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December 08, 2014

Landmark Special Ed. Case Confirming 'Zero Reject' Rule Marks 25 Years

In Timothy W. v Rochester, the court confirmed that children with the most severe handicaps are entitled to services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

December 03, 2014

The Importance of Wait Time: Teaching Ferguson in the Era of Instant News

Recent events in Ferguson Missouri deserve to be discussed in the classroom, but teachers need to think carefully before bringing up these topics to make sure that difficult conversations are also productive ones.

December 01, 2014

Resource Watch: Free E-Book on Family-History Classroom Projects

New resources from UNC Chapel Hill and Ancestry.com can give teachers tools to explore family history with their students.

November 24, 2014

Filmmaker Ken Burns Talks Civics and Taking Deep Dives Into History

Ken Burns, who has directed and produced documentaries including 'The Civil War' series, addressed 1,000 social studies educators.

November 22, 2014

Undocumented Journalist Brings Immigration Issues to the Classroom

Jose Antonio Vargas, who outed himself as an undocumented immigrant, praised educators who are "allies" to undocumented students and unveiled a high school curriculum on immigration issues.

November 21, 2014

Majority of Texas Social Studies Textbooks Approved Despite Controversy

Nearly all of the social studies textbooks that were being considered by the Texas board of education have been sanctioned for use next school year.

November 21, 2014

Social Studies Group Releases Exemplar Lessons

NCSS released a new book with exemplar social studies lessons designed by 15 curriculum partners, including the Library of Congress, and National Geographic.

November 20, 2014

Fate of Controversial Texas Social Studies Textbooks Still Unsure

The Texas state board of education did not grant preliminary approval for the series of social studies textbooks it was considering, which both liberal and conservative groups have alleged contain distortions.

November 12, 2014

Using Letters to Teach the Holidays (and History)

Teaching holidays can be an interruption from regular instruction, or they can be an opportunity for rich, common- core aligned discussions. Now that's something worth celebrating!

November 04, 2014

Retired Educator Donates 800 School Artifacts to National Museum

A former principal who has been gathering school artifacts dating back to the 1700s is giving most of his collection to the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution.

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