"You are rainbows in the clouds," Maya Angelou told educators at a conference last year. "It delights my heart to encourage you to continue." Angelou, the eminent poet and memoirist, died on Wednesday at age 86.
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A new study shows that the Facing History professional-development program, oriented around an immersive civics-education unit, significantly improved teachers' sense of instructional effectiveness, while also boosting students' historical-thinking skills.
December 18, 2013
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
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
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 fascinationand because he was such a central figure in 20th-century political historymany educators are viewing this as a significant teaching moment.
November 19, 2013
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
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
For teachers looking to bring this historical moment to the classroom, a number of organizations are providing resources.
December 07, 2012
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
When Michigan students eventually take the Smarter Balanced Assessmentthe Common Core State Standards-based exam that the state has signed on to adopt in 2015they'll do so not on paper, but online. According to the Detroit Free Press, the change "marks a dramatic shift occurring in educa...