For social studies educators who want to actively engage their students in learning about government, law, economics, or citizenship, The Civic Mirrorcreated by Action-Ed Learning Resources, brings these subjects to life both in class and online. Unlike most social studies programs that ask students to learn about topics, The Civic Mirror allows students to experiment with the course content. It provides students with a voice and enlivens the curriculum by turning them into citizens of their own country, with their own families, government, court, economy, and environment. Additionally students from different states can talk with one another about the Civic Mirror and “Real World” issues, such as politics, economics, law, and business strategy. Besides participating in a General Discussion space and viewing a CM World Newsreel, students can view the discussion forums of other simulated countries (that is, classes of students) and post comments (if allowed). Civic Mirror works on iPads and tablets. Interested users can register for a freesix-week trial and check out the free five-week unit plan.
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring a student photography contest during Earth Science Week (October 8–14, 2017). Students of all ages can participate by submitting a photo that relates to this year’s theme—Earth and Human Activity Here.
Educators are invited to join advocates, researchers, and security experts in an interactive webinar on October 4, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ET) on “Immigration, Safety and Security,” hosted by The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute.
The National Network of State Teachers of the Year has compiled a “social justice” reading list for educators. The list includes diverse picture books for early learners and equity-themed books for elementary school, middle school, and high school students, as well as books for teachers that address culturally responsive teaching practices and equity in the classroom.