The U.S. Civil War still captures, as does Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, the imagination and passion of young and old. While perpetually fascinating, with all we know and have learned, there is still much to discover with new materials, new stories. Decoding the Civil War is an online resource for multiple grade levels that invites students to examine actual telegram messages and place them in social and historical context. Read more
Integrating portraiture into the classroom provides exciting opportunities to connect students with history, biography, visual art, and many other subjects. The Summer Teacher Institute will take a broad look at the Portrait Gallery’s collection. Participants will learn how to “read” portraiture and use the art as a springboard into a more in-depth discussion about biography and history. Teachers in grades kindergarten–12 may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Priority will be given to social studies, English/language arts, and visual arts teachers. Read more
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program team at the Institute of International Education announces a free teaching resource: the U.S. Diplomacy Center's Diplomacy Simulations Program, "designed to expose students to the world of foreign affairs and help them develop the 21st century skill set they will need to be competitive in today's global economy." Read more
Abraham Lincoln’s papers from his time as a lawyer, congressman and the 16th president are now online in full color in a new presentation after a multi-year digitization effort at the Library of Congress. This collection includes Lincoln’s Inaugural Addresses, Draft of Emancipation Proclamation among more than 40,000 documents dating from 1774 through Lincoln’s presidency and beyond. There are materials from his campaigns, Lincoln’s first and second inaugural addresses and the earliest known copies of the Gettysburg Address. Read more
iCivics is looking for student words to include in its season’s greetings. This year’s essay contest encourages youth authors to share with iCivics’ Founder, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, his or her favorite thing about iCivics online games. Writers should also share in their essay what they will take with them when they become active and engaged adult citizens. Read more
Access to critical thinking instruction should not be a luxury good. Come learn how thinkLaw is revolutionizing critical thinking through standards-aligned real-life cases that bring the Socratic method to life!
Join IGNITE, the expert in training the next generation of political leaders. Explore how to ignite your students' passion for fully participating in our democracy. You'll get tools, tips and curriculum aligned with the Common Core Standards to inspire your students to take action and lead.
The U.S. Constitution codifies a complex system of governmental checks and balances. But for all its innovation, our founding document fails to address the question of how to prosecute wrongdoing by personnel in the executive branch, including the president of the United States.
Learn about the research basis for, and practical application of four high-impact strategies recommended to offer students a hands-on civic learning: student voice, deliberative discussions, real-world interactions, and instructor support.
Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.