Registration is now open. The 9/11 Memorial Museum invites teachers and students to participate in "Anniversary in the Schools," a free webinar commemorating the 17th anniversary of 9/11. The webinar, broadcast from inside the 9/11 Memorial Museum, connects students and teachers from around the world with museum staff and guest speakers to learn about the attacks and the importance of commemoration.
Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) and National Volunteer Week (April 15-22), with a free sample of popular resources from Social Education, Middle Level Learning, and Social Studies and the Young Learner. The founder of Earth Day, Senator Gaylord Nelson (1916-2005), grew up among pristine lakes and landscapes of Wisconsin. Photo by Yinan Chen, September
Listen to moderator Jane Lo as she leads a spirited 20-minute discussion about Project-Based Learning (PBL). Her guests are Social Education authors: John Larmer, Stacie Brensilver and Rob Hallock. They examine how they first came to use PBL—its challenges and rewards. They then offer beneficial advice to all teachers ready to try PBL for the first time.
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The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu epidemic, which killed about one-third of the human population on Earth. We also have, this year, an especially virulent strain of the flue to contend with. How society prepares for, and responds to, infectious diseases is the topic of these teaching resources.
Raphael Mazzone and Lee Ann Potter, “Documents Related to the Flu Pandemic of 1918,” Social Education 70, no. 7 (November/December 2006): 393–396. *** As World War I neared its end, a worldwide epidemic claimed more victims than the war itself. The two featured documents recall the loss of life and havoc in the United States. Open access: https://www.socialstudies.org/publications/socialeducation/november-dece...
Diane Luke and Ann Winkler, “The Saffron Scourge: Society, Politics and Disease,” Social Education 71, no. 1 (January/February 2007): 40–43. *** By taking a closer look at various yellow fever outbreaks, the authors demonstrate for students the social, governmental, and economic impact of epidemics upon cities. For NCSS members: https://www.socialstudies.org/publications/socialeducation/january-febru...
The Vaccine Makers Project ("Hilleman" film clip, resources, curriculum). Ironically, the very success of vaccines in the 20th century created a public policy dilemma: people have