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George Mason U. Website Offers History Resources

A new website created at George Mason University can help K-12 history teachers gain access to resources to improve their history classroom coverage. With the financial backing of the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at GMU has introduced and loaded it with history content, teaching strategies, resources and research.

To accompany the online resources, the site also has a free biannual print newsletter, called History Education News, as well as monthly electronic newsletters and a classroom poster on historical thinking skills.

Educators Can Help Fight Distracted Driving

Many of our young people have become extremely attached to their cell phones and other electronic devices; some can’t even leave such devices alone when they’re behind the wheel. As a result, distracted driving, especially among the young, leads to numerous injuries and deaths.

To help educators combat these dangers, the U.S. Department of Transportation has posted free resources at The theme of the current campaign is "Focus. Safe driving is serious business." The materials emphasize the risks of distracted driving, particularly the use of cell phones and texting while driving. Downloadable documents include a letter from school administrators to parents; a parent-teen driving contract; signs; flyers; and sample morning announcements.

Bone Up on School Environment Issues

Do you know the answers to any of these questions?
• Is my classroom environment safe?
• How can I improve indoor air quality in my school?
• What about pollution from school buses?
• How can I learn more about the environment and safety?

To help find some answers, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s website for schools at

Put a Stop to Bullying At Every Opportunity

Bullying in school continues to be an insidious issue, and it’s important for educators to be well-prepared to respond to situations of mistreatment and harassment. The National Education Association’s website offers a full section of bullying and school safety resources to help equip you to prevent such situations and to stand up for victims.

Among the materials presented at are tips, training opportunities, videos and links to organizations that can help.


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