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Agencies, Museums, and Libraries

  • Library of Congress  External Link  
    The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. The Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.
  • Oregon Historical Society  External Link  
    The Oregon Historical Society's mission is preserving and interpreting Oregon's past in thoughtful, illuminating, and provocative ways.
  • Smithsonian Institution  External Link  
    The world's largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo. Visit the Smithsonian in person or online and you will see why it represents for so many the treasured icons of our past, the vibrant art of the present, and the scientific promise of the future.
  • U.S. Holocaust Museum  External Link  
    A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum stimulates leaders and citizens to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy.


Civics


  • Center for Civic Education  External Link  
    The Center specializes in civic/citizenship education, law-related education, and international educational exchange programs for developing democracies. Programs focus on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights; American political traditions and institutions at the federal, state, and local levels; constitutionalism; civic participation; and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
  • Classroom Law Project  External Link  
    Helps students at all grade levels learn to be informed and active citizens who can foster, sustain, and preserve a free democratic society.
  • Kids in the House  External Link  
    This site is designed to give middle school students valuable legislative and historical information.
  • National Student Parent Mock Election  External Link  
    Makes students and parents aware of the power of their ballot by actively involving them in a full-fledged campaign and national election. In 2004, the last presidential election year, over 4 million students, parents and teachers participated in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 14 countries/territories around the world where Americans have schools. Over 40 million have participated since the project began.
  • Street Law  External Link  
    Street Law is practical, participatory education about law, democracy, and human rights. A unique blend of content and methodology, Street Law uses techniques that promote cooperative learning, critical thinking, and the ability to participate in a democratic society.
  • USA for UN Refugee Agency  External Link  
    Teaching about Human Rights, Tolerance, and Refugees. Builds support in the United States for the humanitarian work of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Our mission is to inform Americans about the plight of refugees and advocate for their protection. We want to give individual Americans, frustrated by the growing refugee crisis and their own inability to do something to help, a way to put action behind their words.


Current Events


  • Beyond Blame PDF  External Link  
    Beyond Blame: Reacting to the Terrorist Attack is dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11th and their families—as well as to everyone who has participated in the rescue efforts.
  • Educating the Heart - Lesson Plans for the Peace Study  External Link  
    Lesson plans develped for the Educating the Heart Youth Summit to promote the study of peace and Nobel Peace laureates.
  • War and Terrorism  External Link  
    Global educators respond to the possibility of war with Iraq by having students: learn up to date historical, political, economic, and geographic background of the conflict; recognize stereotypes and misinformation they may have about Iraqis and other people in the region; examine issues that led to U.S. policy decisions and research possible outcomes of a war; understand how accepted knowledge and perspectives of relevant countries (U.S., Turkey, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, etc.) is shaped by its history, cultures, politics, and economics; analyze primary sources from diverse world regions on the issues and events; interact with people from the region who can share insider information; synthesize and debate the issues based upon all these learning experiences.


Economics


  • Understanding the Financial Crisis - Educator version PDF   10/22/2008 (1.95 MB)
    The financial crisis of 2008 is only the latest in a string of financial crises that have hit the world economy. This discussion provides a brief introduction to a very complex subject with the hope of shedding some light on the current crisis.
  • Understanding the Financial Crisis - Student Version PDF   10/22/2008 (1.47 MB)
    The financial crisis of 2008 is only the latest in a string of financial crises that have hit the world economy. This discussion provides a brief introduction to a very complex subject with the hope of shedding some light on the current crisis.
  • Consumer Jungle  External Link  
    We've got information for you on everything you need to know to survive in the real world. Our content is packed with tips, advice, and direction on how to navigate the consumer jungle.
  • Federal Reserve  External Link  
    Here you can find links to instructional materials and tools that can increase your understanding of the Federal Reserve, economics and financial education.
  • Federal Reserve Education  External Link  
    This site is a resource where you will find information regarding the financial crises, the Fed's response, and the road ahead.
  • Jump Start Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy  External Link  
    The Coalition´s direct objective is to encourage curriculum enrichment to ensure that basic personal financial management skills are attained during the K-12 educational experience.
  • Jump Start - Oregon  External Link  
    The Oregon Jump$tart Coalition is a statewide, all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the financial literacy of Oregon’s youth. We are a coalition, comprised of individuals, non-profit and governmental agencies and the corporate sector. The Coalition believes that all youth must have the financial literacy necessary to make informed financial decisions.
  • National Council on Economic Education  External Link  
    A nationwide network that leads in promoting economic literacy with students and their teachers. NCEE's mission is to help students develop the real-life skills they need to succeed: to be able to think and choose responsibly as consumers, savers, investors, citizens, members of the workforce, and effective participants in a global economy.


Electronic Democracy


  • CNN - Politics  External Link  
    Political news, opinion, and analysis from CNN.
  • Project Vote Smart  External Link  
    Americans young and old volunteer their time, take no money from special interest groups, and have committed themselves to an extraordinary effort that, if successful, will provide their fellow citizens with the tools for a reemergence of political power not known for half a century. Their idea is one you may have thought of yourself. It is a deceptively simple concept but enormously difficult to achieve and would not be possible without the collaboration of citizens willing to lay their partisan differences aside for this one crucial task.


General


  • National Council for the Social Studies  External Link  
    Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.


Geography


  • National Council on Geographic Education  External Link  
    Since 1888, we've traveled the Earth, sharing its amazing stories with each new generation. National Geographic's Mission Programs support critical expeditions and scientific fieldwork, encourage geography education for students, promote natural and cultural conservation, and inspire audiences through new media, vibrant exhibitions, and live events.
  • Oregon Geographic Alliance  External Link  
    Alliance Mission: To increase public awareness of the importance of geographic education, increase the emphasis on geography in grades K-12, and improve geographic teaching methods and materials.
  • The Geography Zone  External Link  
    The Geography Zone has been created to help spread geographical awareness and an understanding of the places and cultures across our world in an exciting and dynamic atmosphere. Here you can find The Geography Challenge, the world’s largest online geography contest, as well as tons of the geography tools and facts to help make you a geography expert.
  • Virtual Tourist II World Map  External Link  
    Real Travelers, Real Info


History


  • American Memory Lesson Plans  External Link  
    Use these resources to learn more about constructing lessons with primary sources.
  • Archiving Early America  External Link  
    You will discover a wealth of resources — a unique array of primary source material from 18th Century America. Scenes and portraits from original newspapers, maps and writings come to life on your screen just as they appeared to this country's forebears more than two centuries ago.
  • Crossroads  External Link  
    A K-16 American History Curriculum
  • Declaration of Independence - Exhibit  External Link  
    This special exhibition is the second in a series of public previews of unique documents from the collections of the Library of Congress. These previews will culminate in the permanent exhibition, "Treasures of the Library of Congress."
  • Exploring the West from Monticello - Lewis & Clark Exhibit  External Link  
    In 1995 the University of Virginia Library produced the exhibition and accompanying catalogue of Lewis and Clark maps entitled "Exploring the West from Monticello: A Perspective in Maps from Columbus to Lewis and Clark.”
  • History Matters!  External Link  
    Designed for high school and college teachers and students, History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.
  • National Center for History in the Schools  External Link  
    The mission of the National Center for History in the Schools [NCHS] is to improve history education in K-12 schools via its challenging, yet easy to use, curricular materials and assisting with the professional development of K-12 history teachers.
  • National Council for History Education  External Link  
    We believe that the social sciences and current issues, both domestic and global, are best studied in historical context and perspective. We believe that historical study is the precondition for intelligent political and personal judgment and that, in turn, such judgment is the absolute precondition for the political power of the citizen, and the private self-fulfillment of the person. Familiar notions, no doubt, but their implications call for a fundamental reordering of the American curriculum from grade school to graduate school.
  • The Civil War Through a Child's Eye  External Link  
    This lesson focuses on the use of historical fiction and primary sources to expand students' perceptions of the Civil War era. Literature and photographic images reflect, communicate, and influence human perspectives of historical events. Specifically, the unit helps students to view the Civil War era through a child’s eye, rather than from an adult perspective.
  • The Historical Text Archive  External Link  
    The HTA publishes high quality articles, books, essays, documents, historical photos, and links, screened for content, for a broad range of historical subjects. It was founded in 1990 in Mississippi and is one of the oldest history sites on the Internet. This site is dynamic with regular additions to its contents and its link collection.


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  • Andrea Morgan Email    (503) 947-5772
    Instruction, Standards, Assessment, and Accountability - 1 - Ed. Specialist, Social Sciences Curriculum and Advanced Placement Incentive Prog

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