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3 Pillars
Date: May 20 2019

How can we teach students the most vital skills to function as citizens? Since the early 19th century, preparation for civic life has been the central reason for public schools. As part of a multi-year effort to reinvigorate the civic mission of schools, in 2016 the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) added “readiness for civic life” to its core definition of what i…

Date: May 8 2019
NEWS Library of Congress – Teaching Primary Sources Young Readers Center Internship – Application Deadline Extended – Information Teaching Tolerance – Hate at School Report National Coalition for History opposes cuts to National Archives and other agencies – Coalition Information and Contact

Teachers at an Accessing Inquiry course discussing primary sources
Date: May 5 2019

“I’ve found that if I pick the right primary sources…[I can make the lesson more accessible]. For example, I just gave some students an evacuation poster (after Order 9066 [–forcing Japanese relocation to camps]) that was selected for its minimal text which was heavy on vocabulary they would know or be able to figure out such as dates and places. I gave other students letters to the editor abo…

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Date: May 1 2019
NEWS June 11 – 8:45am-3:30pm – Massachusetts DESE: 2019 Civics Literacy Conference – Information and Registration June 13 or June 14 – Massachusetts DESE: History & Social Science Professional Learning Institute – Information and Registration Discovering Justice seeks Executive Director – Applications due by May 22. Info. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education seeks…
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