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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...

June 22, 2012

Modeling Lessons on March Madness

A commentary piece on hones in on Josh Hoekstra, a U.S. history teacher in Minneapolis who has found a way to captivate his students' attention: His teaching curriculum, called Teach With Tournaments, is modeled after college basketball's March Madness tournament.

February 23, 2012

Summer PD Fellowships Available to Social Studies Teachers

High school social studies teachers interested in some offline professional development this summer—specifically, the chance to travel to historic sites with some like-minded colleagues—may want to look into the Founders Fellowship. The program, hosted by the Bill of Rights Institute and t...

January 11, 2012

When Cross-Curricular Lessons Go Wrong ... Really Wrong

A Georgia elementary school has gotten a flurry of unflattering media attention over the last week, since 3rd graders took home a math assignment with questions about slave beatings and cotton-picking. The worksheet, created by a 3rd grade teacher at the school, went home with four different class...

September 08, 2011

Should Teachers Be Free to Critique 9/11 Issues?

In an op-ed piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York University History Professor Jonathan Zimmerman writes that historically U.S. teachers have often been restricted from honestly critiquing the country's military conflicts—and may have even less leeway now than at any time since the 1960s...

September 02, 2011

Teaching 9/11

By Education Week Assistant Editor Erik Robelen. This post originally appeared in Education Week's Curriculum Matters blog. The U.S. Department of Education has announced a new Web page with resources to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (Just yesterday, we posted an EdWeek st...

August 23, 2011

An Ed Week History Lesson

Education Week will hit the big Three-O this year. To mark the occasion, our stellar Web Team—with help from the editors—has put together an excellent interactive timeline of the past 30 years in U.S. education. The timeline tracks key events and developments and includes applicable links ...

July 07, 2011

Social Studies With a Liberal Bias?

It wasn't particularly surprising when a Maryland mother with Tea Party leanings complained last month that her 3rd grade daughter's social studies textbook harbored a leftist agenda. But now Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney, himself a liberal, has read the book—titled Social Studies ...

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