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Reawakening Imagination with Fantasy Literature

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides.”—C.S. LewisThe success of The Chronicles of Narnia film series testifies to the popularity of fantasy literature. The next installment in the works is an adaptation of The Silver Chair, the fourth of C.S. Lewis’s seven novel series and a fine example of otherworldly literature.Read More »
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On Discovering Pearl S. Buck for the Common Core

Print of Jewish schoolchildren in New York waving U.S. flags
"We are a people still young and we know that we have not yet come to the fullest of our powers."—Pearl S. Buck, Nobel Prize Banquet Speech, 1939.Read More »
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What Happened at ISTE 2014?

Sarah Winchester, right, and colleagues at ISTE
From June 28th through July 1st, over sixteen thousand teachers, media specialists, instructional technology specialists and coaches, administrators, and other industry personnel came from around the world to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the 2014 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo. Held every year in June, the ISTE conference brings members and the wider public together to connect, present and exchange ideas.Read More »
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Leadership and Legacy in WWI

Chronicling America image of Turks at Gallipoli
Last week, we wrote about resources available to teachers and students who want to explore WWI in some depth. Because National History Day’s 2015 topic is “Leadership and Legacy,” we’re devoting this week’s blog to some ideas for the upcoming school year. NHD has developed a list of 100 figures in world history—and more than a few of them can be related in one way or another to the causes, the course, or the consequences of the Great War.Read More »
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“Let Us Now Praise” National History Day

National History Day winners from Connecticut, 2014
National History Day, held every year in June at the University of Maryland College Park, is an outstanding opportunity for students to engage in a serious academic competition in the humanities and to acquire the prestige that comes from participation in such a competition. This year over 600,000 students will take part, along with 25,000 teachers.Read More »
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