November 29, 2021
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Teaching & Learning
High-schoolers collect bra donations for free store
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A group of six Ohio high-school seniors decided to help the free store run by a church across the street as part of a community service project. After realizing that bras and underwear were an unmet need of the store's shoppers, the students reached out to an international organization called I Support The Girls for help as they collected 331 pairs of underwear and 428 bra donations, with students measuring customers to help ensure the women chose the correct sizes.
Full Story: The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (11/29) 
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Teacher: Engage students in multiyear projects
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Launching a multiyear project can be rewarding for students, according to Pete Barnes, a fifth-grade science teacher in New Albany, Ohio. In this article, Barnes shares how he established a long-term garden project and suggests other multiyear project ideas, including studying and comparing math data sets over multiple school years.
Full Story: Edutopia (11/24) 
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High-school students in some Marin County, Calif., districts are committing themselves to change -- some have signed up to participate in a district's racial justice task force, while others have joined the Student Leaders' Antiracist Movement. The action by students follows the activism sparked by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and comes ahead of the state's ethnic studies mandate for graduates starting in the 2029-30 school year.
Full Story: Marin Independent Journal (San Rafael, Calif.) (11/24) 
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Standards & Assessments
Students in Massachusetts will be required to learn about the Holocaust and genocide under a bill that was approved by state lawmakers and Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to sign. The law will help start conversations, increase understanding and eventually create a community devoid of hate, Robert Trestan of Boston's Anti-Defamation League office said during a menorah-lighting event marking the first night of Hanukkah.
Full Story: Boston Herald (tiered subscription model) (11/29) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Integrating the arts into lessons across a STEM curriculum can prepare students for the future workforce and help bridge learning gaps, Cyreena Boston Ashby, CEO of Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, writes in this commentary. Boston Ashby recommends four key changes, including training teachers to incorporate art into math and science instruction and organizing STEAM-related field trips for students.
Full Story: eSchool News (11/29) 
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    Social Studies & Civic Life
    Lawyers, activists, family react to verdict in Arbery case
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    The conviction of three white men on murder charges in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, is a positive outcome, but a great deal of work remains necessary to achieve equitability in the criminal justice system, said lawyers, civil rights activists and relatives of Arbery. The three men also will face hate crimes charges in a federal trial next year.
    Full Story: National Public Radio (11/24) 
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    Wis. school celebrates Hmong students, culture
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    The only bilingual Hmong-English program in Wisconsin recently hosted a Hmong New Year event, with librarian Sharon Furman sharing books by Hmong authors, such as V.T. Bidania's "Astrid and Apollo and the Happy New Year." Some of the elementary school's Hmong students wore traditional clothing, while all students engaged in games, crafts and sampled some food as part of a monthlong interdisciplinary exploration of Hmong culture.
    Full Story: Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times (Madison) (11/29) 
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    NCSS has opportunities for member volunteers to get more involved with their professional organization. Read on for more information and to apply.
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    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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