Social Studies Update
Spring Professional Development
Register now for STAAR and EOC Reviews- spots are filling up fast!
Social Studies Workshops
Secession, Slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction
Brought to you by Humanities Texas
Session ID Number: 362083
8th Grade American History STAAR Review
Session ID Number: 366476
High School U.S. History EOC Review
Session ID Number: 366482
Instructional Technology Tools for the Social Studies Classroom
Session ID Number: 367195
Professional Development in Your Pajamas!
If you would you like to get professional development while wearing your pajamas, then this workshop series is for you! Each session is worth 2 hour of PD credit. If you participate in each session, you will be able to receive 8 hours of CPE credit!
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February 10th: Formative Assessment
Session ID Number: 367502
March 24th: Instructional Technology Tools
Session ID Number: 367504
April 21st: Grading and Assessment
Session ID Number: 367507
These courses are self-paced. They MUST be completed by April 29th in order to receive the 6 to 12 hours of CPE credit. You may register at any time throughout the Spring.
Conceptual Planning in Social Studies
Session ID Number: 43244
Formative Assessment in a Nutshell
Session ID Number: 43248
Online Book Study: “Why Won’t You Just Tell Us the Answer?” Teaching Historical Thinking in Grades 7-12
Session ID Number: 367423
Guest Speakers Coming to Region 17!
If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Jenny Gaona at email@example.com.
"ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL FREEDOM: JOINED AT THE HIP?"
Dr. Robert Lawson, Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom, Southern Methodist University
Monday, February 29th and Tuesday, March 1st.
If you would like for Professor Lawson to visit your school and speak to your students please email Jenny Gaona firstname.lastname@example.org.
"THE NEW CHALLENGES TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM"
Wednesday, May 4th and Thursday, May 5th.
If you would like for Professor Bradley to visit your school and speak to your students please email Jenny Gaona email@example.com.
Attention 8th Grade American History Teachers!
- STAAR released test items packaged by units (units are be based on the TEKS Resource System YAG)
- Standard Alignment
- Tutoring and RTI resources for each question on the assessment
This is a GREAT resource to see if your students are STAAR ready at the end of each unit!
Click on the link to access this resource: Pulse Checks
Opportunities for Learning at Region 17
Alex Kajitani is Coming March 8th, 9th, and 10th!
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
You Got This! Six Keys to Success for Middle/JH School Students
https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=41887 (middle school)
Alex will be working with middle school students on this day. Teachers need to register for the workshop and then email students’ names and grades to Margo Knox at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
You Got This! Six Keys to Success for High School Students
https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=41889 (high school)
Alex will be working with high school students on this day. Teachers need to register for the workshop and then email students’ names and grades to Margo Knox at email@example.com
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
How to Help Your Child Succeed & Be Happy
https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=375621 (parent night)
Alex will share his own personal stories with parents this evening.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Owning It: How to Be Highly Effective & Love What You Do
This is a whole day event for paraprofessionals and teachers. Alex will present a keynote in the morning and repeat it in the afternoon. (9:00-11:45) (1:00-3:45)
Participants will attend one keynote address and for the other half of the day participants will choose 2 breakout sessions. You will have 6 breakout sessions to choose from. All six sessions will be repeated for all four time slots.
Paula Kluth is coming to Region 17!
Too often a “one-size-fits-all” approach is used to design lessons leaving some learners struggling to participate and leaving teachers feeling they have not reached all of their students. In this interactive session, participants will apply principles of differentiation by exploring a number of collaborative, active, and brain-compatible learning techniques aimed at engaging students and making learning joyful.
April 13: Just Give Him the Whale Session #376203
Do you know someone who loves whales? Or ceiling fans? Or elevators? Most of us do know learners with specific interests. Often, however, these favorites of students with autism are not celebrated but seen as annoying, problematic or in need of “extinction”. In this presentation, Dr. Kluth will explore alternative perspectives and will focus specifically on how they can serve as supports, teaching tools, inspirations, and hobbies.
Funding, Grants and Contests
The Ann Rogers Scholarship for Student Teachers
The Ann Rogers scholarship is funded by the Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association, a non-profit, tax-exempt entity chartered under the laws of the State of Texas. The scholarship was created to provide scholarship funds for student teachers completing his/her student teaching in social studies in the state of Texas. This $1000.00 scholarship will be paid directly to the student teacher after official proof of registration is shown.
Ann Rogers was the Director of Social Studies for the Texas Education Agency for ten years. She spent her years in that position championing the needs of social studies teachers across the state of Texas. She has encouraged and enabled the excellence of social studies instruction in the state of Texas and has guided the writing and implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. This scholarship was created to honor Ann Rogers and her vision in the teaching of social studies in Texas.
Click here for the application form.
Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association District Improvement Grant Application
TSSSA approved a $2000 DIGrant fund amount for 2016. Applications for this competitive grant will be evaluated based on purpose, goals, and impacts. Grant applications may range from $500 to $2000. Awardees will be announced at the Spring conference in Austin Feb. 25/26th.
Click here for the grant application.
Click here to view the grant application rubric.
2016 Outstanding Teaching Award
Do you know an outstanding teacher in your school or community? Nominate him or her for one of our 2016 Outstanding Teaching Awards!
In 2016, Humanities Texas will present a total of fifteen awards to exceptional Texas K–12 humanities teachers in three different categories:
- Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award
(12 recipients). This award recognizes exemplary contributions of teachers in Texas elementary, middle, and high schools.
- Linden Heck Howell Outstanding Teaching of Texas History Award (1 recipient). This award was established in memory of Ms. Howell, former chair of the Humanities Texas Board of Directors, as a lasting tribute to her service to the organization and her commitment to the study of Texas history.
- Award for Outstanding Early-Career Teaching
(2 recipients). This award recognizes exemplary contributions of early-career humanities teachers in Texas who have completed three or fewer years of teaching.
All award winners will receive a $5,000 prize, with an additional $500 for their schools to purchase humanities-based instructional materials.
To nominate a teacher, please complete the online nomination form.
Summer Institute for Current and Future K-12 Teachers
"Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms:
Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920”
A Summer Institute for Current and Future K-12 Teachers
June 26– July 22, 2016
The Chicago Metro History Education Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago invite K-12 teachers to apply for “Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressivisms: Race, Capitalism, and Democracy, 1877 to 1920.” Participants in this National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored program will spend four weeks in Chicago, a center of Progressive Era reform, engaging in vigorous discussions about this critical time period in American history and creating materials to use in their classrooms. Award-winning historian Robert Johnston (University of Illinois at Chicago) will guide the institute’s academic content, with the help of renowned experts in history, art, and architecture. Charles Tocci (Loyola University Chicago) will direct teaching application discussions, along with master teacher Michael Biondo (Maine South High School). For more information, contact Rachel Allmen, CMHEC, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stimulating readings and discussions with scholars and peers
Time to explore and create practical applications for your classroom
A $3,300 stipend to defray travel, lodging, and study expenses
A chance to personally experience Chicago’s Gilded Age and Progressive Era history and culture
For full details, visit www.gildedandprogressive.org
Applications are due March 1, 2016.
TCEA 2016 Take Aways
For more, yes there was more, check out my twitter handle for all of my TCEA tweets! @jgaonaR17SS
Technology Tips, Tricks, and Tools from Facebook this Month
Texas Council for the Social Studies
Texas General Land Office