ESC Region 17 Social Studies

History Rocks! Volume 4 Issue #10 SUMMER 2021

“When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.”

– Wilma Rudolph

Summer 2021

Face to face- we got you! Self-paced- we got you! Virtual- we got you!


Our workshops this summer will be, for the most part, face-to-face, in-person, back at the Service Center. There will still be some options for virtual PD with us and some great outside groups. But we are so excited to have you back at the ESC!


Many of our outside presenters are going virtual this summer and I have added the links to their registration sites!


Please check back here in a week or two for some more summer social studies sessions. We are currently working on logistics for several more sessions! I will post them right at the front/top of this newsletter with a NEW SESSION alert banner!!!!


See you at the Center!

Plus, A New Series from SMU Teaching Free Enterprise!

Scroll down to the PD Opportunities offered to the state section of this Smore!

Building Your Own Content Knowledge 1.0 and 2.0

Partnering with PBS Learning Media, this session will include a 3-hour face-to-face on June 7, 2021, from 9:00 to 12:00 at the ESC, followed by an option to get 9 more self-paced PD hours. (2.0 option for those who did this session last summer)

Journey into Texas History

June 8, 2021-4th and 7th-grade teachers will work with key concepts that link our storied past to today's Texas. The session will include work with primary source materials, project-based learning, and historical thinking skills.

Picture This! Using Visuals to Teach Social Studies

June 10, 2021-The session will provide teachers with classroom strategies and resources to bring their social studies units to life with the use of visuals.

Learning the World One Skill at a Time

June 17, 2021-This session will focus on ways to grow students' social studies thinking skills for mastery of the 6th Grade World Cultures, World Geography, and World History TEKS.

Thinking Maps: A Visual Display of Student Thinking

June 17, 2021-Teachers will develop an understanding of how to use Thinking Maps to support and enhance critical and creative thinking in all grade levels in any content area. Your fee will cover your training materials booklet.

Reading, Writing, and Responding Across Content Areas

June 17, 2021- K-3 teachers will learn ways to incorporate more literacy skills into their science, social studies, and math instruction.

Suffrage Centennial-Celebrating Primary Sources

June 29, 2021-The 19th Amendment Turns 100! Oops, 101 with Pandemic! In honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, participants will learn the story of the amendment with primary sources materials and strategies.

ELPS in All Content Areas

July 8, 2021-This session will support the implementation of ELPS (English Language Proficiency Standards) within all content areas will make content comprehensible while helping ELS develop their academic language skills.

Smuggling Writing into the Social Studies Classroom

July 12, 2021-We will be experiencing, discussing, and tailoring strategies that get students to write every day in Social Studies so students learn and understand at a deeper level.

Rethinking the Way We Teach History:A Cyclical Approach

NEW DATE- July 14, 2021- Teaching in a cyclical chronological manner allows students to master content and make meaningful connections, while at the same time avoiding the pitfalls of traditional curriculum design.

Medal of Honor Program for Secondary Teachers

July 15, 2021- Training will provide all the tools needed to bring the Medal of Honor Character Development Program into your classroom. Our flexible, cross-curricular resource, which uses the oral histories of Medal of Honor Recipients.

CANCELLED Medal of Honor PD for Elementary Teachers

Cancelled July 16, 2021-Our Character Development Program Elementary Resource is designed specifically for K-6th grade students, providing access points for younger students to Medal of Honor values at their level.

Streamlined Social Studies K-5 TEKS (Repeat session)

July 19, 2021-This session is a repeat of the Zoom sessions offered last summer. Some K-5 Elementary teachers were unable to attend last summer, so we are offering this repeat session in a face to face format this summer.

Active Learning Strategies to Empower Student Learning

July 21, 2021-Discover easily implemented strategies to support active learning, encourage critical thinking and empower students to take ownership of their learning. This session is a new one from the group at S3 Strategies!

AP US History Institute July 26-29, 2021

Open to all, not just AP high school teachers. The cost is $70 (discounted from $250 for ESC 17) and registration is handled by Texas Tech Public Media. Open the flyer below for a discount code and registration link. Great for Pre-AP teachers too!

Planning Social Studies Instruction with End in Mind

July 27, 2021- For 8th Grade and EOC US History teachers. This Day One of our 2021-2022 social studies fluency series will help us prepare high-quality instruction for student success on state assessments.

Planning Vertically Aligned Social Studies Instruction

July 28, 2021-This session will focus on non-tested social studies courses and the role they play in overall student success. Teachers will receive resources and strategies for vertically aligned social studies skills and vocabulary.

Advanced Academics Skill-Building Boot Camp

August 2, 2021-Skill-Building Boot Camp is a series of experiential learning activities that allow students to practice the skills required for success in Advanced Academics. (Hands-on activities, problem-solving, etc.)

New to Social Studies Teaching Academy Day 1

August 4, 2021-Participants who are new to teaching or just new to teaching Social Studies will gain content knowledge about their TEKS, hands-on activities, and planning time to help with their first-semester instruction.

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Self-Paced Online Learning for Summer 2021

Differentiation in the Social Studies Classroom

During this self-paced course, social studies teachers will be provided with resources, tools, and instructional support for a variety of learners in the classroom.

Depth and Complexity in the Social Studies Classroom

This self-paced online course will take a deep dive into the use of the elements of Depth and Complexity in our social studies classrooms. The course will count for a 6 Hour GT Update.

GT 6 Hour Update: Multiple Intelligences

Multiple Intelligences and Meeting the Gifted Student's Needs This online self-paced course will be conducted in Canvas and once completed will satisfy the 6 hour GT update required by the state of Texas.

Check Out these Summer PD Sessions from Around the State and Nation!

NEW Session for Government/Economics Teachers!

Teaching Free Enterprise Summer 2021

Check out this complete list of 25 live virtual learning opportunities to be held via zoom in June and July. Two topics per day offered twice. Each topic has its own zoom link. Download the attached pdf for the list of topics and registration info!

Free Online PD with National Archives

Educators can participate in document-based workshops on finding and teaching with primary sources, and on specific historical topics.

Holocaust and Human Rights Educator Conference

July 26-30 Virtual Conference ($25.00) Registration Deadline July 12, 2021. The conference is presented by the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.

Texas Law-Related Education Summer 2021 PD List

All Summer! Sessions for K-12! Virtual and Self-Paced! Focus on Civics with brand new Civics Rocks!!!!!!! Register through LRE's website! We will soon have the LRE group back in person at the ESC in 2022!

Ranch Life Learning-Hank the Cowdog at the RHC

Workshops are scheduled for July 14, July 28, and August 4. Teachers will receive a full set (25) of each book, a binder for activities for books 1-3, lunch, and a plush Hank and Drover. Each workshop is an overview of books 1-3.