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Create, Explore, Connect: Teaching Digital Stories on Immigration

Learn how to easily launch a student-centered digital story project on immigration and explore how immigration narratives facilitate critical thinking and engagement while building community with students and families.

Bringing Timelines Back: It's What All the Cool Teachers Do

Interactive! Engaging! Fun! Learn how to create and share timelines using HSTRY's free creation tool. Leave this session exploding with ideas for using timelines in your classroom.

Connecting Past to Present with Digital Media

Join PBS to explore how to use resources from Civil War drama Mercy Street and companion webseries Time Capsule to engage students with present-day issues and foster civic awareness.

Out of Washington's Shadow: Teaching with the Voices of Enslaved Early Americans

Enslaved people lived alongside the Founders, yet these individuals' stories are rarely told. Enrich teaching of early America with enslaved voices, using student-friendly text, primary sources, and classroom activities.

Using Primary Source Materials: Best Practices from National Research Fellows

Primary sources can play a key role in student research. Explore important considerations such as source selection, point of use, analysis strategies, and evidence of use in final products.

Snap Judgment: Using Student Opinion to Activate Inquiry in Civics

That's not fair! Students love to negotiate in their own lives. Turn students' strong sense of personal fairness into deeper understandings of compelling questions in civics.

Service Learning 113: Engage, Globalize, Transform Lives through Nasaruni Academy

Empower girls' education and globalize your class with Nasaruni Academy for Maasai Girls, Kenya. Participants learn to bring real change at home and abroad--starting with mini-action project in our session.

Inquiry 2.0: Online Discussion as Inquiry-Based Learning

Explore simple, easy-to-implement strategies that support Common Core writing in the social studies standards. Leverage your online educational tools to involve your students in inquiry-based learning practices.

Got Game? Using Modern Board Games for Engagement

Modern games are becoming more and more prevalent. These games may be utilized as a way-in to the curriculum, igniting and sustaining engagement and the desire to learn.

Fostering Citizenship: Engaging Students in a Town Meeting Project

Promote civic engagement while guiding students through a collaborative writing-based project. This interactive session breaks down the 21st-century-skill-rich town meeting project and helps teachers implement it in their classrooms.

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