How teachers can foster civil political discourse | Chicago is investing more in IB programs | Report: Many apps claim to be educational but fall short
October 31, 2018
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How teachers can foster civil political discourse
How teachers can foster civil political discourse
An activist in the LGBTQ community holds a flag during a recent protest in Washington, D.C. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Educators can teach students how to remain respectful when engaged in political discussions by structuring the dialogue, focusing on debating topics and avoiding personal attacks, writes Tiffany Mitchell Patterson, an assistant professor of secondary social studies at West Virginia University. Students also can research the origins of political movements, including the LGBTQ rights movement, Patterson notes in this commentary.
The Conversation (US) (10/30) 
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Professional Development
Chicago is investing more in IB programs
Chicago Public Schools plans to spend about $450,000 to expand its competitive International Baccalaureate programs in 56 schools. Each IB school will receive between $1,000 to $17,000 for professional development for teachers and administrators.
Chalkbeat/Chicago (10/29) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Report: Many apps claim to be educational but fall short
Some mobile apps that claim to help young children learn may not be designed to teach them in the ways they need, according to a study of 171 math and literacy apps by researchers at the University of California at Irvine. Josh Golin, executive director of the nonprofit Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, says many apps are marketed as educational even though their claims lack evidence.
The Hechinger Report (10/29) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Ariz. district co-creates Navajo language app
Students and teachers in an Arizona school district have partnered with language software company Duolingo to create an application that teaches the Navajo language. Students translated phrases and basic concepts from English into their native Dine for the text-only app while teachers checked their work, but the company plans to record native Dine speakers so users also can learn with audio recordings.
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff) (10/25) 
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Tips to develop internationally minded students
Tips to develop internationally minded students
Teaching students to be more internationally minded will help support their curiosity and help them appreciate different cultures, writes international teacher Megan Kelly. In this blog post, she shares several strategies to foster international awareness, including integrating geography across the curriculum and connecting with world experts on Skype.
MiddleWeb (10/28) 
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NCSS Updates
2018-19 Board of Directors election
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 opens on Monday, Dec. 3. See the full list of candidates.
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