June 11, 2021
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Teaching & Learning
Teachers to protest efforts to limit history lessons
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Teachers in more than 22 US cities on Saturday will hold rallies with speeches and information to promote the teaching of "authentic, connective histories" that includes the nation's diverse people of color, says Tamara Anderson, an event organizer in Philadelphia. The rallies have grown from a Zinn Education Project campaign to protest state efforts to limit or ban the teaching of certain topics, with more than 3,000 teachers signing a pledge that reads: "We, the undersigned educators, refuse to lie to young people about US history and current events -- regardless of the law."
Full Story: USA Today (6/11) 
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Sixth-grade social studies teacher Gary Jones of Oklahoma responded to a student's comment that "nothing ever happens in Mill Creek" by sharing the story of a B-17 formation collision in the community that killed 10 of 11 members of the crew. The history of the crash in their community was taught to students, who learned more about the troops and then spent two years raising money for a memorial, with the help of Jones and seventh- and eighth-grade teacher Julie Kirkpatrick.
Full Story: KFOR-TV (Oklahoma City) (6/10) 
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Create More Inclusive Classrooms
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Policy Watch
Some states are rethinking retention policies as they consider how best to help third-graders who did not pass state assessments this year amid the challenges of the pandemic. Supporters of plans to promote struggling students advocate for additional resources and intervention to shore up students' skills and well-being while keeping them with their grade cohort, but critics say promoting them will lead to ongoing academic challenges.
Full Story: Stateline (6/7) 
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Taking a Multisensory Approach to K-5 Reading
Elementary school is a crucial time of growth in the educational journey of children, and strong literacy skills are a key facet of that journey. Using a multisensory approach to K-5 reading can lay a foundation for reading proficiency that lasts a lifetime. Learn how!
Technology in the Classroom
Today's learning spaces often fail to help support students' pursuit of career pathways that may not have existed 20 years ago, according to Danielle Hendry, principal at MySchool@Kent in Kent ISD in Grand Rapids, Mich. In this blog post, Hendry writes that the district recently overhauled learning spaces, including the addition of more one-on-one learning space.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Education (6/10) 
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Give Your Teachers the Support They Need
As students return to their schools, keeping them engaged whether at home or in the classroom is crucial. Teachers understand this, but need support and guidance to integrate the digital experience more seamlessly with the class activities they have planned. Download this SmartFocus and learn how to best help your teachers!
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Social Studies & Civic Life
Career and technical education students in Massachusetts recently built a new beam for the historic Revere Bell. The beam is needed as the bell moves from the former Oxford School to a site near the town hall.
Full Story: The Standard-Times (New Bedford, Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (6/9) 
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More than 30 years of academic research has uncovered details about the 1836 Alamo siege that conflict with the traditional narrative of heroic white settlers. In this article, Bryan Burrough and Jason Stanford write about their research into the historic event, including the role played by Tejanos -- Texas Latinos -- who fought and died along with US allies.
Full Story: TIME (tiered subscription model) (6/9) 
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Creating Proficient Readers with Multisensory Literacy
Multisensory approaches to literacy have gained popularity in recent years as educators explore new ways to keep their students engaged. When combined with systematic and explicit instruction, multisensory literacy begins to move learners towards being proficient readers.
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NCSS Updates
NCSS offers resources for educators
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared Coronavirus Disease 2019 (abbreviated as COVID-19) as a pandemic. National Council for the Social Studies is providing this landing page as a resource for social studies educators, administrators, and professionals to stay informed on the latest updates from the U.S. Department of Education, the current containment status of the pandemic, prevention tips, school closures, and teaching resources for classroom or virtual usage. Please bookmark and check this resource page daily for updates and share it with your network. Read on.
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NCSS Summer Pop UP
Join us for one day of sizzling professional learning from social studies teachers and professionals on June 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. For $29, NCSS members and non-members have access to 24 webinars that will inspire you, provide rich summer learning and address the hottest topics in civics/government, human rights/anti-racism, social studies pedagogy, and technology. Learn more and register.
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