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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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Teaching Controversial Current Events (Nat'l Constitution Center)

The National Constitution Center (NCC) can help you and your students explore current events in a nonpartisan way. Visit http://constitutioncenter.org
• President Trump has announced his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. The Interactive Constitution highlights the appointment process as outlined in Article II and explores Article III and the judicial branch of government.

Immigration and Human Rights

As questions arise in the classroom about immigration policy (treatment of asylum seekers, fate of refugees fill both the news and "fake news" in every medium from print of cyber tweet), human rights educators can help their students explore these contentious issues using materials from the Advocates for Human Rights -- online for free.
Visit www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/energyofanation 

Suggested on NCSS Connected by Rosemary Blanchard
May 2, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

This webinar will share key details and teaching resources on the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the rise of ISIS. Hear from the Director of www.Iamsyria.org, Andrew Beiter, on the current situation on the ground, how to approach this topic with your students, and how your students can take action.

Complimentary for NCSS members / $40 NCSS nonmembers

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Commentary Today: The U.S. Constitution (NCC & iCivics)

The National Constitution Center (NCC) and iCivics launched a new digital site called WeLoveTheConstitution.org - where Americans can share their thoughts about the U.S. Constitution and what they value most about the document.
  Videos at this website feature, among many others,

* Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), John Boozman (R-AR), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI);

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.
Deadline: 
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.

$20 NCSS members / $40 NCSS nonmembers

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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.

$30 NCSS members / $60 NCSS nonmembers

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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.

$20 NCSS members / $40 NCSS nonmembers

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