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July 23, 2018
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Social Studies – Preparing Students for College, Career and Civic Life
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Ala. 12-year-old's lynching film shown at museum
Ala. 12-year-old's lynching film shown at museum
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Twelve-year-old Lily Hoyle recently was recognized for her 10-minute documentary that tells the story of Michael Donald, who in 1981 was lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in Mobile, Ala. Hoyle, who is from Mobile, made the film for her National History Day project and it recently was screened at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
The Birmingham News (Ala.) (7/22) 
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Is it a school library or a bookstore?
Some school librarians are considering replacing the traditional Dewey Decimal System of organizing books with a bookstore system in which books are organized by genre. Middle-school librarian Jennifer Taylor says this "genrefication" makes it easier for students to find the books that appeal to them.
KQED-TV/FM (San Francisco) (7/22) 
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Standards & Assessments
27 states consider changes to civics lessons
27 states consider changes to civics lessons
Lawmakers in 27 states have considered taking steps to expand civics education programs, and four states are upgrading their lessons using content from the US naturalization test. Charles Quigley, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Civic Education, says civics lessons should begin as early as kindergarten.
National Public Radio (7/21) 
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Mass. revises social studies framework
Massachusetts' social studies framework has been updated for the first time in 15 years to change history and social studies instruction. The framework promotes project-based learning, financial and media literacy and a focus on the history of diverse groups, including African-Americans, Native Americans, women and people identifying as LGBTQ.
The Sun (Lowell, Mass.) (7/22) 
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Technology in the Classroom
Report highlights need for edtech training
Report highlights need for edtech training
School leaders and technology decision-makers should get input from teachers before purchasing technology, according to a report from MDR Education. The report, which surveyed 4,400 K-12 US educators, also found that teachers want more training on using the technologies in their classrooms.
EdScoop (7/19) 
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Social Studies & Civic Life
3 Va. students sue district over school name change
Three Virginia students are suing their school district's board after a recent vote to rename Washington-Lee High School. The students say the board broke its own rules when it failed to include public input in the decision.
WUSA-TV (Washington, D.C.) (7/19) 
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N.M. county targets young people in voter efforts
The clerk's office in Dona Ana County, N.M., is working to increase voter participation among high-school and college-age students. The office has created a nonpartisan advisory council along with a youth advisory council made up of college students, and it plans to set up an early voting site at New Mexico State University during the general election.
The Las Cruces Bulletin (N.M.) (7/22) 
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NCSS Updates
CUFA Spotlight: Alexander Cuenca
Alexander Cuenca leads the charge as Chair of the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA). NCSS sits down with Cuenca, the assistant professor of social studies education at Indiana University, to discuss CUFA's goals, pre-service teaching, and the challenges for today's social studies teachers. Read the interview.
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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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