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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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Call for Participants: Vocabulary and Professional Development Instructional Research Group (IRG) in Los Alamitos, California has announced a professional development (PD) opportunity for school districts as part of a federal research grant. For districts to participate, they must have at least two middle schools involved, and each school must have at least 10% of their students be currently classified as English Learners or former English Learners (identified as early as kindergarten). In addition, each school must

Victorian Slum House (PBS)

In this series, a Victorian tenement in the heart of London's East End has been painstakingly brought back to life.
A group of 21st century people move in to experience the tough living and working conditions of the Victorian poor in each decade, 1860s through 1900s. To see trailers and episode descriptions, visit
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 8:00pm
April 19, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Join AMLE (Association for Middle Level Education) and NCSS, in collaboration with Michael Yell (National Board Certified Teacher - Middle School and NCSS Past President), for a great webinar in which participants will examine 10 engaging, thought-provoking strategies for creating a different kind of middle level social studies classroom.
April 19, 2017 - 4:00pm EDT
Webinar Presenter: Michael Yell, Past President NCSS
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 4-5pm ET
Full title: "Tools & Strategies for Creating Thoughtful, Engaging Social Studies Instruction at the Middle Level"
April 6, 2017 to April 9, 2017

A Conference for Educators
Washington, D.C.

Civil Rights Lesson Plan (

Looking for a lesson plan that will launch young people into imagining themselves as agents of change? "Kids in Birmingham 1963" shares its second ready-to-go lesson, "What would YOU do?: The 1963 Birmingham Children's Crusade." Students read brief interview statemets from four people, black and white, who were youth in Birmingham at the time of the march. Today's students reflect on whether they would have joined -- or not.


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