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Negotiation Skills Game (George Siedel/UM)

“The House on Elm Street” is an exercise developed by Professor George J. Siedel with support from the University of Michigan.  It involves a transaction that students can easily relate to:  the sale of a house.  The twist in the exercise is that, unknown to the seller, the buyer is a secret agent representing a large company.  Each student receives a short (two-page) role as either the buyer or seller, and they negotiate for 30 minutes, followed by a debriefing.  The exercise is designed to achieve several learning goals.  For example, students will learn how to:

Confronting Antisemitism (M. Berson, USF)

Michael Berson, NCSS member, Editor of the Instructional Technology column in SOCIAL EDUCATION, and Professor at the University of South Florida writes, "As we start the semester, the responsibilities of educators in addressing hatred and discrimination are receiving national attention. I'd like to offer a few resources that provide background on how to confront antisemitism:
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 'Confronting Antisemitism,

How to Confront White Supremacists (Lessons & First-Person Accounts)

These five articles (and a video) are all free on the Internet. Two are published by National Council for the Social Studies. They may be useful material for study and conversation in grades 7-12 this school year, 2017-2018. Please also refer to the "NCSS Response to the Tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia," where related resources are also listed, at

A racist college student is gently confronted and converted by his classmates:
Eli Saslow, “The White Flight of Derek Black,” Washington Post (October 15, 2016). “Derek Black was already hosting his own radio show. He had launched a white nationalist website for children and

World War I Centennial Resources

This July, the presidents of the United States and of France are in Paris, together honoring the Americans who served in “The Great War,” which today we call World War I. A Bastille Day parade features the branches of the U.S. Military. “Every American can play a role and honor these World War I heroes. We invite you to visit for information on how to get involved with the efforts of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission,” said Chris Isleib, Director of Public Affairs. Here are some related resources from NCSS.

Books by NCSS Members

These first-edition books have become available in recent weeks. Send notification of your recent book to, and we'll share it here, in the order received. Congratulations to these authors: Sarah K. Anderson, Bringing School to Life: Place-Based Edu

Polish-American Friendship in 1926 (Library of Congress)

In 1926, America celebrated the 150th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence. To mark the occasion, citizens of Poland – more than 5.5 million of them – signed a unique birthday card, "The Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship." Now, all 111 volumes containing more than 30,000 pages – many beautifully illustrated or accompanied by photographs – are digitized and accessible on the Library of Congress website.

Model UN for High Schools (American University)

Your school is invited to attend the fifth session of the American University Model United Nations Conference (AmeriMUNC). Early next year, February 2-4, 2018, AmeriMUNC will be held on American University's campus in Washington, DC. These summer months -- July and August -- are the time to get your principal and social studies department chair enthused about this great experience for your students.

International Affairs Resources Library (Dr. Wayne Selcher)

A free, virtual library, International Affairs Resources, has over 2,000 carefully selected, annotated links in 34 international affairs categories. It is frequently maintained, receives worldwide use daily, and is designed for teachers, professors, scholars, students, researchers, diplomats, and the interested public, among others.

The Concept of Fair Trade (Fair Trade Campaigns)

Fair Trade Campaigns has developed a series of lesson plans to help educators bring the concept of Fair Trade into their middle and high school classrooms. There are four distinct lessons, covering four subject areas in relation to Fair Trade:

- Changing the Rules of the Global Economy: An Introduction to Fair Trade
- Gender Equity and Fair Trade
- Child Labor and Fair Trade
- Environmental Sustainability and Fair Trade

An Online Risk Calculator (Confronting Poverty)

Confronting Poverty ( is a new website that offers a set of resources dealing with American poverty and inequality. Most notable is an interactive "poverty risk calculator" that estimates for the first time the likelihood that an individual will experience poverty at some point in their future.


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