Austin ISD Social Studies News

Vol. 7, May 2015

One month away from summer vacation! What's on YOUR calendar?!

Austin ISD Secondary Summer Learning Opportunities

History Alive! Putting Strategies into Practice

June 23-24, Anderson HS, Section#: SOS.77216

Recommended for all teachers, especially those who have attended History Alive! Level 1 at some point in time. The focus of this session is on using the Problem Solving Groupwork, Response Groups, and Social Studies Skillbuilder strategies in your own lessons.


Totally Texas: Summer 2015 (4th & 7th grade only)

June 23-24, Bob Bullock Museum, Section# SOS.77231


Awesome America (5th & 8th grade only)

July 15-16, O. Henry MS, Section#: SOS.77233


Reading Like a Historian: Incorporating Multiple Points of View

July 22, Small MS, Section#: SOS.77196

In order to support the development of 21st century thinkers, we need to teach our students how to recognize, analyze, and evaluate multiple points of view as they study social studies. Recommended for all secondary teachers!


Social Studies SEL Integration (Middle School)

July 27, Science Health Resource Center(SHRC), Section# SOS.77218

Exploring our New Instructional Materials!

The new instructional materials that have been adopted by Austin ISD include digital components that you'll want to explore before the school year begins. Representatives from the publishers will guide you through the digital resources and be on hand to answer any questions you have as you examine them. Be sure to sign up for one of the sessions below!


High School Sessions

June 25, Bowie High School

9-12 Section# SOS.77226

1-4 Section# SOS.77303


Middle School Sessions

June 25, Covington Middle School

9-12: Section#: SOS.77223

1-4: Section#: SOS.77301


July 7, O. Henry Middle School

9-12: Section# SOS.77224

1-4: Section# SOS.77304


July 28, Sadler Means YWLA

9-12: Section# SOS.77225

1-4: Section# SOS.77402


Elementary School Sessions

June 25, Boone Elementary

8:30-11:30: Section # SOS.77220

1-4: Section # SOS.77300


July 28, Zavala Elementary

8:30-11:30: Section # SOS.77222

1-4: Section # SOS.77305

Additional Professional Learning Opportunities

Hemispheres: Autocrats, Despots, and Tyrants: Oh My! - Dictators of Eastern & Western Europe

UT / Austin, TX

Saturday, May 16, 2015

9:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For Texas K-12 Teachers and Pre-Service Teachers, Registration for this event is required. Recommended for World Cultures, World Geography, and World History teachers.


Texas Social Justice Series: The Right to Vote

Bullock Texas State History Museum / Austin, TX

June 2, 2015

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Registration for this event is required.

The program is meant to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, when the news of emancipation finally reached slaves in Texas. Panelists will explore the historic events leading up to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark piece of legislation which aimed to enforce the voting rights enumerated in the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments. Discussion will also cover historic disenfranchisement of racial minorities, the impacts of the Voting Rights Act in Texas and current court decisions related to the law. Recommended for any teacher interested in social justice, voting rights, or civil rights.


Humanities Texas: American Presidents and the Nation, 1970-2000

LBJ Presidential Library and Museum / Austin, TX

June 7-10, 2015

Need to apply ASAP! Most institutes fill up by mid-May!

Participants will receive a $200 stipend, as well as CPE credit and a wealth of curricular materials. This institute is specifically designed for 11th grade US History teachers. Priority consideration will be given to early-career teachers in low-performing schools and districts.


Hemispheres: Down the Rabbit Hole: Adventures in World Literature and Social Studies

UT / Austin, TX

June 9-12, 2015

Registration of $100 includes on-campus parking, continental breakfast, lunch most days, handouts and materials, and admission/tour fees. Recommended for World Cultures, World Geography, and World History.


ArcGIS: Online Mapping for Teachers

Texas State University / San Marcos, TX

June 24-26, 2015

If registration accepted, it's a $35 registration fee. Upon completion of the workshop you are eligible for a $125 stipend. Lunches, snacks, and parking are included for all 3 days. Recommended for World Cultures, Texas History, World Geography, World History, U.S. History, Government, and Economics teachers!


Hands-on experience * Field trip * Instructional materials * CPE credits available

As part of the ConnectEd Initiative, Esri is donating ArcGIS Online Organization accounts, for instructional use, for free to any US K-12 school, http://connected.esri.com. In this workshop you will learn ways to use ArcGIS Online to integrate technology and support geography content in your classroom. This workshop will guide you through the creation and use of digital maps as a teaching tool relevant to the social studies content and skills in support of the TEKS.


Save the Date: Evening for Educators: African American History Through Art

Bullock Texas State History Museum / Austin, TX

July 15, 2015

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Designed for teachers of all grade levels and subjects, these casual gatherings feature special tours, film screenings, and refreshments. Pick up new curriculum guides, activities, and unique classroom resources while you earn CPE credit and enjoy time with colleagues. Recommended for Texas History, 8th grade American History, and 11th grade U.S. History.

Online Resources

An online interactive webpage for students with keys to online historical research, this is a great anchor of support as students complete end of the year research projects.


Hstry.co is featuring Ancient Egypt in May 2015. Check out the awesome resources here.


C-Span's Classroom Deliberations offers primary source clips and articles as well as lesson plans and activity ideas to support student deliberation on current issues, such as "Should the U.S. Government Approve the Building of the Keystone XL Pipeline?"


Texas Alliance for Geographic Education has online learning units that you can access which contain resources for all geographic topics. Spotlight: "A World Transformed: The Geography of Southeast Asia"

Austin ISD Secondary Social Studies

Middle School Specialist - David Levee

High School Specialist - Melanie Kirchhof


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