By Peter Levine, Professor and Associate Dean in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life

Explore Part 2 of our series, “Voices in Social Studies” where educators and thought leaders share the latest in social studies teaching and learning.

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A Crisis in Civic Life

The American people are badly polarized. Political scientist Shanto Iyengar and his colleagues write: “Democrats and Republicans both say that the other party’s members are hypocritical, selfish, and closed-minded, and they are unwilling to socialize across party lines, or even to partner with opponents in a variety of other activities.” Their article was published well before the 2020 election, which has surely made things worse.

Polarization has hampered education in American history and civics. These two…


How Music Teachers Have Made It Work

By Gregg Ritchie, National Curriculum Specialist at McGraw Hill

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I recently interviewed ten music teachers around the country to learn a bit about their experiences this school year, and the challenges they’ve faced due to the world health pandemic. Much of what I learned confirmed my predictions: some surprises, but also amazing stories of resilience and creativity.

While there has been no shortage of debate and discussion about whether schools should and can reopen, I believe it’s often best to hear from those directly doing the work. While we all have our own experiences, perceptions, beliefs, and desires, it’s important…


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The science classroom is a place to explore, to experiment, and to experience with all the senses. But recreating this type of environment from a distance can be challenging.

Using phenomena, or “events that occur in the universe and that we can use our science knowledge to explain or predict,” in remote lessons not only makes science education a more tangible, hands-on experience for students that they can have even from their desks at home, but also provides them with an opportunity to practice reasoning, problem-solving, and working with evidence. You can integrate phenomena into your remote instructional plans to…


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For every teacher, every parent, every administrator who has made learning happen over the last year, technology has certainly been a lifeline.

With technology, a living room can become a classroom. With technology, personalized connections can be made with students, even from miles away. With technology, students can grow and accelerate and challenge themselves at their own pace. With technology, learning and exploration can continue, even if the world stands still.

February 25, 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of Digital Learning Day (#DLDay)an online celebration hosted by Future Ready Schools, where educators share great ideas, amazing stories, and…


Key Takeaways from Dr. Catlin Tucker’s Session “Creating Clarity for Online Teaching & Learning”

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What is a learning community, and how might teachers and students create one when they’re not in a shared space together?

That was the question Dr. Catlin Tucker posed to the audience during her session titled “Creating Clarity for Online Teaching & Learning,” which took place as part of McGraw Hill’s Celebrating Early Literacy series on February 17.

In her session, Dr. Tucker delved into the notion of a learning community, and the aspects that frame them. A learning community is a collaboration between teacher and student — a place where goals are shared, the purpose of learning is articulated…


By Meena Srinivasan, Executive Director of Transformative Educational Leadership

Explore Part 1 of our series, “Voices in Social Studies” where educators and thought leaders share the latest in social studies teaching and learning.

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Belonging is often characterized as an emotional need we all have to feel seen and connected. While this is true, as educators it’s important to expand and contextualize our understanding of what belonging truly means, especially as our nation faces a deep sense of polarization. True belonging calls upon us to cultivate an expansive, compassionate quality where we enlarge our circles of concern and interrogate all the…


By Julia Revord and Sonja Lyubomirsky

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Published as a part of a collaboration between McGraw Hill and Character Lab, where this piece first appeared. Character Lab advances scientific insights that help kids thrive (you can watch a short video here). By connecting researchers with educators, Character Lab seeks to create greater knowledge about the conditions that lead to social, emotional, academic, and physical well-being for young people throughout the country.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

— Dalai Lama

Why does kindness matter?

When you act kindly toward others, the benefits go both ways. Small, thoughtful acts — like helping, sharing, listening, or teaching — can change both…


Out-of-this-World Resources to Share with your Class!

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It has been seven long months since the 2020 Mars Rover, Perseverance, and his pal, Ingenuity, began their journey from Earth to the Jezero Crater on Mars. But this week, they will finally make their long-awaited arrival on the Red Planet.

Learn more about their journey and mission with fun classroom and remote learning resources below!

Who is Perseverance?

Perseverance is a high-tech rover built to explore the surface of Mars, our next-door neighbor in the solar system. Equipped with special tools, like a drone named Igenguinty, Perseverance can survey and test the soil on Mars to determine if there is, or ever…


Celebrating Take Your Family to School Week 2021

By Kerrie LaRosa, Licensed Clincial Social Worker and Parent Coach

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“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller.

This week, we celebrate Take Your Family to School Week. This year, as the pandemic rages on and remote or hybrid learning remains the norm across the country, this observance is a time to recognize the importance of family and school collaboration.

Educating children without family involvement is like trying to solve a puzzle when you are missing pieces. Learning is not limited to school. Whether reading, playing, arguing with a sibling, or fixing themselves…


By Errica Dotson-Hooper, Manager of the Teaching and Learning Center, HCDE

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“Welcome Home.”

These words were whispered to me by a distinguished alum as he carefully placed a gold-trimmed Class of 2002 lapel pin on my collar at the Howard University Freshman Pinning Ceremony. My heart was full as I listened to the melodious sounds of the Showtime Marching Band. I was beaming with pride as I surveyed the faces of my classmates — hundreds of budding intellectuals, creatives, engineers, and physicians, all sitting with tiptoe anticipation of what was to come. …

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