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Social Studies Opinion The Insurrection Highlights the Need for Civics Learning
What if the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol had received civics and anti-bias education in school? Would it have made a difference?
Jinnie Spiegler, February 22, 2021
8 min read
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Social Studies Opinion The Need for Media Literacy and Civics Education Isn't Just for Students
Lately, people have been calling for students to learn more civics education. Unfortunately, it may be the adults who really need it.
Peter DeWitt, February 3, 2021
1 min read
Teaching Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table With Education Week: How Educators Can Respond to a Post-Truth Era
America is more divided than ever—and dangerously so. We need not look any further than the recent attack on the U.S. Capitol while Congress was certifying the results of the presidential election. The denial of
January 28, 2021
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Policy & Politics Opinion Are You Contributing to Truth Decay?
Our political discourse, and what we search for online, is contributing to truth decay. It's time that it stops.
Peter DeWitt, January 24, 2021
6 min read
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Standards New Media Literacy Standards Aim to Combat 'Truth Decay'
The RAND Corporation has released a set of media literacy standards designed to help teach students to identify misinformation.
Sarah Schwartz, January 20, 2021
6 min read
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Teaching How to Talk About Social Media and the Capitol Insurrection: A Guide for Teachers
Social media played a pivotal role in the Jan. 6 mob riot at the Capitol, providing plenty of fodder for classroom discussions.
Alyson Klein, January 19, 2021
7 min read
A man dressed as George Washington and holding a Trump flag kneels and prays near the Washington Monument on Jan. 6.
A man dressed as George Washington and holding a Trump flag kneels and prays near the Washington Monument on Jan. 6.
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Curriculum From ‘Stunning’ to ‘Surprising’: How News of the Capitol Attack Was Repackaged for Schools
Experts criticized ed-tech company Newsela for sugarcoating the violent insurrection when it adapted an Associated Press story for schools.
Benjamin Herold, January 14, 2021
6 min read
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Curriculum 6 Ways to Help Students Make Sense of the Capitol Siege
A week after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, teachers are helping students figure out how the country got to this point.
Sarah Schwartz & Madeline Will, January 13, 2021
15 min read
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Teaching & Learning How to Teach the U.S. Capitol Attack: Dozens of Resources to Get You Started
Here are core themes and jumping-off places for teachers designing units that capture the complexity of the invasion of the U.S. Capitol.
Education Week Staff, January 7, 2021
6 min read
President Donald Trump waves to supporters from his motorcade Nov. 14 in Washington.
President Donald Trump waves to supporters from his motorcade Nov. 14 in Washington.
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Social Studies Disinformation Is Rampant. Here's How Teachers Are Combatting It
Online spread of false information—like the recent claims of voter fraud—poses ongoing challenges for civics teachers.
Sarah Schwartz, November 25, 2020
9 min read
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Social Studies Opinion Post-Election Teaching Strategies
Four teachers share suggestions for post-election lessons, including focusing on local issues and practicing media literacy.

Larry Ferlazzo, November 19, 2020
15 min read
Equity & Diversity Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of short news stories from the week.
November 26, 2019
8 min read
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Science Opinion The Overlooked Front in the War on Misinformation: Science Class
Media literacy belongs in science class, insists Media Literacy Now’s Andy Zucker. Here’s how to bring it there.
Andrew A. Zucker, October 25, 2019
4 min read
Classroom Technology Video Leading Ed-Tech Initiatives in a World of Changing Definitions of Literacy – Joseph Williams
Joseph Williams, executive director of technology for Southern California’s Perris Union High School District, explores technology and his experiences with student literacy, media literacy, invention literacy, and transliteracy (literate across communication platforms). Williams was recognized as a 2017 Leader To Learn From for his leadership in educational technology. This presentation took place at Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From event in Washington. Read more about his work: https://leaders.edweek.org/profile/joseph-williams-executive-director-educational-technology/
May 22, 2019
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