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World History

February 7, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Learn how to use GIS to compliment your existing instruction; map and analyze simple data sets; and to create community based PBL activities. Lesson Plans, free software, and replication tips will be provided.

$20 NCSS members / $40 NCSS nonmembers


Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War

PBS/Ken Burns
This documentary tells the story of an American couple who in 1939 embarked on a secret mission in Eastern Europe to save refugees and dissidents from the Nazis. The producers have partnered with two education organizations -- Facing History and Ourselves and the Holocaust Educators Network -- to make this project useful to teachers. See the lesson plans at
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Echoes from the Wall (Vietnam War)

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the nonprofit organization that founded and preserves the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, has released new curriculum materials that are available to teachers to teach Vietnam in their classroom. The "Echoes From The Wall" curriculum set explores the Vietnam War and era and includes14 lesson plans: background readings, in-class and extension activities tied to national learning standards, and lecture presentations incorporating primary source audio and video. The lesson plans cover a range of topics, from “Motivations for U.S.
July 28, 2016 - 2:45pm EDT to June 1, 2017 - 12:45pm EDT
Plan ahead, and apply now. In July 2017, a select group of 18 educators will follow in the footsteps of history as they visit World War II historic sites and American cemeteries in San Francisco, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Manila, The Philippines. A partnership -- National History Day, American Battle Monuments Commission, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs -- hopes to reinvigorate the teaching of World War II in middle and high school by helping teachers understand the sacrifice of fallen American heroes of that era.


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