Austin ISD Social Studies Weekly

November 9-15

Learning Opportunities outside of AISD

Leadership After Great Upheaval

Educator Workshop & Lecture

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5 - 8 pm

What are the characteristics of great leaders during times of change? Educators are invited to explore this topic during in hands-on workshop followed by a lecture by University of Texas History Chair, H.W. Brands.

Teacher Workshop
Explore leaders in Texas and US history with Education Department staff members from the George Washington Teacher Institute during our Teachers Workshop from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Examine biographies and primary source documents, and analyze both the actions and personality traits of leaders. Teachers will receive lesson plans, resources, complimentary parking, food and drink, and CPE certificates.

Public Program
What If Lincoln and FDR Had Lived? H. W. Brands will examine these challenges and the responses they evoked, by imagining what would have happened if two of the greatest presidents in American history had lived each a few years longer. Learn more.

A reception and book signing will follow the program. The Museum is pleased to present this program in partnership with the Neill-Cochran House, Friends of the Governor’s Mansion, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.


Upcoming Student Opportunties

Academic WorldQuest 2016

Text of Email from Katie Foehrkolb:

I am the Educational Programming Director for the World Affairs Council of Austin and a fellow High School Social Studies teacher. Each year in February, the World Affairs Council of Austin hosts a competition called Academic WorldQuest. Our local competition is part of the national Academic WorldQuest program and serves as the preliminary contest for the national event in April.

On behalf of the World Affairs Council of Austin, I would like to invite you and your students to compete in this event!

Each year, Academic WorldQuest seeks to inform and engage high school teens and their teachers across the country in global affairs. More than 4,000 students participate and test their knowledge of international affairs, global current event issues, and foreign policy. The winning high school teams at each local competition is invited to participate at the national contest in Washington DC. Our competition consists of 10 rounds of 10 questions about specific global themes.

Schools can register teams of 4 students in grades 9 - 12, however; the contest is especially relevant to students in World Geography, AP Human Geography and Economics.

I have attached our informational packet that includes study guides and information about the themed rounds of questions. I will also provide more thorough information to schools that are officially registered before the competition.

Our competition is scheduled for Saturday, February 27th at Harmony School of Political Science.

If you are interested in registering teams from your school, fill out the google form attached in this email. I will then get back to you with more information.

AWQ is a terrific opportunity to engage your students in global affairs and compete against fellow high school students in the area. We have had great success and participation in this event in past years and want to make it even bigger this year!

Please let me know if you have questions or concerns about Academic WorldQuest or any World Affairs Council educational programming. You can also read more about AWQ at our website


Katie Foehrkolb

Educational Programming Director - World Affairs Council of Austin

AP World History/10th Grade World History

8th Grade Social Studies

Harmony School of Political Science and Communication

Phone: (512) 284-9632 ext. 241

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Course Module Topic Areas:

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