ESC Region 17 Social Studies

Volume 3 Issue #9

Update #4, April 27, 2020

"If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."

-Michael Jordan

History Happenings this Week!

Medal of Honor Interview via Webinar This Week!!!!

The Medal of Honor Character Development Program has announced a live webinar for Wednesday, April 29, at 11:00 a.m., with MOH Recipient Florent Groberg. Click on the link to register to attend.

American History Night with Ken Burns

Brought to you by PBS Learning Media, join a live discussion with the great Ken Burns. Register for the free event and join us on Wednesday evening, April 29, from 6:00-7:00. You can even ask him questions!!!!!!

Historically Speaking

Join us every Thursday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:00, for a time to talk about all things social studies! Once you register, I will send you the link to the zoom meeting!

Remote Learning for the Students and Teachers of Region 17

Weekly Opportunities for Support

During our time of remote learning, I will be available for digital office hours. Just call, zoom, or email if I can help in any way!

There will also be weekly Professional Development sessions. Click on the links below to register or to access the Zoom link.

And, join us for a weekly session called "Historically Speaking". This hour will be a time to discuss resources, strategies, and to share our successes and challenges.

Below are the weekly recorded sessions from the past few weeks.

Session #1 Thinking Like A Remote Historian-Skills Rule the Day

Session #2 Thinking Like A Remote Historian- Mental Mapping

recording coming soon

Session #3 Thinking Like a Remote Historian- When Our Students Became the Historians!

register using the link below and the link to the invitation to the Canvas 3-Hour Course will be sent to you.

Session #4 Thinking Like A Remote Historian-Primary Sources with DocsTeach

recording coming soon

Region 17's Historically Speaking Weekly Virtual Chat

Thursday, April 30, at 3:00. Join us to talk about all things social studies! We will share resources, tools, successes, and goals for our new kind of history/geography class. Once you register, you will be sent the link to the Zoom meeting.


Check out some new resources this week!!!

Every day I will be adding to these folders in the google folder. I will mark in the folders NEW when I add something!!! If you cannot access the folder, please reach out to me and I will get you the resources in another format. (non-google districts). And if you are a TEKS Resource System district, email or call me as I have other resources to share with you based on the YAG.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The Gilder Lehrman Institute has set up a free subscription to help with remote learning. The Institute is providing access to lecture videos with famous historians, primary source documents, Hamilton Education Progam Online, and online exhibits.

Upcoming Webinars, Student Competitions, Teacher Grant Programs

DocsTeach Mini Webinars

Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. Each 20-minute session will highlight a different aspect of DocsTeach to show you how you can help your students make sense of the stories, events, and ideas of the past by working with primary sources.

National Constitution Center Online Civic Learning

The National Constitution Center is here to support remote learning with free lectures and civil dialogue sessions on the Constitution that students across America can access online, and accessible on a home computer, laptop, or phone.

South Plains Electric Cooperative Teacher Mini-Grants

Apply today for the Teacher Mini-Grants of $500. The deadline is May 15 for grants for the next school year!!! The grant money can be used for educational field trips and student-based projects that tie into social studies or reading!

Tips for Learning from Home

Sabrina S. Blankenship

Email or call me for assistance during our time of remote learning. My office phone number is being forwarded to cell number!