The federal courts’ Internet site offers classroom-ready and courtroom-ready resources in multimedia formats on its Educational Resources page. Topics include cyberbullying, texting while driving, and downloading music on the Internet. Bill of Rights programs and resources deal with teen-relevant First and Fourth Amendment scenarios based on Supreme Court decisions.
Let Freedom Swing is a curriculum that explores the many relationships between jazz and democracy. In anticipation of President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and musician, composer, educator and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis teamed up for a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Censuses are a wonderful snapshot of the population of the United States, They offer a treasure trove of demographic and social information that facilitates discussion of many historical and contemporary topics in social studies classes.
For the 2010 Census, all U.S. households should by now have received a census form with 10 questions about the number of people living in the household on April 1, as well as their gender, age and race.
Here are three articles on the census from recent NCSS publications.
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.
“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.
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.
My College Options is a comprehensive, FREE online college planning service. It allows students to be a part of a proven higher education pipeline that opens up numerous educational opportunities. Every student that participates will have a vital advantage in their career and college search.
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.
The free lesson plan "Making Choices: An Exploration of Political Preferences" recently published in Middle Level Learning is available for download.