January 5, 2022
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Teaching & Learning
College students design K-12 history lessons
Education students at College of Coastal Georgia developed curriculum on local history for Glynn County Schools and the Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum. The students, part of a social studies methods class, visited several historic sites on the island to research and develop lessons about topics including the African American experience, British Gen. James Oglethorpe and Spanish settlers.
Full Story: The Brunswick News (Ga.) (12/29) 
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Teachers are treading carefully into classroom discussions about the first anniversary of the events of Jan. 6 at the US Capitol, as the political climate in some districts and states has created a challenging environment. Students may feel more free to discuss race and other topics than teachers, says National Council for the Social Studies President Anton Schulzki, who notes that one of his students was first to raise racial disparities during a discussion about the riot.
Full Story: The Associated Press (1/4) 
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Innovation: Beyond the Buzzword
Hype surrounding innovation often obscures the focused, multifaceted efforts that make breakthroughs possible. Our research uncovers what drives the successful corporate innovation programs that are recreating the enterprise. Read the study.
Professional Development
Washington State Community College in Ohio is hoping to help fill the teacher shortage with its education transfer pathway. Officials say the program, which allows students to earn a two-year degree before transferring to a four-year institution, is an affordable option for students.
Full Story: WTAP-TV (Parkersburg, W.Va.) (1/3) 
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Empowering Teachers to Empower Students
For students to master challenging content, become better problem-solvers, and effectively communicate and collaborate, teachers need to be prepared with strategies to support them. Download this SmartFocus to learn what you should look for in professional learning to equip teachers and benefit students.
Technology in the Classroom
What's next for edtech in 2022?
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Educators have ramped up education-technology adoption during the coronavirus pandemic, and that momentum shows no signs of stopping, experts say. Yet, Dan Carroll, former teacher and founder of Clever, says teachers don't want the next "big thing," but instead they are looking for tools and platforms that are sustainable and improve teaching and learning.
Full Story: The 74 (1/4) 
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Narrowing Internet Disparities for Hybrid Learning
The pandemic has forced K-12 schools across the US to include more permanent online education options. Learn how Verizon is committed to helping schools continue to advance technology in classrooms to enable successful hybrid learning. Download the infographic.
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    Social Studies & Civic Life
    Students at South Salem High School in Oregon have developed a guide to help support their classmates' mental health and prevent suicide. Ryan Marshall, a counselor, says the guide is the No. 1 resource on the school's website.
    Full Story: Salem Reporter (Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (1/3) 
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    Virtual learning not replacing snow days -- yet
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    Despite predictions that virtual learning would end traditional snow days, many school systems throughout the Washington, D.C.-metro area canceled classes Monday because of inclement weather. One district, in Alexandria, Va., offered virtual instruction but did not cover new content.
    Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/3) 
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    NCSS Updates
    Deadline extended to submit nominations for NCSS Awards
    The deadline for the National Council for the Social Studies awards applications has been extended to today, Jan. 5. Nominate a colleague or yourself. Find out how you can receive grants and prizes celebrating exemplary social studies teaching. See the categories to apply, and share the link with your colleagues too. Not an NCSS member and wish to apply? Join NCSS today.
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    Celebrate 100 Years of NCSS from Feb. 1 to 6
    Join us for a celebration of 100 years of social studies service and learning with workshop sessions and spectacular keynotes including a panel of former US Secretaries of Education, author and historian Ibram X. Kendi, plus a special guest that you will not want to miss. View the lineup and register today.
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