How to keep students engaged beyond elections | Democracy lesson plan offers ideas for history classes | Some educators elected to serve in public office
November 9, 2018
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life
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How to keep students engaged beyond elections
How to keep students engaged beyond elections
Educators can keep students engaged in civics beyond the recent elections through projects and calm dialogue about important topics, writes Erica Hodgin of the Civic Engagement Research Group. In this blog post, Hodgin also suggests helping students amplify their voices and research important topics to boost civic engagement.
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Free samples at the NCSS Conference or online
Visit Booth 414 at the NCSS Conference for a free sample of innovative K-8 Social Studies resources that make grade-level content accessible and engaging for diverse students. You'll find text pairs at different reading levels, ESL and Spanish materials, and new books linked to inquiry projects. Stop by Booth 414 or click here.
Policy Watch
Some educators elected to serve in public office
Some educators elected to serve in public office
Evers (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Some of the nearly 1,800 current and former educators who were on ballots in Tuesday's midterm elections won their races, including two governors -- Tony Evers in Wisconsin and Tim Walz in Minnesota. One educator who unsuccessfully sought a seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives says he will use the experience in classroom lessons.
Education Dive (11/7),  Chalkbeat/Tennessee (11/7),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (11/7) 
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Are your students bored? Beat Boredom gives you proven, out-of-the-box strategies and activities for engaging high school students in any class. You'll see how to generate active engagement and move way beyond traditional passive memorization of information. Informed by a survey of 800+ high school graduates. Preview the entire book!
Technology in the Classroom
Online approach engages students in reading
A middle-school English teacher in Michigan is using an innovative approach to engage students with literature and reading. In this blog post, Jeremy Hyler shares how he uses a learning management system to engage students in online book clubs and reading groups.
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Should teachers join in political movements?
Should teachers join in political movements?
Baldwin (Ralph Gatti/AFP/Getty Images)
Educators should not remove themselves from politically charged movements but instead join the conversation with their students, according to Erika Kitzmiller and Adele Bruni Ashley, lecturers at Columbia University. In this commentary, they write that remaining silent is itself a political act and quote writer James Baldwin, who inspired the creation of a group called Teaching in Trying Times.
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Teachers use elections in classroom lessons
Teachers use elections in classroom lessons
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For some teachers, Tuesday's midterm elections were an opportunity to teach about political ideology, campaign ads and the electoral process. Kathleen Argus, a high-school teacher at the Institute of Civics in New York, says teaching about the midterms can be challenging because Election Day comes so soon in the school year, while Michael Siraguse, an AP Government teacher in Virginia, says now he'll start teaching about the 2020 presidential election.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (11/8) 
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NCSS Updates
In Her Shoes: Field Notes from National Geographic Explorers
Hear from engaging women who are preserving history, sharing cultures from across the globe, and inspiring the next generation of changemakers as a trio of National Geographic Explorers share their stories from the field in this NCSS Annual Conference Vital Issues Session. Learn more and register.
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