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March 14, 2014

Teach to Lead: Advancing Teacher Leadership

Thanks, Ron [Thorpe] for that warm introduction and for all of your leadership. Congratulations on what has become one of the most dynamic discussions of teaching anywhere. You’ll be very relieved to know that unlike some of your other speakers, I will not be singing a capella, sharing my views on Abraham Lincoln, or putting a new operating system on your computer.

New Civil War Poster Pieces Things Together for American History Classrooms

In proclaiming October as National Arts and Humanities Month, President Obama said the arts and humanities “speak to our condition and affirm our desire for something more and something better.”  A new poster from the National History Clearinghouse, "How Do You Piece Together the History of the Civil War?,” employs images of objects such as a quilt, a map, some photographs, a haversack, and a receipt to deepen understanding of the Civil War and about how historians piece together the past.

This 24-by-36-inch poster features a collage of primary sources and related questions that get students thinking about how we know what we know about the past, as we do with all history, but especially in relation to our country’s most devastating conflict, the Civil War. The question, “How can geography impact a battle?,”  accompanies a map of Gettysburg while a slave receipt prompts students to think about the laws, economics, and, most importantly, people involved in the institution of slavery.

September 29, 2011

Education Department Awards $11.5 Million in Grants for Training of Special Educators to Improve Services for Children with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced today $11.5 million in grants to help train educators to improve services and results for children with disabilities.

OII's National History Education Clearinghouse Contributes to 9/11 Resources Web Page

The Department of Education has launched a new Web page of resources for teaching about the events of September 11, 2001. The National History Education Clearinghouse, which is supported by OII, is one of four non-federal contributors of teaching materials on the new site.

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