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A Pocketful of History

--Sherry L. Field and Linda D. Labbo
Read a biography. Then examine "pocket contents." In Lincoln's vest pocket? A draft for a speech, theater tickets, and a photograph of his family, among other items. "Artifacts" are suggested for the pockets of Benito Juarez (president of Mexico), Grandma Moses (artist), Mary McLeod Bethune (black educator), and others.

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Puerto Rico: 101 Years Later

On July 25, 1898, during the Spanish–American War, the U.S. invaded Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans gained U.S. citizenship in 1917. 101 years later, the debate over Puerto Rico's political status continues. 

September 9, 2018 to October 21, 2018

In this course you will:

  • Design four compelling questions to help address divisions in American society;
  • Apply disciplinary tools to analyze those questions;
  • Evaluate and select sources relevant to the questions;
  • Craft four lessons to engage students in open dialogue to understand and take informed action when differences may arise.
  • Reflect upon the value of teacher/student questions and the challenges and possibilities of students taking informed action to improve society.
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Comic Books on Basic Economics (New York Fed)

The New York Fed’s Educational Comic Book Series teaches students about basic economic principles and the Federal Reserve’s role in the economic system. Created for educators and students at the middle school, high school, and introductory college levels, the series can help
August 7, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:30pm

Join us in a one day, hands-on training, in which you will:

  • Investigate the history of Greek trireme technology and its impact on society, culture, politics and economics, as well as explore the influence these same factors had on the technology itself.
  • Learn about ancient naval warfare from a professional Historian, gain access to free IDM resources including primary and secondary source materials, and participate in a hands-on activity with guidance and insight from a world history teacher.
  • Leave with an action plan in hand, which will empower you to incorporate the history of technology, and its social context, in your classroom.
Stevens Institute of Technology
1 Castle Point Terrace
Bissinger Room
Hoboken, NJ 07030
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Engaging Congress, an Interactive Game (CRG/IU)

The Center on Representative Government at Indiana University has launched "Engaging Congress," an interactive game that uses primary-source documents to explore the workings of American government and the challenges it faces in contemporary society. The app-based game is available to middle school and high school government, history, language arts and social studies programs as a fun tool for teaching the basic tenets of representative government, using documents and materials from the Library of Congress and other sources.

Civic Engagement - The Time Is Now!

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.

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