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Native American Veterans Attitudes, Perceptions, and Beliefs about PTSD
This study is being conducted to explore the perceptions, knowledge, and attitudes among active and former Native American service-members of the United States armed services regarding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). You are being asked to participate because we value your opinion, experience, and perceptions as a service-member. You do not need to have experienced any symptoms of PTSD in order to participate. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to answer questions regarding your perceptions, knowledge, and attitudes of PTSD and similar combat stress disorders and their treatment.
Indian Leadership Education and Development (I LEAD) Project
The purpose of the I LEAD project is to recruit, educate, certify and place American Indian educators into administrative positions in schools with high populations of Native American students. The program will result in the award of a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and certification as a school principal. The curriculum focuses instruction on local school improvement initiatives through problem-based learning assignments.
Online Master's In Teaching Degrees - A Complete Guide
Great teachers will do almost anything to help students succeed. While some exchange lesson plans for administrative titles to broaden their reach, others simply wish to find new ways to support the students sitting in front of them; they love teaching too much to give it up entirely. How can passionate teachers reach more students without sacrificing the work they love? By becoming students themselves.
Hoyo Negro - A Submerged Late Pleistocene Cave Site in Quintana Roo
Hoyo Negro is the most important Paleoindian site discovered in the last decade. The complete, well-preserved skeleton of a young girl from the Late Pleistocene period rests at the floor of a large chamber inside an underwater cave in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Remains of extinct megafauna are scattered about the floor and walls of the chamber, some of them commingled with the skeleton of the girl.
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Physical Fitness
Attention! Because most kids aren’t getting the recommended daily amount of exercise, I’ve arranged to shut down the Internet in twenty minutes. Now you’ll have no more excuses. Just push yourself away from the computer, and go outside to play. If you run out of ideas or motivation, the following physical fitness sites will help. But remember, you only have twenty minutes to browse them. And then, you simply must get up from your seat and move!
CDC: BAM! Physical Activity
Boldly-colored BAM! Body and Mind is designed for kids nine to thirteen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With quizzes and games, BAM! encourages pre-teens to make healthy lifestyle choices, and also serves teachers with classroom activities linked to national science education standards. Highlights of the Physical Activity section are a quiz to determine which fitness activities best suit your style, and an interactive activity calendar to help plan your fitness week.
Let's Move: Get Active
"Children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight. If this sounds like a lot, consider that eight to 18 year old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media including TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies in a typical day, and only one-third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity." Let's Move is an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama.
An educational program of the International Food Information Council (IFIC), is built for kids nine to twelve and their parents. The site is divided into four sections. Move is the one that focuses on physical activity or what they call "wet head games," the kind that require you to leave your computer chair and actually run around and sweat. Kore is a game center (games such as timed jumping jacks and Chinese jump rope) and Betchacant is an email challenge to dare friends to beat you at an activity such as hopping on one foot.
KidsHealth: Staying Healthy
Whether you are a parent, a teen or a kid, KidsHealth has "doctor-approved health information" just for you. For kids, the fitness articles can be found under Staying Healthy. For teens, it is filed under Food & Fitness. Best clicks include the Body Mass Index calculator (look in Teens / Food & Fitness / Dieting), and the Related Articles and Related Resources tabs found on all articles. Although KidsHealth lacks the eye-candy found on many of the other fitness sites, the information here is well-written and easy to read.

WebMD: Fit
Fit, from WebMD and Sanford Health, is "working to promote healthy lifestyles in homes, schools, daycares, our clinical settings and throughout the community by way of technology, engaging programs and utilizing key role models in a child's life." Choose your portal (Junior, Kids, or Teen) and then jump into daily challenges ("Volunteer to sweep the driveway or wash the car.") and earn points along the way.

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Nazi Plunder
During World War II, the Nazi party stole thousands of pieces of European artwork and other items of cultural significance. Some were destroyed, but after the war, many treasures were recovered by the Allies’ Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program (MFAA). Hundreds, however, remain missing and there is an international effort to find them and return them to the heirs of the rightful owners. If you’re a movie buff, you can learn more about the Nazi plunder with these films: Woman in Gold (USA, 2015), The Art Dealer (France, 2015), Monuments Men (USA, 2014), Rape of Europa (USA, 2007).
Google Cultural Institute: World War II Looted Art
"The Third Reich's Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg, or ERR, was the main agency involved in the systematic looting of cultural treasures in Nazi-occupied countries." In cooperation with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Google has created an excellent annotated slide show telling the story of the retrieval of many cultural artifacts. "Perhaps the most unlikely heroes to emerge from World War II, the Monuments Men (and women) were a multinational group of curators, art historians, and museum directors who saved artistic and cultural treasures from destruction."
Monuments Men Foundation for the Preseveration of Art
"These monuments, works of art and cultural objects belong to all of us; they define our human identity." Visit to peruse the list of artworks still missing from World War II (including paintings by Botticelli, Caravaggio, and Cézanne), read up on recent recoveries, and learn about the Monuments Men. "Many had expertise as museum directors, curators, art historians, artists, architects, and educators. Their job description was simple: to protect cultural treasures so far as war allowed."
Rape of Europa
The official site of the 2007 movie of the same name, Rape of Europa includes The Story in Pictures, Historical Timeline, Recent Restitutions, and the story of the Monuments Men. "The men and women associated with the MFAA remained in Europe well after the end of hostilities in 1945. They established central collecting points which received and sorted the enormous amount of treasures recovered from war areas and more than a thousand hiding places to enable these objects to be restituted to their rightful owners. These efforts continued until 1951."
Vanity Fair: The Devil and the Art Dealer
The stories are still unfolding. Here's one from the headlines of 2014. "It was the greatest art theft in history: 650,000 works looted from Europe by the Nazis, many of which were never recovered. But last November the world learned that German authorities had found a trove of 1,280 paintings, drawings, and prints worth more than a billion dollars in the Munich apartment of a haunted white-haired recluse."

Smithsonian Archives of American Art: Monuments Men
"Among the holdings of the Archives of American Art are the papers of Monuments Men George Leslie Stout, James J. Rorimer, Walker Hancock, Thomas Carr Howe, S. Lane Faison, Walter Horn, and Otto Wittman. These personal archives tell a fascinating story." Best clicks are the audio interviews, and the photo slideshow of items from the exhibition.

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Safe Search for Kids
This batch of kid-friendly search engines includes both librarian-curated search engines, and those built using a custom version of Google SafeSearch. In addition to these tools, I recommend learning how to turn on safe search filters in each of the big three search engines: Google, Bing, and Yahoo!
ipl2: For Kids and For Teens
ipl2 is the current iteration of what used to be the Internet Public Library and the Librarians' Internet Index. It is maintained by volunteer librarians and a consortium of colleges. All search results are curated (not pulled from somewhere else), and there are no ads. You can search all resources, or restrict your query to For Kids, For Teens, or "Newspapers & Magazines."
KidRex is a Google Custom Search with an additional black list of sites that have been manually banned by the KidRex staff. If you find an inappropriate site in KidRex search results, fill out their Webpage Removal Request and not only will KidRex ban it from their results, but they will also submit it to Google SafeSearch for possible filtering there as well.
"KidsClick! is a web search site designed for kids by librarians – with kid-friendly results!" Created by the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, it grew from a search engine created by the Ramapo Catskill Library System. KidsClick includes only curated results, and accepts no advertising. Their website selection criteria focuses on sites "kids (grades K-7) will find entertaining or enlightening." For more specifics, look for the Selection Criteria link at the bottom of any page.
KidzSearch filters all search terms (for profanity and other inappropriate words) before sending them to Google SafeSearch. KidzSearch also hosts games, Ask a Question, and Boolify, an interactive learning tool that visually demonstrates the effect of boolean operators and other Google search operators. The site does have advertisements, although their search results are ad-free.

Primary School ICT: Safe Search
Safe Search is published by Primary Technology, a British firm that specializes in school technology. It is powered by Google SafeSearch and has no advertising. It is easy to specifically search for websites, images, or games, by selecting your choice at the top of the search box. The games search, however, is fairly limited because it only searches a game site operated by Primary Technology.

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Students And Teachers Against Racism announces their new website that offers insight into the Native American perspective to teachers and educators.
Changing Winds Advocacy Center
Through presentations, classroom sessions, curriculum, fund raising, charitable works, and multi-media efforts, we seek to raise public awareness of the stereotyping, discrimination, racism and other unique situations facing Native Americans.
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