Social Studies in the EUP

Summer 2023


Constitution Day 2023 - Save the Date!

Save the Date: Join us for for Constitution Day 2023! This year's event will take place on Friday, September 15. Our planned keynote speaker is Judge Allie Greenleaf Maldonado - the first tribal citizen to be appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Judge Maldonado is a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and served on tribal courts in several regions of Michigan before being appointed to the court of appeals in 2022. To learn more about Judge Maldonado, check out

The audience for this event is high school students in Civics class. More details on the event will be shared later in the summer.

September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students. This event is a collaboration between the EUP ISD, Chippewa County Courthouse, MSU Extension - 4H Programs, the League of Women Voters, and Center4Change.


Summer 2023 Professional Learning

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Registration Link - Common Assessments

This event is in person - Registration cutoff is August 4.


Teacher Opportunities

Michigan Department of Education - Teaching Comprehensive History Webinar Series

MDE launched its comprehensive history webinar series in April 2022 with the purpose of assisting educators in learning about historical movements, events, and peoples that are part of the rich, diverse history of our country and world. This series will continue beginning in January 2023. Upcoming webinars include:
  • Social Studies Classroom Practice and Pedagogy June 7, 2023, 4:00–5:30 p.m

SCECHS are available for all sessions! Register for these upcoming zoom webinars soon!

Curriculum Update: GIANTS - 5th & 8th Grade

Join the unit Authors and Dr. Phil Gersmehl as we roll out 6 weeks of instruction at a time. Each session runs from 4:30-6:30 with 6:30-7:30 reserved for additional teacher needs and questions. This year-long, virtual walkthrough of the curriculum will prepare you to learn about the mechanics behind inquiry based instruction through the exploration of a years-worth of units targeting our 5th and 8th grade US History social studies standards.

Click the flyer on the left for more information & registration links.

Curriculum Update: MC3 - 5th & 8th Grade

8th Grade and 5th Grade U.S. History Courses for MC3 (Oakland Schools) are revised and completed

3rd & 4th grade units are to be revised in the 2023-24 school year. Professional learning on the 3rd-5th grade units is available! View the linked newsletter for more information & registration links.

Michigan Council for the Social Studies Resources

Summer PD Opportunities:
  • Registration opens soon for “Border Walls: Navigating Exclusion in a Divided World” sponsored by the University of Michigan World History and Literature Initiative. This is a one-day workshop on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 from 9:00-4:00 at Weiser Hall on U of M’s Ann Arbor campus. This event is open to all educators, but best suited to MS and HS. SCECH hours will be available. Registration is $20 and available here in early April.

Additional resources & Information:

  • The Michigan History Museum is seeking teacher input on revamping its BIG History Lesson by asking social studies teachers – especially those teaching grades three through five – to participate in a 10 minute survey giving feedback on their interest in different types of extended learning experiences our museum can offer. The survey can be taken here: Michigan History Center Museum's Big History Lesson Teacher Survey (

Michigan Council on Economic Education

MCEE & Federal Reserve Summer Teacher Conference

  • June 30, 2023, Agenda coming soon.

Michigan Personal Finance Institute

  • August 7-8, 2023 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Detroit
  • This event will prepare you with content and pedagogy to teach Personal Finance in a high school setting. Day 1 will focus on content provided by industry professionals. Day 2 will focus on pedagogy with our partners from NGPF. Currently full, but accepting people on a waitlist in case additional funding allows an increase of registrants.

Foundation for Economic Education Learning Center

  • Resource center for economics content

National CEE Financial Literacy & Economic Education Conference

  • September 22-23, 2023 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Register by June 30 to take advantage of our 20% Early Bird Discount to pay ONLY $200 for two full days of learning & networking!

4th-8th Grade Educators: We the People Curriculum Opportunity

See the linked flyer for more information on this We the People curriculum opportunity to explore civics curriculum for upper elementary & middle grades.

Michigan Geographic Alliance

The Michigan Geographic Alliance as an updated website with a new url:

There are new Giant Maps available - check out the new website for more information!

National Council for the Social Studies - Summer 2023

JEDI In Social Studies Virtual Conference

National Council for the Social Studies, in partnership with the Kaur Foundation, proudly presents its annual Virtual Summer Conference! Explore themes of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) at our inaugural summer conference event, JEDI in Social Studies, Thursday-Friday, June 22-23, 2023. Click the registration link for more information & pricing.

Inquiry Design Model (Virtual)

Sponsored by C3 Teachers and National Council for the Social Studies, the IDM Summer Institute is back! This is our 9th year helping teachers learn about inquiry-based teaching and learning in general and the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) and designing inquiries in particular. The institute will be conducted online this again year. While we love being able to connect with you all in person, we also know that online delivery gives us an opportunity to work with more of you, so going online just seems like the right thing to do! Click the registration link for more information & pricing.


Summer Heritage & Awareness

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots, and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans. For more information and resources, check out Youth.Gov.

The National Council for Social Studies has curated resources to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community.

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Juneteenth (June 19) has been celebrated for decades, and was made a federal holiday in 2021. It commemorates the anniversary of the June 19, 1865 order proclaiming freedom for slaves in Texas. Learn more about Juneteenth and access resources at

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July is Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month. It marks the 1990 enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark U.S. rights law that extended civil rights protections to persons with disabilities. Check out the National Organization on Disability for more information and resources, or Disability Rights - Michigan for state-based resources.

Helen Craig

Social Studies Curriculum Consultant

Regional School Health Coordinator

McKinney-Vento UPCED Facilitator

Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD

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