Students create displays for Mesopotamian museum | 2 states test alternative to end-of-year exams | N.J. considers next steps after scaling back tests
November 4, 2019
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Students create displays for Mesopotamian museum
Students create displays for Mesopotamian museum
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Sixth-grade students at one Missouri middle school used cardboard, Styrofoam and other materials to build Mesopotamian structures such as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and a ziggurat. Students put their creations on display to create a temporary museum for their classmates to tour.
News Tribune (Jefferson City, Mo.) (11/2) 
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Elevating Equity and Justice takes a deep dive into ten U.S. Supreme Court cases that cover the landscape of both civil rights and civil liberties, exploring topics and situations teachers and administrators face every day. Learn more.
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Standards & Assessments
2 states test alternative to end-of-year exams
2 states test alternative to end-of-year exams
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Georgia and Nebraska are adopting a new "through-year" assessment approach -- aimed at phasing out traditional end-of-year tests -- as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act's Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority. The model, which includes computerized exams throughout the year that offer achievement data to teachers, could be expanded after the initial trial.
Education Dive (10/31) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Podcast project helps engage students in learning
Podcast project helps engage students in learning
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Integrating podcasting in the classroom can help encourage students to engage with course material while exploring their passions. Lindsay Johnson, a high school English teacher in Kentucky, says making a podcast enabled her students to talk about their interests while learning how to ask the right questions and construct a narrative that was compelling to listeners who might be new to the topic.
District Administration magazine online (11/1) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Strategies to put diverse books to good use
Strategies to put diverse books to good use
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Diverse classroom libraries serve as "windows and mirrors" for students to see themselves and learn about people different from them, writes Don Vu, an elementary-school principal. Vu shares ways educators can make the most of their diverse book collections, such as letting students compare and contrast themselves against the characters in books.
Edutopia (11/1) 
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Students serve as municipal leaders for a day
Students from two Illinois high schools learned how municipal government works by becoming members of the city board of trustees for a day. A series of proposals were considered by the students who finally approved the placement of a bench and picnic table outside the local police precinct.
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (11/4) 
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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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