SAISD Social Studies Newsletter

August 17, 2021

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Social Studies Instructional Specialist Team

We are excited to provide support to Social Studies teachers across SAISD from our awesome team of specialists. These are our instructional specialists and the campuses they support-


Sarah George (sgeorge2@saisd.net): Highlands, Sam Houston, Davis MS, MLK Academy, Mission Academy, Poe MS


Chad Anderson (canderson5@saisd.net): Edison, Lanier, Tafolla MS, Brackenridge, Lowell MS, Estrada


Carol Hill (chill@saisd.net): Whittier MS, Beacon Hill Academy, Cotton Academy, Hawthorne Academy, Rogers Academy, Rhodes MS, Crockett Academy, YMLA (MS)


Mary Diaz (mdiaz7@saisd.net): ALA, CAST Med, CAST Tech, Fox Tech, St. Phillips, Travis, YWLA, YMLA (HS), Bonham Academy, Cooper Academy


Andraya Young (ayoung2@saisd.net): Jefferson, Burbank, Longfellow MS, Harris MS, Woodlawn Academy


Rudy Galvez (rgalvez2@saisd.net): Irving, Twain, Fenwick, Japhet, Hot Wells MS, Rogers MS, Bowden Academy


Please be aware that our specialist team has been helping out across the district in areas outside of there normal duties, so their availability is limited at this time.

Fall Social Studies Professional Development

In addition to our Epic Saturday and PD in PJs offerings, the Social Studies Department will be offering virtual grade level specific PLNs during the fall semester.


6th Grade World Cultures After School Virtual PLNs

Thursday, September 30, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, December 2, 4:15-5:45 PM

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7th Grade Texas History After School Virtual PLNs with DBQ Online

7th Grade Texas History will be piloting DBQ Online from the DBQ Project. These sessions will provide professional learning and support for DBQ Online.

Thursday, August 26, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, September 23, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, October 7, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, November 11, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, December 9, 4:15-5:45 PM

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8th Grade U.S. History After School Virtual PLNs

Thursday, September 16, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, November 4, 4:15-5:45 PM

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World Geography After School Virtual PLNs with DBQ Online

World Geography will also be piloting DBQ Online from the DBQ Project. The sessions will provide professional learning and support for implementing DBQ Online.

Wednesday, August 25, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, September 16, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, October 14, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, November4, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, December 2, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, January 20, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, February 17, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, March 31, 4:15-5:45 PM

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World History After School PLNs

Thursday, September 30, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, December 9, 4:15-5:45 PM

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U.S. History Since 1877 After School PLN

Thursday, September 23, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, November 11, 4:!5-5:45 PM

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Ethnic Studies Courses After School PLN

Thursday, September 9, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, October 21, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Thursday, November 18, 4:15-5:45 PM

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Social Studies Instruction Resources Update

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Active Classroom

Active Classroom is a compendium of social studies instructional resources that all secondary social studies teachers have access to through Classlink. Students also have Active Classroom accounts in Classlink. Teachers can assign content directly to students through Active Classroom.


If you are new to Active Classroom, the training videos here might be helpful.

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Newsela

Newsela Social Studies was added for secondary social studies this year, and Newsela is once again accessible through Classlink. To find Newsela Social Studies, select Social Studies on the Browse menu. Newselea Social Studies includes additional leveled texts, videos, courses, DBQs, and primary sources.
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DBQ Online

DBQ Online will soon be available for all Texas History and World Geography teachers and their students. If you teach these subjects, please sign up for the upcoming trainings so that you can utilize this powerful instructional resource with your students.

District Created Assessments for 21-22

The Social Studies Department will be creating these assessments during this school year. Please be aware that there will be future opportunities for teachers to vet and provide feedback on these assessments:

  • Grade 8 Social Studies Fall CBA #1 (10/4-10/8) and Fall CBA #2 (12/13-12/17)
  • U.S. History Since Reconstruction: Fall CBA #1 (10/4-10/8), Fall Semester Exam (12/13-12/17) and Spring Semester Exam (5/20-6/2)


Please see the "SAISD Assessment Calendar" for further details on testing windows on all district assessments.

SAISD Social Studies Department

Patrick Pyle

Director of Social Studies