Grade 8 Social Studies G.I.A.N.T.S.

Professional Development, New Units and Resources


Recent analysis of research on the brain over the last 10 to 15 years has revealed numerous applications to the classroom. In fact, it has lead to a new field titled, "Educational Neuroscience".

This professional learning opportunity is designed to help 8th Grade Educators understand how they can apply this research to improve their instructional practices using newly designed curriculum and resources.


Designed and facilitated by West Michigan teachers and social studies consultants under the guidance of Dr. Phil Gersmehl, this 6-part series examines the connections between spatial (geographic) and temporal (historical) thinking.

Each session will examine the context of the 8th grade social studies standards of U.S. History from 1791 to approximately 1890, and include the following:

  • comprehensive curricular units,
  • research-based instructional strategies for teaching spatial thinking through the Arc of Inquiry,
  • hands-on activities,
  • literacy strategies,
  • custom-designed resources, and
  • best practices in both formative and summative assessment

You can still join us!

Yes, the opening day was in August; however, you may still join us for the remaining five days. You'll have online access to the materials and recording of the first day.

Days 2 through 6

All remaining sessions are 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Room 101 at the address above with dinner provided.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Day 1 of 6

Monday, Aug. 21st, 9am-3:30pm

2413 W. Maple Ave. Flint, MI

Genesee ISD

Erwin L. Davis Education Center

Room 101

  • Cost: $150
  • Lunch provided
  • Materials provided
  • Bring your own device recommended
  • Laptops available if needed
  • Up to 26 SCECHs available
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