ESC 17 Social Studies Summer 2022

A Whole Lot of Learning Going On!

We can't wait to see you this summer! There will be sessions to support our social studies process skills and our grade level contents. Region 17 is also hosting the AP Training again this summer with US Government as the social studies focus. So join us in welcoming the Portal to Texas History folks, DBQ Project, Ranching Heritage Museum, Houston Holocaust Museum, Texas Law-Related Education, Teaching Free Enterprise Institute, and the College Board AP crew to West Texas!


June 8, 2022-Language Rich Classroom

The Teaching and Learning Team will present strategies and resources to support language development in our content areas. Social Studies-specific breakout session will be available.

June 10, 2022- STAAR Redesign and New STAAR Item Types

This session will provide the latest information from TEA on the changes to the STAAR test for the next school year. Then there will be a social studies-specific breakout session.

June 13, 14, 2022-Lone Star Government LRE Style

For this 2 Day Session, participants will learn, with scholars and consultants, how to stimulate student thinking using our new Texas History Event cards. Join us for a deeper understanding of our state’s history and government.

June 16, 2022- Lead4ward's Vocabulary and Visuals

SAVE THE DATE- This session is a part of Lead4ward's Intervention Series to support 3rd-12th grade social studies and science content learning. REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

June 20, 2022- Economics of the American West

Calling all Government, Economics, and US History teachers! Join us at the National Ranching Heritage Museum for a day of learning-Old West Style. Presented by Adam Martin(Texas Tech) and SMU Cox School of Business (Teaching Free Enterprise).

June 22, 2022-Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

I'm Not a Reading Teacher! This Workshop is specifically for Social Studies and Science Teachers. In this workshop, teachers will be taken through how to get students to use their comprehension and inferencing skills in the content classroom.

June 23, 2022-Unlocking Process Skills in SS Classroom

This session will provide strategies to help students unlock the critical thinking process skills in our social studies TEKS. We will connect the skills needed to support reading, writing, and our students' abilities to analyze the primary sources.

June 27-30, 2022 AP Summer Institute: US Government

The 2022 Advanced Placement Summer Institute from Texas Tech Public Media and Region 17 Education Service Center offers new and experienced AP teachers the chance to grow and be inspired in their content area. Our College Board endorsed institute brings together top-rated certified AP presenters, dedicated to helping you and your students succeed. This institute will take place in person at the Region 17 ESC campus in Lubbock, Texas.

Courses offered for 2022: AP Art and Design, AP Biology, AP Computer Science A, AP English Literature and Composition, AP U.S. Government, and AP Spanish Literature.

Register today at and use the promo code pbslovesteachers. The cost is only $80 with this code.

And, this course is open to AP and Non-AP secondary teachers who wish to increase their content knowledge and still teaching advanced courses.


July 12, 2022-Don't Ditch that Tech

SAVE THE DATE for Matt Miller from Ditch that Textbook will be in Lubbock presenting on best practices for using technology to help differentiate our content and engage our students! Registration is open!

July 13, 2022 Teaching the Holocaust

SAVE THE DATE for Holocaust Museum Houston's presentation on best practices and resources to use when teaching Holocaust Remembrance Week and our social studies TEKS.

July 14, 2022-Mapping History

Learning How to Connect Geography to Our History Class! How does the land determine how we live? How does the land determine our history? This session will focus on connecting our history TEKS and our geography TEKS.

July 18-19, 2022 Thinking Maps Two Day Training

Teachers will learn several maps that students can use to make their thinking visual. Teachers are required to have official Thinking Maps training binders for this two-day face-to-face training. The charge covers the cost of the materials.

July 21, 2022-Teaching with DBQ's

Document-based questions (DBQs) are often used as a way to assess a student's historical and analytical thinking skills and argumentative writing abilities. The session is presented by The DBQ Project!

July 22, 2022-STAAR Redesign and New Item Types REPEAT

This session is a repeat of the June 10 session.

July 25-27, 2022- Texas History at the Ranch and ESC!

  1. Join us for three days of learning how to combine literacy and social studies with Hank the Cowdog! This event is made possible by The CH Foundation.
    1. Day 1: Meet John R. Erickson, author of Hank the Cowdog, and walk through how to use the Ranch Life Learning books and activities in your classroom. NRHC staff will walk educators through the entire set of curriculum, demonstrate activities. Mr. Erickson will visit with teachers and answer questions. All attendees will receive a complete set of Ranch Life Books and an activity binder. A chuckwagon lunch will be provided. Ranch Life Learning materials are aimed at 3rd – 5th grades but can be easily adapted to older and younger grade levels.
    2. Day 2: Porch Talk: A Conversation about Archaeology in the Texas Panhandle. Aimed at 7th grade, this new book by John R. Erickson and Douglas K. Boyd provides an opportunity for educators to use this one-of-a-kind book in the social studies classroom. All attendees will receive a copy of the book and learn how to access TEKS-aligned social studies activities that accompany it. John R. Erickson and Douglas K. Boyd will be special guests at the session to discuss the book, why they wrote it, and answer any questions from educators. A chuckwagon lunch will be provided.
    3. Day 3: Connecting Social Studies Process Skills to Texas History. A session for all grade levels, but especially Texas History teachers! The Portal to Texas History folks from the University of North Texas will be debuting their new Texas History resource, Texas History for Teachers, TH4T, and will show all the great resources in the Portal.
July 26,2022-Sheltered Instruction for English Learners

This session is designed to prepare teachers to deliver content area instruction to ELs with diverse abilities using a sheltered instruction approach.

July 28, 2022-STAAR Powered Game Planning 8th/EOC

The 2022-2023 school year will bring changes to our 8th Grade Social Studies STAAR and high school U.S. History EOC tests. In this session, we will prep/plan for the new assessment starting from the first day of instruction.

August 1, 2022-TEKS Resource System for New School Year

This session will have a general session followed by a social studies breakout session.