Elementary Social Studies Advocates

January 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to a New Year and a new semester! Please make plans to attend our Spring Advocates Meeting on February 11; you'll find more information below. The Advocates Book Study is ready to go as participants are receiving their books now and will be devising lessons and activities on February 4. AISD is teaming up with Book People for a special event on Calpurnia Tate and summer opportunities are closer than you think. Read on to get full details.

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In and Around Austin

  • See the La Belle on view at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in a permanent exhibit featuring artifacts from the famous ship.
  • The current exhibit at the Austin History Center, "Making the Grade: Austin's First Public Schools" explores the difficulties Austin faced in establishing a free public school system in the 1870s.
  • The Austin History Center will celebrate 100 years of operation for Mathews and Metz Elementary Schools in a reception on Tuesday, January 12, 6:30-8:00. The event is free and open to the public.
  • The Bullock Texas State History Museum is sponsoring an Evening for Educators focusing on changing borders and border communities in Texas. Designed for teachers of all grade levels and including curriculum guides and activities, the event is free; parking at the museum will be complimentary. February 10, 5-8 pm -- Questions? (512) 936-4604 or education@thestoryoftexas.com.

Aaron Douglas: From Slavery to Reconstruction, 1934

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