ESC Region 17 Social Studies

Volume 5 Issue #3

“For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.”

-Elie Wiesel

Happenings Around the State

Dr. Samuel Ayers Receives Service Award at TCSS Conference

Dr. Samuel Ayers of Lubbock Christian University is the Billy Sills Distinguished Service Award for 2021. (Texas Council for the Social Studies) Dr. Ayers had contributed to the field of Social Studies education over the last forty-plus years as a teacher, administrator, and university professor. Congratulations!!!!!

Region 17 In the House at TCSS!

TEA Social Studies TEKS Review Survey

As part of the State Board of Education’s process to review and revise the social studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is surveying educators to help inform the recommendations of the social studies TEKS review workgroups. We encourage you to provide your feedback regarding the current social studies TEKS by completing the survey.

Please note that the survey will only be open for four weeks, so you are encouraged to complete the survey as soon as possible. The Social Studies TEKS Review Survey will close on December 10, 2021.

Click on the link below to complete the survey!

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Want to Join a TEKS Review Work Group?

The SBOE is now accepting applications to serve on social studies TEKS review workgroups. Applications received will be submitted to SBOE members for review throughout the process.

Individuals selected will be asked to serve on one or more workgroups. TEKS review workgroups typically convene for two-day meetings and may include Saturdays. Additional days or meetings may be scheduled if needed. The Texas Education Agency is currently conducting TEKS review meetings virtually but is expected to return to face-to-face meetings later this year. The invitation to serve on a workgroup will include the format/location of the meeting.

To access the application and for more information regarding the K-12 social studies TEKS review, please visit the Social Studies TEKS Review webpage at https://tea.texas.gov/academics/curriculum-standards/teks-review/2021-2022-social-studies-teks-review.

Questions regarding the application or TEKS review process may be sent via email to teks@tea.texas.gov.

Region 17 Social Studies Support 2021-2022

New to Teaching Social Studies Academy

January 25, 2022-Participants who are new to teaching or just new to teaching social studies will continue to build their content knowledge of their TEKS, how to use assessment data to guide instruction, and continue to work on planning for the semester.


Click here to register for the session.

8th Grade STAAR Support for Spring 2022

Region 17's 8th Grade Social Studies U Session #4

January 13, 2021- 8th Grade Social Studies teachers will meet to work on content knowledge, strategies, and resources to help with unit instruction and student mastery. Topics: Age of Reform and Sectionalism

Region 17's 8th Grade Social Studies U Session #5

February 10, 2021- 8th grade Social Studies teachers will meet to do a deep dive into the next units' content and instruction. Topics: Civil War and Reconstruction

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

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.

High School U.S. History EOC Support Spring 2022

Planning with End in Mind U.S. History EOC Session #3

January 26, 2021-This planning session is part of the 2021-2022 school year series to continue preparations for student success on the state assessment.

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

April 5, 2021-This session will be all about building a data-driven EOC Review. The session will provide time to plan and create all materials needed for a classroom-ready review.

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

Texas LRE's Reaching for the STAARS (8th Grade)

March 2, 2021-This 6 hour institute 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.

Texas LRE's Reaching for STAARS (US History EOC)

March 3, 2021-This 6 hour institute 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.

Social Studies Resource Spotlight

Trails in Texas History: El Camino Real de los Tejas

Spanning the centuries and the breadth of Texas from the Rio Grande to the Sabine River, a “royal road” connects the present to the past.

LRE's New Mock Trial for Elementary Students

"The Case of the Dangerous Beanstalk" -This law unit is designed to be a general guide to legal principles and concepts for upper elementary students. Check out the mini-lessons and the trial!

A Bit of Social Studies Skills Practice

Nearpod Had Drag and Drop!!!!!

Are you looking for an easy way to practice some of the new STAAR re-design questions? Check out this quick video for ways to build in a quick drag and drop assignment/assessment!

Map Skills Practice for Elementary Students

National Geographic has some great resources for teaching map skills to our elementary students. From tabletop printable maps to seeing the connection between maps and our communities, Nat Geo has some great practice for Grades PreK-6th grade!


Click on the link here to visit their site!

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SMORE Newsletter Archive

Click here for the ESC 17 Social Studies SMORE Newsletter Archive. Home to past issues and Special Recognition Issue Newsletters!