In response to the need to support adolescents as they acquire and use literacy in and out of school, many districts in the United States are hiring "literacy coaches" to lead school-based professional development of subject area teachers in middle and high schools. In a project supported by the Carnegie Corporation, the International Reading Association has joined with the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council for the Social Studies, and the National Science Teachers Association to delineate standards for what effective literacy coaches must know and be able to do. --> read more »
The result of a three year state-led collaborative effort, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards was developed to serve two audiences - for states to upgrade their state social studies standards and for practitioners - local school districts, schools, teachers and curriculum writers to strengthen their social studies programs to a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines, b) build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens, and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards f --> read more »
ASIA DAYS 2013 - 2014
National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) Professional Development Seminar for K-14 Teachers
This Fall/ Winter, Georgetown University's East Asia National Resource Center will be hosting a NCTA professional development seminar, “Asia Days 2013 – 2014,” for K-14 teachers interested in expanding their knowledge and educational resources on East Asia. Seminar sessions will be held every other Saturday from 9AM – 12PM on Georgetown’s main campus in Washington, D.C. starting from September 28, 2013. --> read more »
Washington state developed assessments for social studies K-12. These resources give a general rubric and structure to be used to assess social studies skills and content. Teachers choose their own specific topics and formats, and the rubric provides uniformity in scoring structure.
Scroll down to the table and look at the models that are provided for each subject area and grade level.
Beyond the Bubble features new kinds of history assessments that allow teachers to gauge whether students have mastered key historical thinking skills. These innovative assessments, called History Assessments of Thinking (HATs), prompt students to answer questions about historical sources and to justify their reasoning in two or three sentences.
Most HATs can be completed in ten minutes, some in less than five. HATs allow teachers to get a quick sense of what students do and don’t know. Teachers can use this information to adjust instruction to meet the needs of their students.
--J. Allen Bryant
Civil Rights Pioneers came from various ethnic groups, rose up in many settings, and fought over many decades. One of the greatest baseball players of all time was a Native American who lived from to 1871 to 1913. Historical context -- Keep in mind that the massacre at Wounded Knee occurred in 1890.
--The Choices Program, Brown University
Ten years after 9/11, the United States is still fighting a war in Afghanistan against the Taliban. This article details key issues and events including the rise of the Taliban and the emergence of Osama bin Laden as a global terrorist figure.
National Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for History Education are working together to gather information on the state of world history education, and have developed a brief survey. NCSS and NCHE will use the information gathered in this survey to help us determine the needs of world history teachers. --> read more »
--Caroline C. Sheffield and Andrew J. Nichols
As an editorial cartoonist, Dr. Seuss alerted his readers to German submarine attacks along the east coast of the United States in May 1942. Student handouts provide 3 cartoons, charts that tally lost ships, and lyrics to a folk song about the Merchant Marine.
After learning about a Polish woman who saved 2,500 Jewish children during World War II, students in Kansas created a play for National History Day that is still being performed today, more than 10 years later.