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Action Civics: Adding Relevance and Rigor to the Classroom

This interactive presentation demonstrates action civics strategies for empowering students to identify core issues in their community, analyze root causes of these issues, and work collaboratively towards long term solutions.

Using Digital Media: Content in Your Classroom in Just Seconds!

Explore the new interactive Digital Classroom created by the Newseum! Free to teachers, the site offers award-winning videos, viewing guides and lesson plans that help students become knowledgeable media consumers.

ESEA Flexibility Waiver and What It Means to Social Studies

States have sought NCLB waivers in order to meet high standards in a manner that best meets their needs. How does TLE, new accountability, and Common Core affect Social Studies?

Discovering Civic Engagement: Using iCivics to Enhance Your Democratic Classroom

Utilizing Icivics.org in a democratic classroom fosters active learning, 21st century skills acquisition, and authentic and engaging interactions with the social studies curriculum.

Comparative Democracies: Political Systems in Canada and the United States

Compare two neighboring democracies. Learn how Canada's parliamentary system of government works and helps Canada maintain its motto of "Peace, Order and Good Government." Lesson plans/textbooks will be shared.

The Fed and the U.S. Constitution

Is the Fed Constitutional? Examine central banking in the U.S. from its humble beginnings to the modern Federal Reserve System. Leave with instructional insights,free materials, and an engaging lesson.

Opening Windows to 21st Century Citizens of Character with Film

This engaging session will explore how to develop students into 21st century citizens of character using film. Handouts will be provided to all participants.

It's About the Pink Elephant: Negotiating Religion in Elementary Classrooms

Should religion be discussed in U.S. public schools? The Supreme Court says yes. Learn why and how to address this controversial topic, and leave with resources to get you started.

Social Studies and CCSS for Literacy: One Model for Implementation

Graduate students Teresa Frizell and Sara Stull will share the crosswalk they created between the CCSS for Literacy in History/Social Studies and Washington State's Social Studies Skills Grade Level Expectations.

Let Freedom Swing: Conversations on Jazz and Democracy

Explore the relationships between democracy and jazz through a multimedia program for grades 6-12 featuring Sandra Day O'Connor and jazz great Wynton Marsalis. DVDs and curriculum materials will be distributed.

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