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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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National Bird (PBS/Independent Lens)

National Bird is the first in-depth investigation of the U.S. drone war with unique access to two courageous women, a drone-target analyst and a retired intelligence officer, who connect with a former NSA analyst to become whistleblowers on the drone program, risking backlash.
Visit the film's website, http://nationalbirdfilm.com/
This film is part of the INDEPENDENT LENS collection at PBS, www.pbs.org/independentlens.
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 9:00pm

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 USA where prisons affect lives.
Visit www.prisonlandscapes.com.
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:00pm
July 13, 2017 - 8:45am EDT to July 16, 2017 - 11:45am EDT
A scholarship opportunity is now open for the Young Women's Leadership Retreat at Randolph-Macon College in historic Ashland, Virginia.
Deadline: 
4/16/2017
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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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Teaching Controversial Current Events (Nat'l Constitution Center)

The National Constitution Center (NCC) can help you and your students explore current events in a nonpartisan way. Visit http://constitutioncenter.org
• President Trump has announced his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. The Interactive Constitution highlights the appointment process as outlined in Article II and explores Article III and the judicial branch of government.

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
May 2, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

This webinar will share key details and teaching resources on the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the rise of ISIS. Hear from the Director of www.Iamsyria.org, Andrew Beiter, on the current situation on the ground, how to approach this topic with your students, and how your students can take action.

Complimentary for NCSS members / $40 NCSS nonmembers

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Commentary Today: The U.S. Constitution (NCC & iCivics)

The National Constitution Center (NCC) and iCivics launched a new digital site called WeLoveTheConstitution.org - where Americans can share their thoughts about the U.S. Constitution and what they value most about the document.
  Videos at this website feature, among many others,

* Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), John Boozman (R-AR), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI);

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