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Oct 16, 2018

Student Forum Newsletter - November 2018 (Smoking Age and Tech Regulations) I

SGAP's Student Forum Newsletter for November 2018 discusses these issues: 1) minimum legal sales age for tobacco products 2) tech regulations.

Sep 19, 2018

Student Forum Newsletter - October 2018 (Minimum Wage and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Cars)

SGAP's Student Forum Newsletter for October 2018 discusses these issues: 1) minimum wage 2) fuel-efficiency standards for cars.

Sep 10, 2018

Civil Discourse in the United States Infographic

During a divisive time for our country, SGAP looks at civil discourse in the United States.

Sep 07, 2018

SGAP Teacher Spotlight for October 2018 (Stephanie Cooper in Boyd, TX)

Name:  Stephanie Cooper
Title: Teacher, Social Studies Department Team Leader
School Name: Boyd High School
City, State: Boyd, TX
Subject(s) Taught: U.S. Government, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, and Junior/Senior Seminar
Grade(s) Taught: 10th, 11th and 12th grades
No. of Years Teaching: 10 years
Honors: 2008 James Madison Fellow for the State of Oklahoma; Oklahoma Governor’s Commendation; Durant High Teacher of the Year (2005 and 2007); United States Air Force Veteran

 

In the large state of Texas lies a small town named Boyd, located about 30 miles northwest from the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, where Stephanie Cooper teaches social studies classes at the town’s public high school.

Cooper, who also serves as team leader of the social studies department, says her greatest teaching challenge is bringing to light the importance of social studies in an educational climate where schools prioritize the STEM subjects.

I think the greatest challenge is that emphasis in schools is placed on state-tested subjects such as math, science and English,” Cooper says. “The way our government works is vital knowledge for soon-to-be voting citizens, but I think it takes a back seat to math and science now.”

 

Why Active Citizenry Matters

Cooper says not placing an importance on teaching U.S. Government has far-reaching effects on the fabric of American society. “The effects I see, and have seen for quite some time, are low participation in voting by young people, not knowing how basic federal, state, and local government works, and no appreciation for how our Constitution came to be,” she says.

As a military veteran of the United States Air Force, Cooper says her experience serving her country has significantly influenced her teaching. “My experience in the U.S. Air Force has caused me to focus on the subject of U.S. Government and to make sure young people know the sacrifices that have come before them,” she says.

 

Spotlighting Social Studies

To bring to light the importance of social studies, Cooper believes social studies educators must keep finding new ways to educate youth. “Make sure to use opportunities such as Patriot Day, Constitution Day, and Freedom Week to put history and our country in the forefront,” she adds.

Cooper has also seen a rise in students’ interest in active participation as a result of school shootings such as the one in Parkland, Florida. “Young people are beginning to become more involved, largely because of school policies and dangers they now face in schools,” she says. “Students are nearly forced to participate in politics and government because their security and safety are on the line.”

“In fact, their future in general depends on how much they know about their government, and how much they participate,” Cooper continues. “There is a very real opportunity for young people to make their mark and lead in the way in how the United States government runs.”

Aug 17, 2018

Student Forum Newsletter - September 2018 (Supreme Court and Bullying Laws)

SGAP's Student Forum Newsletter for September 2018 discusses these issues: 1) Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to Supreme Court 2) Anti-Bullying Laws

Aug 08, 2018

SGAP Teacher Spotlight for September 2018 (Jill Anne Hahn, Evansville, IN) |

“My teaching philosophy is to educate all of my students by bringing the outside world into the classroom.”

- Jill Anne Hahn

Name:  Jill Anne Hahn
Title: Coordinator of Randall T. Shepard Leadership and Law Academy; Secondary High School Teacher at Evansville Harrison High School
School Name: Evansville Harrison High School and Randall T. Shepard Leadership and Law Academy
City, State: Evansville, Indiana
Subject(s) Taught: CAP Government, CAP Economics, We The People Constitutional Law course, Economics, Government, International Relations and Current Events
Grade(s) Taught: Seniors
No. of Years Teaching: 29 years
Honors: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Economic Educator Advisory Board; Indiana Council of Social Studies award: Stan Harris Social Studies Citizen Award; Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year Award from the National Guard; Leadership Evansville Professional Education Leadership Nominee; Olin B. Davis Exemplary Teaching of Economics Award; Randall T. Shepard iCivics Outstanding Teacher in Vanderburgh Co.; Indiana Supreme Court Award; Senator Lugar Symposium, Guest speaker on Nuclear Armament, Evansville Courier Press Outstanding Educator Nominee, Indiana Government Teacher of the Year presented by Senator Lugar

 

As an educator who serves in dual roles – a social studies teacher at a public high school and a program coordinator for a four-year college preparatory school – Jill Anne Hahn is one busy education professional. Her long list of honors and awards is a reflection of her commitment to excellence in education.

Hahn believes Government and Economics are two of the most important subjects that will affect students’ daily lives, now and in the future.

“My teaching philosophy is to educate all of my students by bringing the outside world into the classroom,” Hahn says. “By studying current events, plus international relations, students can actually see how the outside world impacts them."

One way Hahn teaches her students about current events is through the SGAP program. “I love SGAP and have been using it for 20 years,” Hahn says. “I feel that the future of our students looks extremely bright thanks to all the tools we have to teach them such as SGAP.”

 

Living to Give

Hahn’s philosophy doesn’t only focus on how the external world impacts students, but also how students’ internal landscapes impact the external world.

“I am big on giving of one's self,” Hahn says. “Each student is required to give 10 hours of their semester to service learning, as part of their civic duty as Americans. I'm amazed at how many students come back years later and tell me their volunteer service inspired a career or they continued giving of themselves.”

This reminder to give back is much-needed in today’s fast-paced society. “Students have so many outside distractions in today's world, whether it be too much social media, or issues at home,” Hahn says. “My role has changed over the years from just being a teacher and now also includes being a student advocate.”

 

Rolling with the Changes

In her 29 years of teaching, Hahn has witnessed many changes in the field of education, including those inspired by technology. A benefit of today’s technology is social media, Hahn says, because it has enabled her to stay in touch with her former students.

“Students remind me of what I taught them and many times we have civic discussion over various matters,” she says. “Often, I remind them that they must continue what I taught them because, after all, they are my legacies.”             

Jul 30, 2018

Urban vs. Rural in the United States Infographic 2

Over time, the U.S. has transformed from a primarily rural society to a primarily urban society. SGAP looks at key dates in American urbanization.

Jul 17, 2018

Modernization of American Society Throughout History Infographic 2

The modernization of American society throughout history includes electricity, personal computers, internet access and automobiles.

Apr 25, 2018

Teacher Spotlight for May 2018 - Jill Auten of Edmond, OK

Teacher Spotlight for May 2018 is Jill Auten of Edmond, OK.

Mar 22, 2018

Divided Politics in America Infographic

The 2016 election was one of the most polarizing in modern history. Many people were divided on the issues and felt compelled to go to the polls. And while negative feelings towards the other party are nothing new, the growing contempt that both Republicans and Democrats have for the opposing party has grown broader and deeper than in the past.

Apr 19, 2018

SGAP Student Forum Newsletter - May 2018

Mar 22, 2018

How Americans Access Health Care

How do people get health care in the USA? Group plan? Medicare? ACA Marketplace? CHIP? SGAP reviews health insurance options for Americans in this infographic!

Mar 22, 2018

The Value of the Dollar Infographic

It comes as no surprise that a dollar today is worth much less than it was in the past. Inflation marks a decrease in the dollar’s purchasing power. As prices for goods and services increase, each dollar can buy less than it could before. The American dollar has lost a lot of purchasing power in the last 100 years.

Mar 22, 2018

Volunteerism in the USA Infographic

A look at volunteerism in the USA.

Mar 22, 2018

SGAP 2017 Student Voice Voting Results (Nationwide)

Here are the voting results from SGAP students across the nation for issues SGAP looked at in 2017.

Feb 27, 2018

Teacher Spotlight - Greg Baird, Murrieta, CA (April 2018)

Feb 16, 2018

Research Links & Critical-Thinking Questions – March 2018

RESEARCH LINKS Issue 1: Offshore Drilling Heritage Foundation: How Offshore Oil and Gas Production Benefits the Economy  Oceana Report: Safety Measures Will Not Make Offshore Drilling Safe  Press Release from Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Announcement  National Ocean Industries Association Offshore Energy Industry Publications  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Statistics and Facts  U.S. Department of Energy Report “Today in Energy” 

Feb 16, 2018

Student Forum Newsletter – March 2018 (Offshore Drilling & Welfare Drug Testing)

Issue 1: Offshore Drilling in the U.S.

Jan 29, 2018

March 2018 Teacher Spotlight – David Weikel, Chattanooga

Vital Stats Name: David Weikel School Name: Notre Dame High School City, State: Chattanooga, TN Subject(s) Taught: Civics, AP Government and Politics, Public Speaking Grade(s) Taught: 9, 11 and 12 No. of Years Teaching: 14 Honors: Board of Directors for Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, Chattanooga Chapter

Jan 25, 2018

2017 Student Voting Results Infographic

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Jan 17, 2018

Research Links & Critical-Thinking Questions – February 2018

RESEARCH LINKS Issue 1: Net Neutrality H.R.4682 “Open Internet Preservation Act” (Text) FCC: “Restoring Internet Freedom” “In Protests of Net Neutrality Repeal, Teenage Voices Stood Out” NYT Article “The Case for Net Neutrality Repeal” Article “What the End of Net Neutrality Means for You” Time Article Fox Video: “FCC Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality”

Jan 17, 2018

Volunteerism in the United States Infographic

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Jan 17, 2018

Student Forum Newsletter – February 2018 (Net Neutrality and Diversity Visa Lottery)

Issue 1: Net Neutrality

Dec 19, 2017

Soldiers from Sea to Shining Sea: U.S. Military Population Infographic

Which states have the most and least Active Duty military? What percent of military members are under age 25? SGAP salutes  the U.S. military population in this infographic! [gview file="http://sgap.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SGAP_Military-Population_Infographic_r4i5FINAL.pdf"]

Dec 13, 2017

Tried & True: Evolution of Military History Infographic

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Nov 30, 2017

U.S. Southwest Border Enforcement Infographic

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Nov 08, 2017

Research Links & Critical-Thinking Questions – December 2017

RESEARCH LINKS Issue 1: Charter Schools

Nov 08, 2017

Student Forum Newsletter - December 2017

Issue 1: Charter Schools Issue 2: Debt Ceiling

Nov 06, 2017

Military Population Infographic

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Nov 06, 2017

Military History Part II - Minorities Infographic

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Oct 18, 2017

Freedom Around the World Infographic

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Oct 18, 2017

Research Links & Critical-Thinking Questions – November 2017

RESEARCH LINKS Issue 1: North Korea

Oct 18, 2017

SGAP Student Forum Newsletter – November 2017

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Sep 20, 2017

Top Brass: Leadership & Organization of the U.S. Armed Forces

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Sep 20, 2017

The Common Defense: Branches of the Military Infographic

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Sep 20, 2017

SGAP Student Forum Newsletter – October 2017

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Aug 10, 2017

Trivia Answers - September 2017 Newsletter

Dreamer Immigrants 1. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently released data that showed more than ____ Dreamer immigrants have received work permits and deportation relief since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was created.

Aug 09, 2017

SGAP Student Forum Newsletter - September 2017

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Jul 21, 2017

Immigration Nation: The History of Immigration Infographic

America has a rich tradition of immigration. This chart represents immigrants as a percentage of the U.S. population through history. 

Jul 21, 2017

Immigration Nation: The Face of Immigration Infographic

What’s the difference between a U.S. citizen and a legal permanent resident? Asylee or refugee? SGAP looks at the face of immigration in the United States in this infographic.

Jul 12, 2017

Who Has the Power to Declare War? Infographic

Who has the power to declare war -- the president or Congress? SGAP answers in this infographic.

Jul 07, 2017

Immigration Nation: Are You Smarter than a New U.S. Citizen?

What is the U.S. Citizenship Test? The U.S. Citizenship Test is one of the final steps for Green Card holders to become naturalized U.S. citizens. Composed of two main sections, the English test and the Civics test, perhaps the most well-known part of the naturalization process. A USCIS officer asks you up to 10 questions from a list of 100 Civics questions in English during the interview. You must orally answer 6 of the 10 questions correctly in order to pass the Civics (History and  Government) test.

Jul 07, 2017

Preamble & Articles of the U.S. Constitution Infographic

“We the People of the U.S., in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the U.S. of America.”

Jun 28, 2017

3 Branches of Government Flipagram Video

The U.S. Constitution's first three articles divide the federal government into three branches -- legislative (Congress), executive (President) and judicial (court system). This separation of powers ensures no one branch has too much power.

Jun 28, 2017

United States Political Parties Infographic

In this infographic, SGAP looks at how political parties have evolved in the United States through history. [gview file="http://sgap.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SGAP_Political-Parties_Infographic_Disc-edits-4.pdf"]

Jun 06, 2017

The 2017 Presidential Cabinet 'Who's Who' Infographic

The President's Cabinet consists of the vice president and the secretaries of 15 departments. [gview file="http://sgap.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SGAP_Trump-Cabinet_Infographic_FINAL.pdf"]

May 19, 2017

The Constitution's Preamble & Articles Infographic

Here’s a snapshot look at the U.S. Constitution’s preamble and articles, which replaced the Articles of Confederation. [gview file="http://sgap.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SGAP_Preamble-Articles_Infographic_PRINT.pdf"]

Apr 20, 2017

Student Forum Newsletter - May 2017

Issue 1 : Syrian Missile Strikes

Mar 20, 2017

Student Forum Newsletter – April 2017

Issue 1 : Food Stamps & Junk Food

Mar 20, 2017

Research Links & Critical Thinking Questions for April 2017 Issues

LINKS For further research, please see the links below. Links have been shortened for your convenience.