Free website teaches about civil rights movement | Kan. student finds way to do community service at closed museum | College Board moves AP exams online
March 23, 2020
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Teaching & Learning
Free website teaches about civil rights movement
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Free online teaching platform has launched to change how middle- and high-school students are taught about the civil rights movement. A project of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, Selma Online is an interactive website that was developed with the help of filmmaker and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., and includes footage from the 2014 film, "Selma."
Full Story: The Associated Press (3/23) 
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Standards & Assessments
College Board moves AP exams online
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The College Board announced Friday that Advanced Placement exams will move online amid widespread school closures stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The 45-minute tests will be taken via computer, tablet or phone, and there may be an option to submit a photo of handwritten work.
Full Story: Chalkbeat (3/20),  Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (3/20) 
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Technology in the Classroom
A southern Illinois high school district outfitted four of its school buses with Wi-Fi hot spots to provide internet access to students while public schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Bus drivers in the Belleville Township system park their vehicle at seven parks around the community for three hours on weekdays.
Full Story: WILL-AM/FM/TV (Urbana, Ill.) (3/19) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
George Mason University will erect a memorial to honor the more than 100 slaves owned by the Virginia school's namesake. After an extensive history project looking into the lives of slaves owned by the 18th-century lawmaker, the school has added a memorial to those enslaved by Mason to a plan to redesign the plaza in the middle of the campus.
Full Story: Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (3/22) 
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People from across Minnesota are finding creative ways to help others and connect with those in need in their communities. Some are using video chats to virtually visit residents of nursing homes, while others are offering to care for children of parents who have to work, buying and sharing gift cards to local restaurants and helping the sick get needed supplies.
Full Story: Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (3/22) 
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Upcoming state and regional social studies conferences
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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