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12/2/2019

American Lawyers announce nomination process for Teacher of the Year Award

For the past 60 years, the American Lawyers Alliance has been active in its support of public education, citizenship awareness and various service programs. Recognizing the vital role that teachers play in law-related education, the alliance began in 1985 to sponsor Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year awards. The purpose of these awards is to honor public and private high school teachers who have made significant contributions in law-related education. Nominations for the 2020 Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year Awards may be submitted by the applicant, school administrators, other teachers, students, lawyers, judges, professional members of the community or any other interested parties by March 15. Visit the Law-Related Education Teacher of the Year website.

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 anti-bullying policies at schools. CAP reaches well over 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. Next up, an online event for more CAP classes, then on to Los Angeles. 

The U.S. Census Bureau provides program to increase awareness of the 2020 census

Statistics in Schools (SIS) is a U.S. Census Bureau program that uses census statistics to create classroom materials for grades pre-K through 12. Teachers and subject matter experts nationwide helped develop each Statistics in Schools activity to increase awareness of and overall public response to the decennial census. The Statistics in Schools program includes more than 200 activities and resources that enhance learning and engage administrators, teachers, students and their parents or guardians in public conversations about the census. Resources include lesson plans, data tools, fun facts and more. 

Education Week: Call for Civic Engagement Ideas

As part of its ongoing Citizen Z initiative, Education Week is seeking 100 good ideas for teaching civics. These can be quick lessons, after-school activities, community projects, tips and more.

National Council for History Education Conference coming to Cleveland

The National Council for History Education is coming to Cleveland on March 19-21. The conference hotel is the Hilton Cleveland Downtown and the room block currently is open. The conference is offering eight Enrichment Excursions, including our highlighted excursion this month, the Cleveland History Center. Join the Cleveland History Center, the headquarters of the Western Reserve Historical Society, for an afternoon exploring everyday objects and their roles in history. The day will include a highlight tour of the History Center, a ride on its 109-year-old Euclid Beach Grand Carousel and an immersive curator-led, behind-the-scenes experience. The afternoon will end with a short professional development activity that will give educators a hands-on way to explore how everyday objects can bring history to life for learners of all ages. Registration is now open. 

Gilder Lehrman Institute seeking 2020 National History Teacher of the Year

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is accepting nominations for the 2020 National History Teacher of the Year. The award will be given to a full-time, K-12 educator who teaches American history, including state and local history, as either an individual subject or as part of other subjects. The 2020 award will honor exceptional elementary and secondary teachers who are generalists or specialists. Teachers in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. territories are encouraged to apply. Deadline for nominations is March 31.