ESC Region 17 Social Studies

Volume 3 Issue #8

Update #3, April 20, 2020

While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavor, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed-and that success will belong to every one of us."

Queen Elizabeth II

April 5, 2020

Just Announced!! Medal of Honor Interview via Webinar

The Medal of Honor Character Development Program has announced a live webinar for Wednesday, April 29, at 11:00 a.m., with MOH Recipient Florent Groberg. Click on the link to register to attend.

Remote Learning for the Students and Teachers of Region 17

Weekly Opportunities for Support

During our time of remote learning, I will be available for digital office hours. Just call, zoom, or email if I can help in any way!

There will also be weekly Professional Development sessions. Click on the links below to register or to access the Zoom link.

And, join us for a weekly session called "Historically Speaking". This hour will be a time to discuss resources, strategies, and to share our successes and challenges.

Below are the weekly recorded sessions from the past few weeks.

Session #1 Thinking Like A Remote Historian-Skills Rule the Day

Session #2 Thinking Like A Remote Historian- Mental Mapping

recording coming soon

Session #3 Thinking Like A Remote HIstorian-Primary Sources with DocsTeach

recording coming soon

When Our Students Became the Historians!

Wednesday, April 22, at 3:00. Join us to learn different tools and strategies to help our students record and preserve their primary sources during this historical event. Once you register, you will be sent the link to the Zoom meeting.

Region 17's Historically Speaking

Thursday, April 23, at 3:00. Join us to talk about all things social studies! We will share resources, tools, successes, and goals for our new kind of history/geography class. Once you register, you will be sent the link to the Zoom meeting.


Check out these Resources!!!

Every day I will be adding to these folders in the google folder. I will mark in the folders NEW when I add something!!! If you cannot access the folder, please reach out to me and I will get you the resources in another format. (non-google districts). And if you are a TEKS Resource System district, email or call me as I have other resources to share with you based on the YAG.

Sample Weekly Template

With the idea of the 1-1-1 format, try to simplify your weekly lessons and tie in the historical thinking skills. One learning aid/map/resource/video-One overarching question-one activity/short quiz/writing prompt.

Upcoming Webinars, Student Competitions, Teacher Grant Programs

DocsTeach Mini Webinars

Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. Each 20-minute session will highlight a different aspect of DocsTeach to show you how you can help your students make sense of the stories, events, and ideas of the past by working with primary sources.

National Constitution Center Online Civic Learning

The National Constitution Center is here to support remote learning with free lectures and civil dialogue sessions on the Constitution that students across America can access online, and accessible on a home computer, laptop, or phone.

Create a YouTube Learning Video with a Celebrity!

YouTube Learning is partnering with celebrities and educators from across the country to teach lessons to high school students through educational YouTube videos. You apply, and then create two high school lesson plans to help create the videos!!

U.S. WWI Centennial Commission Webinar Series

A really cool way to watch the creation of the newest memorial in Washington, D.C. All kinds of webinars, virtual tours, and app development. Check it out!

South Plains Electric Cooperative Teacher Mini-Grants

Apply today for the Teacher Mini-Grants of $500. The deadline is May 15 for grants for the next school year!!! The grant money can be used for educational field trips and student-based projects that tie into social studies or reading!

UT Hemispheres' Online Training Opportunities

The University of Texas Hemispheres' summer workshops are now going to be online! Check out the registration ASAP, and their great resources for world studies (6th grade, World History, and World Geography)

Tips for Learning From Home

Below is a link to several more SMORES/Google sites from our Region 17 team to help with your remote learning logistics!!

Sabrina S. Blankenship

Email or call me for assistance during our time of remote learning. My office phone number is being forwarded to cell number!