May Social Studies Update

Secondary Social Studies

Jewish American Heritage Month

Starting May 1st, we celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month. Teaching children about the historical accomplishments, struggles and contributions of Jewish Americans benefits everyone by connecting our students with a rich history that is interwoven in the fabric of our culture. In the spirit of honoring Jewish American heritage and celebrating a rich culture, engage your students in activities and texts that develop compassion and a better understanding of cultural diversity, that will also support instruction to meet the Sunshine State Standards Mandate Holocaust Education requirement (FS 1003.42). You may find additional suggested instructional ideas using this link.

Medal of Honor National Convention Letter Writing Campaign – Reminder

As shared in the March and April SMORE newsletters , the Medal of Honor National Convention will be hosted in Tampa next Fall and they have asked our county in welcoming all the attendees. Please find here directions for a letter writing campaign to have all Medal of Honor recipients welcomed by a personal note from our Pasco County students. The original date that was shared to submit student letters to Tina Stavrou was by May 1st 2019, but we understand that this activity may work better during the month of May with testing and activity schedules and would be able to extend the deadline to accept packages through May 31st. We would love to have every school represented in welcoming these honorable Veterans, and thank the schools who have already submitted their letters to us.

There is also an opportunity to receive additional learning around the Medal of Honor Character Development Curriculum on June 4th - please see the flyer below for more information. Professional development points will be offered for this training and all content area teachers are encouraged to attend.

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Summer Professional Development In County

If you have any questions or difficulty registering for any of the listed PD - please email Tina.

June 4th - Heroes Among Us: Medal of Honor Secondary Curriculum: Course # 2288/Section # 14234 - Please also register at - Events

Together We Learn: Please join us July 29th - July 31st - a variety of sessions to launch you into a great 2019-2020 school year. Please see flyer below. More information will be shared in the next few weeks about registration.

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Out of County -Summer Learning Opportunities

  • The FTE Institute on The Environment and The Economy is scheduled for June 24 – 27, 2019 at the Ft. Lauderdale, FL Marriott North. It is open to all social studies / science teachers / curriculum specialists. Register by going to the following link.

  • The Florida Geographic Alliance is pleased to announce dates for the 2019 FGA Summer Institute! This series of workshops and tours allows educators from all across Florida to connect, share ideas and work diligently to bring fun new resources to the community. Each session aims to connect our educators with their local environment, their peers, and the innate curiosity that inspires us everyday to improve and uplift our students.

Session One will take place July 18th - 20th, 2019 at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, FL. Food and lodging for 3 days are provided, as well as lesson resources and lots of fun swag. The theme of this year's workshop is building an outdoor classroom, which will be the star of the Institute as a whole.

A second session is scheduled for July 25th - 27th, 2019 at the FGA headquarters in Tallahassee, FL. More information will be announced soon!

The Alliance is teaming up with regional organizations to bring this exciting opportunity to life, including the amazing folks at Project Wild, Williams Middle Magnet School and Lettuce Lake Park. If you are interested in reserving a spot for the Institute, sign up for the Interest List here.

  • Florida Council for History Education Conference 2019 - August 2nd and 3rd in St. Augustine, Florida. To register visit their site.

Keep Up With Legislation

Social Studies has been a hot topic in our state legislation this session, to keep up to date with what has passed and what has not - please visit:

Happy Summer!

Our final note in our newsletter is to say THANK YOU! Thank you for a wonderful year of growth, student engagement, and encouraging the of love Social Studies. Erika and I wish you a wonderful Summer of relaxation and many adventures.

Keep in Touch Over The Summer

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us over the summer months if you have any questions or concerns.