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Content to Classroom

The Virginia Council for Social Studies is excited to bring you our newest resource for social studies teachers across the state and country! Each episode of Content to Classroom provides expert analysis on a specific topic related to social studies and then supplements that analysis with guidance from master teachers on how to apply it in the classroom. The result is an engaging and authentic discussion that will leave teachers feeling empowered to try something new.
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Using Children's Literature to Teach Tough Topics | Storytelling Series
Human love stories. They connect us together, teach us new things, and help us learn about the past.  And sometimes, stories help us explain things from our collective history that are hard to process.  In the first part of our storytelling series, children's author Meg Wiviott and master teacher Katie Blomquist walk us through using children's literature to teach tough topics in our history classrooms. Listen to Meg, Katie, and Sam explore what topics are appropriate for different age groups, when and how to use children's and YA lit in your classes, and practical ways to engage history students as writers.  Meg's website: Paper Hearts: Benno and the Night of Broken Glass: Virginia Holocaust Museum: Echoes and Reflections: Virginia Museum of History and Culture: VCSS: November VCSS Scholars' Hour:
October 27, 2020
Addressing Elections and Equity in the Classroom
It's that time of year again. The leaves are changing, everyone is dressed in cozy sweaters, warm apple cider fills the air, and it's time to vote.   And if it's time to vote, it's time to teach kids in classrooms across the country about the American electoral process-- a job that can have it's challenges at any time, but seems to be particularly difficult in 2020-- it's a presidential election year. We're in a pandemic. The West is burning. The South is flooding. And the nation is fraught with racial tension after the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others by unchecked police.  So, how are social studies educators supposed to balance teaching elections and not coming across as biased, while championing equity? Listen to this episode, and let Bianca Moore, a defense attorney in NOLA, and Wesley Hedgepeth, a high school social studies teacher in Richmond, VA guide you through all things election and equity in the classroom.  ----------- Don't forget to register for the first VCSS Scholars' Hour! ---------- Links from today's discussion: Avid Conversation Starters 411 Vote Political Compass iSideWith 1619 Project U.S. Census Database The Harkness Method NCSS
October 1, 2020