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July 12, 2018
How social studies can help young students make sense of the world
Civic engagement matters today more than ever, yet social studies in the early grades are sidelined. Educators sometimes seek help outside of school.
June 20, 2018
Rise & Shine: Penalties for schools that teach two languages at once
Good morning! As the clock ticks down on a school year that, for many Detroit children, will end tomorrow, we’ve been spending some…
May 4, 2017
Lawmakers want a whole semester of Tennessee history — but aren’t sure how schools can fit that in
The proposal emerges as the state is poised to adopt new social studies standards that include fewer state-specific facts.
April 21, 2017
Tennessee’s long journey to new social studies standards nears its finish line
The State Board of Education approves revised and shortened standards in the first of two votes, but debate continues over state-specific facts.
Seeking a balance
April 6, 2017
Educators behind Tennessee’s proposed social studies standards say they’ll cover important history and ‘dig deep’
By reducing the number of social studies standards by 14 percent overall, educators charged with revising them hope to give teachers more time to go deep.
October 28, 2016
You’ve heard what Buzzfeed thinks about Tennessee’s social studies standards. Here’s what teachers say.
Despite some public backlash about proposed new social studies standards, many Tennessee teachers welcome the changes.
October 13, 2016
This Tennessee teacher will tour cemeteries in Hawaii, California and the Philippines. Here’s why.
A STEM teacher in Clarksville, Whitney Joyner talks about her unique national opportunity, and how she plans to bring what she learns to the classroom.
June 1, 2016
With no mention of proselytizing, social studies teachers drill down on Tennessee standards
Social studies teachers from across the state kick off a review of the subject's academic standards, with revisions to reach Tennessee classrooms in 2019.
March 8, 2016
‘Religious indoctrination’ bill could restrict teacher autonomy beyond social studies
A bill aimed at curbing "religious indoctrination" in Tennessee public schools is written in such a way that it could instead curb teacher autonomy.
January 22, 2016
Tennessee launches review of social studies standards amid concerns over world religion studies
The State Board of Education kicks off its social studies standards review, while state legislators file bills to alter how world religions are taught in middle school.
December 23, 2015
How role-playing levels the playing field in my high school English class
In an excerpt from his new book, Harvest Collegiate teacher David Sherrin explains how a simple technique helps engage his high-performers — and those who struggle.
October 6, 2015
Social Studies standards review catalyzed by more than lessons on Islam
While the inclusion of Islam in social studies standards has grabbed recent headlines, teachers are more concerned about the volume of the standards — not the content.
August 3, 2015
Tennessee Blue Book becomes source of online lesson plans
In conjunction with Secretary of State Tre Hargett's office, seven teachers design a curriculum based on the definitive almanac of Tennessee state government.
February 13, 2015
Ritz jumps on board with Pence consultants' ideas to shorten ISTEP
After a contentious week of criticizing each other, Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Gov. Mike Pence appear to mostly be on the same page…
February 10, 2015
Glenda Ritz's team fires back at Pence, says no changes planned for ISTEP — yet
A spokesman for state Superintendent Glenda Ritz today rejected Gov. Mike Pence’s call to shorten the state ISTEP exam, calling his claims that…
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