Articles: Social Studies

4/14/2015
A Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School planes wood pieces for a toolbox and stonecutting. Hands-on projects like this prepare students for later study in the trades as they relate to preservation.

New York City students are getting a taste of carpentry and other trades through a partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) focused on refurbishing historical buildings.

3/23/2015

New York City students may soon learn formal lessons on climate change as a proposed curriculum continues to win endorsements from leading environmental groups.

3/20/2015
Featured in Boston’s new history curriculum, this donated photo from Discovery Roxbury shows an integrated classroom at the city’s David A. Ellis School in the 1930s.

Though known as a cradle of American history in colonial times, Boston was also a hotbed of desegregation in the 1960s and 1970s.

3/19/2015
Students served by Oakland USD’s Office of African American Male Achievement have increased GPAs compared to their peers.

Since 2002, African-American men and boys in Oakland, California, are about as likely to be shot to death as they are to graduate high school ready to attend a state university, according to state education and police data.

10/13/2014
Students from District of Columbia Public Schools learn photography skills to draw attention to changes needed in their community.

Critical Exposure is a nonprofit after-school program that trains District of Columbia Public Schools students to use photography and advocacy to make real changes in their schools and community.

10/13/2014
Social studies teachers are using controversial news events to drive part of the curriculum in today’s classrooms. Above, an educator at last year’s annual conference discusses the importance of primary sources, such as artifacts, diaries and newspapers, to bring history alive in elementary schools.

The Ferguson, Missouri police shooting. Illegal immigrant children seeking refuge across the U.S. border. Hobby Lobby’s exclusion of certain areas of healthcare coverage.

10/13/2014
An image from  Rourke Educational Media's "Symbols of Freedom."

Administrators striving to align instruction with the Common Core have an ever increasing range of curriculum programs from which to choose.

10/9/2014
Louisiana students will be learning more about the Battle of New Orleans, the final major battle in the War of 1812, this school year.

Students in Louisiana will commemorate the upcoming 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans with a new curriculum created by the education team at the state’s Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

4/16/2014

High schools will soon have access to a free curriculum based on the Academy Award-winning film and memoir 12 Years a Slave.

3/19/2014

The town of Hopkinton, Mass., has served as the starting point for Boston Marathon since 1924.

10/16/2013

Some educators are making a push to bring a renewed emphasis to social studies, as subjects like history and civics have taken a backseat to math, scienc

7/24/2013
“The Heart of Matter," by Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, says competing nations are focusing on humanities.

Reduced emphasis on the humanities in school could threaten the nation’s ability to innovate and compete internationally, and leave students less prepared to participate in the democratic political process, according to a new report by the Commission on the Humanities and

2/20/2013

Abrams Learning Trends, Social Studies Content Area Reading Success, www.abramslearningtrends.com

American Enterprise Institute, What So Proudly We Hail, www.aei.org

2/5/2013
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Many social studies teachers are nervous about the coming of Common Core State Standards. With so much emphasis placed on literacy, social studies teachers fear they will see content slashed to leave time for meeting English’s non-fiction standards.

9/18/2012
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In the weeks leading up to a presidential election, it’s hard to dismiss the importance of civic education, with campaign speeches, debates and advertisements blaring everywhere.

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