Austin ISD Social Studies News

Events, Resources, Professional Learning Vol. 4

February is African American History Month!

African American History Month Resources from Library Of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for Humaniteis, National Gallery of Art, and National Park Service

NEA Black History Month Lessons and Resources

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for African American History Month Resources

Professional Learning Opportunities

Want to stay up to date? Check out our PD calendar on our website:

Social Studies Film and Lecture Series: Jerusalem, A Journey Through Cultures, Diversity and Geography, section #76538 Feb. 11th from 5:30-8:00. Only 30 spots available, so sign up through HCP today!

  • AISD and the Bullock Texas History Museum have teamed up to offer dinner and a movie to teachers of world cultures, history and geography. Come see the National Geographic movie JERUSALEM, an extraordinary journey through the 5,000 year old city on the Museum’s IMAX screen. Following the movie presentation participants will receive dinner while hearing a panel of area teachers as they discuss their classroom presentations on Southwest Asia. You will go home with lessons from the teacher panel, and photographs, DVDs and posters from National Geographic.
  • Location: Bullock Texas History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, 78701.
  • Parking, dinner, and movie will be provided. No extra duty pay will be offered.​

Harry Ransom Center Upcoming Events in Spring 2015

Region 13 Social Studies PD Spring 2015

Summer Opportunities

FTE Economics for Leaders Institute at UT Austin, June 14-17, 2015 Teacher Application Due ASAP

Unites States Holocaust Museum 2015-2016 Teacher Fellowships Application due by Feb. 2, 2015

Goethe Institut Social Studies Teacher Study Tours- 2015 Application due Feb. 2, 2015

Gilder Lehrman's Summer 2015 Teacher Seminars Information Application due by Feb. 13, 2015.

  • In order to apply for one of these seminars, your school must be a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School. For more information on how to help your school become a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate, click here.

C-SPAN's 2015 Teacher Opportunities Application due by Feb. 20, 2015

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Programs 2015 Application due by March 2, 2015.

Bill of Rights Institute Summer Teacher Institutes Application due by March 15, 2015

Choices Program 2015 Summer Leadership Institute Application due by March 16, 2015

The information about summer workshops, seminars, and institutes is for informational purposes only. Our office is unable to support teachers financially to attend those that require the participant to pay deposits or travel.

Curricular Resources

Updated Monthly Resources

Echoes and Reflections, Leaders in Holocaust Education e-Newsletter

Choices Program lesson Iran and the Nuclear Issue

LBJ Library Activities "The Spy's Dilemma"

Gilder Lehrman Age of Revolution Student Essay Contest due by April 14, 2015

Stossel in the Classroom Student Essay contest due by Feb. 17, 2015

Humanities Texas December 2014 Newsletter

Continuous Online Resources

Gilder Lehrman Educator Resources *Must be a member of an affiliate school, see link above on how to join.

Blanton Museum of Art: Educational Programs

Texas Folklife Education articles, events, resources

Hemispheres' Online Curriculum Resources

Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE) Online Resources and Free e-books

Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) Online Lesson Plans

Free e-books from the Library of Congress Put History in Students' Hands

Texas LRE for Educators

Texas Alliance for Geographic Education (TAGE) Online Resources

C-SPAN Classroom page

Questions or Comments?

Email Melanie Kirchhof at

AISD Social Studies

Jessica Jolliffe - Social Studies Supervisor

Beth Hudson - Elementary School Curriculum Specialist

Dave Levee - Middle School Curriculum Specialist

Melanie Kirchhof - High School Curriculum Specialist

Angela Green - ELA & SS Special Education Curriculum Specialist

Julia Hernandez - Social Studies Dual Language Curriculum Specialist

Robert Hillhouse - ELL Secondary Curriculum Specialist

Amber Rinehart - Social Studies Curriculum Technology Specialist