A historical look at the promise and failure of the Fair Housing Act can challenge students to consider whether residential segregation was created by accident or by government policy.Secondary Level Law-Related, US History
Researching the landmark Tinker v. Des Moines case about free speech in the Vietnam era can launch an engaging classroom debate on the First Amendment and the civil rights of students.Secondary Level Law-Related, US History
Trade and Tradeoffs: Lowering Barriers to Talking about International Trade Tawni Ferrarini James GwartneyA close look at the topic of foreign trade—its pros and cons—can give students a deeper understanding of why economists and politicians often disagree on the matter Secondary Level Economics
Federal Reserve Policy: Managing Both Sides of the Dual Mandate Kevin Kliesen Scott WollaThe role of the Federal Reserve and how it influences our economy can stimulate an interesting classroom discussion on the importance of price stability, employment levels, and interest rates. Secondary Level Economics
Media Literacy and Fake News in the Social Studies Meghan McGlinn Manfra Casey HolmesTo best prepare social studies students for democratic citizenship and civic participation, we need to equip them with strategies for critically consuming online media. Secondary Level Civics/Government
Excursion into Empathy: Exploring Prejudice with Virtual Reality Ilene R. Berson, Michael J. Berson, Amy M. Carnes Claudia R. WiedemanImmersive virtual reality experiences offer an innovative approach to oral history and can foster students’ emotional connection with distant historical events. PreK-Elementary World History
Makerspaces and 3D Printing: New Directions for History Learning Torrey Trust Robert W. MaloyThe process of researching, designing, and presenting 3D models related to people, places, or events can dramatically expand students’ experience of social studies topics.