Connecting stories of the past to the needs of the present.

Volume 2 Issue 1

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

My name is Jessica Torres and I serve as the ESC Region 12 Social Studies content specialist. I am so excited about this school year and the opportunities we have to impact society through our social studies lessons.

The purpose of the newsletter is to provide resources that are specific to types of social studies content, as well as general instructional tools and resources, and updates and professional development opportunities that are beneficial to all. If you ever need assistance or have a question, please do not hesitate to contact me via email (jtorres@esc12.net) or social media (@owl_b_torresedu).

Wishing you a great start to the new school year!

Curriculum Updates

STAAR Social Studies Resources

The 8th grade and US History Blueprints, Assessed Curriculum, and Performance Level Descriptors have been updated by TEA to match the new streamlined standards. Find them here.
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Lead4Ward Resources

Lead4Ward provides several data tools to educators free of charge. The following documents are extremely helpful for social studies teachers. If you need assistance using them, please feel free to give me a call.

Resources > Content Builder > Academic Vocab

Resources > Content Builder > IQ Released Items

Resources > Data Tools > Frequency Distribution by TEKS Cluster

Resources > Instructional Tools > Social Studies Side by Sides

Resources > Instructional Tools > Quickchecks

Instructional Innovation

Technology Tools

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Digital Resources

Literacy Connections

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Student Opportunities

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Citizen Bee

The Texas Citizen Bee is a statewide civic education program and competition. Students use an online guide and phone app to prepare for a two-part competition. This information session is for the sponsor to attend and learn about the competitive group for grades 9-12.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Geography PD Opportunity

This Fall the Department of Geography at Texas State University is offering TWO ONLINE graduate courses in Geography Education. Follow the link for additional information!

GEO 5341 Contemporary Issues In Geographic Education

GEO 5393F Spatial Thinking in Education

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National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS), and National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) invite you to attend the largest annual gathering of K-12 social studies classroom teachers, college and university faculty members, curriculum designers and specialists, district and state social studies supervisors, international educators, and social studies discipline leaders.

  • Attend over 600 sessions designed to increase your professional learning
  • Get the latest in social studies and geography education
  • Network with 3,500 colleagues
  • Gain valuable CEUs and college credit
  • Learn about the revised social studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

P.S. Check out the session I'll be presenting!

Helping Children “Read” the World - Global Education Through Literature


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Jessica Torres

Ed Specialist - Digital Innovation/Gifted Education & Social Studies

ESC Region 12

o: 254-297-1118