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Welcome to The Citizen, the K-12 Social Studies FREE monthly e-Newsletter from Savvas Learning Company (formerly Pearson K12 Learning). While our name has changed, we are still the company that you've come to trust for proven and effective learning solutions for all disciplines. We’re inspired by you to make social studies more engaging, relevant, and inclusive. Our programs promote active and responsible citizenship, focused on inquiry. Each month The Citizen helps enrich learning with timely activities, teaching tips, trustworthy resources, and much more. Subscribe now!


January 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The first day that we observed Martin Luther King Day was January 20, 1986. This year it will be observed on January 18th. Many schools and businesses take the day off to observe Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions.

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January 2021

Year of the Ox

Happy Chinese New Year! In 2021, we celebrate the Chinese New Year on February 12, 2021 and officially begin the year of the Ox. Let’s explore how to celebrate the Chinese New Year with your students!

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December 2020

Holidays Around the World

Happy Holidays! While we may all be a little further apart this holiday season, let’s take this time to learn more about different holiday traditions around the world.

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December 2020

2021 Goal Setting

Who remembers their goals they set for themselves last December/January for 2020? Did you achieve those goals? Don’t feel bad if you didn’t. 2020 was a year that no one saw coming.

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November 2020

Savvas Learning Company Launches Culturally Responsive Learning Initiative

Savvas is proud to announce the launch of its Culturally Responsive Learning Initiative.

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November 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year, we’re more grateful than ever for you! We’d like to give you some free resources to use in your classroom.

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This Month In History


January 1, 1892

Ellis Island in New York Harbor opened. Over 20 million new arrivals to America were processed until its closing in 1954.

January 3, 1959

Alaska was admitted as the 49th U.S. state with a land mass almost one-fifth the size of the lower 48 states together.

January 7, 1782

The first U.S. commercial bank opened as the Bank of North America in Philadelphia.

January 8, 1987

The Dow Jones industrial average first topped the 2,000 mark.

January 15, 1559

Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was crowned as Elizabeth I in Westminster Abbey.

January 23, 1849

Elizabeth Blackwell was awarded her MD by the Medical Institute of Geneva, New York, thus becoming America's first woman doctor.

January 25, 1961

President John F. Kennedy conducted the first live televised presidential news conference, five days after taking office.

January 28, 1986

The U.S. Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 74 seconds into its flight, killing seven persons, including Christa McAuliffe, a teacher who was to be the first ordinary citizen in space.