Citizenship Counts: Host a Naturalization Ceremony or Celebration of Citizenship at Your Schools


Interactive lessons educate middle and high school students about the path of citizenship and the rights and responsibilities of civic engagement. Citizenship Counts aims to inspire youth to celebrate citizenship by participating in a naturalization ceremony or a service learning project.

Time: 
Sat, 11/17/2012 - 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Presenters: 

Alysa Ullman, Citizenship Counts, Phoenix, AZ; Tina Ochoa, Citizenship Counts, Phoenix, AZ

Room: 
4C-1
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How to Get Students to Research Sundown Towns


Sundown towns — communities that were all-white on purpose — dot the United States. Middle- and high-school students can research their histories and help to ameliorate them.

Time: 
Fri, 11/16/2012 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Presenters: 

James Loewen, Washington, DC

Room: 
4C-1
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Rick Steves's Iran


Rick Steves takes us on a journey of discovery to better understand Iran and its 70 million people. Steves captures Persian culture vividly: from Friday prayer in a mosque to non-conformist teen fashions at the mall; from anti-American murals to the hospitality of a family dinner; and from the tranquility of rural life to the crazy traffic of modern Tehran.   --> read more »

Time: 
Fri, 11/16/2012 - 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Presenters: 

Rick Steves, Edmonds, WA

Room: 
4C-1
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The Armageddon Letters: Kennedy/Kruschev/Castro in the Cuban Missile Crisis


In The Armageddon Letters, two renowned scholars of the Cuban missile crisis have produced their masterpiece for the 50th anniversary of the crisis. The Armageddon Letters is a web-augmented, student friendly, virtual time machine that will leave readers breathless at the narrowness of humanity’s escape.

Time: 
Fri, 11/16/2012 - 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Presenters: 

James G. Blight, Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON;
janet M. Lang, Watson Institute, Brown University, Providence, RI

Room: 
611/612
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New Minnesota Social Studies Standards--Brian Traxler


Greetings Everyone-- As we are currently in an environment where math and science seem to be getting the most attention at all levels of government, Minnesota recently updated their Social Studies standards for grades K-12.
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Law Puts Social Studies Back in the Limelight--Sue Blanchette


Cudos to the state of Maryland for reversing the trend away from social studies education.
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Law Puts Social Studies Back in the Limelight


The Road Map for Education in the Geographical Sciences Project


The National Geographic Society and the three major professional geography organizations in the U.S. have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create a “Road Map” for the future of geographic education.   --> read more »

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President's FY 2013 Budget Request--Ana Post


The following is a link of the Administration's fact sheet on the education proposals included in the budget request. The Administration touts that it will continue to consolidate narrow programs, which unfortunately doesn't sound like funds will be dedicated to civic education and/or social studies.
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A different achievement gap--Sue Blanchette


Here's a link to an interesting article in the NY Times today concerning the widening achievement gap due to income. While there is nothing new in the fact that students from more affluent homes do better, the research on this shows that the gap is even wider than originally thought.
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