History/Social Science Communiqué

Volume 2, Issue 2, September 19, 2014

Updates/ Announcements

  • Congratulations to all the H/SS Site Curriculum Specialists for their role in putting together zone professional development workshops for all H/SS teachers in the district. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive! Teachers had the opportunity to interact with written, taught, and tested elements of curriculum and were able to collaborate and share ideas across school sites. Stay tuned for the next round of H/SS zone workshops in November.
  • District Performance Tasks for World Cultures-7, US History-8, World Geography, World History-10, US History-10, Economics, and Government courses have been posted to the R & E Canvas Page. You can find directions for administration and the corresponding rubrics there as well. PLCs determine when to administer the PT. Be on the lookout for information from your site curriculum specialist on the process for calibrating and scoring PTs. Finally, remember rubric scores should be entered into Data Director by the end of the semester.
  • Translation of Performance Tasks for bilingual sections is being handled by the Office of Language Acquisition. As soon as the Spanish versions are made available, they will be posted to the R & E Canvas course.

History/Social Science Contacts

Middle School Curriculum Specialist:

Olga Loya-Estrada

High School Curriculum Specialist:

Kelly León

Lead Curriculum Specialist:

Katrine Czajkowski

Special Services H/SS Support:

Shiela Fernandez

English Learners:

Rebecca Robinson

Teacher Q & A

What will district final exams look like this semester?

There will be a district-provided final exam for World Cultures-7, US History-8, World History-10, and US History-11. The exams will be data-director friendly as we recognize the little turn-around time between giving the exam and turning in final grades.

We recommend that World Geography, Economics, and Government PLCs create/modify a final exam and email it to their site-curriculum specialists.

Who do I contact if I have a suggestion, comment, or question for the H/SS Communiqué?

Kelly Leon- kelly.leon@sweetwaterschools.org

Upcoming Professional Development Days

Bilingual History/Social Science Teacher Meeting:

Monday, October 13th, 4-5pm at the Parent Center on Moss Street

Contact Olga Loya Estrada for more information