Austin ISD Social Studies Weekly

October 22-28

Austin ISD Social Studies

Check out the Social Studies website for curriculum, resources, and announcements!

Teacher Opportunities

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.

RETeach Cultural Proficiency Workshop

RETeach and the Urban Teachers program at UT invite all educators committed to justice and equity in the classroom to share their lesson plans or other materials in order to engage in a critical dialogue about how to improve their cultural proficiency.

Date: October 28, 2017 from 9:00am - 12:00pm

Location: UT Austin Sanchez Building, Room 424

RSVP by 10/20 to to enable internet access while at UT.

Even if you don't RSVP in time for internet access, this is still a good opportunity to network with other educators interested in cultural proficiency and teaching the Whole Child, Every Child.

Civic Power Symposium

Civic Power Symposium

Saturday, November 4, 2017

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Belo Center for New Media, UT Austin

Registration Fee: $20

The conference keynote and interactive session will be led by Eric Liu, notable TED speaker, executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program, and author of 'You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen.' Go and learn about how you can harness your unique power and work with other young adults to make an impact. Register today!

Registration will cover breakfast tacos, lunch, coffee, and a parking pass.

The Annette Strauss Institute is now accepting scholarship applications for the Civic Power Symposium! Their goal is to make the conference accessible and affordable for all participants. Any young adult (ages 17-34 years old) interested in learning more about civic power is encouraged to apply for the registration scholarship. Please complete the application and send your resume to Taylor Foody no later than Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

Community Resources


Helping students learn the story of Texas and Texans in World War I is a top priority of the Texas World War I Centennial Commission. The Commission recently launched its 100 Years / 100 Schools initiative, seeking to partner with at least 100 schools in Veterans Day programs that will focus on the 100th anniversary of World War I. The Texas World War I Centennial Commission, in partnership with the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas State Historical Association, has assembled instructional materials, videos, and images ready for use by schools and communities.

To learn more and to become a part of the 100 Years / 100 Schools Veterans Day Campaign, go to

Geography of Civil Rights

Geography of Civil Rights

Featured Resource: Mapping American Social Movements

This project produces and displays free interactive maps showing the historical geography of dozens of social movements that have influenced American life and politics since the start of the 20th century, including radical movements, civil rights movements, labor movements, women's movements, and more. Learn more.

C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations

As we move closer to the November election and the 2018 congressional races, your students might be interested in the topic of this classroom deliberation: Should there be term limits for members of Congress?

C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations include a lesson plan, background readings with questions, video clips for both pro and con arguments, and a choice of deliberation activities.

Even if you are not interested in the topics, definitely check out the variety of deliberation activities that you could use in your classroom to help students have critical and respectful dialogues about controversial topics.

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Austin ISD Secondary Social Studies

High School Specialist - Melanie Kirchhof

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