Ala. 4th-graders combine art, history, baseball | Ore. students seek action on climate change curriculum | "Adversity score" assigned to students taking SATs
May 17, 2019
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Ala. 4th-graders combine art, history, baseball
Ala. 4th-graders combine art, history, baseball
Sanders (Leon Halip/Getty Images)
A class of Alabama fourth-grade students studied their state's rich baseball history, including Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, and painted players' images onto baseballs. The students toured the Negro Southern League Museum and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, where their painted baseballs are on display, and got to meet James "Jake" Sanders, a Birmingham Black Barons Hall of Famer.
WBRC-TV (Birmingham, Ala.) (5/16) 
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Policy Watch
"Adversity score" assigned to students taking SATs
"Adversity score" assigned to students taking SATs
The College Board will roll out an initiative that applies an adversity score to students taking SATs starting this fall, following a successful beta test with 50 institutions. The score considers 15 circumstances, including crime and poverty rates of students' neighborhoods, and will only be disclosed to the college or university during the application process.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/16),  CNN (5/16) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Report: 5 drivers of change in teaching, learning
Report: 5 drivers of change in teaching, learning
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A forecast from KnowledgeWorks outlines five key drivers expected to change the future of teaching and learning. These include automating choices, new approaches to civic engagement, and the influence of technology and neuroscience.
eSchool News (5/16) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
How iconic images teach history, media literacy
How iconic images teach history, media literacy
"Migrant Mother" by Dorothea Lange (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)
Using iconic images including photographs and speeches from history such as Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" photo can help students learn about history and how to discern photojournalism from propaganda, writes author and education consultant Frank Baker. In this blog post, Baker's suggestions include having students write their thoughts and feelings about images to build media literacy skills.
MiddleWeb (5/17) 
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New Yorkers rally for permanent adult-literacy funding
Teachers, students, immigrants and others rallied in the rain this week to seek support for permanent funding for New York City's adult-literacy programs. Mayor Bill de Blasio has tried to cut funding for the programs for two years, and advocates say the funding should be made permanent, citing long waiting lists for adult-literacy classes.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle (N.Y.) (5/14) 
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NCSS Updates
2019 IDM Summer Institute
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. Register today.
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Upcoming state and regional social studies conferences
Regional, state and local social studies conferences organized by NCSS-affiliated councils provide great opportunities for teachers in their home areas. Visit our site to find a complete listing that includes meeting themes, proposal deadlines, council webpages and conference contacts.
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