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Social Education, our flagship journal, contains a balance of theoretical content and practical teaching ideas. The award-winning resources include techniques for using materials in the classroom, information on the latest instructional technology, reviews of educational media, research on significant social studies-related topics, and lesson plans that can be applied to various disciplines. Departments include Looking at the Law, Surfing the Net, and Teaching with Documents. Social Education is published 6 times per year: September; October; November/December; January/February; March/April; and May/June

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January/February 2016 (Volume 80, Number 1)

January/February 2016 (Volume 80, Number 1)

Editor’s Notebook

Letters to the Editor

NCSS Notebook
We Walk the Talk!
Kim O’Neil
Providing students with opportunities to take action will promote an engaged citizenry and ensure that our democracy thrives.

Ask a Colleague
Formative Assessment
Social Education launches a new discussion column with a conversation about formative assessment.

Sources and Strategies
Developing Student Understanding of Cartographers’ Purpose by Comparing Two 16th-Century Maps
Cheryl Lederle and Danna Bell
The two featured 16th-century maps of the Americas can launch a classroom inquiry into the distinct goals that cartographers have when creating a map.

Lessons on the Law
Teaching Miranda v. Arizona at its 50th Anniversary
Brooks Holland
Students get a valuable opportunity to debate the significance and purpose of Miranda rights by examining the Supreme Court case that led to the warning that police routinely issue.

The Keys to the White House: Forecast for 2016
Allan J. Lichtman
The Keys forecasting system has an outstanding track record in predicting the winner of the popular vote in U.S. presidential elections.

Socialism in the United States: Hidden in Plain Sight
Robert Shaffer
As the presidential campaign of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders gains momentum, it is important for students to learn more about the history of socialism in the United States.

Point of View
Teaching in the Time of Trump
Benjamin Justice and Jason Stanley
The divisive rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald Trump presents a challenge for teachers covering the presidential primaries in their classrooms.

Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet Wins the Nobel Peace Prize
Iftikhar Ahmad
Teaching about the Tunisian civil society group that won the Nobel Peace Prize offers a valuable entry point into an exploration of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution, the Arab Spring, and the principles of a pluralistic society.

Jamestown and Power Lines: Teaching Controversy in an Inter-Disciplinary Manner
Brandon M. Butler and Stephen R. Burgin
By examining a local policy issue such as plans to build power transmission lines across the James River in Virginia, students can investigate significant questions related to urban sprawl and the environment.

The Forgotten War in the Nuba Mountains
Samuel Totten
The author’s first-hand accounts of war in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan offer a jumping off point for a discussion of human rights and world responsibility in the classroom.

Teaching Leadership to Girls: Action Examples from Eight Schools
Sue Baldwin, Heidi Kasevich, Stacey Kertsman, Kathryn Jasper, Regina Rosi, Kristin Ryan, David Sahr, Koyen Parikh Shah, and Sarah Wolf
At a time when there are too few women in key leadership positions, some schools have moved forward with programs to actively cultivate the potential of female students.

Surfing the Net
What I Learned in New Orleans at NCSS, 2015
C. Frederick Risinger
Teachers will find this list of noteworthy websites gathered at the NCSS annual conference invaluable for teaching with historical documents, exploring controversial issues, implementing the C3 Framework, and much more.

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