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Clement Laird Vallandigham: Resounding Silence

Clement Laird Vallandigham: Resounding Silence

The Civil War divided the country. The war spurred division not only between the states, but also between families, friends, and neighbors. Clement Laird Vallandigham — the “wily agitator” — as Lincoln once called him, was an advocate for states’ rights and publicly opposed both the Lincoln administration and the Civil War. He argued adamantly for peaceable disunion over military conquest. This lesson explores the actions of Clement Vallandigham’s and his act of self-sacrifice.  VIEW THE eLESSON

Lesson Plan for “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ” by David Dinkins

We are honored to be able to offer you a free lesson plan to study Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month. The plan includes the full text of David Dinkins’s “Martin Luther King, Jr.” a moving eulogy written just after King was slain in 1968.

This plan gives you and your students the chance to:

  • Read closely
  • Share questions raised by the text
  • Take directed notes to focus closely on a textual theme
  • Have a civil, open-ended exchange of ideas
  • Share further thoughts by using our specific writing prompts

Using the Great Books Foundation’s inquiry-based approach, you will be amazed at the depth your students can reach as they explore this historical text.

Martin Luther King, Jr Day, Current Events

To commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16th, C-SPAN Classroom has aggregated a number of video resources to help your students learn more about the day, key events in his life, and his legacy related to the civil rights movement.

Students will hear about the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in a short archival vignette, explore the “One Life: Martin Luther King, Jr.” exhibit at the Smithsonian, as well as learn about the impact of his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” They also hear from Rep. John Lewis about the March on Washington, and about the inclusion of young people in marches from Ahmad Ward at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

On This Day: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Life and Legacy (6 Video Clips)

    • U.S. Information Agency Vignette on The First Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (20 mins)
    • Smithsonian exhibit “One Life: Martin Luther King Jr.” (8 mins)
    • Professor Jonathan Bass on Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s April 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” (3 mins)
    • Rep. John Lewis on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington (5 mins)
    • Ahmad Ward on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Inclusion of Youth in Marches (3 mins)
    • Tavis Smiley on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year (7 mins)


Common Sense Economics for Life

This is the essential course for individuals who may only take one economics and personal finance course in their life. It prepares individuals to be strategic consumers, wise savers, diversified investors, and responsible citizens. The course includes 17 modules, paced at roughly one week per module. Students begin with a basic introduction to 12 Key Elements of Economics, followed by modules on the Sources of Economic Progress, the Role of Government, and Practical Personal Finance. Each module includes readings, fun and engaging popular media video clips, audios, discussion questions, homework assignments, quizzes, and exams.

No prior knowledge is required. The course is not math-heavy. Instead, students are encouraged to develop their economic reasoning skills and apply them to the development of a more fulfilling life!

  • Designed for students who may only take one economics and personal finance course in their life
  • A semester long introduction into economics applying economic reasoning
    • 17 modules = 13 Core Economics Modules + 4 Personal Finance Modules
  • Covers 59 Key Economic Concepts aligned with National Standards

Common Sense Economics for Life


What Role Should the Federal Government Play in Conservation?

US National Parks and National Monuments have long been a symbol of America’s beauty and greatness. The US government has taken large steps to preserve the natural landscape of the nation, even in times of opposition from state and local agencies. This deliberation explores the history of federal conservation and addresses the question: what exactly is the role of the federal government in regards to the conservation of land?

What Role Should the Federal Government Play in Conservation?


Picture Your World at Land Heritage Institute — January

Join us for the 2017-2018 season of Picture Your World hosted by Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas. Open to youth ages 8-18, the Picture Your World weekend workshops teach photographic composition and technique through hands-on demonstration, and constructive critique. Participants will produce a visual memory of their day and begin a creative portfolio while experiencing the wonders of the natural environment. Each workshop is led by the Picture Your World Program Manager, Carra Garza, along with a professional photographer, and a Master Naturalist. Participants may bring their own digital camera or, we will provide one for you.

The Land Heritage Institute is a living land museum on 1200 acres of open space along the banks of the Medina River. Located on the far south side of San Antonio, The institutes’ mission is one of preserving, maintaining and interpreting 10,000 years of continual human habitation.

Please register online to ensure your space is reserved. If you have any issues with our online registration, please call (210)222-8430 ext. 304 to register by phone. 

San Antonio City-Wide Math Contest for 5th Graders

School of Science and Technology is a college-prep, high performing Kindergarten-12th public charter school that focuses on math, science, and computer technologies to provide high quality educational opportunities. The School of Science and Technology (SST) cordially invites your child to the San Antonio city-wide 5th Math Contest at SST-Main (1450 NE Loop 410, San Antonio TX, 78209) on Saturday, February 3rd , 2018.

SST Math Contest provides a valuable opportunity for students to improve their math skills in a variety of math subject areas. We hope that you will take this opportunity to give your child a chance to demonstrate what they have learned throughout the year and further develop their problem-solving abilities by bringing your students or teams to our contest.

Top 5th grade students will get below awards. Students will take an individual multiple-choice test focusing on various topics including; mathematical process, numerical representations-relationships, computations, algebra, geometry, probability, data analysis, mental math, and speed math. There are 3 difficulty levels questions on the test. Though test is challenging, we hope they will be fun for everyone. We have also included several easy questions on the tests so that new competitors can develop their confidence without getting discouraged. The top 30 contestants will receive certificates commemorating their achievement in addition to the top prizes listed below.

These are the awards according to the Multiple Choice Exam results:

1st Place: Laptop

2nd Place: Sony PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console

3rd Place: Apple iPad 32 GB

4th Place: Apple Watch Series 1

5th Place: Kindle Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa 32 GB

Top 10 students will get trophies

Top 30: SST Schools Intensive Mathcounts/PSAT Preparation Course (worth of $500) and certificates

Competition Schedule: 

: 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Multiple Choice Exam: 9:00 am – 10:30 am

2nd Round: Countdown for top 10 students: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm 

Award Ceremony: 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

There is no registration fee for this competition. It is open to all 5th grade students in San Antonio Metropolitan Area. Parents will be given password and usernames to see test results on our website. For planning purposes, we would appreciate a prompt response. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us by email

To register, please go to our school website:

Piano Lessons

Want to play piano?  Allegro Piano Studio is accepting home schooled students at this time.  Focus on piano performance and music theory by a professional.  Centrally located.  Fall special:  Get $50 enrollment fee waived.  Contact Lisa at 210-364-4415 for more information.

Clean Tech Competition

The 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics
Clean Tech Competition is here!

Challenge your students to “Solve Climate Change”
Registration is open!

Win up to $10,000!


Dear Michelle Kretzschmar,

Registration for the 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition is open and waiting for your students! In 2017, 26 different nations had teams sign up to be a part of the Competition and with your help, we can continue to grow that number in 2018; in fact we already have two nations submit teams! This is a wonderful opportunity for the high school students of San Antonio Home Education to showcase their knowledge and passion for STEM to solve a very real issue the entire world is facing: Climate Change.


The Clean Tech Competition is an international research and design challenge for 15-18 year old pre-university students. This is an educational opportunity for students across the world that challenges students to be innovative while encouraging their passion for the sciences and we want the students of Texas to participate in this year’s competition! Now is the time to tell your teachers and spreading the word to the students so they can gather their teams and get ready to register! There is no limit to the amount of teams per school/organization and I hope to see many registrations from San Antonio Home Education.


Competition Information
Each year, the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.

  • The 2018 Challenge: “Solving Climate Change” asks students to develop a clean technology solution to the many problems associate with climate change.
  • Teams consist of 1-3 students, are assisted by a Team Leader (i.e. parent, teacher, or mentor), to develop a written proposal.
  • No limit to the number of teams per school!
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Online registration is open here!
  • First Round Paper Submissions are due April 20, 2018.
  • 10 Finalist Teams will be selected, given a $200 (USD) stipend and matched with a Mentor to help them prepare a Prototype and presentation for the Finalist Event.
  • Finalists compete for the $10,000 (USD) grand prize and a ‘Continued Mentorship’
  • Final event to happen at Stony Brook University, New York, USA July 13, 2018!


How can your students get involved?

To help bring the Clean Tech Competition to your organization’s students, we ask that you share information about this opportunity with students, fellow educators, and parents. Feel free to distribute the following informational documents:


If you have any questions regarding the competition details, or how to incorporate the competition into your curriculum, please contact us. We look forward to having participants representing Texas in the Clean Tech Competition this year and in years to come!



Contact Information
Competition Administrator: Mr. Frank DiGiovanni     * Email:

( Phone: +1-516-764-0045
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