Social Studies Update

March 2016

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8th Grade STAAR Review

EOC Review

2016 Accountability

New passing rates have been set by TEA.

8th Grade: 54%

They need to correctly answer two more questions than last year.

High School US History: 44%

They need to correctly answer two more questions than last year.

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Spring Professional Development

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Social Studies Workshops

Instructional Technology Tools for the Social Studies Classroom

May 31st

Session ID Number: 367195

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Professional Development in Your Pajamas!

Social Studies Socials on Twitter

If you would you like to get professional development while wearing your pajamas, then this workshop series is for you! Each session is worth 2 hour of PD credit. If you participate in each session, you will be able to receive 8 hours of CPE credit!

Start following me on Twitter now!


March 24th: Instructional Technology Tools

Session ID Number: 367504

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April 21st: Grading and Assessment

Session ID Number: 367507

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Online Workshops

These courses are self-paced. They MUST be completed by April 29th in order to receive the 6 to 12 hours of CPE credit. You may register at any time throughout the Spring.

Conceptual Planning in Social Studies

Session ID Number: 43244

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Formative Assessment in a Nutshell

Session ID Number: 43248

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Online Book Study: “Why Won’t You Just Tell Us the Answer?” Teaching Historical Thinking in Grades 7-12

Session ID Number: 367423

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Guest Speaker Coming to Region 17!

The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization out of Texas Tech University is providing opportunities for students to listen to professors from across the nation. Schools will be able to schedule a half-day with these guest speakers and provide their students with a great learning experience.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Jenny Gaona at


Dr. Gerard Bradley, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame

Wednesday, May 4th and Thursday, May 5th.

If you would like for Professor Bradley to visit your school and speak to your students please email Jenny Gaona

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Attention 8th Grade American History Teachers!

Pulse Checks

A pulse check will include:

  • STAAR released test items packaged by units (units are be based on the TEKS Resource System YAG)
  • Standard Alignment
  • Tutoring and RTI resources for each question on the assessment

This is a GREAT resource to see if your students are STAAR ready at the end of each unit!

Click on the link to access this resource: Pulse Checks

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Paula Kluth is coming to Region 17!

April 12: Joyful Learning Session #41820
Too often a “one-size-fits-all” approach is used to design lessons leaving some learners struggling to participate and leaving teachers feeling they have not reached all of their students. In this interactive session, participants will apply principles of differentiation by exploring a number of collaborative, active, and brain-compatible learning techniques aimed at engaging students and making learning joyful.

April 13: Just Give Him the Whale Session #376203
Do you know someone who loves whales? Or ceiling fans? Or elevators? Most of us do know learners with specific interests. Often, however, these favorites of students with autism are not celebrated but seen as annoying, problematic or in need of “extinction”. In this presentation, Dr. Kluth will explore alternative perspectives and will focus specifically on how they can serve as supports, teaching tools, inspirations, and hobbies.

Fourth Annual International Arts and Culture Symposium

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, Sowoon Arts and Heritage and the Museum of TTU will co-sponsor the Fourth Annual International Arts and Culture Symposium at the Museum of TTU. Dr. Carolyn Tate will discuss jade art of the East and West, and Dr. Robert Peaslee will compare Eastern and Western films on the Vietnam War. Prof. Alan Shinn will perform with his jazz trio, Dr. Eun Ha Park from South Korea will

perform Korean dance and percussion, and Prof. Shinn and Dr. Park will improvise percussion together on the stage after a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Aliza Wong.

When: Saturday, April 2, 2016

1:00 pm -- 5:00 p.m.

Where: Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court

Museum of TTU, 4th Street and Indiana Avenue

Lubbock, Texas 79409

Cost: FREE admission, FREE refreshments, reception open to all

More details are available on (806-853-7257) or (806-742-2490).

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Funding, Grants and Contests

2016 Outstanding Teaching Award

Do you know an outstanding teacher in your school or community? Nominate him or her for one of our 2016 Outstanding Teaching Awards!

In 2016, Humanities Texas will present a total of fifteen awards to exceptional Texas K–12 humanities teachers in three different categories:

  • Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award
    (12 recipients). This award recognizes exemplary contributions of teachers in Texas elementary, middle, and high schools.

  • Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award (1 recipient). This award was established in memory of Ms. Howell, former chair of the Humanities Texas Board of Directors, as a lasting tribute to her service to the organization and her commitment to the study of Texas history.

  • Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching
    (2 recipients). This award recognizes exemplary contributions of early-career humanities teachers in Texas who have completed three or fewer years of teaching.

All award winners will receive a $5,000 prize, with an additional $500 for their schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.

For more information on the awards, including eligibility and a list of past recipients, please visit the Teaching Awards section of our website or email

To nominate a teacher, please complete the online nomination form.

Summer Institute for Current and Future K-12 Teachers

"Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms:

Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920”

A Summer Institute for Current and Future K-12 Teachers

June 26– July 22, 2016

Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Metro History Education Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago invite K-12 teachers to apply for “Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920.” Participants in this National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored program will spend four weeks in Chicago, a center of Progressive Era reform, engaging in vigorous discussions about this critical time period in American history and creating materials to use in their classrooms. Award-winning historian Robert Johnston (University of Illinois at Chicago) will guide the institute’s academic content, with the help of renowned experts in history, art, and architecture. Charles Tocci (Loyola University Chicago) will direct teaching application discussions, along with master teacher Michael Biondo (Maine South High School). For more information, contact Rachel Allmen, CMHEC,

Benefits include:

Stimulating readings and discussions with scholars and peers

Time to explore and create practical applications for your classroom

A $3,300 stipend to defray travel, lodging, and study expenses

A chance to personally experience Chicago’s Gilded Age and Progressive Era history and culture

For full details, visit

Applications are due March 1, 2016.

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Technology Tips, Tricks, and Tools from Facebook this Month

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Texas Council for the Social Studies

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Great Resource for US History EOC Reviews

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