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Rock the Vote's Democracy Class is a one-period, civics education lesson plan that teaches high school students about the importance of voting, the history behind it, and registers them to vote. The program uses popular culture, video, a mock election, and classroom discussion to excite students about participating in our democracy and enable them to recognize the power that comes with voting.

Educators can download the materials needed to teach Democracy Class for free from http://rtvote.com/i7TIcv

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Resistance 101 (Teaching for Change)

"Resistance 101 " is a free introductory lesson, allowing students to “meet” people from throughout U.S. history who have used a range of social change strategies. The lesson features activists from the 1800s-present, including Dave Archambault II, Ella Baker, Anne Braden, Fannie Lou Hamer, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Fred Korematsu, Linda Sarsour, Emma Tenayuca, and many more.
View this resource at www.teachingforchange.org/resistance101
The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) is launching a new massive open online course (MOOC) on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017. This free MOOC is titled "Top 10 Social Issues for the President’s First 100 Days in 2017." The course seeks to connect SP2’s renowned faculty and research with constituents across the country and will serve as an educational platform for participants to examine president-elect Donald Trump and his administration’s plans and policies in real-time.
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5/01/2017
April 4, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Learn how design thinking can help social studies educators create a student-centered learning environment and promote the C3 Framework through lesson planning and curriculum building.

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March 7, 2017 - 7:00pm to March 9, 2017 - 8:00pm

Students develop their literacy skills while extracting the necessary historical content from text. Learn how to create an engaging and beneficial curriculum around the concept of narrative and connections, in which students can bridge together the short excerpts, aka "dots", provided to read intently in class in order to see and understand the bigger picture.

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February 21, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Get an introduction to the Digital Public Library of America's (DPLA) free, curated, vetted classroom-ready resources and learn techniques and strategies for creative classroom implementation that supports differentiation for diverse learners, cross-curricular learning, and C3-driven inquiry-based analysis.

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February 9, 2017 - 7:00pm to February 16, 2017 - 8:00pm

What if everything you knew about Hinduism was wrong? What lessons have been learned from controversies around the country in World Religions Classes, like field trips, guest speakers, or trying on burkas?  This two-part webinar series answers these questions and expands upon the 2015 and 2016 Religion, Social Studies and You webinar series focusing on ways to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches for addressing different faith traditions and cultures in the classroom consistent with the First Amendment. 

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February 7, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Learn how to use GIS to compliment your existing instruction; map and analyze simple data sets; and to create community based PBL activities. Lesson Plans, free software, and replication tips will be provided.

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The 12th annual Summer Institute for Teachers, “Federal Trials and Great Debates in U.S. History,” sponsored by the American Bar Association in partnership with the Federal Judicial Center, is scheduled for June 25-30, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Designed especially for teachers of U.S. History, Government, Civics, and Law, the “Federal Trials and Great Debates” Summer Institute deepens participants’ knowledge of the federal judiciary and of the role the federal courts have played in key public controversies that have defined our constitutional and other legal rights.
Deadline: 
3/01/2017

Resources on the Electoral College

On Monday, December 19, 2016, the members of the Electoral College in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia met to cast their votes for President and Vice President. Here are some resources to help introduce and discuss the Electoral College in class.

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