Austin ISD Social Studies News

Vol. 16, May 2016

In this May issue of our Austin ISD Social Studies Newsletter, we have included information about Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month as well as upcoming professional development opportunities inside and outside of Austin ISD.

Check out the social studies website for more resources, announcements, CRMs, and exemplar lessons!

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Resources from the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, and the Smithsonian have been collected here:

Additionally, there are lessons located on our website here.

Austin ISD Secondary Learning Opportunities

Awesome America

We will be exploring topics in U.S. History that cross 5th, 8th, and 11th grades, with a particular focus on uncovering the marginalized voices for these topics. For each of the 6 topics, we are excited to bring in different professors who will present and then have time for Q & A.

Come and join us in the exciting learning opportunity!

July 19-20, 2016 + optional 3rd day specific to high school on July 21.

Baker Center

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80493 Awesome America

80555 Awesome America: Day 3 for Grades 8 and 11

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Social Studies Institute

August 4, 2016 (Save the Date!)


Anderson High School

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80514 Social Studies Summer Institute: 2016

If you are interested in being a presenter at our 2016 Social Studies Summer Institute, please fill out the Social Studies Summer Institute Presenter Proposal Form. To fill it out, visit:

Proposals are due by July 14, 2016.

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Learning Opportunities in the Community

The Taniguchis and Texas: Austin's Japanese American History

Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 6:30 PM

The event is free and open to the public.
Parking on Tuesday night is free in the library lot or on the street.
Light refreshments will be served.

Join the Austin History Center on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. as we celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with a panel discussion about the legacy of the Taniguchi family in Austin. Recounting the lives and experiences of the Taniguchi family across three generations, we will discuss how their family narrative addresses a broader state and national history of Japanese American immigration, farming, internment, and resettlement. Joining us in our discussion will be Evan Taniguchi of Taniguchi Architects and William McWhorter from the Texas Historical Commission.

For more information on this event, click here or call 512-974-7840.

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Austin ISD High School Social Studies

High School Specialist - Melanie Kirchhof

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