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4/1/2020

College Board updates plans for the Advanced Placement exam administrations for Spring 2020

The College Board has determined that the traditional face-to-face Advanced Placement tests will not take place this spring. There will be two different testing dates for each AP subject. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam and additional testing details will be available by April 3.

The College Board is developing secure 45-minute online exams for each course. The exam content will focus on what most schools should have been able to complete by early-March. Beginning Wednesday, March 25, students will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These classes will also be available on-demand, so teachers and students can access them at any time. All of this information and any updates can be found on the Advanced Placement exam administrations web page.

Instructional Support for Remote Learning from Scholastic

During this crisis, Scholastic stands united with educators and families around the common goal of ensuring our children continue learning at home.
Free Resources from Scholastic

  • Learn at Home is an essential website that gives children, families and educators valuable cross-curricular, literacy, and current events resources. Scholastic will continue to update and augment this resource as the crisis unfolds.
  • Teaching Our World help educators and families provide age-appropriate information about the coronavirus to inform students and ease their fears.

Teaching American History offers free webinars

TeachingAmericanHistory.org is offering a series of free webinars. These include:

  • American Minds. The focus of these webinars is on individuals who have had significant impact on our culture, society, and government through literature, reform leadership, science, religion, and war, as well as politics.
  • Documents in Detail. These webinars offer a close read and in-depth discussion of a single document in each episode. Scholars will discuss the ideas, historical context, purpose, speaker, audience, and use of language in each document, in order to help teachers, gain a deeper understanding of one core document from American History.

From the Gates of Auschwitz

Effectively communicating the messages of the Holocaust becomes increasingly challenging with time. A specially produced media event co-sponsored by Rutgers University and the March of The Living will be broadcast live from Auschwitz at approximately 5 p.m. Poland time (11 a.m. EST) on Monday, April 20, which is the day before Holocaust Memorial Day. Visit the March of the Living website for more information on how to participate.

Constitutional Rights Foundation offers student programs

The Constitutional Rights Foundation provides the youth of today and leaders of tomorrow programs that provide the skills and confidence to engage actively in civic life.

  • Civic Action Project (CAP) This cutting-edge program is used in all 50 states and many countries. CAP students, many of whom live in low-income communities, learn civics by addressing real issues and problems that matter to them. They work with government officials and community agencies to achieve real policy change, from improving public transportation to instituting antibullying policies at schools. CAP reaches well more than 96,000 students each year.
  • Amplifying Youth Voice The foundation has partnered with Empower the People, founded by two students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Sari Kaufman, a senior at Douglas High School, and Casey Sherman, now at Duke University, are leading a new national CAP Youth Board. Together, they are planning and hosting Citizen Debates where policymakers and experts share different perspectives on key issues and have civil dialogue with CAP students around the nation. Its first Citizen Debate event was held in partnership with Duke's Fuqua School of Business with hundreds of CAP students from Durham, NC, Los Angeles, CA, Spokane, WA, and Longmont, CO.

American Bar Association announces theme for Law Day 2020

The Law Day 2020 theme is “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” In 2019-2020, the United States is commemorating the centennial of the transformative constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right of citizens to vote would not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. American women fought for, and won, the vote through their voice and action. Law Day is held May 1 every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. You also can learn more about the history of Law Day and past themes.

The Hamilton Education Program is coming to Cleveland

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is partnering with the producers of Hamilton for the Hamilton Education Program. This is part of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s broader mission to improve the teaching and learning of American history. The goal of the Hamilton Education Program is to help students see the relevance of the Founding Era by using primary sources to create a performance piece (such as a rap, poem or dramatic piece), following the model used by Lin-Manuel Miranda to create the musical Hamilton. The Hamilton Education Program is a free online history program available to all schools across the country with students in grades 6-12. Please note this program currently is in its pilot year and will be available to a wider audience this fall. In the 2020-2021 school year, the Hamilton Education Program will visit cities around the country, including Cleveland. Teachers interested in having a class participate in the Hamilton Education Program and attending a matinee performance of Hamilton need to register.