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May 21, 2019 - 1:00pm EDT

On Thursday, May 2, National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) announced the launch of its new awards program, Civic Engagement Champions (CEC). The new program will honor middle school teachers who promote their students’ active citizenship. The NCSS board approved partnership with NASBE and NCSS will help in the selection process for the winners. More information will follow as it becomes formalized.


The Library of Congress for Teachers: “Layer Upon Layer of Awesome”

Explore what the Library of Congress has for teachers, including primary source sets and lesson plans for teaching with primary sources, and professional development opportunities. Take a quick tour of ways to connect with experts from the Library and tap into the Library’s vast collections to find even more resources for your classroom. Find out why one Summer Institute participant described the Library as having “layer upon layer of awesome.”

Teaching the EU: Bringing Modern Europe to your Classroom

This webinar hosted by staff from the European Union (EU) festures educators who have successfully incorporated EU topics into their U.S. courses. You will learn about curriculum resources available for teaching the EU, and tips to implement these learning tools in your classroom! 

This webinar provides following tools and resources.

Become a National Geographic Certified Educator

Join us for the official launch of the National Geographic Educator Certification Program. Complete Phase I today to join a community of educators committed to creating a more sustainable world.

50 Ideas in 50 Minutes: Great Ideas from NCSS Award Winners

Join award winning teachers and grant recipients as they share “Top Tips for Success” in the classroom and beyond. Winners will also share their experience applying for NCSS Awards. NCSS offers three grant opportunities ranging from $2,000–$2,500. Come hear from NCSS Grant Recipients as they share grant writing tips for success to support and enhance your classroom or boost projects that showcase your students’ work.

Moderator and Facilitator: Kristy Brugar, Associate Professor, Social Studies Education University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK

On hand to answer your questions: Recipients of the following Awards and Grants

  • NCSS Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award
  • Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy
  • Award for Global Understanding
  • McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award

Deliberation and Controversies in the Classroom

Powerful social studies classrooms are rich with discussion and deliberation of controversial issues, but it takes practice to build a classroom where students feel safe, drive the discussion, and ensure equity of voice. Explore methods, consider relevant issues, and share best practices.

Civic Data to Inform Student Action

To what extent does the civic empowerment gap exist in recent cohorts of Democracy Schools? Explore the connection between exposure to proven civic learning practices and civic engagement outcomes. Discuss ways to address issues of inequity in your school.

The STEAM and Social Studies of Current Events

Discover concepts in social studies and STEAM through current events. Master informational texts, news articles, podcasts, and graphic organizers to meet Illinois Social Science standards, Common Core, and the C3 Framework.


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