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U.S. Westward Expansion: Middle School History Unit
This unit helps students investigate key events and ideas in westward expansion during the antebellum period. Students will use primary and secondary sources, maps, images, and an Literary Design Collaborative debate-focused module to build evidentiary claims, identify multiple perspectives, and consider causal relationships. For easy use and customization, files are available in PDF and Word. The unit can also be downloaded in pieces or in full.
No one knows teaching like teachers. So, to help connect teachers to valuable resources, we asked more than 3,100 educators to share feedback around the digital instructional tools that they’re using (or not using) to help prepare students for college and careers. This report outlines our findings, offers conclusions and recommendations, and identifies areas for further study.
Our initial report, released in April 2014, helped foster a stronger understanding of the ways in which teachers were using digital instructional tools, gaps in availability, teachers’ attitudes toward digital technology, and the perceived effectiveness of these tools. To continue supporting teachers, those obtaining resources for them, and product developers, this follow-up report offers a more up-to-date analysis of how educators’ needs are being met by digital tools.
Since adopting new college- and career-ready standards (CCRS), many districts throughout Kentucky have evolved to meet the demands of a more rigorous set of expectations, all of which aim to bolster student success. This brief summarizes the early success of two tools Kentucky districts have used to support the transition: Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC).
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