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The more you live, the less you die.

January 3, 2020 - 12:55pm
Janis Joplin, singer-songwriter
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A note to our readers

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
Happy holidays! This is SmartBrief's last publication for 2019.
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"1619 Project" curriculum offer lessons on slavery

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
A curriculum created by the Pulitzer Center to complement a series of essays published by the New York Times for the "1619 Pr -More
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How to use inquiry-based lessons in social studies

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
Educators using the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards can use the Inquiry Arc stra -More
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New social studies standards approved in Ky.

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
New social studies standards have been approved by the Kentucky Board of Education after feedback from educators around the s -More
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Report: Media literacy needs better standards

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
Media literacy is being defined in multiple ways, in part, because it represents various fields, including core subjects as w -More
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Gates Foundation to invest $10M in teachers' PD

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Monday plans to invest about $10 million in professional-development programs t -More
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State legislatures try to boost civics education

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
More than 30 states considered some 80 pieces of legislation aimed at improving civics education during the 2018-19 legislati -More
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"Adversity score" assigned to students taking SATs

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
The College Board will roll out an initiative that applies an adversity score to students taking SATs starting this fall, fol -More
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How to build critical inquiry in history lessons

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
History instruction should shift away from textbook-guided lessons to instead focus on critical inquiry about history, assert -More
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Teacher replaces research papers with podcasts

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
High-school English teacher Jori Krulder last school year replaced a traditional research paper with a podcast project.  -More
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High-school teacher creates guide to student slang

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
James Callahan, a sociology teacher at Lowell High School in Massachusetts, was looking for ways to better understand his stu -More
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Should teachers avoid living history lessons?

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
Living history lessons that engage students in role playing have garnered negative headlines for being racially insensitive a -More
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Geography card game gets students excited about maps

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
A card game developed by a lawyer is being by some schools with third- through eighth-grade students to help them use maps, i -More
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Tips for teaching civics in elementary schools

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
Teachers can introduce civics lessons to elementary-schoolers by helping them identify and craft speeches about topics they c -More
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NCSS SmartBrief will not publish on Jan. 1

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
In observance of the New Year's holiday, NCSS SmartBrief will not publish on Wednesday, Jan. 1.
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Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.

December 30, 2019 - 12:45pm
Hal Borland, writer, journalist, naturalist
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High-school library offers students hands-on history

December 27, 2019 - 12:28pm
California high-school teacher James Fletcher has collected more than 40,000 pieces of presidential memorabilia - including a -More
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Forecasting education bills for 2020

December 27, 2019 - 12:28pm
Congressional lawmakers could consider several pieces of legislation in 2020 that affect education, including the Resilience  -More
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Are online teaching materials worth the cost?

December 27, 2019 - 12:28pm
Education experts who participated in a review of online teaching content say most of the materials from sites such as Teache -More
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