ESC Region 17 Social Studies

Volume 5 Issue #5

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."

-Carl Sagan

JANUARY HAPPENINGS-Check Out the New Events Happening Soon at Region 17 and Virtual!

This Week!!!!

Tuesday-Explore Digital Education Resources At the LBJ Library

January 11, 2022, 5:30 pm-The LBJ Library has a wealth of online resources that can help you plan, reinforce historical skills, and provide students digital learning opportunities if you find yourself teaching from home once again. The LBJ Library will be offering a free, digital webinar highlighting the classroom resources available to you and your students.

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

Zoom on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.

January 12: John A. Farrell speaking on Richard Nixon

January 19: Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf speaking on Thomas Jefferson

January 26: Amity Shlaes speaking on Calvin Coolidge

February 2: Fredrik Logevall speaking on JFK

February 9: Christopher Leahy speaking on John Tyler

February 16: Alexis Coe speaking on George Washington

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Thursday-8th Grade U Topics: Reform and Sectionalism

8th Grade U Session #4 Reform and Sectionalism

January 13, 2022-8th 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

Rest of January!!!!

Medal of Honor Webinar

January 20, 2022- 12:00 pm -Join for an interview with Medal of Honor Recipient Clinton Romesha. An ideal opportunity for Middle and High School students to hear directly from a Medal of Honor Recipient, this webinar will include pre-submitted and live audience questions.

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Texas Holocaust Remembrance Week

January 24-28, 2022. Click here to find Texas Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission's approved educational resources. Be sure to read the Best Practices and the groups' public statement before planning the week.

New to Teaching Social Studies Day 2

January 25, 2022-New to teaching or just new to teaching social studies? We will continue to build content knowledge of the TEKS, work on student engagement and planning for social studies instruction. Even if you didn't attend Day 1, please join us!

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

February 2, 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.

Free Humanities Texas Professional Development Webinars

Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

Tuesdays • January 25 and February 1, 2021 • 5:15–6:30 pm CT

These webinars will offer a nuanced understanding of the civil rights movement, incorporating significant primary documents from a number of the movement’s major figures. The first webinar will consider the traditional historical understanding of the movement, providing a broad overview before complicating the story. The second webinar will focus on Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Malcolm X’s “The Ballot or the Bullet,” and Fannie Lou Hamer’s testimony before the 1964 Democratic National Convention’s credentials committee, considering each document's presentation of American democracy. Both webinars will highlight the most important takeaways for middle and high school students.

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.

TxDot Roadside Chat Webinar Series

January 26, 2022-2:00 p.m.

Kick off 2022 by stepping into the past! This webinar will explore the first century of the Texas Highway Department, today known as TxDOT. Join the authors of Miles and Miles of Texas: 100 Years of the Texas Highway Department and TxDOT's photo librarian as they share the stories and images they discovered while researching the book. With thousands of miles of Texas roadways built over the decades, there's sure to be something interesting learned along the way! Curious about a highway's history? You'll also learn what research resources are available at TxDOT.

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Historically Speaking- Social Studies STAAR Redesign

February 3, 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.

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


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.

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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.

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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. Send an email to for more information about registration.

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.


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.

Social Studies TEKS Review Process Update from TEA

Updated Information from TSSSA/TCSS Meetings

In November, TEA presented on the TEKS Review and Revision process, along with some news about the STAAR Redesign as it concerns social studies instruction. Click on the pdf below for the presentation.

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ESC 17 Social Studies Archive Newsletter

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