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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with Esperanza Rising for the Common Core

Mexican girl takes a moment's rest from her strenuous picking job
I am poor, but I am rich. I have my children, I have a garden with roses, and I have my faith and the memories of those who have gone before me. What more is there? ― Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza RisingRead More »
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Back to School 2014 with EDSITEment

Boy at library table writing
The dog days and cat nights of summer are behind us!School bells and homework assignments beckon! *PARCC on the horizonOutdoor temperatures may have cooled, but all across the nation teachers find themselves in the hot seat. For most states, 2014 will be the first school year that the Common Core State Standards will be both fully implemented and tested.Read More »
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Dorothea Lange: “Grab a Hunk of Lightning”

Photographer Dorothea Lange takes a break on top of a car
Elizabeth Partridge is the author of the companion volume, Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, (Chronicle Books). She is also author of the children's biography, Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange, (Viking Children's Books, Grades 4–8).“To live a visual life is a tremendous undertaking. I have only touched it, just touched it." Dorothea LangeRead More »
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What’s happening to the APUSH course and exam? Part Two

Waylon Lewallen is an APUSH Teacher at Spring Hill High School, Hope, Arkansas.Last week I discussed the changes to the APUSH course and promised a further discussion about changes to the exam.The AP US History exam is three hours and 15 minutes long and includes both a 100-minute multiple choice/short answer section (Part I) and a 95-minute free response section (Part II). Each section is divided into two parts.Read More »
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