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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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Teachers are invited to submit either a 300-500 word essay or 1-2 minute video on the following prompt:
"The Internet provides students a vast resource for research and learning. Yet, navigating the beneficial and dangerous places online has been an ever-evolving battle. What have you as a teacher and your classes learned when it comes to cyber safety?"
This Internet.frontier.com grant is for $1,000 and open to school teachers and college professors. More information about this opportunity can be found at:
Deadline: 
4/30/2017
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The National Geographic Society (NGS) is now offering education-focused grants to individual educators! NGS is looking for educators who have new ideas for effective strategies in teaching and learning—at any age level, with any audience, and in any location. NGS aims to support educators in formal and informal settings, in community education and outreach, and educator professional development. Grants will be awarded on a quarterly basis.
Deadline: 
7/01/2017
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The Foreign Policy Association seeks high school teachers with demonstrated commitment to international education to take part in its annual Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute. Teachers chosen will reflect geographically and demographically diverse high schools from around the continent and will be chosen on a competitive basis. There will be four days of:
* Strengthening skills in teaching global affairs
* Exploring ways to expand international studies in the classroom
* Building professional support networks
Deadline: 
3/31/2017

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (American Masters/PBS)

The exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere of the first feature documentary about author/activist Dr. Maya Angelou, "American Masters -- Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise," airs Tuesday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)--the day Malcolm X was assassinated back in 1965. He and Dr. Angelou's work together are discussed in the film, which features new interviews with Dr. Angelou (filmed just before her death in 2014), Oprah Winfrey, Common, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and others.

Film outtake: MAYA ANGELOU ON TEACHING
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 8:00pm

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.
Be inspired this summer! Attend one of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's week-long summer institutes in Washington, D.C., July 10–14 or July 24–28, 2017. Join educators from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts. Museum professionals lead participants in interactive content sessions, gallery talks, and hands-on activities that use

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
Educators are invited to explore World War II history in Munich and Berlin by joining PDK International for a 9-day tour through Germany in July 2017. PDK’s Germany tour offers a perspective that looks, not only upon the sights and culture of the country, but goes deeper into the heritage and legacies that history has instilled upon it.
Tentative dates are July 7-15, 2017.

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