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  • A Strategy for Teaching Students to Write Political Arguments

    Modeling how to disagree on political issues of interest to middle and high school students boosts their critical thinking and literacy skills.
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  • Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based Learning

    Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based Learning

    A new study shows that when implemented well, AP courses built around project-based learning can raise test scores for all students, including those in traditionally underserved demographics.
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  • Culturally Responsive Inquiry Learning

    A look at one way middle and high school teachers can equip their students with the skills to become independent thinkers.
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  • Combining Social Studies and STEM in a Project-Based Learning Unit

    High school students can apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math classes to a local issue they’re interested in.
    403
  • Tried-and-True Resources to Teach Teens About Empathy

    With powerful online tools, teachers can build their students’ historical literacy and cultivate empathy.
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  • Rolling Text Sets Make Content Accessible for All Students

    Teachers can encourage critical thinking by giving students reading assignments that build their knowledge gradually.
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    How to Engage Students in Historical Thinking Using Everyday Objects

    Asking students to examine their own possessions from the perspective of a historian in the future helps them sharpens their analytical skills.
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    Using Gamification to Increase Engagement During Hybrid Learning

    Games that take students on a quest can invigorate social studies and strengthen bonds among learners.
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    A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching the Colonization of the Americas

    Preparing for the emotions that may arise from discussions of genocide and oppression can help teachers avoid traumatizing students.
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  • Map showing distribution of Native American tribes before colonization

    Providing Deeper Context in Lessons on Indigenous Peoples

    Teachers planning lessons on Native Americans can paint a fuller and more accurate picture with carefully curated resources.
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  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
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  • A photo collage of Angela Davis, Web DuBois, Sojourner Truth, Alain LeRoy Locke, Frantz Fanon, and bell hooks

    4 Black Philosophers to Teach Year-Round

    Weaving philosophy lessons into your curriculum can tease out bigger questions about identity, human rights, and artistic expression. 
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    7 Books That Give Students an Inclusive Look at United States History

    These books explore history from the perspective of marginalized groups such as BIPOC and members of the LGBTQ community.
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    Morning Meetings From Pre-K to 12th Grade

    Daily discussions and team-building activities meet the physical, social and emotional, and spiritual needs of students.
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  • More Than a Buzzword: Making Interdisciplinary Learning a Reality

    Teachers in different subjects can collaborate on micro-units to reinforce what they teach and help students see how the subjects connect in the real world.
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