Social Studies

Spring 2022 - News and Updates

Welcome Eastern Upper Peninsula Social Studies Teachers

In this newsletter you will find information on learning opportunities for you & your students, and opportunities to collaborate and support peers. If there is any content you would like added to the newsletter, please reach out to Helen Craig at

Response Requested

In this section, educators, administrators, or ISD staff can request information on a topic. If you have an answer to any of the questions below, please take a few minutes to respond!

Summer Sessions at the EUP ISD - Paid opportunity

The Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps, representing teachers from across the EUP ISD, is seeking to update common assessments developed under the old social Michigan studies standards. We have work days blocked off this summer, during which educators would gain familiarity with the new Social Studies standard, and work together to align assessment questions to the new standards in a supportive community setting. This is a paid project - Stipends are available. Interested teachers should contact Helen Craig (, Social Studies Curriculum Consultant at the EUP ISD.

Constitution Day Feedback:

The Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD, the League of Women Voters, and Mackinac/Chippewa County 4H are seeking input as we plan for a Constitution Day event in September 2022. This feedback form is for secondary social studies teachers in Mackinac, Chippewa, and Luce counties. Feedback is anonymous and will help support updates to programming. Please contact Helen Craig at with questions.

Feedback will be accepted through Monday, May 2. Thank you for your participation.

MiVote Matters: Youth Voter Registration Drive

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson created the High School Voter Registration Challenge to recognize high schools throughout the state for their commitment to registering students to vote. Students who are 17 1/2 years old and 18 by the next election are eligible to register to vote. The Challenge has 3 levels:

  • Gold: 90% and above of all eligible high school students registered
  • Silver: 70% - 89% of all eligible high school students registered
  • Bronze: 50%-69% of all eligible high school students registered

The award levels are based on the number of eligible students registered by Friday, May 27, 2022.

For more information, visit:

Contact Helen Craig at for support in bringing the voter registration drive to your school!

Student Opportunities

Summer Employment Opportunity for Students

The Mackinac State Historic Parks is currently recruiting for the Summer 2022 season. For more information, please visit

Learning Opportunities for Educators

In this section I will share professional development opportunities for educators. Some of these come from the EUP ISD while others are from outside organizations.

Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps

The EUP ISD’s Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps is seeking K-12 teachers to join a group of passionate educators dedicated to meeting regional teacher needs in social studies. On the Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps, educators collaborate to foster social studies academic success and civic participation. We will equip and empower teachers to support their peers in providing and sustaining high-quality social studies instruction across the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

The Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps has set meeting dates for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2022
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2022
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2023
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Registration is available via Wisdomwhere.

MDE Webinar Series

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is hosting a webinar series in collaboration with institutions of higher education, cultural centers, and the 12 federally recognized tribes of Michigan that form the Confederation of Michigan Tribal Education Departments to assist educators with the teaching of and learning about comprehensive history through thematic instruction.

Registration is now open to all educators for the free virtual webinar series:

  • Remembering the Holocaust: Never Forget to Never Repeat: More information available here
  • Maawndoonganan: Using the Indigenous-Developed Social Studies Resource Guide to teach "To and About First Peoples" - Registration available here.

Michigan Council for the Social Studies: 2022 Conference

The Michigan Council for the Social Studies conference will continue online this year. This allows the conference to be more accessible and provided at a lower cost MCSS members.

Keynote speakers include U.S. Congressman Peter Meijer, Jim Townsend from the Levin Center, Dr. Michael Rice our state Superintendent, and an incredible panel discussion headlining many amazing sessions led by local, state, and national level leaders. Each Social Studies content discipline will be represented and providing sessions at the conference for all levels of education.

The conference will take place from April 18 to April 21 via zoom. The Conference will go from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day. Registration is available now!

National Council for the Social Studies: Spring and Summer Offerings

The linked e-newsletter contains a round-up of all professional development offered by the National Council for the Social Studies. Institute offerings include:

  • The 2022 Inquiry Design Model Summer Institute
  • 2022 NCSS Inquiry and Teaching with Primary Sources Institute
  • 2022 Summer Leadership Institute: Navigating the Political Landscape of Social Studies

Afternoon & evening webinars include:

  • Using historical books to increase literacy skills through primary sources
  • Up to the Task: How to support student-led learning in elementary social studies
  • Arguing about politics and ethics.
  • Using primary sources to engage students in civic inquiry
  • Inquiry in Action: Classroom Spotlights.

Cascading Lives: Stories of Loss, Resilience, and Resistence

The Cascading Lives Project is grounded in the stories of real people’s lives. Since the summer of 2020, we have been gathering the life histories of individuals working in the hospitality industry in Massachusetts and Georgia. Their jobs range from bartending and event-planning to industrial cleaning and circus performance. These individuals have generously shared their experiences of loss, resilience, and resistance throughout the entire course of their lives. We invite you to engage with these rich and complex narratives to learn more about experiences of economic mobility and poverty in the United States.

The Cascading Lives Digital Toolkit is a package of teaching materials about economic inequality and mobility in the U.S. Created with input from educators, these materials are designed as flexible learning units that assist English and Social Science high school teachers to bring these topics to their students in effective and imaginative ways.

Spring Heritage & Awarness Months

April is Genocide Awareness Month

Under Public Act 170 of 2016, the board of a school district or charter school must ensure that its school's social studies curriculum for grades 8 to 12 include age and grade appropriate instruction about genocide, including but not limited to the Holocaust, and the Armenian genocide. The statute "recommends" a combined total of six hours of such instruction during grades 8 to 12. The resources below are shared to support educators in learning and teaching about the Holocaust.

To commemorate Genocide Awareness Month in April, join Echoes & Reflections webinars to learn about the lessons of the Holocaust and help students prevent the escalation of antisemitism and other forms of hate in their schools and communities.

The USC Shoah Foundation is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides. Their website has resources and professional learning for both educators and students.

The Zekelman Holocaust Center (Farmington Hills, MI) has an educator resource page. In past years, several Eastern UP schools have taken field trips to the Holocaust Center.

The Michigan Holocaust and Genocide Education website was created for individuals who want to teach and learn about genocides, or to connect to museums and events happening in Michigan. Resources and lesson plans around the Armenian Genocide are available.

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success. This site shares events, primary sources, exhibits, and resources for educators.

June is LGBT Pride Month

Youth.Gov: 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. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans. The link shared above contains resources for students and teachers around honoring LGBTQ pride month.

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