Austin ISD Social Studies Weekly

September 17-23

Austin ISD Social Studies

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Teacher Opportunities

Doing Social Justice at the Blanton Museum workshop

Social Studies Strategy Series: Doing Social Justice at the Blanton Museum

Date: October 17, 2017 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Blanton Museum

HCP: Section #86061

This PD is for secondary teachers. This PD will be held in the Blanton's classroom. The Blanton Museum is located at 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78701. Participants who park in the Brazos Garage located at 210 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712 will receive a $4 parking validation. The Social Studies Department will cover sub costs for attendees.

TSHA/THRAB Teacher Workshop: Slavery and Civil Rights

THRAB Conflict and Compromise in History: Using Primary Resources in the Classroom Workshop

Date: October 17th

Location: Texas State Library and Archives

This workshop will explore Slavery and Civil Rights using the archives of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The workshop is limited to 30 participants and is a partnership between THRAB (Texas Historical Records Advisory Board), Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and the Texas State Historical Association.

You can register at

ArcGIS Workshop for Secondary teachers - ALL subjects

Social Studies Strategy Series: ArcGIS Workshop for Austin ISD teachers

Date: October 24, 2017 from 8:30am - 4:00pm

Location: Baker

HCP: Section #86082

Limited to 20 people

This one-day workshop will introduce how to use technology in social studies courses to explore geographic issues and their relation to location. This introductory workshop is intended for teachers in grades 6-12. Participants will explore ArcGIS Online using GeoInquiries and StoryMaps. The Social Studies Department will pay for subs. Attendees will get a district account with ArcGIS Online that they can use all year long in their classes.

Community Resources

Mexico Modern - New exhibit at Harry Ransom Center

Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920–1945

Through January 1, 2018
Explore 20 years of cultural exchange between Mexico and the United States!

This exhibition showcases examples of modern Mexican art and design, including paintings, photographs, jewelry and decorative arts.

View works by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Anita Brenner, Fritz Henle, Miguel Covarrubias, and more than 200 items drawn primarily from our collections.

Read The Daily Beast's review.


  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Tours at noon.
  • 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday. Tours at noon & 6 p.m.
  • Noon–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tours at noon & 2 p.m.

OpenStax Open-Source Instructional Materials

OpenStax (Rice University) open-source instructional materials are available at

The products, including Advanced Placement Macroeconomics and Advanced Placement Microeconomics, are organized into units and chapters and can be used like traditional textbooks as the entire syllabus for a course.

For assistance in locating sample materials, contact the Instructional Materials Division at (512) 463-9601 or

Student Opportunities

United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)

The USSYP is a unique educational experience for talented junior or senior high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership and a strong commitment to public service. Texas will select two student leaders as delegates (and two alternates) to participate in an intensive week-long educational program with students from across the nation.

The program will take place from March 3, 2018 through March 10, 2018 in Washington D.C. Delegates will be immersed in leadership activities and interact with high-level officials, including Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense, and other federal agencies.

The program is sponsored by the Hearst Foundations, who fund all delegate expenses for Washington Week (transportation, hotel, meals). Each delegate is also awarded a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship, with encouragement to pursue careers in public service.

Please see the Texas Education Agency (TEA) USSYP webpage for more

Application due date: October 15, 2017

Contact For more information about this program, please contact Kelly Ocasio at

Be the Change Creative Writing Project

In collaboration with the “Be the Change” Day of Service, inspired by the life of Mahatma Gandhi and held on September 30, 2017, The Indian American Coalition of Texas (IACT) is sponsoring a creative writing contest. This year’s prompt asks a question that can be answered with poems, essays, stories or any other form of creative writing: What does the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi mean to you?

Eligible Participants: All pre-college students in the Austin, Round Rock, and surrounding areas are invited to enter. Cash prizes will be awarded! First place winners will receive $500 and second place winners will receive $250!

The contest will be divided into three age categories:

1. Students 15-18

2. Students 10-14

3. Students 9 and under

Format and Dates: Submissions may include essays, poems, stories and other forms of creative writing that address the question above. Entries may be fiction or non-fiction. Submissions must be no more than 1,500 words. Entries should be submitted electronically, via email to no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017.

Entries should include a cover page that lists the following:

• Student’s name and age at time of submission

• Email address and/or phone number

• School presently attended

• Title of submission

Awards: IACT will award a first and second place winner in each age category, for a total of six (6) winners. Submissions will be judged on creativity and content. A winning entry will display both creativity and responsiveness to the prompt. The judgment process is confidential and decisions are at the sole discretion of the IACT Award Committee.

Awards will be presented at the Be The Change Kickoff Event at Austin City Hall on Saturday morning, September 30, 2017.

Winners will be notified in advance via email or phone.

Anchors of Support by Austin ISD Teachers

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