GCISD Humanities Summer PD


Make plans now to "vacation" with the Humanities Team for some amazing learning opportunities between May and August.


Sneak Peek - Unveiling of the Newly Redesigned K-5 Humanities Curriculum

After months of work by over 70 of GCISD's K-5 teachers, we are hosting 4 identical sneak peeks into the new documents, resources, and expectations. Join us on one of the following dates:

May 3, 3:30-4:30, hosted at Cannon Elementary library - Registration link

May 12, 3:30-4:30, hosted at Cannon Elementary library - Registration link

May 19, 3:30-4:30, hosted at the CMS library - Registration link

May 24, 3:30-4:30, hosted at the Cannon Elementary library - Registration link


2016 Humanities Institute: June 6-9

(Formerly known as the CIE Institute)

New design, new name, new content, new learning!

Choose to attend either the morning or afternoon sessions of the 4-day 2016 Humanities Institute (Morning and afternoon content will be identical on Monday and Thursday; a few breakout sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday may differ based on presenter availability.)

  • Monday, June 6 - Jeff Anderson, keynote

  • Tuesday/Wednesday, June 7-8 Topical breakouts

  • Thursday, June 9 - Humanities Vertical Collaboration AND GT Update Credit opportunity

Morning sessions (8:30-11:45): Registration Link

Afternoon sessions (12:45-4:00): Registration Link

NTCTELA Conference: June 10

This annual conference promises to be great again this year. The Humanities Department will pay for one registration per campus. Please let your Learning Liaison know of your interest. They will collect names, draw (or arm wrestle) to determine the campus representative, and submit the selected teacher's registration to the Humanities Department. All campus registrant names must be submitted by March 4. Other teachers wishing to attend can seek alternate forms of sponsorship - $85 fee.

K-5 Reading/Writing Workshop Bootcamp: June 13

This one-day workshop will help teachers who are new to reading/ writing workshop gain a better sense of this format and strengthen their understanding of designing meaningful work for K-5 readers and writers. Of course, anyone eager to learn more about reading/ writing workshop is welcome to attend, whether they are a new or veteran teacher! Newly redesigned K-5 Humanities Curriculum resources will be woven into this session.

Monday, June 13, 8:30-3:30 Registration Link

(Also offered on August 4) Registration Link

Innovative Teaching with Technology Conference: June 14

The Twitter star and one of the country's most energizing and innovative educators, George Couros, will keynote this awesome event! GCISD teachers and instructional coaches will present breakout sessions focused on innovative teaching practices. Audience K-12!

Tuesday, June 14, 8:00-4:00 Registration Link

Those interested in presenting a breakout session during this conference may submit this form.

Humanities VIRTUAL Conference - Launching June 16

For teachers who can't attend face-to-face Humanities workshops (or those who just can't get enough of them!), the Virtual Conference site will be updated with many NEW modules for self-paced study this summer. This site, launched in 2015 already contains many modules for self-study of all things Humanities. However, new content based on summer 2016 "new releases" such as K-5 Curriculum Redesign, Student Voice, SpringBoard updates, and more will be added. The link will be emailed to all of those who register in Eduphoria using the link below.

Virtual Conference Link - New Content Launch - June 16 - Registration Link


K-5 Curriculum Collaboration Days: August 1-3

During each one-day offering, teachers of the designated grade levels will be invited to convene to "get their hands dirty" with the new units and resources in the redesigned Humanities curriculum. Members of the Humanities Department will be on hand to provide a brief overview of the resources, but the bulk of the time will be reserved for teachers to collaborate in grade-alike groups on their day-to-day planning of instruction for the coming weeks of school.

August 1, 8:30-3:30, K-1st grade Collaboration Day - Registration Link

August 2, 8:30-3:30, 2-3rd grade Collaboration Day - Registration Link

August 3, 8:30-3:30, 4-5th grade Collaboration Day - Registration Link

Literacy for Secondary Students: August 2-3

(Formerly known as SpringBoard training)

UPDATED CONTENT: Based on teacher feedback gathered during the spring of 2016, this institute has been redesigned. The agenda for these days will include an opportunity for teachers to help shape and resequence the expectations for SpringBoard implementation during the 2016-17 school year. Additionally, teachers will collaborate on unit design and learn more effective ways of using SpringBoard lessons and workshops.

Tuesday/Wednesday, August 2-3, 8:30-3:30 Registration Link