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September 22, 2014

How Do You Keep Students From Becoming Cynical?

Can a new generation of students learn to be less cynical and become civically engaged in a positive manner?

September 17, 2014

Twitter Chat: Instilling Civic Responsibility in Students

What duty do schools have to cultivate civic engagement, and how can teachers help with such efforts? Tonight's Twitter chat will discuss civic responsibility.

August 07, 2014

Richard Nixon: A Tricky Legacy to Teach

While "All the President's Men" might be a classroom staple, there's a wealth of new resources that can help give students a more complete account of Richard Nixon's presidency.

May 29, 2014

Maya Angelou Urged Teachers to 'Go Forward' With Flair, Passion, and Humor

"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.

April 24, 2014

Rigorous Study Finds Actual Benefits From Immersive Teacher PD Program

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

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.

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