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Project-Based Learning: Give it a Try!

Project America is project-based, digital, and connects students to experts in the field. Learn the elements of rigorous project-based learning and leave with a social studies unit to try.

The Adopt a Country Project

The Adopt a Country Project enables students to learn about culture, history and current events of adopted countries; showcase research by designing a website; teach students; and experience life in adopted countries by utilizing virtual reality goggles. Students also identify and address a social issue faced by their adopted country and take informed action on their path to global citizenship.

Civic Capstones Can Save Social Studies

Civic Capstones provide students with the opportunity to use the C3 Framework and the Inquiry Design Model to become the citizens our nation needs. Learn how to build a capstone, how to use inquiry to empower students, and how this product provides a deeper meaning to students transitioning into their college, career, and civic lives.

Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Panel

Enhance your teaching strategies toolbox by joining the 2017 Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year as they share how they used tools such as the C3 Framework and NCSS Themes to bring their instruction to the next level by engaging students in meaningful learning.

Happy Professional Development in an Unhappy Time: Learning to Teach for Historical Thinking in a High-Pressure Accountability Context

Teachers benefit when professional development in historical thinking is longitudinal, collaborative, and learning-focused, with opportunities to discuss and try new practices in an intellectually nourishing environment. These aims can be confounded by school policy contexts that overemphasize achievement tests as accountability mechanisms. This presentation examines the interactions of PD and accountability pressures, with guidelines for program development and practices.

Migration Stories: A Documentary Film Project

High school students in Seattle created a series of short documentary films that told the stories of immigrants in their school with the goal of increasing empathy among their peers. See how the Migration Stories Projects came to life.

Impacting Student Writing and Thinking: Big History Project Teachers Perspectives

Content is not curriculum. Developing student practices in writing and thinking requires consistency, clarity, and strong pedagogical thinking. Professor Bob Bain and teachers from the Big History Project will discuss their approaches (and successes) in using BHP course resources to teach wide range of students to "think on paper."

Go Global - Increase the Peace

Teach students how to prevent World War III! Learn how to set up collaborative online projects with international classrooms using e-mail, photos, Youtube, Skype, and Google Apps. Students LOVE it!

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