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August 21, 2019
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Teaching & Learning
"1619 Project" curriculum offer lessons on slavery
"1619 Project" curriculum offer lessons on slavery
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A curriculum created by the Pulitzer Center to complement a series of essays published by the New York Times for the "1619 Project" offers teachers a new way to introduce the history of slavery to their students. The Center also is asking teachers to submit their lessons to be shared with other educators.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (8/19),  CNN (8/19) 
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Engaging Congress: Play the Game, Learn the Facts
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Professional Development
Survey: Teachers consult colleagues for advice
Survey: Teachers consult colleagues for advice
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Teachers are more likely to ask other teachers for advice on instruction but turn to administrators and support staff for nonacademic needs, such as challenges with behavior or attendance, according to Rand Corp.'s American Educator Panels. Some teachers report they are building their own resources from information found online and in print materials.
Education Dive (8/15) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Free app seeks to boost focus of school's students
Free app seeks to boost focus of school's students
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A meditation mobile app is being added to classrooms in an Oklahoma school. Educators at the school said the Calm app, available for free to teachers, will help them introduce nonreligious meditation to students to help them focus and transition into the classroom.
KJRH-TV (Tulsa, Okla.) (8/16) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
How culture-based curricula can aid Native American students
Culture-based education can help Native American students thrive in school while reducing disciplinary actions, writes Katrina Boone, a senior analyst with Bellwether Education Partners. Such a curriculum also helps students learn about their culture and history, and preserves cultural vitality, Boone writes in this opinion article.
The Hechinger Report (8/18) 
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Middle school honored for civic engagement efforts
Middle school honored for civic engagement efforts
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The Kansas State Department of Education's Civic Advocacy Network has recognized Lawrence West Middle School for its efforts to increase civic engagement among students. The school offers a leadership development program and student instructional class; in addition, students grow fresh produce and donate it to local communities.
Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (8/19) 
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NCSS Updates
Volunteer opportunities
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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