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December 18, 2013

Chicago Schools to Teach African-American History in Core Courses

More than two decades after Illinois enacted a law that requires public schools to teach African-American studies, the 404,000-student Chicago school district announced a new curriculum guide for incorporating the subject into core classes.

December 06, 2013

Teaching Nelson Mandela

How do you capture the life of a liberation leader, political prisoner, and president who helped end a nation's system of racial oppression? How do you convey his place in history for students?

November 21, 2013

Teaching the 50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination

This Friday, Nov. 22, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Because Kennedy's life and death remain such a deep source of public fascination—and because he was such a central figure in 20th-century political history—many educators are viewing this as a significant teaching moment.

November 19, 2013

Students Recite Gettysburg Address to Commemorate 150th Anniversary

Several initiatives nationwide are encouraging students, public figures, and other individuals to recite the 16th president's iconic speech, including an effort spearheaded by award-winning documentarian Ken Burns.

August 28, 2013

Close Reading and the 'I Have a Dream' Speech

A presentation expert uses a visual-display tool to analyze the shape and rhetorical patterns in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

August 22, 2013

Teaching the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

For teachers looking to bring this historical moment to the classroom, a number of organizations are providing resources.

December 07, 2012

History Teachers Closing the Textbooks

On the 71st anniversary of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, an article poses questions on on history teaching in schools.

November 26, 2012

Common Core and the Rise of Online Assessment

When Michigan students eventually take the Smarter Balanced Assessment—the Common Core State Standards-based exam that the state has signed on to adopt in 2015—they'll do so not on paper, but online. According to the Detroit Free Press, the change "marks a dramatic shift occurring in educa...

September 07, 2012

Multimedia Tool: Teaching the Presidential Campaign

The Newseum in Washington has just launched Decision 2012: Exploring Elections and the Media, an online resource for teaching about the presidential campaign and election.

August 09, 2012

Holocaust Survivor Designs Resources for Teachers

By guest blogger Ellen Wexler A few weeks ago, we received a letter from Holocaust survivor Peter Fischl, who has spent the last 18 years sharing his history and working to promote Holocaust education. We looked through Teaching Now and realized that it hadn't included coverage on Holocaust educati...

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