Students create play on Navajo history, culture | Teacher: How to balance teaching social studies, other skills | "Public charge" change would affect children
November 16, 2018
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Students create play on Navajo history, culture
Students in a gifted-education program at a New Mexico middle school are producing a shadow play about Navajo history and culture. Two students adapted an existing play to cover topics such as the Treaty of 1868, the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II and "new monsters" affecting the tribe such as addiction.
The Daily Times (Farmington, N.M.) (free registration) (11/15) 
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Free samples at the NCSS Conference or online
Visit Booth 414 at the NCSS Conference for a free sample of innovative K-8 Social Studies resources that make grade-level content accessible and engaging for diverse students. You'll find text pairs at different reading levels, ESL and Spanish materials, and new books linked to inquiry projects. Stop by Booth 414 or click here.
Policy Watch
"Public charge" change would affect children
President Donald Trump's administration has proposed new regulations that would expand the types of public benefits that can be considered when determining if an immigrant should be excluded from permanent residence in the US. The so-called "public charge" change has some California officials concerned that fewer immigrant children will receive the health care and nutrition benefits for which they are eligible.
EdSource (11/14) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Is personalized learning an education reform fad?
Is personalized learning an education reform fad?
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Educators and education researchers say that "personalized learning" encompasses many strategies -- some that require technology and others that do not. John Pane, an education researcher at RAND Corporation, says that personalized learning can give students more control over their own education, but one of his studies provides a "warning sign" because it shows the approach could negatively affect learning in some schools.
National Public Radio (11/16) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Letters help reunite Holocaust survivor, rescuers
A stack of letters written during World War II has helped reconnect a German man who as a child fled the Nazis with a relative of the family who helped with the escape. Journalist Uri Berliner recounts the tale of how his 94-year-old father, Gert, survived and how he has retraced his father's journey to Sweden and the US.
National Public Radio (11/14) 
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Are school-improvement plans addressing equity?
Are school-improvement plans addressing equity?
School-improvement plans do not focus enough on equity, according to a study by HCM Strategists and the Collaborative for Student Success. They analyzed data from 17 states and found that many state plans spoke about equity but did not explain steps schools should take to address inequities related to teacher quality, enrichment opportunities and curriculum.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (11/15) 
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NCSS Updates
In Her Shoes: Field Notes from National Geographic Explorers
Hear from engaging women who are preserving history, sharing cultures from across the globe, and inspiring the next generation of changemakers as a trio of National Geographic Explorers share their stories from the field in this NCSS Annual Conference Vital Issues Session. Learn more and register.
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Call for Proposals: NCSS 2019 Spring Webinar Series
NCSS invites members and non-members to submit proposals for the NCSS Spring Webinar Series. Webinar proposals should include topics for K-12 social studies classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, and social studies supervisors. Deadline is Nov. 30. Read on for more information.
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