February is a fine time to stop dreaming about summer and start making plans. Many of our CRN organizations offer a variety of programs. Which one fits your interests? Check out the possibilities in News in the Network below.

This month, we also celebrate the anniversary of the student free speech case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969), Black History Month and Presidents Day.

Quizzes on Thomas Jefferson and Monticello

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello offers five interactive Kahoot quizzes on Jefferson and Monticello that include topics such as slavery, architecture, and the early Republic. The quizzes are for K-12 students.

For more Presidents Day resources, go here.

The Power of NonViolence: Rosa Parks: A Quest for Equal Protection Under the Law

In this lesson from the Center for Civic Education, students are asked to revisit the well-known story of Rosa Parks through the primary source documents associated with her arrest in 1955. The arrest occurred in the shadow of the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and had a powerful impact on the public policy of segregation and the application of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This lesson is for upper elementary and middle school students.

For more resources for Black History Month, go here.

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District

Street Law and the Supreme Court Historical Society provide an in-depth look at the landmark case on student free speech rights. This resource contains a summary, questions to consider and important vocabulary, all at three reading levels. It also provides legal concepts and a diagram of how the case moved through the court system.

For more resources on free speech, go here.

News in the Network

  • ABOTA Foundation: Civics Lesson Plan Contest announced. Learn more.
  • American Bar Association: Summer programs focus on “Federal Trials and Great Debates.” Learn more.
  • Bill of Rights Institute: Topics for summer teacher programs are “Manifest Destiny and Western Expansion” and Presidential Powers: Historical Turning Points. Learn more.
  • Bill of Rights Institute: Constitutional Academy is a weeklong summer program for students. Learn more.
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: Teacher seminars across the U.S. for K-12 teachers. Learn more.
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania: Blog post highlights the Digital Public Library of America. Learn more.
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania: Teacher workshop offered on Philadelphia’s transit system. Learn more.
  • iCivics: Primary source analysis tool – DBQuest – has been updated. Learn more.
  • James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation: Applications open for $24,000 fellowships. Learn more.
  • Library of Congress: Summer programs for K-12 teachers across many disciplines. Learn more.
  • National Constitution Center: Summer programs focus on the rule of law. Learn more.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities: Tuition-free summer programs for teachers. Learn more.
  • Street Law: Summer institute focuses on teaching about the Supreme Court. Learn more.