Austin ISD Social Studies-Update

May 18, 2018

Austin ISD Social Studies

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Teacher Opportunities

TAH: Great Depression and New Deal - One Day Seminar

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm

Location: SHRC 305 N Bluff Dr, Austin, TX 78745

Join and Texas teachers for a free one-day documents-based seminar on the Great Depression and New Deal. Teachers will engage in a deep discussion of the causes of, political and economic responses to, and understanding of the Great Depression, with a special focus on FDR’s New Deal collection of programs. Teachers will be sent a paper copy of the documents reader in advance of the program, and will receive a continuing education certificate for the program.

Discussion Leader: Dr. John Moser, Ashland University

Access Program Materials here (including agenda)

All attendees will receive, in advance, a physical copy of’s Core American Documents volume on the Great Depression and New Deal.


Please note: This seminar CAN be used for Austin ISD's 2018-19 Exchange Days.

National History Day Workshop

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Bullock Texas State History Museum

Want your students to love history? The National History Day program inspires students to conduct research in primary and secondary sources, develop their own interpretations, and create a project in a variety of formats. In this workshop you will learn how to bring this exciting project-based learning program to your students, how it can benefit your students, and how they can participate in the regional, state, and national contests. Through this program, students will develop and refine the skills necessary for success in school and life.

To register, use the following Region 13 e-campus code: SU1839975

Social Justice: On the Field and In the Classroom - SUMMER INSTITUTE

Dates: Wednesday June 25- Friday June 27, 2018

Location: LBJ Library

Cost: $75 to attend

Educators are invited to a three-day institute at the LBJ Library. Held in conjunction with the Get in the Game exhibition, we will examine the relationship between organized sports, education, and the ongoing fight for social justice in American society. Through lectures and conversations with experts in the fields of education, sociology, sports, history, and law, you will also have the opportunity to explore social justice movements as it relates to your curriculum and your students' lives.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. Teachers will receive CPE credit and classroom resources from the LBJ Library. A laptop or other device is not required, but could be helpful for note taking or following along during the primary resource discussion.

How to Attend
The institute is only open to current educators. The cost to attend is $75 per person. Please complete our online registration form. After your form is filled, you will be sent a link to pay the $75 registration fee. Please note: Your registration is not complete until the registration fee has been paid.

Traveling from afar? Scholarships are available!

Featured Guests & Topics
- Maureen Costello, director, Teaching Tolerance: Social Justice 101
- Dr. Louis Harrison, The University of Texas at Austin: Racial & Athletic Identity Development – Why Black Kids See Success in Sport
- Dr. Jorge Iber, Texas Tech University: Latinos/as and Sport: Challenging Athletic, Intellectual, and Communal Misperceptions
- Daron K. Roberts, founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation, The University of Texas at Austin: Your Competitor is Snapchat: Innovative Teaching Methods to Reach Students in 2018

LRE presents: Teaching the Tougher TEKS – 11th grade US History

Date: Monday July 30, 2018

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: ESC Region 13, 5701 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78723

FREE + Lunch is provided!

In this 1-day, 6-hour workshop, the Law-Related Education (LRE) team identified TEKS that are challenging to American History students such as Reconstruction, Civil Disobedience and Reform Movements, Constitutional Changes, and Foreign Policies of the Early Presidents. Working with scholars and consultants, participants will learn and receive valuable methods and resources. Content presentations are reinforced with practical activities which will be made available to participants on a flash drive. This institute is designed to target low performing US history TEKS and to complement existing curriculum. Lunch will be provided.

To register, use the following Region 13 e-campus code: SU1840039 – 11th grade

Austin ISD Summer Institute!

Dates: Monday July 30 - Wednesday August 1

Times: 8:00am - 4:30pm

Location: St. Edward's University, Moody Hall

Registration: Please register to attend the conference on Eventbrite so that we have an accurate estimate of how many teachers are coming and so that we do not end up needing to cancel sessions for low interest. While it is strongly encouraged that you register, we will not turn away teachers at the door.

Schedule: We've added new sessions to our Austin ISD Summer Institute! Check out the schedule here.

Pre-conference: You will need to register for Monday's full day sessions on Eventbrite because seats for these sessions are limited. Make sure to get your seat today! Please click here for a list of the sessions you could attend or click the individual session below. You may only attend ONE session on this day.

CPE credits and Pay for Attendance: CPE credits and pay are calculated based on recorded attendance during the conference. Teachers will be required to sign in online before the start of the morning and afternoon sessions; you will also be asked to sign a paper attendance sheet for each session you attend.

Teachers can earn up to 4.5 CPE credits each day of the general conference (2.25 for AM + 2.25 for PM) and between 5 and 7 CPE credits for attending a full-day session during the Pre-conference sessions on Monday. The scheduled pay rate for attending the conference is $15/hr.

Please note: Attendance at the Conference will not count towards Austin ISD's Exchange Days.

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