N.Y. students research local glove-making history | Vote on new math standards on hold in Ala. | Mont. teacher uses VR for social studies lessons
March 4, 2019
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N.Y. students research local glove-making history
N.Y. students research local glove-making history
Seniors at one New York high school plowed through historical documents to research the history of their community's glove manufacturing history to create essays and artwork for Fulton County Historical Society's "Year of the Glove" celebration. The students' art and writings are being displayed at the school but will be submitted for an art show.
The Leader Herald (Gloversville, N.Y.) (3/2) 
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Standards & Assessments
Vote on new math standards on hold in Ala.
A planned Alabama State Board of Education vote on a new math curriculum has been delayed at the request of Gov. Kay Ivey over concerns about Common Core State Standards. The delay means schools will have to wait another year before implementing any new math standards.
The Birmingham News (Ala.) (3/3) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Mont. teacher uses VR for social studies lessons
One Montana middle-school social studies teacher is using virtual reality to introduce his students to different cultures during lessons. Brian Dues, who won a grant to buy 24 VR goggles for his classroom, says the weekly virtual field trips enhance learning.
KFBB-TV (Great Falls, Mont.) (3/2) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Lawsuit targets US government, fossil fuels, climate change
A lawsuit filed in Oregon on behalf of 21 students currently in grade school and college aims to convince the courts to order the US to create a plan to end its subsidizing and use of fossil fuels. The suit, which has continued to progress since being filed in 2015 despite doubts from some experts, alleges the federal government has failed to address and mitigate the effects of fossil fuels, thus endangering the Constitutional rights to life and liberty of the students.
CBS News/60 Minutes (3/3) 
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Mass. school focuses on traditions for reading event
Massachusetts elementary-school librarian Patty Melville invited 19 guests with immigrant heritages to serve as readers during her school's Read Across America Day. Melville incorporated themes based on American traditions for the annual reading event rather than books by Dr. Seuss, whose birthday is tied to the event.
The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Mass.) (3/1) 
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NCSS Updates
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During this webinar series participants will analyze the vast political, social and cultural changes that took place in the US beginning in the 1950s and lasting through the 1960s. We will discuss the vast divisions that developed in American society during this era, and ways that those divisions continue today. We will analyze how new voices emerged on the political scene during this period, and how and why some "radicals" distanced themselves from any form of politics. We will discuss in detail ways that music and other forms of popular culture reflected the larger changes in American society. Learn more.
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Geo-Inquiry is an exciting new integrated, project-based process that connects students to real-world questions, National Geographic explorers and components of civic action. Created in collaboration with the Buck Institute, The Center for Civic Education and ESRI, these sessions will introduce participants to strategies that develop the critical thinking skills needed to: ask questions, collect information, use GIS to visualize data, create a compelling story using photography and videography tips, and ultimately become advocates for change in their local community. Learn more and register.
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