Do students know enough about the Constitution? | Some historical figures may be removed from Texas lessons | Vt. schools shift to proficiency-based learning
September 17, 2018
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life
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Do students know enough about the Constitution?
Do students know enough about the Constitution?
More than half of high-school juniors in Delaware do not fully understand government, data show, despite a state mandate to teach social students and about the US Constitution. As Constitution Day is celebrated today, various scholars share thoughts about what's behind a lack of knowledge about history, government and the Constitution.
Dover Post (Del.) (9/12) 
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Standards & Assessments
Some historical figures may be removed from Texas lessons
Students in Texas no longer may be required to learn about some historical figures, including Helen Keller and Hillary Clinton, during social studies classes after last week's preliminary vote by the state board of education. A final vote on the changes, which do not restrict teachers from creating lessons using the excluded figures, is scheduled for November.
CBS News (9/15),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/15),  The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (9/15) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Tools target districts' tech interoperability
Tools target districts' tech interoperability
School districts with fully interoperable computer systems will be better able to use technology to improve student learning, according to the Consortium for School Networking. The group released two tools to help assess and support more interoperability, including an online self-assessment and a maturity model.
EdScoop (9/14) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Conservation project educates students on recycling
Students at one Utah elementary school have recycled nearly 50 tons of paper and cardboard as they learn more about conservation. The school has seven recycling containers and the effort yields about $700 a year, which officials say have been used to plant trees and build and maintain an outdoor classroom.
KSL-TV (Salt Lake City) (9/16) 
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Tenn. 5th-graders use art, social media for "kindness"
A class of Tennessee fifth-grade students are creating "Art Acts of Kindness" by writing inspirational quotes or drawing art on ceramic tiles. Teacher Lisa Redditt places the tiles in various locations around the community along with instructions for how those who find them can use social media to send messages to students and pass the tile to others.
The Lebanon Democrat (Tenn.) (9/15) 
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NCSS Updates
Anthony Ray Hinton to speak at NCSS Annual Conference
Anthony Ray Hinton spent nearly 30 years on death row in Alabama for murders that he didn't commit. With the help of Bryan Stevenson (founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative), Hinton was exonerated and released from prison in April 2015. Register for the 2018 Annual Conference in Chicago to hear him speak. Learn more.
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