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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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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing View of Frederick Douglass

By Robert Cohen
Many have questioned whether the document on which our nation is based sanctioned slavery. But renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who originally condemned the Constitution, came to view it in a much different light.

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PBS/Soundbreaking

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm

This session introduces the teachrock.org ​Soundbreaking​ curriculum. The educational materials give students a vibrant history of popular music that allows a deeper discussion a bout the ways technology has changed our lives.

Five years ago TNTP launched the Fishman Prize as way to celebrate great teachers. Since then, the prize has recognized nearly 500 teachers who build strong relationships with their students, ignite passion for their subject matter, and push students to reach their highest aspirations.  The application for the 2017 Fishman Prize is now open. Visit http://tntp.org/fishman-prize/how-to-apply.  
Deadline: 
1/10/2017
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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grants support professional development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university faculty. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as one week or as long as four weeks. Read about all of them at https://www.neh.gov/grants/education/summer-seminars-and-institutes.
Deadline for applying is March 1, 2017.

Here is an example of one NEH Summer Seminar:
Deadline: 
3/01/2017
Population Education's World of 7 Billion student video contest is still accepting entries! This year's topics - Climate Change, Ocean Health, and Rapid Urbanization - encourage participants to consider the urgency of increasing cooperation and creativity in resolving the innumerable issues associated with increasing world population.  In an effort to assist contest participants, several supplemental readings are available that students may want to consider while preparing their video submissions.
Deadline: 
2/23/2017
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Population Education's World of 7 Billion student video contest is still accepting entries! This year's topics - Climate Change, Ocean Health, and Rapid Urbanization - encourage participants to consider the urgency of increasing cooperation and creativity in resolving the innumerable issues associated with increasing world population.  In an effort to assist contest participants, several supplemental readings are available that students may want to consider while preparing their video submissions.
Deadline: 
2/23/2017
The "World of 7 Billion" student video contest is still accepting entries! This year's topics - Climate Change, Ocean Health, and Rapid Urbanization - encourage participants to consider the urgency of increasing cooperation and creativity in resolving the innumerable issues associated with increasing world population. 
In an effort to assist contest participants, the sponsor (Population Connection) offers several supplemental readings that students may want to consider while preparing their video submissions.
Deadline: 
2/23/2017

TalkNCSS: DC Social Studies Teachers Leading Teachers

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
1:30pm to 2:00pm
One of the biggest issues educators point to with the way states and the federal governments make policy decisions is the lack of teacher input in crafting those decisions. Furthermore, most teachers believe that there is a clear disconnect between the “powers that be” and their classrooms. For a group of D.C. public school teachers, leading their colleagues has become a priority not because they want to clarify policy, but because they know it will lead to better instruction and to a better education for their students. In doing so, they're proving that teacher leaders don't wait for a set of directives to act, but instead act because they know their work is right course of action.

Music for Learning and Inquiry: The Hot 100+ Song Activities

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Experience classroom music and media activities to help diverse students inquire and learn about history, current issues, world cultures, civics, and social justice. Packets provide ready-to-use activities.

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