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Writing Like a Historian: Evidence-Based Writing Skills

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Preservice teachers were asked to write an essay explaining why the separation of church and state is integral to preserving religious freedom in America's pluralistic society. Discover the results.

Implementing Virginia's New Geography SOL Skills into the High School Social Studies Classroom

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Concerned about the new re-design of the Va. SOLs? The Virginia Geographic Alliance has put together a vast array of resources, techniques and ready-to-go lessons that align with the new SOL standards while giving you effective strategies for overall social studies education. Lessons are targeted at World Geography along with the new geography strands in World History I and II.

Closing the Civic Empowerment Gap: Educating High-Need Students

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Civic education can be instrumental in closing the "civic empowerment gap" by providing high-need students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for participating in political life.

Your Vote is Your Voice (Hispanic Heritage Month at PBS)

PBS presents a whole collection of programs during October.
To begin, on Monday October 3, viewers can be inspired by "Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice," a documentary about the charismatic pioneering activist whose rallying cry -- “su voto es su voz” (your vote is your voice) -- started a grassroots movement that transformed the nation’s political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote.

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 8:00pm

World's Largest Lesson: Gender Equality in 2016

The World’s Largest Lesson is an opportunity to involve children and young people in the UN’S Global Goals for Sustainable Development. You can find all the World's Largest Lesson resources for schools at, including the lead lesson for 2016. Classroom activities include the viewing of a short film and a student project that focuses on Global Goal 5: Gender Equality. The film invites students to invent, innovate, and campaign for this, and all of the Global Goals.

Teaching Kit (What We Do at the Fed)

"What We do At the Federal Reserve," is a free teaching kit for grades 9-12. The Federal Reserve is often in the news, yet few Americans understand The Fed's role in our economy. This classroom kit gives teachers some hands-on activities to explain the role of the Fed. Developed by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, this kit provides a curriculum guide that emphasizes key points teachers can highlight while studying topics like how prices, inflation, and how monetary policy affects our economy.

The Immigration Reform Debate

A study of key issues such as amnesty, enforcement, and employer liability will help students understand the complexity of immigration policy.
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(Not so) Unprecedented: Media Analysis of the 2016 Presidential Race and Its Historical Precedents

When students examine the highlighted election ads in the classroom, they will comprehend that many themes--including xenophobia, income inequality, and women’s political power--have been historical mainstays on the campaign trail.

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Political Polling in Past and Present

How might election results and candidate positions have been different if there had been political polling a century ago?

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