How to use inquiry-based lessons in social studies | PARCC tests no longer a graduation requirement | One teacher's approach to homework, tech
January 4, 2019
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How to use inquiry-based lessons in social studies
How to use inquiry-based lessons in social studies
Educators using the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards can use the Inquiry Arc strategy to help students investigate and answer a compelling question of social importance, writes Andrew Miller, an instructional coach at Shanghai American School. Miller discusses the Inquiry Design Model and how to incorporate project-based learning into the standards.
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Policy Watch
PARCC tests no longer a graduation requirement
PARCC tests no longer a graduation requirement
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A New Jersey state appeals court has ruled that students no longer need to take Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests in math and English to graduate high school. Under the ruling, students still may have to take the PARCC exams, which also are used as measures of teacher effectiveness and student achievement.
Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (12/31) 
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Technology in the Classroom
One teacher's approach to homework, tech
Homework policies vary widely, asserts Jeremy Hyler, a middle-school English teacher. In this article, he shares his homework approach, which includes technology and tools that help students organize their assignments and stay on track.
MiddleWeb (1/1) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Utah students learn history from Shoshone leader
A class of Utah seventh-graders learned about the traditions and history of the Shoshone Nation during a visit from Darren Parry, chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation. Parry spoke to the students about forgiveness, leadership and appreciating the point of view of other people.
Park Record (Park City, Utah) (1/3) 
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Student jobs teach responsibility, leadership
Student jobs teach responsibility, leadership
Students in the third through sixth grades at a Nebraska elementary school are learning about responsibility and leadership by holding jobs around the school. Students apply for positions -- from safety patrol officers and library agents to lunch workers and groundskeepers -- and are paid in "bucks" that can be used at the school store.
Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (1/2) 
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NCSS Updates
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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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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