Social Studies Spring Workshops

Argument Writing in Social Studies.

Recent changes to social studies have lead to a greater emphasis on argument writing. How does argument differ from the document based question? This workshop will provide participants with the essentials for teaching, scoring and providing feedback in argumentative writing specific to social studies.


May 16, 2016 with Marcy Sweetman. Registration Link

Web Tools to Foster Student Reseach- Model Schools Participants

Take advantage of the increasing amount of web tools and apps to help teachers integrate technology in research and inquiry work in and out of class. Grounded in the Common Core Learning Standards for New York State, teachers will have an opportunity to revise current research projects to align to the standards and sharpen students technology skills and to prepare students for college and the workforce. This workshop is for teachers at any grade level, any discipline who are proficient with technology.


May 23, 2016 with Marcy Sweetman. Registration Link

Making the Most of High Stakes Tests

Are you an educator who laments the required high-stakes test? Struggling to find value in a summative assessment designed by someone other than the classroom teacher? In this workshop, you will learn some ways to mine the test for valuable information (not just data), engage your students in an exploration of what they will learn, and frame the content of your course in a new way. Time will be allotted for design of curricular materials for you to use with your students so please bring or have digital access to resources and materials you use at the beginning of the school year.



May 24, 2016 with Marley Smith. Registration Link

Unpacking the Social Studies Inquiries

Busy schedule? Not enough time to plan a Social Studies inquiry? This workshop is for you! Participants will be given a brief overview of the frameworks, specific to their grade level. Understanding the inquiry blueprint, teachers will have time to create materials to begin an inquiry at their grade level. Participants will be introduced to the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) blueprint for the creation of the inquiries. The Inquiries were designed to put instructional and curriculum design tools into the hands of teachers and leaders in local districts across New York State. The Inquiry resources focus on implementation of the Inquiry Arc, as presented in The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. Teachers will have an opportunity to prepare for and plan inquires.


May 25, 2016 with Marcy Sweetman. Registration Link

Making Text Come Alive with Protocols

This workshop will share the purpose and meaning of protocols aligned to CCLS reading, writing, and speaking & listening strands. Participants will experience the protocols as a learner and then apply them to their own instructional practice. Participants should bring 2-4 texts (digital text, print, images, etc.) to the session. This session will apply the inquiry approach and provide participants with lesson development time. The intended audience is for grades 3-12 and all content teachers.


May 27, 2016 with Dana Serure. Registration Link