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Teaching Remotely: A Reflection for This Upcoming School Year

August 5, 2020 By Jessica Hayes

As I think about my virtual learning experience in the time of quarantine, I will say the feeling that is more dominant than most is “dislike.” I won’t say I hated it, but this was an unusual circumstance into which we were thrown.

Teaching Students About How History Can Repeat Itself

July 27, 2020 By Sheree Turner, Ph.D.

History is the study of past events in human affairs and part of our daily lives. There's no way around it, we are living in a historical moment currently that will affect future generations to come.

Foster Social and Emotional Learning This Upcoming School Year

July 16, 2020 By Monet Hendricks

Students in the K-12 setting experience immense developmental changes, socially, emotionally, and academically. All the while, they go through dreaded awkward stages—braces, bad haircuts, first crushes—and experience greater demands from parents, teachers, and community members. 

Building Active Citizenship Skills Through Community Relationships

June 10, 2020 By Sheree Turner, Ph.D.

Participatory citizenship is the act of citizens actively participating through community and political life to build a democracy that respects human rights. Currently, members and allies of the Black Lives Matter movement are partaking in their First Amendment right to protest, aiming to enact change for police reform and civil rights, which offers a unique teaching opportunity to encourage active citizenship. How can we find other ways to help our students understand the importance of becoming an active citizen today?

The Teacher's Guide to Helping Students Analyze Political Cartoons

May 18, 2020 By Melissa Knowles

Cartoons can sometimes make a serious point. Benjamin Franklin’s 1754 “Join or Die” began the use of political cartoons. These visuals have been important in history by informing illiterate citizens and conveying a point of view on a political issue.  Cartoonists, with a single picture, could insult enemies, celebrate allies, change people’s minds on important issues, and be humorous enough to make an impact on the public’s view. Political cartoons bring humor and exaggeration to past and current issues. I tell my students political cartoons are pictures with a point.  We can provide students with the tools and questions they can use to decode and understand political cartoons.

20 Educational Acronyms Every Educator (and Parent!) Should Know

May 13, 2020 By Monet Hendricks

 To quote one of my previous graduate school professors, "education is simply made up of alphabet soup."

Teaching Remotely: What I've Learned So Far

May 10, 2020 By Jessica Hayes

The times in which we are living are truly odd and unprecedented. Actually, there are a lot of words that people use to describe this time. I’ve heard scary, crazy, stressful, and boring, just to name a few. Some people have used this time to improve themselves by working out or trying new hobbies. Others are worried or stressed about their job security and family's wellbeing. But, one thing I think we can agree upon is that this is a time to come together and revel in comfort and support. 

Investigating Personal Primary Sources with Elementary Students

April 16, 2020 By Melissa Knowles

Where do you find elementary school historians? The answer can be right in your digital classroom!

Adapting Social Studies Best-Practices to Distance Learning

April 7, 2020 By Sheree Turner, Ph.D.

In these changing times, what are some of the social studies best-practices that we can apply in a remote learning environment?

As Your District Goes Remote, Our Digital Platforms Are Here to Provide Support

March 19, 2020 By Monet Hendricks

School and district closures are rippling across the nation and the world as our communities join together to combat the spread of the coronavirus. In times like these, it’s more important than ever for educators and students to discover the power of digital learning.