Austin ISD Social Studies Weekly

March 21-25

Online Resources

Freedom Matters! supplemental curriculum

Freedom Matters! is a project of the Bush Institute at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Developed in cooperation with the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and with generous support from the John Templeton Foundation, this supplemental curriculum aims to help high school grade students connect the foundations of freedom to today’s global struggles for liberty. The content is particularly relevant to global studies and world history courses.

These inclusive, teacher-led lesson plans combine the personal stories of dissidents and democracy advocates featured in the Freedom Collection with broader, universal concepts of freedom, rule of law, limited representative government, and the protection of individual political, economic, and personal rights. The lesson plans correspond to the TEKS that students are exploring in the classroom.

Summer Opportunities

Texas Folklife Stories Summer Institute

Texas Folklife is now seeking teachers, administrators, and high school students for the Stories Summer Institute, our annual summer workshop for folklore documentary production.

From July 18-22, participants in the Summer Institute will work with professional audio producers and folklorists to document Austin's community traditions and cultural heritage. They will record narration at the state-of-the-art KUT studio, Austin's local NPR affiliate. The stories they produce will be presented to the public on the last day of the workshop and then uploaded to Public Radio Exchange, where they are often selected for broadcast by public radio stations worldwide.

No production or folklore experience is necessary. The Institute is free for AISD teachers, but space is limited.

These links take you to the announcement and applications for this year's Summer Institute.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send these materials and contact Program Director Brian Griffith at

Rock and Roll Forever Summer Teacher Workshop in NYC!

July 13 - 15, 2016

This summer, from Wednesday, July 13 to Friday, July 15, Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation will hold a free three-day Teacher Workshop in New York City, centered on the Rock and Roll: An American Story (RRAS) education project. Geared toward middle and high school teachers who have already used the RRAS curriculum in their classrooms, this workshop will feature guest presentations and group discussions, as well as explore participants' experiences with RRAS materials. A small group of educators will be invited to attend.

To Apply:
Applications must be sent to and contain the following:
  • Teacher's name and contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address)
  • School affiliation and location, subject areas and grade levels taught
  • A description of no more than three paragraphs indicating which RRAS lessons you have used and in what context. Also provide a brief analysis of the results.
  • If you have not yet used our materials but are planning to do so in the coming school year, provide an explanation of no more than three paragraphs of which lessons you plan to incorporate and how they fit into your existing class model.

Applications are due by 11:59pm EDT on Friday, April 22, 2016. Those who are selected will be notified on or around April 29. There is no registration fee, and participants will receive a free continental breakfast and lunch each day. Accommodations and travel are not provided.

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Austin ISD Secondary Social Studies

High School Specialist - Melanie Kirchhof

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