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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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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (PBS/Independent Lens)

More people are imprisoned in the United States at this present moment than in any other time or place in history, yet prisons themselves have never felt further away or more out of sight. "The Prison in Twelve Landscapes" is a film about the prison in which we never see an actual penitentiary. A meditation on the prison's "disappearance" in the era of mass incarceration, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of ordinary places across the United States where prisons affect lives.
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:00pm
June 26, 2017 - 8:00am EDT
Join a cohort of trained educators to help prepare your students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century at The Summer Institute for Climate Change Education.
April 12, 2017 - 12:30pm EDT
Three "America in Class" webinars will explore the history of government's role in shaping technology and promoting innovation. Explore one, two, or all three webinars. This series will be led by W. Bernard Carlson of the University of Virginia.

The U.S. in Space: Tensions and Paradoxes (April 12, 2017)
The Machine and The Republic: The Dynamic Interplay of Technology and Political Value (April 20, 2017)
The Army and the Technology of Warfare (July 24, 2017)

Deadline: 
4/12/2017
April 14, 2017 - 11:30am EDT
Harvard University is launching a free online course called “American Government” through their HarvardX program. Free and open to all, “American Government” by Thomas E. Patterson -- Harvard Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press in the Kennedy School of Government -- launches on April 24. Offering a comprehensive introduction to American government and politics, this course is ideal for:
      Teachers looking to explain the American political system to their students.
      AP high school students looking for an introduction to American government

Deadline: 
4/14/2017

Power Play (Authors praise iCivics)

iCivics is featured in a new book exploring how video games are pioneering social change around the world.
POWER PLAY: How Video Games Can Save the World by Asi Burak and Laura Parker devotes a chapter to iCivics’ origin story to illustrate how video games can be a force for good in society.
The chapter narrated how Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was inspired to turn educational video games into the nation’s largest civic engagement project, which is now used by over 5 million students every year.
March 14, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

UArts created a guide to studying photographs, meant for use in the classroom or as inspiration for teachings. It helps users build visual literacy skills - making meaning of images through analysis and interpretation, and using images effectively. Using the TPS Analysis Tool, we will analyze a portrait, a street scene and a recreational image.

Complimentary for NCSS Members

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Immigration and Human Rights

As questions arise in the classroom about immigration policy (treatment of asylum seekers, fate of refugees fill both the news and "fake news" in every medium from print of cyber tweet), human rights educators can help their students explore these contentious issues using materials from the Advocates for Human Rights -- online for free.
Visit www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/energyofanation 

Suggested on NCSS Connected by Rosemary Blanchard

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