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U-Va. launches free Thomas Jefferson course online

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:57pm

Peter S. Onuf tells people upfront that he is not “a Jefferson worshiper.”

The University of Virginia scholar, who teaches a free online course on Thomas Jefferson that will debut Monday, is struck by the paradox of a slave-owning Founding Father who espoused liberty. Onuf’s own political sympathies lie with the party that opposed the nation’s third president.

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Duncan to play in celebrity basketball game

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:31pm

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan plans to play in his third NBA All-Star celebrity game Friday night in New Orleans. Duncan played basketball at Harvard and spent four years as a professional player in Australia. He’ll be joined on the court by actor Kevin Hart, ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” radio program co-host Mike Golic, some WNBA players and Victoria’s Secret model, Erin Heatherton.

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Mo. school integrates historical literature to teach social studies

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:56pm
Integrating historical literature into history, social studies and government lessons is one way to keep students engaged in  -More
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Ill. art teacher uses dream house project to inspire students

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:56pm
Illinois art teacher Christina Daskalopoulos devised a ceramics unit to help excite students about architecture after she was -More
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Minn. students explore social change through writing exercises

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:56pm
Sixth-grade social studies students at La Crescent Middle School in Minnesota recently worked with hip-hop artist and educato -More
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Costs of state mandates weigh heavily on Ky. schools

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:56pm
Some school districts in Kentucky report that "unfunded mandates" from the state have put them under financial strain, leadin -More
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Fla. bill would remove state from textbook approval process

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:56pm
A state lawmaker in Florida has proposed legislation that would eliminate the state's involvement in the textbook selection p -More
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Survey: Many teachers view social media use as risky

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:56pm
While 47% of teachers who responded to a recent survey said they believed students could benefit from using social media as p -More
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Minn. teacher proposes renaming Columbus Day as First Peoples Day

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:56pm
Scott Bender, a social studies teacher at Red Wing High School in Minnesota, is urging the Red Wing Human Rights Commission,  -More
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Ala. 4th-graders document state's historical markers

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:56pm
Veteran fourth-grade teacher Vernice McSwain recently encouraged her students at Lakewood Elementary School in Phenix City, A -More
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Social Studies for the Next Generation: Purposes, Practices, and Implications of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:56pm
New from NCSS Publications, this book breaks new ground with its inquiry-based framework for enhancing social studies state s -More
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Be an NCSS leader! Serve on an NCSS Operations Committee

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:56pm
NCSS is seeking applicants to serve on NCSS Operations Committees.  -More
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You are remembered for the rules you break.

NCSS Smartbrief - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 2:56pm
Douglas MacArthur, American military leader -More
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Strauss: How investing in paste and crayons can help save Detroit and other big cities

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 1:30pm

What will save Detroit and other ailing big U.S. cities? Here’s an idea from Conor P. Williams, a proud product of Michigan’s public schools, and currently a senior researcher in the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative. Follow him on Twitter: @conorpwilliams. This first appeared on the Shanker blog.

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The Learning Network Blog: Skills Practice | Cause and Effect

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 1:12pm
Use reporting on the weather at the Sochi Olympics and around the U.S. this winter to practice the skill of identifying cause and effect.
    





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Strauss: Map: How much snow it takes to close U.S. schools

Education News from Washington Post - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:29am

How much snow does it take to close schools? It depends on where you. Here’s a map put together by Reddit user Alexandr Trubetskoy which answers the question (with explanations).

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The Learning Network Blog: Do Kids Need Recess?

Education News from NY Times - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 9:28am
Is recess just for elementary school students, or should students in middle school — or even high school — have some form of recess or unstructured time?
    





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