The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Education have teamed up to launch the National Financial Capability Challenge for 2010.
The Challenge is an initiative designed to engage educators in the teaching of personal finance, and to increase the financial knowledge and capability of high school aged youth across the United States so they can take control over their financial futures. All high school teachers (and other educators) are encouraged to sign up, prepare their students, and administer the voluntary online exam to help reach the goal of 1 million high school students taking the Challenge this year. Educators and top-scoring students in each school will earn personalized award certificates and states with the highest participation rates will also be recognized.
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“Made in Washington” – how a decision or policy of the federal government impacts your local community -- is the theme of a new high school and middle school student-generated video competition. --> read more »
On October, 30 2008 students from across the country will be joining the National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME) to vote for their candidates of choice. This national-voter education program for students and their parents gives young Americans the chance to make their voices heard in the electoral process. --> read more »
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Need help teaching the election? The October issue of Social Education will focus on the 2008 Election. NCSS has also put together a list of materials from NCSS and links to web sites that can help you in your classroom. --> read more »
The free lesson plan "Making Choices: An Exploration of Political Preferences" recently published in Middle Level Learning is available for download. --> read more »
The books that appear in these annotated book lists were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). NCSS and CBC have cooperated on this annual bibliography since 1972.
Books selected for this bibliography are written primarily for children in grades K-8. --> read more »