ESC Region 17 Social Studies

History Rocks! Volume 5 Issue #2

"...In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible.”

-Elizabeth George Speare

Urgent!!!! TEKS Review ESC 17 Feedback Meetings

K-12 Social Studies Teachers- We Need You!!!!

We will be hosting a series of meetings to provide some feedback for TEA on the current Social Studies TEKS. These meetings will be held the week of October 25-October 29. If you are interested in joining us for one of these feedback sessions, please complete the google form using the link below. We need all grade levels to provide some feedback! We will have some sessions during the school day and several after-school options both face-to-face and virtual. You select which day and time would work best for your schedule. You do not have to attend all the days- just once!

Fall Happenings Around the State!

Want to Help Revise Your Grade Level TEKS ?

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Apply Now!!!!

The State Board of Education (SBOE) will soon begin the review and revision of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for K-12 social studies. The SBOE’s TEKS review and revision process calls for multiple, separate workgroups to make recommendations to the SBOE for revisions to the current standards. SBOE members nominate individuals, including educators, parents, business and industry representatives, and employers, to serve on TEKS review workgroups.

The SBOE is now accepting applications to serve on social studies TEKS review workgroups. Applications received will be submitted to SBOE members for review throughout the process.

Individuals selected will be asked to serve on one or more workgroups. TEKS review workgroups typically convene for two-day meetings and may include Saturdays. Additional days or meetings may be scheduled if needed. The Texas Education Agency is currently conducting TEKS review meetings virtually but is expected to return to face-to-face meetings later this year. The invitation to serve on a workgroup will include the format/location of the meeting.

To access the application and for more information regarding the K-12 social studies TEKS review, please visit the Social Studies TEKS Review webpage at

Questions regarding the application or TEKS review process may be sent via email to

Click here for the Application!!!!!!

Remember- all grade levels are needed!

Humanities Texas Professional Development Fall of 2021

This fall, Humanities Texas will hold FREE professional development webinar series for social studies and ELA teachers in Texas schools.

Teachers can apply to attend on the Humanities Texas website.

NEW** Teaching Frederick Douglass Tuesday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 16, 2021 • 5:00–6:15 pm CT

NEW** Teaching Media Literacy Thursdays • October 28–December 2, 2021 • 5:00–6:15 pm CT

Teachers can apply to attend here:

Please contact us with any questions:

Roadside Chats-Uncovering Ancient Archeological Sites

TxDOT Roadside Chats- October 28, 2021, 1 p.m. CST October is Texas Archeology Month! Dig deeper with TxDOT archeologists at three sites in STARR County. Join us for a discussion about what these findings could mean for Texas history!

Region 17 8th STAAR and U.S. History EOC Support Sessions

Region 17's 8th Grade Social Studies U

Session # 832544 - 8th Grade Social Studies teachers will meet monthly to work on content knowledge, strategies, and resources to help with unit instruction and student mastery. Each session is now 6 hours long. (9:00-4:00)

House Bill 4545

Accelerated instruction: For any student who did not pass STAAR grades 3-8 or EOC assessments, accelerated instruction must be delivered in the 2021-2022 school year (starting in fall 2021) or subsequent summer of 2022. Accelerated instruction entails either 1) assigning a classroom teacher who is a certified master, exemplary, or recognized teacher, or 2) delivering supplemental instruction (e.g., tutoring) before or after school, or embedded in the school day and meeting HB 4545 requirements.
HB 4545 Social Studies Support

Needing support for the new requirements of House Bill 4545? Register and we can set up a zoom meeting to help with resources and strategies to meet the 30-hour requirement.

Texas Law-Related Education is coming back to West Texas!

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8th Grade STAAR Review LRE-Style

March 2, 2021- Ready, Set, Go-Reaching for the STAARS

U.S. History EOC Review LRE-Style

March 3, 2021 Ready, Set Go-Reaching for the STAAR/EOCs

Citizen Bee is Back!

Region 17 is hosting the 2022 Regional Citizen Bee competition on March 23, 2022! Check out the redesign of the website and email me if you have some questions about the Bee or if you are interested in entering a high school team!

Social Studies Resource Spotlight

National Native American Heritage Month Resources

Check out the collection of resources to support teacher content knowledge and classroom instruction.

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SMORE Newsletter Archive

Click here for the ESC 17 Social Studies SMORE Newsletter Archive. Home to past issues and Special Issue Newsletters!