SS HS Dept Chair Meeting

September 14, 2016 9am-12pm

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Today's Agenda

  • Welcome and Celebrations
  • Announcements, Curriculum Updates (1.1.c, 1.3.a, 1.3.b, 2.1.a, 4.1.a)
  • Hemispheres Presentation (1.3.b)
  • The Election Season (1.3.a, 5.1.a)
  • Strategy Spotlight: Museum Project in the 21st Century (1.2.a, 1.3.a)
  • Humanities Texas (1.3.b)
  • Student Citizenship Spotlight: Voices of Texas! Student video contest (5.1.a)

Welcome, Celebrations, Updates!

Constitution Day Observance

Public Law 108-447, Division J, Section 111(b) was passed by the 108th Congress in Session 2, 2004. It states that “each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.”


Social studies secondary department chairs and elementary contacts should record documentation of campus observance of Constitution Day in the google form found at https://goo.gl/forms/JMuZnfpBljZdnbm52 by September 30.

Textbooks for 2017-18

Inform Jessica Jolliffe at jessica.jolliffe@austinisd.org of any course changes by October 2016. We will be unable to supply any additions to courses made after this date.
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EOC Results

UT Hemispheres

Hemispheres, the international outreach consortium at UT Austin, offers a broad educational program to increase knowledge and understanding of Western Europe; Latin America; the Middle East; Russia, East Europe, and Eurasia; and South Asia.

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The Election Season

Pledge to Vote

Pledge to Vote cards have been distributed to your campuses this week and are due to Jessica Jolliffe by 9/23. The purpose of these cards is to allow those needing help with registering to vote, understanding information about issues, or the voting process to get help from a personalized voter navigator. Great resource for parents and for first time voters.

YouthCam - Student PSA Contest

This Public Service Announcement (PSA) video contest is for high school students and is designed to promote voter registration and voter turnout at the polls, especially among young voters, in Travis County. The contest is open until Sept. 21, 2016.


The contest theme is “Register. Be Counted. Vote!” and entrants must use the already developed logo (either the square or horizontal version) in their productions.


Prizes will be awarded on Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar where the winning entries will be shown on the big screen, beginning at noon.

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First Vote 2016 Mock Presidential Election

Mock Presidential Election coming soon!


Before the election, students will register to be voters, receive faux voter registration cards, become members of the electoral college, be reporters covering the story, receive “I Voted” stickers and more. Due to Voter ID, students will be instructed they must bring their voter registration card to the polls to vote. Working together we can excite students about the civic process and energize them to look forward to the day they can really vote!


The Austin Independent School District has graciously volunteered to collect the results from all schools participating in the Mock Presidential Election. Each participating school will submit their results to AISD’s Central Counting Center, which will be operated by the school district, the University of Texas’ Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and the Travis County Tax Office’s Voter Registration Division.


The First Vote! team can help guide your school faculty in how to set up and execute the Mock Presidential Election. Questions? Send them to: TaxOffice@TravisCountyTX.gov.

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Strategy Spotlight: Museum Project in the 21st Century

Presented by Adam Miller, Social Studies Teacher at Crockett HS and Sarah Dille, AISD Technology Integration Coach
Humanities Texas

Humanities Texas offers a number of exciting programs that recognize and encourage outstanding teaching in Texas schools. We place special emphasis on providing teachers with rigorous, content-intensive training they need to ensure student success.

Student Opportunity Spotlight: Voices of Texas

Please complete the exit ticket below on a post-it note and place on the door as you leave.

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Texas Economics Challenge Teacher Survey

CEE included TX in a pilot research project that involved a $20 team registration fee to allow TX to participate in the 2016 National Economics Challenge. Please complete the survey to help TCEE/CEE determine the results of this pilot program.