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Gilder Lehrman’s Online Courses Ask: How Has the American South Evolved and the Cold War Shaped the World?

Bingham, George C. (1811-1879), "Stump Speaking," 1856
Since 2012, Gilder Lehrman’s Online Courses have offered educators far and wide the chance to pursue on their own schedules graduate study with distinguished scholars, enrolling 1,068 participants in 46 states and four continents to date.Read More »
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NCSS Boston 2014: On the Civic Mission of the Schools

On November 20 an NEH colleague and I flew into Boston’s Logan Airport to attend the 94th annual meeting of the National Council for Social Studies. NCSS is the largest association of social studies teachers and curriculum developers in the world and this year’s conference brought together 4,357 teachers and administrators, making it the third largest conference in the organization’s history.Read More »
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“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens: A Seasonal Classic for the Common Core

The world's first commercially produced Christmas card, made by Henry Cole 1843.
In October 1843, Charles Dickens began writing one of his most popular and best-loved books, A Christmas Carol. Six weeks later it was finished and readied for publication that December. It won instant popularity with the reading public and continues to be a staple of holiday productions with adaptions for theatre, film, television, radio, and opera performed annually.Read More »
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Notes from NCTE 2014: Stories as Landscapes of Knowing

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, "Apollo Pursuing Daphne" c. 1755/1760
This past weekend seven thousand English teachers, professors, and scholars from across the country converged on National Harbor in Washington, D.C., to explore the many dimensions of story as the landscape of knowing—story as literary and informational text; story as cross-disciplinary collaborations; story as multiple literacies and genres; story as memory and identity; story as teacher knowledge and research; story as community and culture, story as marginalization; and story as resistance. Read More »
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“James McNeill Whistler & the Case for Beauty” in the Classroom

“James McNeill Whistler & the Case for Beauty”
Dr. Kaye Passmore writes and develops art education materials, including the ones for this film. She has taught high school art and art education at Rowan University and in Lesley University’s national outreach program.Read More »
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