Social Studies

Fall 2022


Welcome new & returning social studies educators! My name is Helen Craig and I am the Social Studies Curriculum Consultant at the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District (ISD). The ISD provides opportunities for teachers in Mackinac, Chippewa, & Luce county to create professional networks and receive support in their subject area.

This newsletter contains local & state-wide professional learning opportunities, opportunities for students, professional learning for teachers, and monthly resources. This newsletter is updated on a quarterly basis and can also be found on the EUP ISD's social studies professional learning page.


History Day 2023

History Day is a project-based learning program of the Historical Society of Michigan. This yearlong educational program encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history.

These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level. Local competitions start at the school-level in February. Regional History Day for Mackinac, Chippewa, & Luce County Schools is Friday, March 10, 2023. The state finals for Michigan History Day take place the last Saturday of April.

Check out theme information, project ideas, and a sample timeline for History Day here!


2022-2023 Professional Learning Opportunities for Educators in Mackinac, Chippewa, & Luce county


We will be meeting on January 31, 2023 - this added date is to make up for the canceled September 27 meeting.
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Register Now for Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps!

Lunch is provided for in-person attendees

Attn: 3rd Grade Teachers - Geo Adventures with GIANTS training available now!

Explore 3rd Grade GIANTS with the original authors of the units! This year-long, virtual walk through of the curriculum will prepare you to learn about the mechanics behind inquiry based instruction through the exploration of a years-worth of units targeting Michigan’s 3rd grade social studies standards.

Participants will:

  • Explore existing resources such as GIANTS and Maawndoonganan, an Anishinaabe resource manual
  • Apply an Indigenous perspective to their study of Michigan
  • Integrate instructional resources on space and time

All sessions are via Zoom from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Upcoming session dates: November 1, January 10, March 7, and April 25. Register here!

For those unable to attend live sessions, recordings will be available! Register for the sessions to be notified when recordings get posted.

Oakland Schools - 8th Grade U.S. History

The fully revised 8th grade U.S. history MC3 course is in Atlas, and it consists of ten units of study, aligned to both the 2019 social studies standards and the C3 Framework. In order to support teachers as they use the revised course this school year, Oakland Schools will be holding a FREE 11-part monthly series on Zoom. There is no requirement to attend a minimum number of sessions. You may attend one, two, or all of the sessions…it’s up to you! Please see the smore for all of the details and registration information. Please note, you must register for each session in advance.


Student Opportunities

Virtual Museum Experiences

The Zekelman Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills, MI is now booking Virtual Museum Experiences for the current school year. If you book a date by December 1, 2022, the museum is waiving the fee for the experience. Contact Rick Schaffner ( for more information.

Professional learning is also available for educators - see the PDF link below for more information on the sessions they offer.

NHD: Sacrifice for Freedom - World War II in the Pacific

Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute, sponsored by the Pearl Harbor Historic Site partners, provides an exceptional opportunity for 16 student/teacher teams to study World War II in the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, in summer 2023. Applications are due Monday, December 19, 2022.

More information is available at

Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarships

The National Society - Daughters of the American Revolution are offering scholarships and classroom grant opportunities to high school seniors, college and graduate students in specific areas of study. Scholarship applications are open from November 1, 2022 through January 31, 2023. More information on specific scholarships is available here:


Fall Heritage & Awareness Months

November is National Native American Heritage Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. This site shares events, primary sources, exhibits, and resources for educators.


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Helen Craig

Social Studies Curriculum Consultant

Regional School Health Coordinator

McKinney-Vento UPCED Facilitator

Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD