ESC Region 17 Social Studies

Volume 5 Issue #6

"Just don't give up what you're trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."

-Ella Fitzgerald

Happenings Around the State, Nation, and World

February is African American History Month

Newsletter Release from TEA-

"As a state and nation shaped by the diversity of our citizens, it is vital we recognize and celebrate the different races, nationalities, and backgrounds of the land we love. Having faced slavery, many forms of oppression, deep-rooted adversity, and the life-threatening dangers of demanding equality and change, African Americans are imbued with a unique strength and resilience, and their contributions and achievements are respected and greatly valued in the Lone Star State. Each year, February is designated African American History Month to remember and reflect on the tribulations faced by the African American community while learning from the vibrant history and culture and celebrating its many invaluable contributions. Texas educators and students are encouraged to take pride in and discover more about the strength that comes from our diversity. The following website provides a wealth of resources and information for use throughout the year and during African American History Month."

Wednesday-The Presidents: The Lives Behind the Legends-Six Part Series LAST ONE

Zoom on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.

February 16: Alexis Coe speaking on George Washington

Click here to register.

Free Humanities Texas Professional Development Webinars

Teaching U.S. History with Primary Documents, 1963–2000

Wednesdays • January 26–March 2, 2022 • 5:00–6:15 pm CT

Each weekly webinar will cover a document that is crucial to understanding U.S. history in the final decades of the twentieth century: the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the Pentagon Papers, the House Articles of Impeachment for Nixon, a document relating to the 1977 National Women’s Conference, and Reagan’s “Evil Empire” speech. Each webinar will focus on one of these documents, addressing both its context (how it came to be and its impact/significance) and its actual contents (the most important things for teachers to know and share with their students).

Teaching the Transformation of Texas, 1930–1945

Mondays • January 31–February 28, 2022 • 5:00–6:30 pm CT

This webinar series will offer teachers insight into the profound changes that remade Texas during the 1930s–1940s as the Great Depression, New Deal, and World War II collectively transformed it from a region of rural farmers into a modern, urbanized state. Team-taught by a historian and two master teachers, the sessions will provide a collection of curriculum materials geared toward bringing innovative perspectives into the classroom.

Become an LRE Ambassador! Apply by March 1, 2022

We are excited to share an opportunity for teachers in your school district to apply to attend a Trainer of Trainers session this coming summer. Law-Related Education and Law Focused Education, Inc. will sponsor two civic trainer sessions in the summer of 2022. These institutes will create a cadre of educators to serve as LRE ambassadors and train educators in their regional service center areas.

Elementary Educator Training - July 10-14, 2022

Middle School Educator Training - July 17-21, 2022

One teacher from each of the twenty regional service center areas in Texas will be chosen to attend. Teachers will be selected based on the strength of their application and will need to be existing classroom teachers, have between six to fifteen years of experience, and be comfortable teaching other adults.

Both training sessions will be held in Austin, Texas. Educators selected will be provided a travel stipend [up to $400], hotel accommodations [Sunday - Wednesday nights], meals and all materials.

Click on the link below to register!!!!

Happenings Around the Region

TEA Social Studies TEKS Review Work Group Applications Are Still Open!

The State Board of Education (SBOE) is in the process of revising the kindergarten-grade 12 social studies TEKS. As part of the review process, the SBOE convenes workgroups to make recommendations for revisions to the TEKS. TEA collects applications from educators, parents, and community members who are interested in serving on workgroups. There is a special need for workgroup applicants with experience teaching the following courses:

  • Government
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • World Geography
  • All Elementary Grade Levels

Should you have experience in one of the above courses and wish to participate, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Initial workgroups will begin convening as early as this month. The application is available at

Historically Speaking- Social Studies STAAR Redesign

February 17, 2022-Join us for a one-hour zoom session that will be dedicated to the STAAR resign as it impacts our two social studies assessments. The latest social studies testing information from TEA will be shared with participants.


Law-Related Education is Making the Trip Back to West Texas this Spring!

Ready, Set, Go-Reaching for the STAARS (8th Grade) STAAR Review LRE-Style

March 2, 2021-This 6 hour institute for 8th Grade teachers includes a session designed to address TEKS for teaching the Civil War and a session on resources and strategies to teach and review for the state assessment.

Click here to register!

Ready, Set, Go-Reaching for the STAARS (U.S. History) EOC Review LRE-Style

March 3, 2021-This 6 hour institute for U.S. History teachers includes a session designed to address TEKS for teaching the 1970’s to the present and a session on resources and strategies to teach and review for the state assessment.

Click here to register!

ESC 17/LRE Citizen Bee Contest for High School Students

March 23, 2022-Register a team or individual from grades 9-12 to participate in this year's Citizen Bee contest sponsored by Texas Law-Related Education. Visit LRE's website or send an email to for more information.

Planning with End in Mind U.S. History EOC Session #4

March 28, 2021-This planning session is part of the 2021-2022 school year series to continue preparations for student success on the high school U.S. History assessment. We will be making our 10-day review on this day!

Region 17's 8th Grade Social Studies U Session #6

March 30, 2022-This session will be all about building a data-driven STAAR Review for your 8th graders. The session will provide time and materials to walk away with a classroom-ready review.

A Little Social Studies Skills Practice

Hexagonal Thinking

Check out the "History Tech" blog and NowSparkCreatiivity website (linked below) on using this engaging student strategy. Great for helping students make connections, spiral their content stories, and think about the "What if?"

Winter Olympics Resources

Every four years, the Winter Olympics bring the world into our living rooms (and now on our phones!). Here are a few places to find ways to use the Olympics in your classroom!

Olympics Winter Games official site and the Olympic Museum

NBS Sports Overview of Winter Games


Winter Olympic Activities from TCEA

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