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EdNet Learning Lab Teacher Summer Series: Act 1, The AP Gauntlet

SEPTEMBER 06, 2017

Our educator network is comprised of a consortium of educators, teacher trainers, and curriculum developers across almost all 50 states.  We like sharing the experiences of our educator network members as examples of how teachers take civic learning outside their classroom and into the broader world. Here is part one of David Olson's (WI) "Teacher Summer Series" on professional development and teacher growth.

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Student-Centered Civic Action

JULY 18, 2017

What happens when you allow students to take the lead on civic issues they care about? iCivics Educator Network member, Shelina Warren (DC), shows us how empowering students with a solid foundation of their rights, can inspire them to make real community impact. In doing so, she created a lab experience that her students will never forget.

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EdNet Learning Lab: National History Day Competition and Washington DC Trip

JUNE 26, 2017

Our educator network is comprised of a consortium of educators, teacher trainers, and curriculum developers across almost all 50 states.  We like sharing the experiences of our educator network members as examples of how teachers take civic learning outside their classroom and into the broader world. Here is an account by Jay Peledge (MA) on a combined trip to Washington, DC and the National History Day competition.

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Meeting the Needs of EVERY iCivics Student

MAY 30, 2017

Millions of students play “Do I Have a Right?” each school year. Within the game, they have the opportunity to create new identities for themselves, to exercise agency, and to behave altruistically through helping people solve problems around constitutional law issues. Students bring their knowledge of the outside world into a fictitious environment, and along the way become well-versed in the legal protections provided in the Bill of Rights and other amendments. An additional bonus is that it’s just fun!

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Increasing Content Acquisition for Second Language Learners in Social Studies Classrooms

MAY 18, 2017

Second language learners (SLLs) are an ever increasing population in educational settings (Cruz & Thornton, 2009). While an immense amount of work, pioneered by Jim Cummins and Stephen Krashen, has focused on language acquisition among SLLs and language acquisition versus content acquisition, it is key to remember there are specific challenges and obstacles facing SLLs in social studies content (O’Brien, 2012).

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Digging Deep on Presidential Responsibilities

APRIL 17, 2017

In my 8th grade Social Studies classroom, we spend half the year exploring civics, government, and politics.  One of the most valuable and important parts of our exploration is making sure that students can grasp the purpose and role of each of the branches of government.

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Engaging Networks Through Social Media Content

NOVEMBER 30, 2016

A conversation with iCivics Digital Media Manager about the importance of social media in the education space.

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Teaching Elections After Election Season

NOVEMBER 05, 2014

Now that election season is over and mass media has returned to presenting commercials about cereal instead of candidates, take the time to organize lesson plan resources that might not be available during the off-year election season.

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