Austin ISD Social Studies News

Vol. 30, March 2018

March is Women's History Month!

The 2018 Theme, "Nevertheless She Persisted," presents the opportunity to honor women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their tireless commitment to ending discrimination against women and girls. The theme embodies women working together with strength, tenacity and courage to overcome obstacles and achieve joyful accomplishments.

There are a wide variety of resources available for social studies teachers to incorporate women's history into their classrooms. National Women's History Month from the National Archives has ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids.

NHC Spring Webinars

The March Webinars are already full, but you can still register for the April webinars at:

You can also watch past webinars by clicking on the link above.

Austin ISD Learning Opportunities

AP World History District-Wide PLC Meeting #4

When: March 28, 2018 from 9:00am - 4:00 pm

Where: Baker

Who: AP World History teachers from all high schools

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For this last meeting of the AP World History District-Wide PLC, we will share unit resources and plan AP reviews.

I look forward to seeing you on March 28th!

SS HS Department Chair Meeting #4

When: April 4, 2018 from 9:00am - 12:00 pm

Where: Baker

Who: Department Chairs and Social Studies Instructional Coaches

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The information and resources that we share at this meeting are valuable for every campus, so it's important for every department chair and instructional coach to attend. However, if the department chair is unable to attend, please find a representative for your campus to attend so that she/he can bring the learning and resources back to your campus.

I look forward to seeing you on April 4th!

US History District-Wide PLC Meeting #4

When: April 4, 2018 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Baker

Who: US History teachers and teams from all high schools

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For this last meeting of the US History District-Wide PLC, we will share unit resources and plan USH EOC Review Activities.

I look forward to seeing you on April 4th!

Teacher Opportunities

NCTA-TEA 2018 Summer Institute: Uneasy Neighbors: Legacies and Challenges in 21st-Century East Asia

July 8-14, 2018.

University of Colorado Boulder

Application deadline: Monday, March 19, 2018.

How and why are the nations of East Asia such uneasy neighbors? This institute will examine the recent past, present, and future of East Asian regional relations, considering China, Japan, Taiwan, and the Koreas. The program will lay the groundwork for current issues by deconstructing the region’s “history problem”—the enduring legacies and hotly contested national narratives of 20th-century conflict.

Participants will then focus on current topics—national strategies and their regional impact, territorial disputes, economic cooperation and rivalries, the environment, demographics—and prospects for the East Asian regional order of the future. The institute will be held on the CU Boulder campus.

Details and application.

Costs of the residential program—including dormitory lodging, meal package, and materials—are underwritten by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia at TEA, through generous funding from the Freeman Foundation.

Participants are responsible for travel to and from the summer institute, though a stipend of up to $350 will be provided to each participant to defray the costs of travel. A $100 non-refundable registration fee is required of all teachers accepting a place in the institute.

Teachers may select single dormitory accommodations at an additional cost. Graduate credit may be available from the University of Colorado, at the participant’s expense.

Duke Summer Institute: "Dimensions of the Middle East: Foundations, Cultures, and Geopolitics"

The Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, and Qatar Foundation International Present: "Dimensions of the Middle East: Foundations, Cultures, and Geopolitics" A Summer Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators

June 24-29, 2018

Duke University, Durham, NC

Join us for a five-day workshop this summer designed to introduce teachers to different dimensions of the Middle East. From social movements to geopolitics to cultures and more, teachers will deepen their understanding of both the historic and modern Middle East. Participants will learn from scholars and community experts, engage with authentic texts, and participate in experiential learning activities. Throughout the institute, teachers will think about how to bring these themes into their classrooms and will work in groups or individually to develop curriculum or materials for classroom use.

For the full program description, please download the program announcement here or visit here.


  • This institute is open to currently practicing educators teaching in grades 6-12 in the United States.
  • Applicants must continue teaching in next consecutive school year.
  • Given the themes of this institute, this program is open to teachers in the social sciences, humanities and arts fields

Cost – All expenses will be covered for selected participants including:

  • Travel
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Course Materials

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Sunday, March, 25, 2018 at 5:00pm EST

Notification Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

To apply, please visit Qatar Foundation International’s Grants Management Portal, FluidReview, and register to create an account and apply.


  • For any programmatic questions, please contact Emma Harver at
  • For any questions regarding the application process or FluidReview, please contact Craig Cangemi at

To learn more about the experience of teachers who participated in the 2017 summer institute, please visit here.

NCSS Awards

The annual NCSS Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards recognize exceptional classroom social studies teachers for grades K-6, 5-8, and 7-12 who teach social studies regularly and systematically in elementary school settings, and at least half-time in middle or junior high and high school settings.

Award winners receive $2,500, complimentary one-year membership in NCSS, and present a session on their work at the NCSS Annual Conference, and up to $500 in transportation/lodging reimbursement to attend the Annual Conference.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018.

Secondary Teacher of the Year Information and Application

TCSS Awards

Every year at the annual fall conference, TCSS members are honored as outstanding teachers and social studies educators.

    • Teacher of the Year Award. These awards are given in recognition of active participation in local, state, and national social studies councils AND outstanding social studies teaching at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Download the application.
    • NOVA Award. Given to an outstanding social studies teacher at the elementary or secondary level who has completed at least one year of teaching and is now in his or her second or third year of teaching. Download the application.
    • Billy Sills Distinguished Service Award. Presented each year in recognition of a member’s contributions and long-time service to social studies professional organizations: local councils, TCSS, and NCSS. Download the application.

Please take a look around you and nominate a fellow educator for one of the awards. You may self-nominate or nominate another TCSS member. Nominations do NOT have to come from local councils; they may be made by individuals as well.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

If you need more information, please contact Anda Lee Seat at

Download the nomination form. The nomination form should be sent in with nominee's completed application.

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