Austin ISD Social Studies Weekly

April 11-17

Butterfly Project at the Bullock Museum

In Fall 2016, the Bullock Museum will open the exhibition State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, and will create an art installation in collaboration with St. Edward’s University that celebrates the power of those who stood up against the Nazis.


Take part in the Bullock Museum’s Butterfly Project, a large scale installation comprised of thousands of uniquely beautiful butterflies. The project, Inspired by the poem “The Butterfly” written in 1942 by a child in a concentration camp, calls upon children to take a stand against intolerance by creating a butterfly to represent endurance, change, hope and life.


Butterflies must be returned to the Bullock either through mail or in person by June 3rd.


For more information and the butterfly template, click here.

New Summer Opportunities

Humanities Texas Summer U.S. History Workshops

In June 2016, Humanities Texas will hold a series of FREE three-day professional development institutes for middle school and high school social studies teachers in Texas schools.


The programs are free of charge to teachers and their schools. Participants will receive a $200 stipend, as well as CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. On-campus housing is available to out–of–town teachers at no cost. Teachers will be reimbursed for approved travel costs up to $300. For more details about arrangements and eligible expenses, please see the Humanities Texas website.

The institutes this summer include:

From Jefferson to Jackson

Dates: June 6–9, 2016

City: Houston, Texas

Location: University of Houston

Coverage: U.S. history in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries.


From Colonists to Revolutionaries

Dates: June 12–15, 2016

City: San Antonio, Texas

Location: The University of Texas at San Antonio

Coverage: U.S. history from the periods of exploration to revolution, with additional consideration of Texas during the Mexican national and revolutionary periods.


Post-War America, 1945–1960

Dates: June 13-16, 2016

City: Austin, Texas

Location: The University of Texas at Austin

Coverage: U.S. history from 1945 to 1960.


How to apply

Visit the Humanities Texas website for further information or apply here: http://www.humanitiestexas.org/education/teacher-institutes/application


Please apply as soon as possible, as registration will occur on a rolling basis and space is limited. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.

TAGE-Teaching Social Studies with Digital Maps

June 23, 2016

Texas State University
San Marcos, TX


In this workshop you will learn ways to use digital maps to integrate technology into your classroom. Utilizing ArcGIS Online, with a focus on Story Maps, we will guide you through the creation and use of digital maps relevant to geography content and social studies skills TEKS.


Story Maps “combine(s) interactive maps and multimedia content into elegant user experiences. They make it easy for you to harness the power of maps to tell your stories.”


At the end of this 6-hour workshop, you will

  • Be able to use ArcGIS Online to explore and create digital maps
  • Have strategies and understand how to incorporate digital maps into your classroom
  • Receive access to resources, including lesson plans and activities


Audience: Resources are created for middle and high school students and teachers but applicable to all grades.


This is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) workshop. Please bring laptops or tablets.


Register Today!

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Austin ISD Secondary Social Studies

High School Specialist - Melanie Kirchhof


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