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April 23, 2012
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Third-graders study the past to understand their community
    Third-grade students at East Elementary School in Craig, Colo., have begun a three-week project that social studies teacher Adrienne Burch said she hopes not only will teach them about the past but also help them understand how the community's history affects their lives today. The purpose of the project is to show students "that the past affects the present, that technology affects the community and that those things change," Burch said. Craig Daily Press (Colo.) (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ideas for creating interdisciplinary lessons in middle school
    Interdisciplinary lessons that increase connections in learning can be particularly beneficial for students just out of elementary school, writes middle-school teacher Sarah Henchey. Enlisting colleagues in the collaborative process, starting out with small-scale projects over a broad time frame, and ensuring connections are meaningful are among Henchey's suggestions for creating these types of lessons. Henchey also suggests that teachers celebrate their successes with students, citing Olympic Games and a "Party at the Parthenon" that concluded her team's unit on Greek and Roman cultural legacies. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The pros and cons of online credit recovery
    Is online credit recovery -- a program that allows students to retake traditional courses online -- a sensible and cost-effective way to help students raise a failing or near-failing grade, or is it simply a quick route to an easy A? Jay Mathews in this blog post writes that while educators say the program helps some students, it is vulnerable to abuse. The Washington Post/Class Struggle blog (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Standards & Assessments 
  • Texas launches new tests, continues old tests
    Texas students up to ninth grade will begin taking the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness exams this spring, while students in grades 10 to 12 will take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills exams that are being discontinued. The dual testing has created logistical and staffing issues, administrators said. San Angelo Standard-Times (Texas) (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will Common Core State Standards affect student achievement?
    Tom Loveless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author, questions in this opinion article whether Common Core State Standards or other standards can make a real difference in student achievement. "If it's good teaching, strong curriculum, robust accountability, and a dozen other policy pieces that must snap into place for significant improvement to occur, and standards are a net neutral on those events' occurrence, then perhaps standards need not be the starting point," Loveless writes. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Technology in the Classroom 
  • School fair highlights ideas for using technology as a teaching tool
    Students at Jenkins Elementary, in Hickory, N.C., recently demonstrated how technology is used as a teaching tool at their school. Highlights of the school's Tech Week included fifth-graders using presentation software to create displays for the school's wax museum of historical figures. Meanwhile, fourth-graders explained how they are learning about cyber citizenship by posting possible tweets in the hallway outside their classroom. The Hickory Daily Record (N.C.) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tenn. principal says "yes" to e-readers
    Eight teachers and two students at Community Middle School in Unionville, Tenn., were surprised this week when their principal presented them with Nook e-readers to test for the school. Principal Michael Wright said he used technology funds to make the purchase and is considering adding 10 more devices next year. Shelbyville Times-Gazette (Tenn.) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Social Studies & Civic Life 
  • D.C. trip a "rite of passage" for Minn. students
    Every year since 1994, American history teacher Barb Schwarz has taken her seventh-grade students from Benson, Minn., to Washington, D.C., for real-life lessons in history and government. History isn't all the students learn, Schwarz said. The trip -- costing $1,000 per student and paid for through fundraisers and family contributions -- also provides students with a variety of lessons about traveling, managing money and life in a big city, she said. West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minn.) (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How project-based learning is transforming one Ore. school
    A unique project-based learning model is being used to help transform education at a once-struggling alternative high school in Cottage Grove, Ore. The school's principal, Tom Horn, created a curriculum based on sustainability, with students divided into five cohorts -- agriculture, forestry, energy, architecture or water -- to complete projects that have benefits for the local community. The cohort model allows students to spend the school day with a single teacher, who has total autonomy for the day's schedule and can easily plan field trips and other experiences that deepen learning for students. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCSS Updates 
  • TAH Program Lead Christine Miller to provide update on TAH program at 2012 NCSS Annual Conference
    Christine Miller, Teaching American History (TAH) team lead at the U.S. Department of Education, will provide updates on the TAH program and other ED programs and will lead a conversation on project sustainability at the 2012 NCSS Annual Conference. The session will also feature a presentation by one or more TAH project directors and by staff from the National History Education Clearinghouse. Get more NCSS Annual Conference information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Resources for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
    April is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This month's featured resources include articles from NCSS publications on Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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