History/social studies teachers know they have to cover, at some point, Africa in world history courses and the African American experience in U.S. history courses. Here is a much abbreviated version of the California content standards related to Africa and the African American experience.
Note: Since we don't have time to analyze all the varied state standards, we'll use California as an example for the purposes of this article.
More and more often, history teachers are being asked to structure their curricula thematically as opposed to chronologically, in hopes of increasing student engagement and facilitating comparison among multiple perspectives.
Role-playing simulations are great for retention, comprehension, literacy, and group
decision-making. Here we'll discuss what they are and why they work.
“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” —Kofi Annan
Democracy begins in the classroom.
Some students from poverty may have gaps in social interaction which worsen the
Students from poverty often come to school with fewer problem-solving skills than peers.
There couldn’t be a more meaningful time to recognize the work of Lori Wenzinger (center), recipient of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Teaching Award of Excellence.