GCS Social Studies Newsletter

February 14, 2018

Dates to Remember:

  • 2/19/18: Modern Social Movements in American (High School) PD (register)
  • 2/21/18: TAH Webinar - FDR's Commonwealth Club Address
  • 3/1/18: Russian Liberalism; Dr. Thomas Porter (register)
  • 3/1/18: The Lowell Experience Applications due
  • 3/3/18: TAH Webinar - Bloody Sunday in Selma
  • 3/8/18: Pedagogical Approach to the Holocaust (register)
  • 3/20/18: Native American, Spanish, and African Interactions in the New World (& NC), Dr. Omar Ali (register)
  • 3/20/18 - 3/21/18: World View, Building Better Bridges: Equity in the Classroom Seminar (info below)
  • 3/21/18 - 3/22/18: World View, Far East Asia Seminar (info below)
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Professional Development Opportunities

GCS Teacher-led PD: Modern Social Movements (High School)

This session is a document-based workshop, stemming from Teaching American History. It will feature discussions of content and pedagogy related to movements for racial and gender equality, as well as strategies for incorporating discussion and conversation effectively into classroom practice. GCS teachers who register and attend will receive 0.2 CEUs. Register here: Modern Social Movements (High School) PD

TeachingAmericanHistory.org Webinars

TAH offers a series of content-based webinars for teachers: "Moments of Crisis" series (Saturdays, 11:00AM) and "Documents in Detail" series (Wednesdays, 7:00PM). There is an upcoming "Documents in Detail" session on FDR's Commonwealth Club address on February 21, eligible for 0.2 CEUs. See here for details and registration. Future sessions include:

  • Bloody Sunday in Selma (March 3, Moments of Crisis)
  • Kennan's "Long Telegram" (March 21, Documents in Detail)

GCS Lecture, Thomas Porter (NC A&T): "Liberalism in late Imperial Russia"

  • Date: 3/1/18
  • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Location: Washington Street Annex, 501 W. Washington Street, GSO. Rm. 223

Dr. Thomas Porter, Professor of Russian and Modern European History at N.C. A&T University, will present a talk on his 2017 book Prince George E. L’vov: The Zemstvo, Civil Society, and Liberalism in Late Imperial Russia at the Washington Street Annex. This book is a political biography of L’vov as well as a history of the zemstvo, the local government bodies established in Russia in the late nineteenth century. Dr. Porter will discuss the book as well as Russian liberalism and its relevance to the modern world. GCS teachers who register and attend will receive 0.2 CEUs. We hope you can join us for this professional development opportunity! Registere here!

GCS Teacher-led PD: A Pedagogical Approach to Teaching the Holocaust

  • Date: 3/8/18
  • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Location: Washington Street Annex, 501 W. Washington Street, GSO. Rm. 223

Douglas Greene (Middle College at GTCC-Jamestown) and Brittany Morefield-Brown (Jamestown Middle) will facilitate a session on best practices and challenges for teaching the Holocaust. These two Holocaust educators will draw on their participation in the Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers' Program, in which they toured a number of Holocaust sites and engaged with scholars of Jewish resistance and the Holocaust. Attendees will receive 0.2 CEUs. Click here to register.

GCS Lecture, Omar Ali (UNCG): "Joara and Fort San Juan: Native American, African, and Spanish Encounters in 16th-century North Carolina"

  • Date: 3/20/18
  • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Location: Washington Street Annex, 501 W. Washington Street, GSO. Rm. 223

Dr. Omar Ali will present a talk on interactions between Native, African, and Spanish peoples in the late 16th century at Fort San Juan (near the site of modern-day Morganton, NC). Professor Ali is Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College and Professor of Global and Comparative African Diaspora History at UNCG. His research specializes in the African Diaspora throughout the Atlantic World. He has worked with GCS teachers, along with many other local organizations in the past, and has also shared his expertise on this subject and others on CSPAN, CNN, PBS, and through TEDx talks. GCS teachers who register and attend will receive 0.2 CEUs. We hope you can join us for this opportunity. Register here!

World View Seminars: A PD Opportunity

GCS annually sends a group of teachers to World View Seminars, short conferences hosted by UNC's World View program. They focus on providing content, resources, and pedagogy that can help teachers integrate global perspectives and information into their classroom.

Teachers must apply to attend, and applicants are not guaranteed a spot. Selected participants have subs and registration covered by central office; lunch and snacks are provided at the seminar.

Below are two opportunities coming up this spring. Click here to apply through GCS!

Building Stronger Bridgers: Cultural Respect & Equity in the Classroom

  • March 20 - 21, 2018
  • Location: The Friday Conference Center, Chapel Hill

Through plenary talks and small group breakout sessions, K-12 and community college educators at World View’s spring seminar will explore issues of cultural respect and equity, learning what barriers need to be removed and what strategies can be implemented to recognize the potential for all learners. Participants will have the opportunity to consider their backgrounds, how their individual experiences have forged their beliefs and how these beliefs transpire into their everyday world, specifically the classroom or learning environment. Teachers can receive 1.5 CEUs for attending and completing a "study guide." More info, include sessions, here.

East Asia Seminar

  • March 21 - 22, 2018
  • Location: The Friday Conference Center, Chapel Hill

East Asia is extraordinarily diverse and complex: culturally, ethnically, geographically, economically. In spite of rapid transitions due to globalization and geopolitical forces, East Asia maintains some of the world’s oldest cultural traditions. East Asia’s complexity, diversity and shifting role in global affairs present numerous opportunities for learning. Through plenary talks and small group sessions, K-12 and community college educators will explore East Asia’s history, culture, diversity, contemporary affairs and changing role in the world. Participants will discover and experience strategies and resources for integrating these issues and topics into the classroom or learning environment. Teachers can receive 1.5 CEUs for attending and completing a "study guide." More info, including break-out sessions, here.
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Social Movements & Reform in Industrializing Americ: The Lowell Experience

An NEH & TIHC Summer Institute

The Tsongas Industrial History Center is able to provide an opportunity for teachers to attend a summer institute with the National Endowment for the Humanities on social reform during industrialization in the US. The summer institute is held in Lowell, MA, and participating teachers receive a $1200 stipend upon completion of the institute (and program requirements such as lesson plans) to assist with travel expensives, room, and board. This is a great opportunity to see and learn more about American industrialization! More information and the application can be found here!

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iCivics: a free online resource for civics and government teachers

In each newsletter we will spotlight a free Social Studies online resource. This week's choice is iCivics. Founded by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, this site includes a host of civics and government lessons that are aligned with state standards at a variety of grade levels. Spanish language lessons and materials are also featured on the site. See https://www.icivics.org/teachers to find resources for your civics classrooms!


Each newsletter will feature a book recommendation from our department or teachers in the district that could be good for social studies teachers. Click the button above to make your own suggestion for our newsletter!

Tim Tyson, The Blood of Emmett Till (2017)

Each newsletter will feature a Social Studies book recommendation from our department or teachers in the district. This week's featured book is The Blood of Emmett Till by Tim Tyson of Duke University. This gritty but highly accessible 2017 book looks at the murder of 14-year old Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi in 1955, emphasizing the ways that its cruelty and brutality made it a catalyst for the emerging civil rights movement. The book features extensive archival research, but is most significant for Tyson's revelatory and exclusive interviews with participants in the event, particularly Caroline Bryant Donham, whose accusations that Till assaulted her led to his lynching. Tyson's books Radio Free Dixie (1999) and Blood Done Sign My Name (2004) as well as his work on the Wilmington Riots of 1898 have established him as a leading historian of Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement. With The Blood of Emmett Till, he has produced another moving and important addition to our understanding of this turbulent period.

Got a book recommendation yourself? Send it our way!

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Primary Sources Needed!

We are currently compiling primary source resource packets for grade levels from elementary to high school. We know that many of you use primary sources in your teaching, and would love to include what you're using in our packet. This is a way to make sure that what we're doing is useful to everyone. If you're interested in contributing to this ongoing project, please send an email with the text of the document (or document excerpt) attached, along with a brief description of how you use it, to stroudj2@gcsnc.com. Non-print resources (paintings, photographs, music, etc) are not only welcome, but encouraged!
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