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in 1945 N**i forces surrendered, marking the end of WWII. VE Day or Victory in Europe Day, was first celebrated on May 8, 1945 when after hearing the news of German defeat hundreds of thousands of French and British poured into the streets in celebration. In New York City, crowds gathered in Times Square cresting down Fifth Avenue.

Check out this lesson from CSPAN Classroom for tips on how to utilize archival video to share first hand accounts of WWII with your students: http://ow.ly/TT7S50J0Gps
Early today in 1865, succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the shooting at Ford’s Theater the previous night. CSPAN Classroom has videos to help your students learn how the President spent his final day and more.
Nadia Soberg, Matthew Arradaza, & Griffin Sturino are our final 2nd Prize winners! Join C-SPAN, CSPAN Classroom, & Comcast as we celebrate these students from Palo Alto (CA) High School and Palo Alto Unified School District for their winning entry.

Watch here: http://www.studentcam.org/winners22.htm.

Join C-SPAN, CSPAN Classroom, and Cox in congratulating Kate Pinnell and Analicia Wilde from Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma as 2nd Prize winners in this year's competition!

View their entry, "Milking the System," here: http://www.studentcam.org/winners22.htm.

Alani Hamilton and Juliette Maxfield are 2nd Prize winners from Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, SC! Join C-SPAN, CSPAN Classroom, & Spectrum in congratulating these students for their work!

View their entry, "Missing White Woman Syndrome," here: http://www.studentcam.org/winners22.htm.
Join C-SPAN, CSPAN Classroom, and Comcast as we celebrate Anjali Harrison and Isabella Langlee from Eastern Middle School (Silver Spring, MD) and Montgomery County Public Schools for winning 2nd Prize in .

Watch "Guilty Until Proven Innocent Here:" http://www.studentcam.org/winners22.htm.

Caden Kawamura and Emerson LaPorta from Long Beach (CA) Polytechic High School and Long Beach USD are 2nd Prize winners in ! Join C-SPAN, CSPAN Classroom, and Spectrum in congratulating these students!

Watch "No Silver Bullet" here: http://www.studentcam.org/winners22.htm.

Congrats to Nick Bourg, Maggie Megosh, & Trini Szell from Montgomery Blair High School (Silver Spring, MD) and Montgomery County Public Schools for their 2nd Prize entry! Join C-SPAN, CSPAN Classroom, and Comcast in congratulating them!

Watch "In Google We Trust:" http://www.studentcam.org/winners22.htm.

Varun Srinivasan, Daniel Franca-Koh, & Noa Dubnov are 2nd Prize Winners! Join C-SPAN, CSPAN Classroom, & Comcast as we celebrate these students from Eastern Middle School (Silver Spring, MD) and Montgomery County Public Schools.

Watch "Connection Lost: Broadband Inequality and the Digital Divide" here: http://studentcam.org/winners22.htm.

From Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma comes our next 2nd Prize winners! Join C-SPAN, CSPAN Classroom, and Cox in congratulating Lauren Cargal, Sophia Smith, & Jacob Shaddock for their entry, "The Threat of Tomorrow."

Watch now: http://www.studentcam.org/winners22.htm.

Peyton Verinder, Kyle Horne, and Hayden Canty of Ben Barber Innovation Academy and Frontier STEM Academy in Mansfield, TX are 2nd Prize winners! Join C-SPAN, CSPAN Classroom, & Spectrum in congratulating these students!

Watch "Feed Our Tomorrow" here: http://www.studentcam.org/winners22.htm.

Thank you for this amazing presidential timeline chart! An excellent resource for our homeschool civics and history lessons. đź‘Ź I have always been impressed with C-SPAN's teacher resources.

FREE educational resources featuring C-SPAN's programs on public affairs, government and history.

C-SPAN Classroom is our site for Social Studies teachers with an archive of searchable and clippable video, lesson ideas, discussion forum, latest education news, and teacher giveaways. All resources are offered free of charge, and designed to help you use our public affairs programming in the classroom.

Operating as usual


in 1979, a partial meltdown took place at nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Learn more from former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission - NRC historian Samuel Walker and others: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?9333.


Former Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chair William Isaac talked about the federal government’s role in the SVB and Signature Bank crisis and the level of responsibility government has in protecting bank deposits: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?20639.


in 1964, a 9.2 magnitude occurred in the Prince William Sound area of Alaska. It remains the most powerful earthquake in North America. Learn more from UAA: University of Alaska Anchorage's Arlene Schmuland: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?8539.


The in New York City produced garments for women that were popular in the early 1900s. in 1911, a fire swept through several floors of the factory, resulting in 146 deaths. Learn more: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?1856.


Earlier this week, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Chair Jerome Powell announced another interest rate hike. Chair Powell told reporters the board considered a pause but there was consensus to move forward with an increase. Watch now: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?20637.


Thousands gathered in Washington, D.C. for the "March for Our Lives" rally five years ago, in response to the February 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida. Learn more from student activists Cameron Kasky, Zion Kelly, & Lane Murdock: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?7832.


in 1989, the oil tanker struck a reef and spilled close to 11 million gallons of oil in Prince William Sound, Alaska causing significant ecological and economic damage. Learn more from a former Anchorage Daily News reporter and others: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?8532.

Photos from CSPAN Classroom's post 03/23/2023

This NEW lesson, featuring Northwestern University professor Kevin Boyle, focuses on daily life during the American industrial age of the late 19th century and early 20th century, using the life of Bartolomeo Vanzetti as a case study: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?20636.


At a House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified on the social media company’s consumer privacy and data security practices and its relationship with the Chinese government: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?20635.


Episode #15 Promo - C-SPAN in the Classroom Podcast

Film. Passion. Education.

C-SPAN's annual documentary competition for middle and high school students, C-SPAN StudentCam, has just announced the winners for the 19th edition of the contest! Learn more about our top winners, who will take home their share of $100,000 in cash prizes!

Listen at https://www.c-span.org/podcasts/subpage/?series=classroom or wherever you get your podcasts - starting Saturday, March 25th!


After 11 attempts by U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph to get the voting age lowered from 21 to 18, Congress passed such a Joint Resolution in 1971. Learn more about the from the US National Archives' Jennifer Johnson: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?8306.


President recently announced two new national monuments, the Spirit Mountain area in Nevada and Castner Range in Texas, during a White House summit on conservation at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Watch now: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?20624.


in 1765, the was passed by the British Parliament to tax the American Colonies on printed materials to offset costs incurred by the French and Indian War. Learn more from Mizzou and Lebanon Valley College professors, among others: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?7847.


It's !

President Joe Biden recently hosted a White House reception in celebration of the holiday. Learn more with this NEW bell ringer, which also features NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli and musician Sahba Motallebi: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?20619.


"The Hill" reporter Mychael Schnell talked about House seeking testimony from Manhattan DA Alvin , ahead of his potential of former President in connection with hush money payments made ahead of the 2016 election: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?20618.

Photos from CSPAN Classroom's post 03/21/2023

This NEW lesson focuses on the life and career of Defense Intelligence Agency analyst Ana Montes, who was a spy for Cuba for nearly 17 years.

Your students will learn about Montes from author Jim Popkin: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?20617.

Photos from CSPAN Classroom's post 03/20/2023

Put learning in action!

In this NEW bell ringer, students view clips of U.S. Department of State Secretary Antony Blinken and Acting Assistant Secretary Erin Barclay's remarks on the release of the 2022 Country Reports on Practices, before analyzing the report themselves: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?20611.


20 years ago, the United States and allied forces from nations like the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland, began military action in Iraq. Learn more about the with these archival clips: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?1853.


Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, was the best-selling of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century after the Bible. It was published in book form on in 1852. Learn more: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?5045.


The Supreme Court will resume hearing oral arguments next week. Stay current on the court's caseload with our regularly-updated Oral Arguments Lesson, which includes audio recordings from each case: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?19678.


Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security Thomas Feddo talked about potential security risks posed by China’s investments in the U.S. and the role of , or the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Watch now: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?20602.

Photos from C-SPAN StudentCam's post 03/15/2023

Photos from C-SPAN StudentCam's post


We are thrilled to announce the prize-winning documentaries in C-SPAN's 2023 StudentCam competition! We received entries from almost 3,000 students across the U.S. and we're awarding $100,000 in cash prizes to the top 150 student-produced films. Click the link for the complete list of winners: https://www.studentcam.org

Photos from CSPAN Classroom's post 03/14/2023

This BRAND NEW lesson, featuring author Ilyon Woo, focuses on William and Ellen Craft's 1848 escape from enslavement in Macon, Georgia.

Ellen Craft impersonated a slave owner, as the couple made their way to Boston and freedom. Learn more: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?20598.

Photos from CSPAN Classroom's post 03/14/2023

In this NEW bell ringer, Principal and Co-Founder of Marathon Initiative Elbridge Colby and Director of Asia Engagement at Defense Priorities Lyle Goldstein talked about ’s military growth and its implications for the United States: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?20599.


in 1989, computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee put forth a hypertext project that would generate global connections and enable people to collaborate in a web. This became know as the . Learn more: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?9281.


30 years ago, Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the first woman Attorney General of the United States. Learn more about with these clips archival clips of Joe Biden and others: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?8358.


$6.9 trillion.

President Joe Biden announced his fiscal year 2024 budget request to ; it includes spending proposals such as $90 billion for the U.S. Department of Education, $73.3 billion for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and $70.5 billion for the U.S. Department of State: Watch now: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?20578.


Episode #14: Environmental Disasters

Bring U.S. history into your classroom, via a !

From the and to and the train derailment, this week's episode explores several disasters and the impacts and lasting effects of each.

TUNE IN wherever you listen to podcasts, starting 3/11/23: https://www.c-span.org/podcasts/subpage/?series=classroom.


Director of the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute Andrew Rudman talked about the killing of two Americans kidnapped in and the state of violence in the country’s northern region. This clip also includes comments from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC): https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?20570.

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