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June 1, 2020
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Teachers discuss race, violence with students
Two people observe the flowers, signs and balloons left near the spot where George Floyd died while in the custody of the Minneapolis police. (Kerem Yucel/Getty Images)
Educators across the US are integrating discussions about race, racism and violence into lessons as outrage and protests have followed the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died May 25 while the custody of Minneapolis police officers. A New York City school is planning a Day of Action via Zoom and will share activism projects, while Michael Bryant, a middle-school math and science teacher in Chicago, says he plans to engage students in discussions about the events using news articles.
Full Story: Chalkbeat (5/31) 
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Is the time right for mastery-based learning?
The disruption to the traditional school model caused by the coronavirus outbreak has some advocates supporting the adoption of mastery-based learning -- also known as competency-based learning. While research on its effectiveness is mixed, some say now may be the time to adopt the model because some grade-level testing and seat-time requirements have been, at least temporarily, waived.
Full Story: Chalkbeat (5/28) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Teachers can incorporate a restorative approach to online lessons, writes Annie O'Shaughnessy, a community college teacher. In this article, O'Shaughnessy offers suggestions for applying this model in online instruction, including by creating a warm learning environment -- limiting slides and presentations -- and checking in with students regularly.
Full Story: Edutopia (5/29) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum will develop educational resources for teachers and students about the Holocaust under the Never Again Education Act, signed into law Friday by President Donald Trump. The goal is to help students better understand and remember the history of the Holocaust.
Full Story: New York Post (5/30) 
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Students in select grades in England's schools have resumed in-person classes, with precautionary measures in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus, such as extra hand-washing stations, reduced class sizes and physical distancing measures. While some parents may be reluctant to send their student back to school, school leaders say teachers are preparing to welcome students back.
Full Story: Metro (UK) (6/1),  The Guardian (London) (6/1) 
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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.
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Call for Proposals: SmartBrief Education's 7th Annual STEM Pathways Summit
What effect will the coronavirus have on STEM and STEAM education? We want to explore this topic at STEM Pathways Summit 2020. We are seeking sessions from educators demonstrating ways to develop students' STEM and STEAM skills in this new reality. What are you doing to foster creativity, risk-taking, problem-solving, communication and collaboration among your learners? How are you teaching them to think differently about STEM and STEAM and how they can use these skills to contribute to the world? Tell us about your practices and programs that are redefining STEM and STEAM education in a COVID-19 world. Submit your proposal.
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