Above Courtesy Virginia Department of Education:
The U.S. Department of State Announces
Scholarships for American High School
Students to Study Abroad
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. The application deadline for summer 2015 and academic year 2015-2016 programs is October 30, 2014. Visit www.nsliforyouth.orgfor more information.
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2015-16 programs are due January 7, 2015. Visit www.yes-abroad.org for more information.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/.
For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visitwww.exchanges.state.gov or watch this video about U.S. high school student exchanges. To receive printed brochures and/or posters about our study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on having an international experience without leaving home, consider hosting a Department of State- sponsored exchange student. Learn more at http://hosting.state.gov
National Geographic Bee
The National Geographic Bee is a competition for public schools, private schools, and homeschools in the United States and its territories, as well as Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS). Schools with students in any of the grades 4-8 are eligible for this educational and entertaining contest. Registration is not open to individual students.
To register, use this site: www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/
For more information contact Linda Poff email@example.com
Dear Civic Educator,
Justice O’Connor’s iCivics needs to recruit 30 teachers by next week, or at least 1,000 students total, to playtest the popular game Argument Wars for testing with GlassLab. The purpose is to get information so we can help make assessments to go with games. Here is a snapshot of what we are after:
You will be testing a new assessment feature embedded in Argument Wars. You’ll have access to innovative reports about how your students performed in the game, your students will learn about landmark Supreme Court cases — and you’ll get a certificate of participation from iCivics!
Interested? RSVP to Alison Atwater (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 9/17/14. But hurry… participants are limited to 5 teachers per grade level and it’s first come first serve. Let Alison know if you have further questions.
Thank you so much!
Director of Outreach
2001 S Street, NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20009
Direct Line: 202-618-9398
Social Studies IS literacy.… Since Literacy is one of the FIVE STRANDS in our standards, it reflects how our content area meshes so well with this initiative. 5 Standards of Social Studies- LITERACY! We need to continue to emphasize Literacy in our classes, as our discipline is “counted on” to support Literacy across the curriculum. We use primary & secondary documents as our foundation, and our lessons can impact learning throughout the year. Continue to emphasize reading and writing in our content area to allow our subject to be relevant and realistic to learners. Have students involved in writing in our content to support our standards, as we “write to learn.” As we have long known, no matter the subject, everyone is a reading teacher! In our schools social studies teachers are encouraged to mesh what we do with the English Language Arts teachers as their new standards contain documents rooted in history. This will be great opportunity for us to work across the curriculum to maximize literacy with all of our students! Here are some materials to use as a resource in advancing literacy in your classes.
One driving force for us is social studies is to genuinely incorporate Document Based Questions (DBQ’s) into our lesson flow. With the new evaluation system now in place when we use DBQs it will punctuate and drive learning as well as being a great tool for us to provide evidence of the great things you are doing with your learners. Resources can be found at https://wvsocialstudies.com/dbq/
The Social Studies portion of WESTEST 2 includes 45 items per grade level. Each test is comprised of 45 multiple-choice items, including one Document Based Question (DBQ). The DBQ consists of 4 to 8 documents with 6 to 8 accompanying multiple-choice items designed to scaffold knowledge and skill levels. Each of the tests includes at least 2 graphic organizers to assist student thinking. Approximately 900 items were written and reviewed for the final form selection of WESTEST 2. Items were written using the specific Social Studies Item Writing Checklist.
Historical Records: what, why, where and how.
A brief course on using historical records in the classroom.