Austin ISD Social Studies News

Vol. 20, January 2017

New Year, New Opportunities!

Happy New Years! We hope that everyone had a restful winter break and is ready to make 2017 the best year yet for our students. Discover new opportunities that are available for teachers and for students below! Teacher workshops are listed in chronological order.

Austin, TX Teacher Opportunities

Hemispheres Workshop


The Galleon, Asia, and Latin America, 1565–1815

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 1:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Where: LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections

Join us for a teachers’ workshop where we explore this exhibition while examining Pacific trade during the colonial period and the ties between Latin America and Asia. While drawing upon primary resources displayed in the exhibition, professors and graduate students from UT’s Department of History will talk about the role of the Acapulco – Manila Galleon in Pacific trade, silver and silk in the Spanish Empire, and British trade and imperialism in Asia.

Designed for social studies educators at the middle and high school level. Teachers may receive four professional development hours (CPE). RSVP required.

For more information, contact Lindsey Engelman at 512.232.2404.

LBJ Library Evening Workshop

With Liberty and Justice for All: Past and Present Views

When: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, 5-8 p.m.
Where: LBJ Presidential Library & The Contemporary Austin Jones Center

Please join us for a dynamic evening at the LBJ Presidential Library and The Contemporary Austin. We’ll look back into the past and contemplate the future of civil rights and social justice and explore the connections between history and contemporary art by examining the legacy of President Johnson and visiting The Contemporary Austin's rooftop sculpture, With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), by artist Jim Hodges.

Be the first to learn about our dual-site tour program investigating social justice and civil rights and how to schedule single or dual tour experiences at one or both locations.

The workshop is for current classroom teachers only and it is free to attend. Refreshments will be served. All participating teachers will receive lesson plans and field trip cost reimbursements. Complimentary parking will be available at the LBJ Presidential Library with a shuttle to and from The Contemporary Austin’s Jones Center (700 Congress Ave).

Register Online:


5 p.m. - Reception at LBJ Library
5:30 p.m. - LBJ Library Program
6:30 p.m. - Bus to The Contemporary Austin Jones Center
7 p.m. - The Contemporary Austin Program
8 p.m. - Bus back to LBJ Library

For more information or questions, please contact the LBJ Library Education Department at

DBQ Project Workshop

Democratizing the DBQ:

Helping ALL Students to Read, Think and Write about History and Literature

When: Saturday, February 11, 2017, 9:00am to 3:00pm

Where: Region 13 ESC Austin, Texas

Workshop Fee: $50.00 (AISD Social Studies will cover the fee if you are interested in attending)

Lunch will be provided.

For over a decade, The DBQ Project has promoted rigorous reading, writing and historical inquiry instruction for all students, not just those in advanced classes. Come discover ways to differentiate document analysis and argumentative writing through a document-based question (DBQ). This workshop will be interactive and participants will receive a sample unit from The DBQ Project materials. History/Social Studies and ELA/R teachers, administrators and instructional coaches of grades 4-12 are encouraged to attend.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email Judy Miller at and ask her to register you.

Bullock Museum Workshop

Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865


When: Saturday February 11, 2017 8:30am - 4:30pm

Where: Bob Bullock Museum

Held in conjunction with the opening of Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865 this FREE workshop provides an opportunity for teachers to explore the special exhibition and discover content and educational resources from The Historic New Orleans Collection.

To secure your spot at this workshop, email your RSVP to

Student Opportunities

E2 Summit for Young Women - Nominate one of your students Today!

Be a Mentor: E2 Summit for Young Women

February 25, 2017 at the Capital Factory in downtown Austin

This February, JA and EY launch the inaugural E2 - Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Summit for Young Women, a day-long event for young women in grades 10-12 to learn fundamentals of entrepreneurship and career success.

Participants will practice networking, prepare a resume and learn startup skills through JA It's My Business, culminating in a product-pitch competition.

After the E2 Summit, the young women can continue to grow with mentoring, financial workshops, and even running a start-up through the JA Company Program.

To nominate a young woman, please contact the JA office at 512.710.5437 or

THGC Student Video Contest

The THGC is excited to announce our 2017 student video contest! If you are a 6th-12th grade Texas student, we want to hear from you. This year's theme is "Standing up for Others," and all entries are due by February 15, 2017.

Please click on the link to the flyer to see the complete prompt, details, and guidelines. All submissions must be accompanied by completed applications, parental permission forms, and honesty clause forms. Students are welcome to work individually or in groups, and winners will receive scholarship awards. Teachers of Gold Key winners will receive $100 for class supplies. The contest results will be announced in April 2017, to commemorate Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month.

Contact Cheyanne Perkins, THGC Program Specialist, with any questions you may have. She may be reached at (512) 463-5674 or

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