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"What Happened Needs to be Told": Fostering Critical Historical Reasoning in the Classroom

In a history of the Vietnam War, what should be emphasized, and what glossed over or omitted? This session examines how a ninth grade class responded to this question. The presenter will discuss how their favorite answer—to allot more space to all points of view—falls short of what a critical approach to historical investigation requires.

Reconceptualizing the Teaching of Mexican American Contributions in U.S. History: A Case Study on Mendez v. Westminster

Reconceptualizing the Teaching of Mexican American Contributions in U.S. History: A Case Study on Mendez v. Westminster

This presentation focused on how to teach the contributions of Mexican Americans in historically and racially complex ways. Using Mendez v. Westminster as a case study, we explored: 1) Mexican Americans unique racial status in the U.S. 2) how school district officials used loopholes to segregate Mexican American students, and 3) how Mexican Americans challenged those legal loopholes.

Putting Social Studies in its Place Using GIS to Enhance the Social Studies Classroom

Putting Social Studies in its Place is a free 5-week online course designed to introduce you to the power of using WebGIS in a Social Studies classroom. This session will model how you can use GIS to: complement your existing instruction; map and analyze simple data sets; and create community based PBL activities. Lesson plans, free software, and replication tips will be provided. Bring your own device.

Exploring Equality for Minorities in America through the C3

Explore ways for high school students to examine the civil rights and liberties of minorities in America through both a historic and contemporary lens. What role has history, geography, economics, and government played in influencing racial disparity in the U.S.? Participants will leave with materials for implementing this C3 mini-unit in their classrooms.

Fostering Civic Engagement through Productive Dialogue

Now that the election is over, it's more important than ever to foster productive dialogue about civic engagement. We the Voters is an anthology of 20 short, nonpartisan films focusing on democracy and U.S. governance, with free materials written by PBS Education. Learn how to use these standards-aligned materials to start conversation in the classroom.

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The Law Library of Congress has the largest global legal collection in the world. Learn about and the Law Library’s digital collections and publications, infographic maps, blog, and more.

Bill of Rights (TAH)

Preparing students for responsible citizenship begins with a solid understanding of the content and meaning of the Bill of Rights.
Teaching American History ( strives to make that task easier through this easy-to-use exhibit. A highlight of the exhibit is an interactive chart tracing the documentary and political origins of each of the rights in the Bill of Rights.

The Secret History of ISIS

This program aims to "get the inside story of the creation of ISIS, and learn how the U.S. missed the many warning signs of its genesis. The film uncovers the terror group’s earliest plans, the Islamic radicals who became its leaders, and the American failures to stop ISIS’ brutal rise."
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 10:00pm

Dead Reckoning: War, Crime, and Justice

Civilians worldwide are increasingly the targets of war crimes. This unprecedented series examines the evolution of postwar justice in investigating genocide, ethnic cleansing and other atrocities and in prosecuting the perpetrators.  
The full title of the series is "Dead Reckoning: War, Crime, and Justice from World War II to the War on Terror."
The episodes are slated to be shown on Monday evenings, December 5-19, 2016, but check local listings.

“The General’s Ghost” (12/5/2016)

“The Blind Eye” (12/12/2016)

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 10:00pm
Your students can explore models of ethical leadership, moral courage and humanitarian conduct by competing for the Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize. U.S. high school and college/university students, including exchange students, can enter this essay contest and win scholarship awards.

* High School Student Awards (1st Place = $1,000; 2nd Place = $500)
* College/University Student Awards (1st Place = $1,500; 2nd Place = $1,000)

Why participate? 


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