8th-graders help write Mass. bill on teen vaping | Should ESSA focus on high-school graduation rates? | Middle-school students print 3D prosthetic limbs
May 6, 2019
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8th-graders help write Mass. bill on teen vaping
8th-graders help write Mass. bill on teen vaping
E-Liquids, which are used for vaping in electronic cigarettes, are offered for sale at a store in Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A group of eighth-grade Massachusetts students have spent the past few months researching how vaping affects teenagers and used the information to help a state lawmaker with legislation that would limit sales of flavored vaping products. Students researched substance abuse and said they were particularly concerned with vaping ads on social media that appear to target teens.
The Sun (Lowell, Mass.) (5/4) 
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Standards & Assessments
Should ESSA focus on high-school graduation rates?
Should ESSA focus on high-school graduation rates?
The Every Student Succeeds Act's emphasis on a four-year graduation rate could penalize older English-language learners and others who may need more time to complete high school, according to a report from the Migration Policy Institute. The report says 16 states and the District of Columbia have declined to include data from students who take longer than four years to complete high school in their graduation calculations.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (4/29) 
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Middle-school students print 3D prosthetic limbs
Middle-school students print 3D prosthetic limbs
(Jean-francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images)
Students at Wilson Middle School in Virginia used a local makerspace to print prosthetic hands for children. The students, part of the school's gifted and talented program, are using 3D-printing technology to help others through the e-NABLE volunteer group.
The News Leader (Staunton, Va.) (tiered subscription model) (5/2) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Colo. district seeks more students in ethnic studies
Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova wants more students to take an ethnic studies course, but an analysis shows more than 33% of schools lack the classes. Antonio Esquibel, the district's executive director of college and career readiness, says "hub" classes may be started to boost access to more students.
Chalkbeat/Colorado (5/1) 
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Civics Day has students seeking solutions to problems
Utah high-school students recently presented projects on ways to address social problems such as mental health, suicide and school safety. The projects were presented at a Civics Day celebration in the state Capitol, where they were reviewed by an audience of lawmakers, teachers and members of the community.
KSL-TV (Salt Lake City) (5/3) 
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How We Argue: A Workshop for Social Studies Teachers
How do we discuss controversial topics? Often, it seems, we rely upon superficial research of the facts, intimidation, or appeals to emotion. In this workshop, we introduce argument mapping: a simple, powerful, research-backed method for applying logical rigor to writing and classroom discussions. Visualizing the structure of arguments makes students more precise, confident thinkers across disciplines. Learn more and register.
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NCSS Summer Leadership Collaborative July 15 to 18
Join us in Charlotte, N.C., to discuss the role social studies can play in safeguarding democracy, bridging partisan divides, encouraging critical inquiry, promoting civil discourse and inspiring civic action. Learn more and register now.
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