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3/2/2020

U.S. Census Bureau seeks teachers for ambassador program
The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for teachers for grades pre-K-12 to join the Statistics in Schools Ambassador Program. Are you a pre-K through 12th grade teacher or know someone who is? For more information on how to apply, email CLMSO.SISambassador@census.gov. Celebrate Statistics in the Schools Week from March 2-6. There will be exciting virtual events throughout the week for teachers, students and their communities. (See additional resources below.)
 
Free writing in history livestream with Sam Wineburg scheduled this month
Sam Wineburg will be providing a livestream on Historical Thinking: Selecting and Evaluating Effective Evidence. Wineburg’s scholarship sits at the crossroads of three fields: the psychology of teaching and learning, history, and education. He heads the Stanford History Education Group, which is responsible for creating the Reading Like a Historian curriculum and Beyond the Bubble assessments. Its current work focuses on how young people evaluate online content. The livestream will take place on Thursday, March 26, from 4-6 p.m. Registration is open now.
 
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.
 
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 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. Next up, an online event for more CAP classes, then on to Los Angeles.
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 open. Get started planning for the conference experience. Review the Preliminary Program for information on Enrichment Excursions, keynote speakers and the schedule for breakout, poster and mini sessions.  
 
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.
 
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. Learn more about the history of Law Day and past themes.