Mass. 8th-graders create "I Am We" action plans | Teacher: Why teaching civics is important | Va. teacher uses escape rooms in history lessons
 
June 20, 2018
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Mass. 8th-graders create "I Am We" action plans
Mass. 8th-graders create "I Am We" action plans
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Eighth-graders at a Massachusetts middle school recently presented their "I Am We" projects in which they reflected on themselves and shared how they plan to address community and world issues, including hunger, bicycling and AIDS awareness. Students talked with local officials about their jobs while brainstorming solutions for social issues and neighborhood improvement.
The Daily News (Newburyport, Mass.) (6/19) 
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Teacher: Why teaching civics is important
Teacher: Why teaching civics is important
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It can be difficult to navigate classroom civics lessons during a time of political division, asserts teacher Heather Van Benthuysen. In this blog post, she shares resources and ideas for teaching civics and suggests seeking examples of civics lessons within the community.
Teaching Channel (6/18) 
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Va. teacher uses escape rooms in history lessons
Va. teacher uses escape rooms in history lessons
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Virginia teacher Evan Pfeiffer created escape rooms for his eighth-grade civics class to engage his students in studying historical documents. With the help of volunteers, Pfeiffer built three escape rooms in the school auditorium that each took about 20 minutes to solve.
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily (Williamsburg, Va.) (6/16) 
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Professional Development
Is it OK for teachers to share personal info?
Is it OK for teachers to share personal info?
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Most school districts don't have a policy about what personal information teachers should share with their students, says Julie Underwood, a professor of education law, policy and practice at the University of Wisconsin, but she suggests teachers share age-appropriate information with a pedagogical purpose. This issue has come under scrutiny since a Texas teacher was fired after parents complained it was inappropriate for her to share a photo of her same-sex partner.
District Administration magazine online (6/19) 
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Survey: 1 in 5 teachers work another job
Survey: 1 in 5 teachers work another job
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About 1 in 5 public-school teachers are supplementing their income by working a second job, according to data from the 2015-16 National Teacher and Principal Survey conducted by the US Department of Education. A separate analysis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that teachers were 30% more likely than workers in other fields to have outside employment.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (6/19) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Tech lesson plans inspired by "Black Panther"
The Fab Foundation has released two free lesson plans based on the Marvel film "Black Panther" to help educators get students interested in technology. One lesson is inspired by the film's costumer designer and uses digital fabrication techniques and the other uses 3D technology to help students create wearable jewelry.
School Library Journal (6/17) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Va. board votes to rename school for Obama
Va. board votes to rename school for Obama
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J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School in Richmond, Va., named for a Confederate general, is being renamed for former US President Barack Obama. After weighing feedback from students and the community, the city's school board voted 6-1 to rename the school for the nation's first African-American president.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (6/18),  The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/19) 
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Texas students observe Juneteenth
Students in Texas recently observed Juneteenth, the holiday marking the end of US slavery, by touring an exhibition at the African American Museum in Dallas. The students learned about the families that settled in the state after Union Army Gen. Gordon Granger announced on June 19, 1865, the end of slavery.
KTVT-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (6/19) 
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NCSS 2018 Summer Religious Studies Institute -- July 10 to 12
Broaden your professional competence with the disciplinary concepts and tools of religious studies as an academic discipline and increase your confidence in teaching about religion in constitutionally appropriate ways that engage your students and meet your instructional goals. This institute is presented in cooperation with the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute. Learn more and register.
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