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Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Update #88

December 1, 2010


1. Oregon K-12 Social Sciences Academic Content Standards available for public review and comment

2. Opportunity for High School Students to Research and Write for the Oregon Encyclopedia of History and Culture

3. Business Education Compact Proficiency Introductory Workshop/Coaching Clinic

4. Youth Activity Program to Connect with Heritage and Culture

5. Mt. Hood National Forest—Zigzag Ranger District Interpretation and Conservation Education Program

6. Heritage Walls Exhibit Opens at Oregon Historical Society

7. Full Scholarships for Oregon Schools for Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips Still Available

8. 9th Annual WorldQuest Global Knowledge Competition for High Schools

9. The Oregon Blue Book is turning 100!

10. Applications Now Open for 2011 Summer Seminars in American History

11. George Washington Teachers Institute: Applications Now Being Accepted

12. Toyota International Teacher Program – South Africa

13. Study Tour 2011 China Into the 21st Century--Creating Curriculum for K-12 Students

14. New Gilder Lehrman Podcasts

15. iCivics Educator Webinars

16. How to Turn Teenagers into Global Citizens

17. Seeking AP Readers

18. New Resource from Bill of Rights Institute: Religious Liberty: The American Experiment

19. International Education Week Offers Resources

20. The National World War II Museum Webinar: A Day of Infamy: Teaching the Lessons of Pearl Harbor

21. United States Postal Service Curriculum Resource Center

22. Lesson Plans Available from Council on Economic Education

23. National Peace Essay Contest

24. ODE Resources (in every issue)


1. Oregon K-12 Social Sciences Academic Content Standards available for public review and comment

The initial draft of the Oregon K-12 Social Sciences Academic Content Standards is available for public review and comment. The on-line survey is available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NFQPYLJ. Respondents have the opportunity to provide general comments on the draft or more specific comments on individual grade-level standards statements. The standards draft is also available at http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/subjects/socialscience/standards/oregon_k-12_ss_standards_10-27-10.pdf. This document may be useful for respondents who want to see the full scope of the standards before taking the on-line survey.

The deadline has been extended. This standards survey will be available until December 8, 2010.

These draft standards are not a final product. Schools and districts should not align curriculum and instruction to these standards at this time. The data and written comments from the survey will be used by the Social Sciences Content and Assessment Panel and other groups to edit, refine, and improve the standards.

The draft standards are written in a structure that is quite different from Oregon’s current Social Sciences standards. The draft includes:

  • ^ Core Standards: these statements are developed around the “big ideas” of a content area and describe what a student graduating with an Oregon diploma should know and be able to do in the Social Sciences (Civics and Government, Economics, Geography, and History). Core standards statements are supported by more specific grade-level content standards.

  • Grade Level Standards: these statements provide the details necessary for curriculum alignment and assessment. Grade-level standards also articulate learning progressions within and between grade levels and allow for more effective lesson design, focused instruction, and creation of formative assessments.


^ 2. Opportunity for High School Students to Research and Write for the Oregon Encyclopedia of History and Culture

The Oregon Encyclopedia (OE) is looking to partner with Portland/Metro high school social studies classes in the 2011-2012 school year. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to research and write an entry for the Oregon Encyclopedia.

The benefits to students are the following:

  • The curriculum is short (8 to 12 weeks and can be longer if need be) and can focus on the students' topic of study.

  • Students have the opportunity to be published on an authoritative web site.

  • Students have the opportunity to research their own local community.

  • Students will have the opportunity to visit local libraries (Portland Community College and Multnomah County Public Library) that can help them find primary and secondary resources to complete their research.

  • Students will have two classroom opportunities where they learn from local historians and editors on the process of writing and researching a historical entry for the OE.

The program offers teachers a variety of ways to integrate critical thinking, research, and writing skills into their classroom social studies curriculum and provides students with a “hands-on” experience on how to research, write, and edit Oregon history in the format of an encyclopedia entry. The project meets state standards for the "State and Local History" and "Social Science Analysis" categories.

The Oregon Encyclopedia, a partnership of Portland State University, the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, and the Oregon Historical Society, is a comprehensive and authoritative compendium of information about Oregon's history and culture. The Oregon Encyclopedia currently has over 700 published entries on-line. You can visit the Oregon Encyclopedia at: www.oregonencyclopedia.org.

If you are interested in participating in this program please contact:

Tania Hyatt-Evenson

The Oregon Encyclopedia

Community Relations and Outreach Coordinator

503.725.3990

pdx05508@pdx.edu


^ 3. Business Education Compact Proficiency Introductory Workshop/Coaching Clinic

This is a 2-day training with an Introductory Workshop on Day 1 and a Coaching Clinic on Day 2.

Day 1 In the Introductory Workshop, participants will learn about:

  • Elements of successful middle school and high school proficiency-based classrooms

  • Establishing levels of proficiency in all content areas

  • Developing assessments that support proficiency practices

  • Grading and reporting practices that support teaching to standards

  • Electronic reporting


Day 2 In the Coaching Clinic participants will work with teacher experts who are experienced in using proficiency in their classrooms. During the Coaching Clinic, participants will discuss issues related to implementing proficiency-based practices in:

  • Language Arts

  • Math

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • CTE

  • Work with colleagues to develop usable classroom documents that could include content specific rubrics, communication to parents, grading scales, and assessments, and common assessments.

  • Receive a flash drive with a collection of documents created by other teachers around the state.

Workshop Facilitator: Diane Smith, BEC Director Teaching & Learning Initiative and teacher coaches from around the state.


^ Who Should Attend:

Day 1 Middle and/or high school teams that include teachers, school and district administrators new to proficiency

Day 2 Middle and/or high school teams who have attended a BEC "Introduction to Proficiency" training. Clinic will focus on the subjects identified above.

^ Date and Location:

Introductory Workshop: Dec 6, 2010 8:30am–3:00pm, Willamette ESD in Salem

Coaching Clinic: Dec 7, 2010 8:30am–3:00pm, Willamette ESD in Salem

Reservation Options and Costs:

Register for only the Introductory Workshop -- Day 1 only -- Cost: $120

Register for only the Coaching Clinic -- Day 2 only -- Cost: $120 Pre-requisite: completion of BEC Introduction to Proficiency training

Register for Both Days (Introductory Workshop and Coaching Clinic) -- Cost: $240

You can also register at www.becpdx.org under Quick Links, Workshop and Events

Space is limited -- register early!

Questions? Contact Diane Smith at 503-646-0242 x 28 or dsmith@becpdx.org.


^ 4. Youth Activity Program to Connect with Heritage and Culture

Over the next several months, the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association will be developing and implementing a youth passport program. The effort will unite federal, state, county, municipal, nonprofit and for-profit agencies and organizations that provide outdoor recreation opportunities encouraging more Oregon youth and families to participate in 10 outdoor recreation activities. Heritage and history are among the activities.

The program will target children age 6-12 years old and their parents. The overall theme of the program is to get children outdoors and physically active. The passport program will include a program website, an official passport program name, a children's passport document, a certificate of completion, and promotional materials for program partners including promotional/instruction sheets, promotional posters, and a program events calendar on the website.

To participate in the youth passport program, partners will need to have one or more youth programs (allowing youth participation in one or more of the 10 passport activities) during the program season. All passport program materials will be completed and available for use by program partners in April 2011. The program is scheduled to begin in May 2011.

For more information or to become a passport program partner, contact Terry Bergerson via email at terry.bergerson@state.or.us.


^ 5. Mt. Hood National Forest—Zigzag Ranger District Interpretation and Conservation Education Program

Timberline Lodge Tours

What: Join a U.S. Forest Service Ranger for a 25 minute tour of historic Timberline Lodge. Explore the rich history of the Lodge and all it has to offer. Tours are free and available to everyone.

^ Where: Meet at the U.S. Forest Service Desk inside Timberline Lodge.

When: Thursday - Sunday at 11:00, 1:00, and 2:00

Cost: Free. Donations are not required but appreciated to ensure programs such as this can be continued in to the future.

^ Additional Information: Please call 503-622-2033 or 503-272-3251 for more information or visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/ or www.timberlinelodge.com.

Government Camp History Hike/Snowshoe

What: Accompany a U.S. Forest Service Ranger on a 2.5 mile round trip tour of Government Camp and the surrounding area. This hike will take participants though beautiful downtown Government Camp and into the forest above. Explore the rich history of Government Camp from the first settlers to the ski & snowboard industry boom.

Where: Meet at the Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum in Government Camp.

88900 Government Camp Loop, Government Camp, OR, 97028

^ When: Saturday’s & Sunday’s at 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free. Donations are not required but appreciated to ensure programs such as this can be continued in to the future.

Additional Information: Participants will travel up the Glade Trail in Government Camp, then head East on the Cross-town Trail, and will then return back to the museum. Snowshoes recommended once the snow falls but not required. Be sure to bring warm comfortable cloths and water. Please call 503-622-2033 for more information or visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/ .

Trillium Lake Nature Walk/Snowshoe

What: Join a Ranger on an educational hike to beautiful Trillium Lake. This 4 mile round trip hike begins at 3,700 feet and meanders through the Mount Hood National Forest until finally reaching Trillium Lake and its panoramic and reflective views of Mount Hood.

^ Where: Meet at Trillium Lake Sno-Park just 2.5 miles East of Timberline Road.

When: Friday’s & Sunday’s at 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free. Donations are not required but appreciated to ensure programs such as this can be continued in to the future.

^ Additional Information: Snowshoes recommended once the snow flies but not required. The trail to Trillium Lake is groomed in winter so it is passable without snowshoes or cross country skis. Be sure to bring warm comfortable cloths and water. Please call 503-622-3191 for more information or visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/

Timberline Nature Walk with Bruno!

What: Join a Ranger and the 150 pound mascot of Timberline Lodge – the St. Bernard Bruno for some fun on Mount Hood! Depart from Timberline Lodge and stroll through the high country with Bruno on this short 1 – 2 mile walk (depending on weather) while learning about the winter ecology of Mount Hood. Once the snow flies, be sure to bring your winter gear and an appetite for adventure!

^ Where: Meet at the U.S. Forest Service Desk inside Timberline Lodge.

When: Friday – Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Cost: Free. Donations are not required but appreciated to ensure programs such as this can be continued in to the future.

Additional Information: Snowshoes recommended in winter but not required. Be sure to bring warm, comfortable cloths and water. Please call 503-622-2033 or 503-272-3251 for more information or visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/ or www.timberlinelodge.com.

Ski With A Ranger At Timberline:

What: New to Timberline Lodge Ski Area or just want to learn more about Mount Hood? Take a guided ski or snowboard tour of Timberline with a US Forest Service Ranger. Explore the Timberline trail system and learn more about the ecology of Mount Hood. Free to intermediate level skiers and riders.

^ Where: Meet at the U.S. Forest Service Desk inside Timberline Lodge.

When: Saturday’s at 11:00 a.m.

Cost: Free. Donations are not required but appreciated to ensure programs such as this can be continued in to the future.

Additional Information: Be sure to bring warm, comfortable cloths. Please call 503-622-2033 or 503-272-3251 for more information or visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/ or www.timberlinelodge.com.

Choose Your Own Adventure!

Reserve a Ranger and book your own historic Timberline Lodge Tour, Guided Hike, or Campfire Talk today! Please call 503-622-2033 or 503-272-3251 for booking and more information or visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/ or www.timberlinelodge.com.

Explore your National Forest! Passport to the Forest

All educators are invited to participate in a mobile conservation education program offered by personnel of the Zigzag Ranger District of Mt. Hood National Forest. The program is being offered on Wednesdays during the 2010-2011 school year. The “Passport” is a mobile conservation education trailer focusing on four main subject areas: Botany, Hydrology/Fisheries, Wildlife, and Geology. It can be set up either in a classroom, outside (weather permitting), or in a large multipurpose area within your school. Similarly, the “Passport” can be set up with all four subject areas or individually to focus on one particular subject matter. At the present time lesson plans are primarily designed for 2nd – 7th graders. All lesson plans are hands on, interactive, and designed with fun in mind to allow children to explore the natural world around them in a non-traditional classroom setting. For booking and more information please visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/interp-conservation-ed/index.shtml or contact Lawson Reif at 503-622-2033, lreif@fs.fed.us.


^ 6. Heritage Walls Exhibit Opens at Oregon Historical Society

November 16, 2010 - February 13, 2011

"Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride" is an exhibition about African American murals throughout the United States, with a special focus on those painted by Portland artists, at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park, Portland,

African Americans have a longstanding, but little-known, mural tradition. Denied access to mainstream museums and galleries, venues within the Black community became showcases for images of a people’s historical struggles and achievements. The exhibit showcases murals from all over the country with a special emphasis on work by the local artists.

Highlights include work by two women artists, Charlotte Lewis and Thelma Johnson Streat. The latter assisted Diego Rivera on one of his mural projects. Also, getting significant attention for the first time will be the Albina Mural Project, painted in 1977, in which seven artists of color, mostly African American, researched regional Black history and created five 20x20-foot panels that were seen by thousands of Portlanders at the corner of North Vancouver Avenue and Alberta from 1978-1983.

Video oral histories, archival documents and photos are also included. Large format color photos, original mural-related sketches and paintings, as well as actual portable murals are included. For more information, visit www.ohs.org


^ 7. Full Scholarships for Oregon Schools for Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips Still Available

Bring History to Life in Your Classroom! All Oregon public elementary and middle schools are eligible for this $500.00 scholarship! A limited number of scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to those schools that did not receive a scholarship for the 2009-2010 Electronic Field Trips. Scholarship schools from last year are eligible for a $150 scholarship. Please register each school individually, as the registration covers everyone at the school. Notice of awarded scholarships will be sent immediately upon receipt of application.

What are Electronic Field Trips?

  • Live National Television Broadcasts that bring American history alive in your classroom

  • Innovative distance learning/Emmy Award-winning program for grades 4–8

  • Broadcasts air at 10 AM on Oregon PBS HD (with close captioning)

  • Streaming broadcasts live on your classroom computer

  • Live toll-free call-in and e-mail questions to Colonial Williamsburg historians

Explore Electronic Field Trips

Why should I subscribe?

  • Immerse students in authentic historical content

  • Build civics, history, and literacy skills

  • Infuse technology and interactive learning into a differentiated learning classroom

  • On demand 24/7 year-round video segments, teacher resources, and student activities

  • Interactive, multidisciplinary student lessons

  • Primary sources

  • Recording rights

  • Online resources—use when they fit your curriculum

Subscribe now for the 2010–2011 season

For more information, e-mail EFTSupport@cwf.org, call 1-800-761-8331, or visit www.history.org/trips


8. 9th Annual WorldQuest Global Knowledge Competition for High Schools

Saturday, March 5, 2011, Hoffman Hall at Portland State University, from 1:00-7:00.

The World Affairs Council’s competition involves 40 teams of students from schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Positions are still available for 10 more teams. Each participating school is invited to send one or two teams to show their knowledge in areas such as culture, religion, language, landmarks, current events, history, geography, flags, and people in the news. Topics change each year. Each team is comprised of up to four students, grades 9 through 12, and may be coached by a teacher, youth leader or parent. Participation the competition is free. The event includes breaks for an ethnic meal together, a variety of cultural experiences and a chance to meet with PSU International students. Each team will leave with WorldQuest T-Shirts and new friendships with students from around the world. First prize will be a chance to compete in the National WorldQuest Competition in Washington, D.C. on April 2, 2011. The top three teams will receive an International Trophy to display in their school. This program can help students meet state Social Sciences standards and advance critical learning, in the areas of history, culture, international affairs, and current events. The deadline for registration is February 14th, 2011. For an informational flier and application for WorldQuest 2011 please go to www.worldoregon.org and click on “K-12 Education”. Please email your completed application to karen@worldoregon.org or FAX it to 503-219-2030.


^ 9. The Oregon Blue Book is turning 100!

The Oregon Blue Book, published every other year marks its 100th birthday in 2011. Since 1911, the Blue Book has been the state’s official fact book and almanac with listings and descriptions of government and agencies and educational institutions. It includes an almanac, maps, state history and election history as well as information about the arts, media and other Oregon cultural institutions. New to the Blue Book is an expanded section dedicated to the 9 recognized Native American tribes and introduction of the newly appointed state crustacean.

In recognition of this milestone, the State Archives is celebrating by turning back the clock and re-releasing the very first Blue Book. This commemorative, limited edition reproduction shows what the 675,000 Oregon residents of the day saw when the first book was released. And yes the first cover really was a nice shade of blue. Only 1000 of these 133 page commemorative edition books will be printed. If you have not yet finalized your order, now is the time to do that.

A paperback Blue Book sells for $18.00 and the 1911 Commemorative edition will sell for only $10.00. A set of both is offered for the special price of only $25.00. A hardback Blue Book sells for $30.00. Both books will be released in March 2011.

For more information, visit http://bluebook.state.or.us/misc/news/1911.htm or call the State Archives at 503-378-5199.

You can order on-line at: http://bluebook.state.or.us/misc/order/order.htm or by phone at 503-986-2204.


^ 10. Applications Now Open for 2011 Summer Seminars in American History

K-12 history, social studies and English teachers are invited to apply to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History 2011 Summer Seminars. Taught by renowned historians on college campuses in the US and the UK, these one-week seminars give educators the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of topics in American history—while gaining practical resources and strategies to take back to their classrooms. Seminar space is limited. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2011.

NEW Seminars in 2011:

  • Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Caribbean, Philip D. Morgan, University of West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

  • William Faulkner and Southern History, Don H. Doyle, University of Mississippi

  • Culture and Politics in the Age of the Cold War, Alan Brinkley, Columbia University

  • Native American History, Colin G. Calloway, Dartmouth College

  • Returning Seminars, among others

  • The Era of George Washington, Gordon S. Wood, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

  • From the Founding of a Nation to the Crisis of the Union, Carol Berkin and Fritz Fischer, Tulane University

For Elementary and Middle School teachers

  • Twentieth Century Women’s Rights Movements, Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University

  • The Great Depression and World War II, David M. Kennedy, Stanford University

  • The Age of Lincoln, Richard Carwardine, St. Catherine's College, Oxford University, U.K.

  • The Global Cold War, Odd Arne Westad, Clare College, Cambridge University, U.K.

  • Economic and Financial Crises in American History, Richard Sylla, New York University

For a complete list of Gilder Lehrman’s 2011 seminars, information about full and partial fellowships, graduate credit, and to apply online, visit: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/education/seminar_overview.php.


^ 11. George Washington Teachers Institute: Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the tenth annual George Washington Teachers’ Institute. The Institute will provide a one-week study program at George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, in northern Virginia for four Oregon teachers from public and non-public schools, teaching in grades three through twelve. The application form is available at http://www.ode.state.or.us/news/announcements/announcement.aspx?ID=6932&TypeID=4

Applications must be completed and postmarked by March 18, 2011.


^ 12. Toyota International Teacher Program – South Africa

Toyota announces the inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa. The program will take place July 24–August 10, 2011. Full-time classroom teachers of all subjects and librarians, grades 7–12, are now invited to apply online.

The Toyota International Teacher Program is a fully-funded international professional development program for U.S. educators. Funded by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program advances environmental stewardship and global connectedness in U.S. schools and communities.

The deadline to apply is January 23, 2011.

The inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa will provide teachers first-hand exposure to the social and environmental complexity of South Africa, focusing on sustainable development and emphasizing the links between history, culture, power, and the environment. Teachers will explore the country’s natural and cultural diversity through a range of site visits and hands-on activities.

The Toyota International Teacher Program greatly values diversity and encourages educators of all backgrounds, subjects, and school types to apply for this unique professional development opportunity.

Visit the website at www.iie.org/toyota for application instructions, FAQs, and to apply online. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact toyotateach@iie.org or by phone at (toll-free) 877-832-2457.


^ 13. Study Tour 2011 China Into the 21st Century--Creating Curriculum for K-12 Students

The Teach China program invites qualified K-12 educators who have a demonstrated record of producing quality curricula to apply for our four-week summer study tour, scheduled to take place from July 1st through July 31st, 2011 (note that dates include a two-day orientation session in New York and that timing and duration are subject to change pending funding). The 2011 study tour will focus on the theme of ‘China Into the 21st Century—Creating Curriculum for K-12 Students’ and will include participation in the World History Association’s international conference in Beijing. Sites we will travel to include Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Taipei, Taiwan. Study Tour Dates: July 1, 2011–July 31, 2011. Dates are subject to change pending international travel arrangements and additional funding.

Thanks to the generosity of the Freeman Foundation, China Institute is able to offer this tour to educators at the rate of $950, which includes airfare, meals, lodging and tour activities.

^ Deadline to Apply: January 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM. Upon completion of a curriculum unit, a $500 grant is provided. See application for details.

Visit http://www.chinainstitute.org/edu/educators/Studytour11app.pdf for eligibility requirements and to download an application, or contact Caitlin Hopping at CHopping@chinainstitute.org.


^ 14. New Gilder Lehrman Podcasts

Since 1996, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has presented eminent historians discussing major topics in American history. Now you can hear these lectures on your computer or on a portable media player. The archive of more than 100 podcasts is available for free, simply by registering and signing in on our website. For a full list of available podcasts, visit: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/historians/podcasts/

  • Eric Foner, "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery", October 19, 2010, Columbia University: Eric Foner comments on responses to his new book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, and answers questions from his audience about Lincoln and slavery.

  • David Brion Davis, "Lincoln, Slavery, and Nineteenth-Century Abolition", October 19, 2010, Columbia University: Professor David Brion Davis discusses Eric Foner's bold new book and looks at the nineteenth-century abolition movement.

  • Ira Berlin, "Lincoln, Slavery, and Race, October 19, 2010, Columbia University: Professor Ira Berlin continues the discussion of Eric Foner's book in the context of Lincoln's statements about race.


^ 15. iCivics Educator Webinars

The first iCivics Educator Webinars teach about all of the free games, tools, and resources available on www.iCivics.org. Sign up today for a webinar on December 2. The hour-long webinars are free for educators, and will provide you with a certificate of completion afterwards.


^ 16. How to Turn Teenagers into Global Citizens

For the first time, students throughout North America have the opportunity to edit National-Geographic-quality raw footage to create their own documentaries and shorts. Take 2, a youth media nonprofit, is offering issue-specific footage that places students in the center of global hotspots like Sudan and Cuba.

Each module has over five hours of hi-definition, National-Geographic-quality footage that comes with a comprehensive curriculum and teaching tools that meet the state and national curricular standards for social studies, economics, government, science, media, or literature. Teachers do not need to have any video or editing skills--teaching tools are available in the supporting materials. Each module is comprehensive enough to cover a full-semester course, but can be scaled down to a 2-week after-school project.

By learning to understand and ultimately to empathize with people living under dramatically different circumstances, students are themselves changed as they craft stories about issues far outside their daily experience. When they’re done, students may submit their documentaries to festivals, put them on the web, or take them on the road to educate the public and practice their newfound leadership and global citizenship.

For more information, please visit www.take2videos.org or contact its director, Karin Muller, at Karin@karinmuller.com. Educational licensing fee: $75/classroom/year.


^ 17. Seeking AP Readers

AP teachers are encouraged to lend their expertise at the annual AP Reading, where they can meet colleagues, exchange ideas and discover new teaching approaches. The AP Program is accepting applications for AP teachers to serve as AP Readers in June 2011. Readers are particularly needed for Environmental Science, European History, Human Geography and World History. Visit Become an AP Exam Reader for an inside glimpse and for more information on how to apply.


^ 18. New Resource from Bill of Rights Institute: Religious Liberty: The American Experiment

Explore this topic with your students using The Bill of Rights Institute’s newest resource, Religious Liberty: The American Experiment. This historically grounded, balanced, and engaging resource will help teach this sensitive topic. All materials are included to help explore religious liberty from the colonies to early controversies, landmark Supreme Court cases, and current events.


^ 19. International Education Week Offers Resources

November 15-19 marked the 11th annual International Education Week (IEW) - an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the U.S. Government’s effort to promote programs in the United States and overseas that prepare Americans for a global environment and that attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

The latest Open Doors report reaffirms the United States as the destination of preference for international students and cites international student enrollments in U.S. higher education institutions are at the highest levels ever with 690,923 international students studying in the United States during the 2009-2010 academic year (Open Doors 2010). U.S. students who study abroad are choosing increasingly diverse locations overseas; 260,327 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit during academic year 2008-2009 (Open Doors 2010).

The IEW 2010 website includes a video message from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and a statement from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, as well as promotional materials, interactive features, and opportunities to post and view planned events celebrating international educational exchanges around the world.

Secretary Clinton said, “Diplomacy does not just happen between government officials. It also happens between individuals through people to people connections and student exchanges are some of the most important people to people connections we can have. For hundreds of thousands of students each year, exchanges promote mutual understanding and bring people of different nations together to share ideas and compare values. The Department of State remains committed to these exchanges and we strongly support expanding study abroad opportunities to a diverse range of communities so that talented students around the world can tap into the power and possibility of international exchanges.” In that spirit, we encourage the participation of all people and institutions interested in international education -- schools, colleges and universities, embassies, international organizations, businesses, associations, and community organizations. Please be sure to visit the IEW site and submit your events.

IEW is on Facebook. Help them reach their goal of reaching 2,000 fans by IEW by liking our Facebook page. You may also follow Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock on Twitter (@AnnatState) to join the discussion and get updates on IEW. If you have questions or comments regarding IEW please contact us at Feedback@state.gov.


^ 20. The National World War II Museum Webinar: “A Day of Infamy: Teaching the Lessons of Pearl Harbor”

The National World War II Museum: info@nationalww2museum.org

Join the next professional development webinar: “A Day of Infamy: Teaching the Lessons of Pearl Harbor.” This 60-minute program will be offered free of charge on Monday, December 6, 2010, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm CST. In the war that changed the world, this was the day that changed the war—a “Day of Infamy.” The webinar will explore Japanese and American motivations and actions through maps and primary sources. It will answer the questions of why the Japanese attacked, how they did it and what happened after the attack. Easy-to-use classroom materials will be available for free download at the conclusion.

To participate, visit online for easy sign-in instructions.


^ 21. United States Postal Service Curriculum Resource Center

During National Stamp Collecting Month each fall and Black Heritage Month each spring, the Postal Service issues stamps that are particularly relevant and interesting for students. The USPS Stamps Services team and Dr. Jacqueline Hansen, professor for the College of Education at Murray State University in Kentucky, have created an education kit for each special stamp issue designed to bring their featured people and topics to life for you and your students.

Each lesson begins with an induction that hooks into students' personal experiences and academic knowledge. Students are actively involved in multiple learning activities, including cooperative group work, research activities, reading/writing connections, art projects, and games.

Dr. Hansen has traveled world-wide to teach teachers to love teaching as much as she does. When creating these education kits, Dr. Hansen drew upon her extensive experience as an award-winning, veteran elementary teacher. She used many of these strategies with her students when she taught elementary school for over twenty years in Grand Island, Nebraska. The education kits are disseminated, free of charge, to interested educators. For additional information, please visit Dr. Hansen’s website

Flags of Our Nation

Explore the unique characteristics of our states with educational activities that compliment the Flags of our Nation stamp series. Learn about our national history, geography, and culture in a fun and interesting way! Flags of Our Nation teaching materials:

Oscar Micheaux

Discover how Mr. Micheaux, a courageous, innovative filmmaker and entrepreneur, overcame obstacles to become a memorable moviemaker. Create Me TVs, Reali-tvs, and documentaries exploring your world. Walk the red carpet at the Wee Cannes Film Festival.

Anna Julia Cooper

Listen to the visionary voices of a chorus of feminists who advocated for the rights of all people. Design sensational schools that prepare students for fabulous futures. Delve into quality children’s literature featuring positive protagonists who break societal stereotypes. Learn to lift your voice and let your inner beauty sing!

Charles W. Chesnutt: Dreamweaver

This dreamweaver used his talents as a teacher, writer, speaker, and activist to persuade people to share his passion for a world in which all people are treated equally. Write poems, essays, and letters describing dreams for making the world a better place. Create dreamweavings and cultural kaleidoscopes demonstrating how celebrating multiple cultures contributes to the American dream.

Polar Lights

Explore the glaciers, subglacial rivers, and volcanoes. Get up close and personal with furry, flippered, and feathered friends. Learn how other people have braved the frigid conditions to journey to the ends of the Earth. Watch to see how the beauty of the polar lights is reflected in your students’ eyes as they explore new worlds.

Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

This extraordinary vocalist transcended a troubled childhood to become an American treasure. Create a musical timeline of the noteworthy events in Ella’s life. Explore her sensational lyrics and songs through poetry, painting, and dancing. Participate in an Amateur Hour, create a songbook and learn how to scat.

Southern Florida Wetland/National Stamp Collecting Month

The subtropical wetlands of southern Florida are remnants of a great wilderness that stretched, unbroken, for hundreds of miles until about a century ago. They still include some of the most extensive saw grass marshes and mangrove swamps in the world — wetlands that support a remarkable number of species.

Hattie McDaniel/Black History Month

Commemorate & Celebrate Icons of Black History: A U.S. Postal Service salute to significant African-American achievers in our nation's history.

Constellations/National Stamp Collecting Month

Unlock the midnight mysteries of starry, starry nights. Discover STARtling facts about our universe. Become super stargazers and star storytellers. Your students are guaranteed to become starry-eyed by participating in these activities! This education kit celebrates National Stamp Collecting Month. Extend and enrich your students' educational experiences by encouraging them to become lifelong philatelists. Constellations/National Stamp Collecting Month Education Kit - PDF 1MB | TEXT

Marian Anderson: Voice of the Century

Students will become immersed in the world of opera, blues, and jazz as they explore these questions: Why was Marian Anderson called the voice of the century? How did she impact the lives of other Black musicians and millions of fans throughout the world? Who are other noteworthy Black American musicians from the past? Through studying Marian Anderson's life and contributions, students will learn what it means to live life with grace and dignity.

Cloudscapes/National Stamp Collecting Month

Students will become weatherwise as they learn to fearlessly forecast the weather. Build your own class weather station. Learn "weather" or not it will storm tomorrow! Your students' enthusiasm for these activities will be sky-high!

  • Cloudscapes/National Stamp Collecting Month Education Kit - PDF 21MB | TEXT (Weather.com references in this kit can now be accessed even easier at weatherclassroom.com!)


^ 22. Lesson Plans Available from Council on Economic Education

Students will define and identify human resources and capital resources workers use in their jobs. Grade Level: K-2. Key Economic Concepts: Capital Resources, Human Resources.

This lesson focuses on the September 21, 2010, press release by the Federal Reserve System's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) on the current Federal Reserve monetary policy actions and goals. Specifically, the lesson reports the target rate for the federal funds rate. This lesson is intended to guide students and teachers through an analysis of the actions the Federal Reserve is taking and can take in influencing prices, employment, and economic growth. Through this lesson, students will better understand the dynamics of the U.S. economy, current economic conditions, and monetary policies. Grade Level: 9-12. Key Economic Concepts: Business Cycles, Discount Rate, Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve Structure, Macroeconomic Indicators.

This lesson focuses on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and rate of inflation reported Sept. 17, 2010, by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the month of August, 2010. Students read the BLS report, analyze the meaning of the CPI data, determine the change in consumer prices, and explore the impact of the change in the price level on themselves, their families, consumers, and producers. Grade Level: 9-12. Key Economic Concepts: Consumer Price Index (CPI), Cost-Push Inflation, Deflation, Demand-Pull Inflation, Inflation

This lesson focuses on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and rate of inflation reported October 15, 2010, by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the month of September, 2010. Students read the BLS report, analyze the meaning of the CPI data, determine the change in consumer prices, and explore the impact of the change in the price level on themselves, their families, consumers, and producers. Grade Level: 9-12. Key Economic Concepts: Business Cycles, Causes of Inflation, Consumer Price Index (CPI), Cost-Push Inflation, Demand-Pull Inflation.

This lesson focuses on the November 3, 2010, press release by the Federal Reserve System's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) on the current Federal Reserve monetary policy actions and goals. Specifically, the lesson reports the target rate for the federal funds rate. This lesson is intended to guide students and teachers through an analysis of the actions the Federal Reserve is taking and can take in influencing prices, employment, and economic growth. Through this lesson, students will better understand the dynamics of the U.S. economy, current economic conditions, and monetary policies. Grade Level: 9-12. Key Economic Concepts: Business Cycles, Central Banking System, Federal Reserve, Macroeconomic Indicators, Monetary Policy.

This lesson focuses on the October 29, 2010, first estimate of U.S. real gross domestic product (real GDP) growth for the third quarter (Q3) of 2010, reported by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The current data and historical data are explained. The meaning of GDP and potential impacts of changes of GDP are explored. This lesson will also raise questions about the impact of the current level of growth on the U.S. economy and individuals. Grade Level: 9-12. Key Economic Concepts: Business Cycles, Economic Growth, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Macroeconomic Indicators, Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

This lesson focuses on the September 30, 2010, third (final) estimate of U.S. real gross domestic product (real GDP) growth for the second quarter (Q2) of 2010, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The current data and historical data are explained. The meaning of GDP and potential impacts of changes of GDP are explored. This lesson will also raise questions about the impact of the current level of growth on the U.S. economy and individuals. Grade Level: 9-12. Key Economic Concepts: Business Cycles, Economic Growth, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Macroeconomic Indicators, Per Capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

This lesson examines the October 8, 2010, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, announcement of employment data and the unemployment rate for the month of September, 2010. This lesson introduces the basic concepts of the BLS employment and unemployment data. The meaning and importance of the data are discussed. Assessment exercises are included for reinforcing knowledge of the concepts. Grade Level: 9-12. Key Economic Concepts: Business Cycles, Economic Growth, Full Employment, Labor Market, Macroeconomic Indicators.

As always, you'll find even more free lessons at http://www.econedlink.org/.


^ 23. National Peace Essay Contest

The United States Institute of Peace is holding our annual NATIONAL PEACE ESSAY CONTEST. This scholarship contest is for high school students who are interested in international issues, conflict resolution, peace studies, justice, and human rights. The 2010-2011 contest’s topic is “Governance, Corruption, and Conflict”. The topic changes every year. The deadline for the 2010-2011 contest is February 1, 2011. Entries must be received by this date.

Educators can make the contest a part of their curriculum or encourage students to write essays outside of class work. A study guide on the essay contest topic is available online in the Featured section at www.usip.org/npec.

State-level selection categories include the fifty U.S. states, Washington, D.C., U.S. Territories, and American students abroad. First place state-level winners compete for national awards and are invited to a weeklong education program in Washington, D.C. The Institute pays for expenses related to the program, including travel, lodging, meals, and entertainment. The scholarship award amounts are:

  • 1 National award, first place: $10,000*

  • 1 National award, second place: $5,000*

  • 1 National award, third place: $2,500*

  • 53State awards, first place: $1,000 each

(*national awards include state award amounts)

Please visit www.usip.org/npec for more detailed information on eligibility, registration, submission, and other requirements.


^ 24. ODE Resources (in every issue)

Past editions of Social Sciences Teacher Update: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1707

Social Sciences Announcements: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=24

^ Social Sciences Performance Standards:

Standards: http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/documents/ss.pdf

Oregon Social Sciences Standards Review: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=2429

FAQ: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1808

Review and Revision of the Oregon Social Sciences Standards information: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=2429

^ Grade-Level Mapping: This is an optional model for Social Science curriculum K-HS. This can provide an effective tool for curriculum alignment! Available in K-HS and in individual grade formats at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1810

Social Science Analysis Scoring Guide: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=32

^ State Adopted Instructional Materials for Social Sciences:

To see the list of adopted materials, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/instructionalmaterials/91-99ss.aspx

^ For publisher representative information, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/instructionalmaterials/pubrepsocsci.pdf

For a list of materials viewing sites, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1823

^ ODE Social Sciences web pages:

Social Science “landing” page: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=24

Curriculum: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1738

Assessment: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=241

Resources for Educational Achievement and Leadership (REAL): http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/

^ Oregon Diploma: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=368

Civics and Financial Literacy Task Force: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1836

ELL Resources: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=106

Contact the State Specialists:

Andrea Morgan, Curriculum, andrea.morgan@state.or.us, 503.947.5772

Leslie Phillips, Assessment, leslie.phillips@state.or.us, 503.947.5835


****Disclaimer--The materials contained in the Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Update produced by Oregon Department of Education are drawn from both internal and external sources and inclusion of external materials does not necessarily indicate Oregon Department of Education endorsement.****




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