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Multiple Views on the Impact of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement

• Multiple views on the impact of the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement in U.S. history
• The civil rights movement’s place in the larger history of African-Americans’ struggle for equality
• Lessons and legacies of the Vietnam War
• Using Critical Oral Histories to teach about the 1960s
• Immersion in the Choices approach to teaching historical turning points


• Professional growth through content-rich presentations and discussions
• Opportunity to interact with outstanding educators from across the country and share strategies for incorporating the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War into the classroom
• Ideas for using Choices materials to address Common Core Standards and Historical Thinking Skills
• Expansion of leadership skills through the completion of outreach activities in a self-designed Action Plan
• Ongoing support from the Choices Program to conduct professional development activities in your district or region
• Designation and recognition as a Choices Teaching Fellow
• 32-hour certificate of completion
• Meals, housing and reading materials throughout the Institute

For more information, contact:
Mimi Stephens | Director of Professional Development
The Choices Program
Research Associate, Watson Institute for International Studies
Brown University, Box 1948 I Providence, Rhode Island 02912
Phone: 401.863.3155 | Fax: 401.863.1247


Educational Field Trips at Stone Mountain Park

There is so much history and education to choose from at Stone Mountain Park. The Memorial Hall Museum features a large Civil War collection along with many other artifacts and stories that span 12,000 years of Stone Mountain history. In addition to exhibits, the museum shows two complimentary educational films on the history of the carving and Sherman’s march.

The park features the Antebellum Plantation which is the perfect place to introduce your students to Georgia history Here they can learn about Georgia’s colonial life, antebellum life or the Civil War with hands-on demon.strations set among 18 original historically restored, preserved and relocated buildings from around the state. These buildings were built between 1783 and 1875. The Thornton House is part of this collection and is the oldest restored colonial style house in the state of Georgia.

Stone Mountain Park also offers a very popular WWII Ride the Ducks educational program featuring Rosie the Riveter and the park’s amphibious DUKWs. Students will not only learn a little bit about WWII but also experience a land and water tour first hand.

In the spring and fall, students will learn how a diesel-electric locomotive operates with live interactive demonstrations and signaling techniques led by our train engineer with the very popular program Stone Mountain Railroad-“The Rock Line”.


Annually in the fall, Stone Mountain Park offers the Indian Festival and Pow Wow with two designated field trip days for schools. This educational 4-day event is the largest celebration of Native American culture in the state. On-going activities include: a living history tipi village, life skills, East-meets-West native culture demonstrations, dance and drum exhibitions, wildlife, and more.


Teachers are encouraged to bring their classrooms to the great outdoors and make Stone Mountain Park their next education destination! For information on school programs visit and click on school programs. All of the park’s educational programs align with Georgia Performance Standards.


For more information, contact:

Maureen Slawitschka, Stone Mountain Park Education Coordinator


Phone: 770-413-5066



New Video on the History of the American Flag


Drexel University has just released a new 13-minute video, "History of the American Flag." This should serve as a useful tool for social studies students in a variety of grade levels. The video and script can be viewed at:


Global Education Summer Institutes at Primary Source


Primary Source ( is a 501(c3) non-profit organization that promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world.will offer global education summer institutes open to all K-12 educators. Teachers are encouraged to participate this summer in Boston in a week of engaging lectures and hands-on workshops and come away with new knowledge and practical resources to globalize their classrooms.



National History Education Clearinghouse Resources is an online outreach initiative designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University has created with the goal of making history content, teaching strategies, resources, and research accessible. To view the extensive information and assistance available from CHNM, check out the website.


Georgia Women of Achievement Website


The mission of Georgia Women of Achievement is to recognize and honor women native to or clearly identified with the State of Georgia, who have made extraordinary contributions within their fields of endeavor, and who will thus inspire future generations to utilize their own talents. Visit our online list of honorees along with biographical information on each honoree at to learn about these amazing women!



Seminars for Teaching About East Asia


The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), funded by the Freeman Foundation, is a multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about East Asia in elementary and secondary schools nationwide.


Launched in October 1998, this nationwide program is a collaboration of the East Asian Studies programs of seven institutions: the University of Washington, the University of Southern California, the University of Colorado, Indiana University, University or Pittsburgh, Columbia University, and the Five College Center for East Asian Studies at Smith.


Since its inception NCTA has conducted introductory seminars for over 13,000 teachers in 48 states.

Each seminar leader or team facilitates a 30-hour seminar on East Asian history and cultures that incorporates primary-source selections from the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean traditions. Individual seminars are adapted to the needs and curricula of the participating teachers and school districts to promote long-term engagement in East Asian studies by core groups of teachers within schools and districts. NCTA seeks to develop a community of inquiry among educators interested in East Asian studies that serves as a forum for collegial discussion of issues relevant to the teaching of East Asia.


NCTA seminars serve more than 1,000 teachers yearly. Participants interact with East Asia specialists, receive extensive readings and other materials, and discuss effective strategies for bringing East Asia into their classrooms. Each seminar leader or team facilitates a seminar on East Asia that incorporates primary-source selections from the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean traditions. NCTA offers seminars in different delivery methods to accommodate the different needs, schedules and preferences of teachers. Seminars can be taken in a face-to-face setting, online, or in a blended format.


NCTA targets teachers of world history, world geography, other social studies courses, and language arts/world literature as the primary audience of its programs. Teachers of Asian languages, media specialists, librarians, and art teachers who play a key role in teaching Asian studies content also are eligible for NCTA programs. NCTA seeks to develop a community of inquiry among educators interested in East Asian studies that serves as a forum for collegial discussion of issues relevant to the teaching of East Asia.


Participant Benefits
• Quality instruction about East Asia from leading experts in the field
• No cost
• Introduction to a wide-range of up-to-date print, audio-visual, and online resources
• Opportunities to network with alumni
• Course credit or re-certification credit (available in most locations)
• Opportunities to learn about study tour prospects


National website:
Georgia specific page:


For more information, contact:

Lynn Kalinauskas - Administrative Consultant
2545 Ash Street
Denver, CO 80207
Tel: 303-394-4627 / Cell: 303-888-2926


New Revised GPS Guides Now on GCSS Web Site


Newly revised GPS guides aligned with the Social Studies Precision Review conducted by the Georgia Department of Education have been posted to the GCSS web site. To view these guides, click here.



Instant Grants for School Field Trips to Georgia Nature Center


World Environmental Organization is awarding Instant Grants up to $1,500 toward environmental-related field trips to the Georgia Nature Center, located at 3001 Salem Road, Watkinsville, Georgia, near Athens.


Most schools have reduced or eliminated budgets for field trips this year, or have limitations on how far buses can travel. Given the importance of hands-on environmental education, the Georgia Nature Center (GNC) has developed programs to address these challenges so students can still take engaging field trips. All GNC programs correlate to K-12 GPS Standards. :earn about school field trips to the GNC at:


INSTANT GRANTS - If your budget is limited, receive an instant grant up to $1,500 toward a school field trip. View details at


DISCOUNT CHARTER BUSES - If your county limits how far school buses can travel, you can arrange an affordable Deluxe Charter Bus Package. Instant grants can even be applied toward the cost of charter packages. Details are at:


SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES - If your school is unable to travel at all, GNC staff can bring the nature center to you! Learn about in-school programs here:


GIFTED STUDENTS - For schools lucky enough to have special funding for gifted students, GNC has one- and two-day EcoCamp programs available at: http://www.EcoCamp.Org.


FREE CARNIVOROUS PLANTS - Reserve a field trip or school assembly within the next 4 weeks, and receive $80 worth of free carnivorous plants.


So what happens during a visit to Georgia Nature Center? First, a GNC valet will meet you, and transport lunches and coolers from your buses to our covered picnic area. The tour begins with a demonstration of a hybrid car. From there, a GNC naturalist will lead students on a 20-minute walk through "Tornado Alley" -- the only nature trail in the Southeast where students can view firsthand the destructive force of a 900-foot wide tornado. Along this walk, students will learn how weather impacts the ecology of a hardwood forest. Next, students learn about, and even get to touch thousands of rare carnivorous pitcher plants, some as tall as 3-feet.


From here, students begin a presentation at the GNC solar-powered stage where they will learn about clean energy and wind power. Solar kits are passed around so students can see up close how these technologies work. Students are shown even more carnivorous plants including rare Sundews and Venus Flytraps. Several free plants are given away. Additionally, the Center has an educational shop where students can purchase live carnivorous plants during lunch for as little as $3 each.


Next, students go on another nature walk to a geothermal earth tubes exhibit, and then walk along Greenbrier Creek to visit an organic farm. From here, students pass by an animal rescue area and the solar-powered Next Generation Home, the only home of its kind in the world. This usually wraps up the 1- to 3-hour educational program customized to GPS standards; the length of the program is based upon how much time your school has to visit.


Students then proceed to the Nature Center's picnic area, where they enjoy a bag lunch before heading back to the buses and returning to school.


If this sounds like a fun educational experience, don't miss your chance to receive a grant up to $1,500 to attend this program. If you have any questions, please call GNC founder Jeff Gold at 1-800-800-2SUN or check the GNC website.



New "Presidents and The Constitution" Curriculum Launched by the Bill of Rights Institute


The Bill of Rights Institute has released its latest curriculum, Presidents and The Constitution, Vol. I, to help students understand the powers delegated to the executive branch by the Constitution. Spanning over 200 years, Vol. I helps students explore how various presidents understood and exercised their constitutional powers.


Each of the 15 lessons is tied to national civics, history, and social studies standards, containing content-rich background essays and research-based teaching strategies. Presidents and The Constitution, Volume I includes a complete answer key, critical thinking questions for students, thematic essays that introduce each unit, and additional educational resources.

This curriculum features an online component ( which includes an interactive version of Article II of the Constitution, original thematic movies covering Federal Power, War, Slavery, Diplomacy, and Elections, and a President Did You Know? section.

Other highlights include:
Interactive lesson plans full of innovative, hands-on activities
Strong focus on primary source activities
Contemporary applications highlighted with an "Issues Endures" portal in each unit

More information may be found at




 The Immortal 600: New Civil War Educational Package Announced


The Archaeology Unit of the Georgia Department of Transportation and representatives of other agencies and organizations have teamed up to produce an educational package that examines a group of 600 Confederate POWs that were left on the battlefield and exposed to cannon fire from both Confederate and Union forces. Entitled "The Immortal 600," the package contains historical information, a downloadable curriculum, teacher's guide, and access to a video. Georgia Public Broadcasting has added a link to the material on its "Georgia Stories" website at


For more information, call Eric Duff, Archaeology Unit Manager, Georgia Department of Transportation at 404-699-4406 or e-mail to




Bill of Rights Institute Announces New Teaching Material on Property Rights


The Bill of Rights Institute announces the release of Property Rights in America: Yours, Mine, or Ours?, a new resource that provides teachers with a week of lesson plans to educate students about the foundations and on-going importance of property rights. The 40-page book will help students understand some of the rights that serve as the foundation of so many other rights enjoyed by Americans.


Property Rights in America provides teachers with fresh, exciting materials that connect the Constitution to students' lives. Lesson content focuses on economic philosophy, the Founding documents, Supreme Court cases, intellectual property, and ways technologies like the Internet can challenge property rights.


Students analyze various primary sources, including the Magna Carta, Second Treatise of Civil Government, by John Locke, Property, by James Madison, The Rights of the Colonists, by Samuel Adams, and numerous Supreme Court Cases. These lessons develop the skills necessary for future study and research on the history of America.


The creation of Property Rights in America was made possible through generous grants from the Philip M. McKenna Foundation and the Aequus Institute.


For more information, contact Rachel Bezanson (703) 894-1776 (extension 25) or e-mail to






Georgia Historical Society Online Educational Resources for Teachers


The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) has a new online resource for Georgia teachers and researchers. From Tomochichi to Juliette Gordon Low to Charles Herty, the new online resources highlight past GHS's Georgia Days honorees and feature brief biographical sketches and suggestions for further reading and research. Each entry also provides references to corresponding materials from the collection of the GHS. To view the online educational resources, access and follow the Georgia Days link.


Georgia Geographic Alliance

Georgia Geographic Alliance has a new website at and Facebook site at  Also, GGA has a contest with a deadline of February 28, 2014.  The contest is The 2014 INSPIRE! Creative Geographic Education in Georgia Award Competition.  There are four awards of up to $550 to be given.  Go to for additional information.


The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA)

The Program for Teaching East Asia announces two NCTA-sponsored summer institutes, one for elementary and one for secondary teachers.  Each institute is limited to 20 eligible teachers to be chosen through a selective application process.  Participants will receive travel allowance, room and board, materials and stipend.

  • Citizens, Socieity and the State:  Adaptation and Transportation in Contemporary in China, July 7-11, 2014.  Application deadline:  March 21, 2014.  This four-day residential program will examine the rapidly changing social and political dynamics of contemporary China, with special attention to the emerging roles of citizens, including ways in which individuals and groups respond to enable social and political change through protests, political partiipation, and self-organization.    For more information go to:
  • Texts and Contexts:  Teaching Japan through Children's Literature, June 22-26, 2014.  Application deadline:  March 14, 2014.  Using children's literature, elementary teachers can guide can guide students in explorations of other cultures while helping them develop literacy skills and knowledge of their world.  This institute for K-5 teachers will introduce several exemplary works of children's literature as building blocks for teaching an integrated unit on Japan.  Participants will have a unique opportunity to work with scholars of Japanese culture and children's literature.  For more information: