Social Studies Connections

EDUC 425.02 with Melissa Lisanti


Adding another circle of learners to conversations around great social studies education is always a celebration. I am delighted that we will be working together at RU this semester and have prepared the information below to help us off to a quick start.

A little bit about me...

My junior year in high school featured a dynamic history teacher and instructional work that intrigued me every day. Since then I’ve had terrific opportunities to study the teaching of social studies from just about every perspective and it never gets dull. I currently work on campus at the VA Dept of Education's Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC). When I'm not in my office, I am often out and about working with K-12 teachers around the region in a variety of ways to enhance outcomes for students with disabilities.

Quick Start Guide (EDUC 425-02)

Very Important Work Sample Assignment Planning

A key part of your work will be connected to your field experience. You will plan a five lesson social studies unit and then teach it in weeks 13-14 of the semester. Talk with your blocking CT and identify a topic that you could teach in its entirety between 11/18 and 12/5. (Don't forget to account for Tgiving holiday.) We will need to know what the topic is very soon (by our second class if possible), because you will start developing the pieces to meet intermediate checkpoint deadlines. If you need support with this process, don't hesitate to call or email me.

Keeping It Real

In order to keep our class discussions as real-world as possible, please have access each week to the VDOE Curriculum Framework (which includes the standards) for the grade in which you are blocking. You can either download it to a laptop/tablet/iPad that is charged and ready OR bring a printed copy. I can easily accommodate either choice.

Melissa Lisanti

Project Coordinator, VDOE T/TAC at Radford University

Our First Class Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 29th 2013 at 5pm

Waldron Hall, Davis St, Radford University, Radford, VA 24141

Room 233