Conn. students tackle immigration data, issues | Ill. class combines literature, community service | Artist displays cutouts of US presidents at Calif. school
 
March 7, 2018
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Conn. students tackle immigration data, issues
Conn. students tackle immigration data, issues
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Students in teacher Daniel Wagenberg's 10th-grade US history honors class are studying immigration. The Connecticut students analyze data about immigrants from the early-to-late 1800s and immigrants from the late 1960s while drawing parallels about past and present-day issues of immigration.
The Hour (Norwalk, Conn.) (3/6) 
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Ill. class combines literature, community service
Students at an Illinois high school chose a not-for-profit agency to support as part of a yearlong project in their survival literature class. Students are studying the book "The Devil's Highway," while seeking more discussions about immigration and raise $14,000 for El Centro de Informacion of Elgin, which provides services to low-income immigrants.
The Beacon News (Aurora, Ill.) (3/2) 
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Social Studies Resources Help Diverse Learners Succeed
Text pairs, leveled books, and Reader's Theater scripts enable K-8 students at a range of reading levels to access complex Social Studies content and respond with evidence-based answers. Engaging material is combined with text-dependent questions and explicit support for improving the comprehension of informational text and Social Studies topics. FREE sampler.
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Professional Development
N.C. teachers learn tools for addressing trauma
N.C. teachers learn tools for addressing trauma
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Educators at some schools in North Carolina are working with the NC Resilience and Learning Project to support students who have experienced trauma. At one school, teachers connect weekly to consider ways to meet students' needs.
WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill, N.C.) (3/4) 
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Teachers of the Year: Speak up for school safety
Teachers of the Year: Speak up for school safety
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Teachers should stretch from their comfort zones to advocate for safe schools, says a group of Teachers of the Year, including National Board Certified Teacher Sydney Chaffee. In an open letter to fellow educators, the teachers share ways to get started in advocacy, such as by having difficult conversations.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/2) 
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Confidently Teach about the Holocaust
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Technology in the Classroom
New guide provides OER implementation framework
The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education has released a new guide for educators using open educational resources to maintain quality and integrity of the material. The framework encourages OER users to, among other things, contribute to OER development, give correct attribution to authors and support diverse voices in OER material.
Inside Higher Ed (3/5) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Fundraiser teaches students leadership skills
Fourth-graders at an Ohio school selected a nonprofit to support, and then created a fundraising project as part of a leadership program. Teacher Lynn Cowman said that students took the initiative to organize themselves and complete the project on their own.
Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio) (3/5) 
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Students plan, lead adaptive PE class
Students plan, lead adaptive PE class
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Four seniors at a Washington high school started a peer-led, adaptive physical-education class as part of a leadership project that will continue after they graduate. Twice a week they plan activities and games that they play with students who have special needs, with input from their teachers.
South Whidbey Record (Coupeville, Wash.) (3/3) 
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