A group of Minnesota students gathered recently for Indigenous Games Play Day to learn traditional versions of tag and a lacrosse-like game of passing a ball with sticks. The event, organized by the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee of Winona Area Public Schools, was intended to teach students about the stories and purposes behind the games, including lacrosse and Crow Arrows.
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Four hearings have been scheduled by the Idaho state Board of Education on the future of the Idaho Core Standards, a version of the Common Core State Standards, after state lawmakers let them lapse on June 30. Board spokesman Mike Keckler says he hopes the hearings will produce specific issues for lawmakers to consider in 2020.
Video games based on digital narratives can help students learn and engage with reading, according to some teachers who use such games in their classrooms. School-based occupational therapist and former fourth-grade teacher Ivan Kaltman describes how he and his colleagues used a narrative role-playing game he developed to improve student read-alouds.
Racism can be harmful to children's health, according to a policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Jacqueline Douge, a pediatrician who co-authored the statement, says students who sense perceived biases or witness racism may be more prone to depression and anxiety.
A new mural at Rucker Stewart Middle School in Tennessee depicts a bookshelf featuring 11 titles students can expect to read during their time at the school. The literary project was initiated by seventh-grade English-language Arts teacher Emily Ingham to inspire students' love of reading, and more classroom murals -- including one featuring the Preamble to the US Constitution -- are planned.
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.
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.