Women's suffrage history taught with escape room | Wis. students learn social studies through inquiry | Trump, DeVos: Prayer in schools is protected
January 17, 2020
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Women's suffrage history taught with escape room
Women's suffrage history taught with escape room
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Teacher Brandy Gearhart recently used a voting exercise and an escape room-type game to teach students about the women's suffrage movement. The Indiana middle-school teacher's students worked in small groups to use clues to solve the game and participated in a voting exercise to learn about women and the right to vote.
News and Tribune (Jeffersonville, Ind.) (tiered subscription model) (1/16) 
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Policy Watch
Trump, DeVos: Prayer in schools is protected
Trump, DeVos: Prayer in schools is protected
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President Donald Trump announced from the Oval Office on Thursday a move to protect prayer in public schools, as part of a larger effort among nine federal agencies that rolls back a rule from the Obama administration. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the Education Department intends to issue a reminder for schools that prayer in schools is protected under the Constitution.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/16),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (1/16) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Weather disrupts Minn. district's e-learning launch
Plans for a strategic rollout of an e-learning program in Marshall Public Schools in Minnesota were thwarted by weather. Jeremy Williams, director of teaching and learning, shares how the district adjusted the initial plan to establish an e-learning program more quickly than anticipated because of episodes of inclement weather.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (1/17) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Professor shares why "hope" should be taught
Teaching the concept of "hope" as a habit can help students see the world as a place that they want to improve for themselves and others, according to Sarah Stitzlein, a professor of education at the University of Cincinnati. In this podcast interview, Stitzlein discusses her class Save Our Schools, suggests reforms for education and argues for getting students involved in the community.
EdSurge (1/14) 
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Library announces list of its most checked-out books
The public library system in New York City is marking its 125th anniversary by releasing a list of the 10 books that have been checked out most often by readers. The top book is Ezra Jack Keats's "A Snowy Day" -- checked out 485,584 times since publication in 1962 -- followed by "The Cat in the Hat," "1984," "Where the Wild Things Are" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" to round out the five most popular titles.
CNN (1/13) 
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