has developed an assignment that seeks to improve teacher-student relationships. In this blog post, she describes how the Take Care of Me List supports students' needs and classroom expectations.
Edutopia online (5/10) 
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Prep now to improve next year's classes
Prep now to improve next year's classes
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Teachers can take a few simple steps now -- before this school year ends -- to save time when prepping for the next school year, writes middle-school teacher Kim Lepre. In this article, she offers strategies that teachers can use to organize, pack and evaluate classroom strategies for next year.
Edutopia online (5/11) 
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Tips for helping students develop grit
Focusing on mindset, behavior and teamwork can help boost grit among students, says psychologist Caren Baruch-Feldman. Other experts offer additional suggestions, such as focusing on passion and working with parents, to help students cultivate grit.
eSchool News (5/11) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Wash. students create digital museum of artifacts
Students at a Washington state middle school recently unveiled the next phase of a two-year virtual-reality project in partnership with the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. They took 3D images of 100-plus artifacts from the site's collection using an app that will be placed on a website for online visitors.
The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (5/11) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Ala. memorial remembers 5,000 US lynching deaths
The recently unveiled National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., honors 5,000 documented lynching deaths that took place in the US. This article recalls the brutal lynching death of Mary Turner that occurred nearly 100 years ago this month and the emotional and psychological effects that continue today.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (5/6) 
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First Native Americans were about 250 Siberians, DNA study suggests
The first humans in the Americas were about 250 people who migrated from Siberia around 15,000 years ago, according to a study published in Genetics and Molecular Biology. Researchers collected DNA from 10 members of indigenous groups in Central and South America, 10 Siberian individuals and 15 people from China, looking for information about the original founding group.
LiveScience (5/10) 
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NCSS Updates
2018 Southeast IDM Institute June 5 to 6 -- Atlanta
Sponsored by C3 Teachers and National Council for the Social Studies, the Southeast IDM Institute in Atlanta will feature hands-on opportunities for teachers to develop inquiry materials for use in their classrooms and to join a larger community of educators who share an interest in invigorating their classrooms through inquiry-based teaching and learning. Learn more and register.
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The 4th Annual IDMâ„¢ Summer Institute -- Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by C3 Teachers and National Council for the Social Studies, the IDM Summer Institute features hands-on opportunities for teachers to develop inquiry materials for use in their classrooms and to join a larger community of educators who share an interest in invigorating their classrooms through inquiry teaching and learning. Learn more and register.
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