Students seek Latino history exhibits in Chicago museum | Teachers prep for discussing racism with students | How advertising can serve as informational texts in lessons
September 14, 2020
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Students seek Latino history exhibits in Chicago museum
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A group of high-school students in Illinois has been working with the Chicago History Museum since last year to create exhibits highlighting the history and culture of the city's Latino community. The students are organizing a youth conference to discuss plans for the first temporary exhibit, which may take three years before being seen by the public.
Full Story: Chicago Sun-Times (tiered subscription model) (9/13) 
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Teachers prep for discussing racism with students
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Sixth-grade English teacher Victor Terry says he is preparing for expected conversations about George Floyd and racism in the US with biographies and primary source documents to encourage students to explore and reflect on the issues. In this interview, Terry addresses the issues along with fourth-grade teacher Evie Weinstein-Park, who says she plans to keep the dialogue going all year by asking students, "What is my voice, and how will I use it?"
Full Story: WBUR-FM (Boston) (9/9) 
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Standards & Assessments
Students in Longview, Texas, school districts will take tests this year to determine how much, if any, learning loss occurred since the spring when schools because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tests will be similar in questions and structure to the Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, the tests will be used to determine "where our students are" in their learning, said one district official.
Full Story: Longview News-Journal (Texas) (9/13) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Data show 10% to 25% of students in Kansas and Missouri school districts lack internet access at home, and many students resort to getting online at libraries, churches, YMCAs, fast-food restaurants and school parking lots. Some districts are distributing hot spots to students to help bridge the digital divide, while at least one parent reported allowing students to use his home's high-speed service.
Full Story: The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (9/13) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Southern Illinois University plans to double the number of faculty for Africana Studies -- just three years after considering downgrading it from major to minor status. The news was welcomed by Leonard Gadzekpo, the program's interim chair who highlights the potential career opportunities available to students in who pursue Africana Studies.
Full Story: The Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Ill.) (9/11) 
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Constitution Day is this Thursday, but schools should embrace the document and civics beyond one day, according to Kevin Wagner, a constitutional scholar at Florida Atlantic University. In this opinion article, Wagner writes that students can learn valuable lessons from the US Constitution, a document he describes as "imperfect, yet still" remarkable that must be defended by the American people.
Full Story: The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (9/13) 
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