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AP® World History Skill-Building with Strayer

Two co-authors of the Teacher's Edition for Ways of the World discuss and demonstrate their favorite lessons and how they teach historical thinking and writing skills to advanced learners.

Applications are now being accepted for the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program at They are due November 15, 2017 by 7:59pm ET.

Ask Me Anything: Advice from an AP US Government Teacher

AP Government teachers face unique challenges. How can I address controversial issues without losing my mind or getting fired? How can I help my students understand Supreme Court cases? What steps can I take to prepare for the upcoming AP U.S. Government curriculum redesign? How can I cover the entire AP curriculum while helping students who struggle? Should I become an AP Reader? An experienced AP U.S. and Government teacher will answer your questions and provide tips to manage your workload while maximizing student success.

The Pledge of Allegiance & Anthem: Protest, and Controversy (NCSS; National Constitution Center; First Amendment Center; Library of Congress; and more)

* The Pledge of Allegiance, its history, and the addition of the phrase "under God" can serve as a jumping off point into major themes of U.S. history and First Amendment freedoms. Here is a free article in Social Education, September 2013 by Eric C. Groce, Tina Heafner, and Elizabeth Bellows:

Content is not Curriculum: Making and Using the Best in OER

Learn about the lessons of the Big History Project as an effort to create a great OER course. How should we think about skills development as in the Inquiry Arc? How will teachers come to understand and improve these materials? How do OER communities become communities of practice?
High School students can experience a new world and expand their horizons by studying abroad as part of their high school experience. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers scholarships to high school students (ages 15-18) to study abroad for one academic year. International exchange programs give students the opportunity to establish long-lasting ties with people around the globe, promote mutual understanding, learn a new language, and develop global leadership skills. Previous language study is not required.
Today’s students will be graduating into a world that is ever more interconnected. One in ten Americans is foreign born, and local communities—urban, suburban, and rural—are growing more diverse. Our students will be working with people from different cultures, whether as part of a diverse community here at home or as part of an international team. To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies want employees with the knowledge and skills to work across cultures.


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