Students learn military history, mark Veterans Day | Teacher in NYC starts journalism class, students publish newspaper | Lessons on LGBT community coming to N.J. schools
November 11, 2019
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Students learn military history, mark Veterans Day
Students learn military history, mark Veterans Day
Marchers participate in the 2019 Veterans Day Parade in New York City. (Johannes Eisele/Getty Images)
Some Texas elementary-schoolers talked with veterans and learned how to fold an American flag, while a retired Army Ranger told Georgia elementary-schoolers what it's like to serve in the armed forces as the schools across the US observed Veterans Day. Students at a Florida middle school learned the history of the holiday and California high-schoolers heard from veterans who served during wars.
KAVU-TV/KVCT-TV (Victoria, Texas) (11/8),  Forsyth County News (Cumming, Ga.) (11/10),  Bradenton Herald (Fla.) (11/8),  KFMB-TV (San Diego) (11/8) 
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U.S. Supreme Court Cases Educators Should Know
Elevating Equity and Justice takes a deep dive into ten U.S. Supreme Court cases that cover the landscape of both civil rights and civil liberties, exploring topics and situations teachers and administrators face every day. Learn more.
Standards & Assessments
Lessons on LGBT community coming to N.J. schools
Lessons on LGBT community coming to N.J. schools
Demonstrators rally in October in favor of LGBT rights outside the US Supreme Court. (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)
Schools in New Jersey will begin teaching students about the "political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people" beginning in the 2020 school year as part of a state mandate. In this interview, Kimberly Tew, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Robbinsville, shares what her district is doing to prepare, including considering how to integrate lessons across the curriculum.
EdSurge (11/10) 
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Inspire Your Students
Our webinars provide the tools to help you inspire students to think critically about how the Holocaust influences social issues unfolding today. Register for an upcoming opportunity.
Technology in the Classroom
How to ensure tech adds value to lessons
How to ensure tech adds value to lessons
Technology is a tool that can enhance but does not replace quality teaching, according to long-time educator Anne Jenks. In this blog post, she and other educators share guidelines to help peers ensure that education technology contributes value to lessons and doesn't distract from learning.
Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (11/10) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
SCOTUS set to take up U. of Calif. DACA suit
The US Supreme Court next week is expected to hear arguments over the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program which the University of California and other plaintiffs have sued to keep in place. Lower courts have upheld the system's lawsuit defending DACA which allows those brought to the US as children to remain in the country, and a Supreme Court ruling is expected next June.
EdSource (11/8) 
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"Book election" blends civics, literacy in Mass. schools
Students in first through third grades at public schools in Haverhill, Mass., were asked to cast ballots to choose among a selection of books to receive from a local organization. The voting and literacy exercise offered students in each grade a choice of one of three books chosen by library staff with the winning selections slated for delivery to students in the coming weeks.
WHAV-AM (Haverhill, Mass.) (11/7) 
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NCSS Updates
Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society
Enhance the school year by applying for a Rho Kappa charter. Rho Kappa is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. Any accredited public or private high school can apply for a local chapter, through which individuals will be inducted into Rho Kappa Honor Society. Rho Kappa provides national recognition and opportunities for exploration in the social studies. Learn more or apply for a charter.
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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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