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Teacher uses "time machine" for history classes
Teacher uses "time machine" for history classes
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A Virginia middle-school teacher is using technology to create a "time machine" to teach students about history. Teacher Kim McQuillen is using the school's 3D printer to create replicas of artifacts, including arrowheads and tobacco pipes, and give students hands-on history lessons.
WTVR-TV (Richmond, Va.) (1/9) 
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DeVos asked to rethink discipline guidance
DeVos asked to rethink discipline guidance
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About 100 education advocacy groups wrote a letter Thursday asking US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to reconsider a decision that does away with the prior administration's school discipline guidance. The groups are asking that DeVos and Whitaker ensure their departments uphold civil rights laws and "protect all students from discrimination."
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (1/10) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Wash. district uses social media for virtual storytimes
Dan Zorn, a Washington school district superintendent, started recording himself and other staff reading aloud and posting the recordings on social media to engage young children in literacy before they enter kindergarten. The program originally was started to keep students engaged in reading during summer break, but it has expanded to reach even younger children.
The Daily News (Longview, Wash.) (1/9) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Summit helps middle-schoolers combat prejudice
Summit helps middle-schoolers combat prejudice
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The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities held a summit for 60 middle-schoolers chosen by their teachers to teach the students about different forms of prejudice. After working in groups and watching skits, the students created action plans to reduce prejudice at their own schools.
The News & Advance (Lynchburg, Va.) (1/8) 
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Educator's initiative aims to address culture gap
Educator's initiative aims to address culture gap
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Kristin Leong, a former middle-school humanities teacher and Washington state teacher leader, launched an initiative -- called ROLL CALL -- aimed at shrinking the culture gaps in schools. Leong visits schools to spread the project's message and goals by taking photographs and asking two questions of participants.
EdSurge (1/9) 
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The NCSS Nominations Committee has selected a slate of candidates for the 2019 Board of Directors and Officer elections. Eligible members in good standing will receive instructions for accessing the ballot when the election is open through Jan. 22. See the full list of candidates.
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