Austin ISD Social Studies News

Vol. 31, May 2018

May is Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

There are a wide variety of resources available for social studies teachers to incorporate Asian and Pacific Islander's history into their classrooms. Check out the lessons from the National Education Association (NEA).


This year, the Asian American Resource Center - City of Austin celebrates its fifth annual CelebrASIA Austin APA Food and Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In honor of the AARC’s five year anniversary, this year’s theme is Five Spices. With uniquely themed foods, cultural performances and experiences, culinary demonstrations and fun interactive children’s activities, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Admission is FREE. Accessible parking provided. Food, beverages and merchandise are available for purchase. More details to follow.

Austin ISD Summer Academics Institute

When: Mon, Jul 30, 2018 – Wed, Aug 1, 2018, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Where: St. Edward's University

Who: Teachers from any school

Register here

Make sure you save the date for the Austin ISD Summer Academics Institute. We'll have 100s of unique sessions to meet your professional learning goals. If you feel like presenting, then we'd love to have you submit a proposal at .

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Teacher Opportunities

TeachRock workshop and Teacher Appreciation Tour

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul are embarking on landmark live tour, and teachers are invited to join the fun - for free!

The May 25th Austin stop on the Teacher Appreciation Tour features a professional development session during which the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation team will present the exciting arts integration possibilities of the TeachRock curriculum. Local educators who attend the free professional development session will receive a complimentary ticket to that evening’s show!

To see dates, details, and sign up for a TeachRock workshop, click here. Tickets are limited for each show, so please sign up today!

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RETeach Austin Liberation Through Education Conference

SATURDAY, MAY 12th, 2018

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Dell Hall Middle School Building, 3209 Shoal Creek Blvd


Teachers and other education professionals seeking growth in the areas of cultural responsiveness, student advocacy, and building community


  • Keynote address by Dr. Keffrelyn Brown , Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Workshops facilitated by Austin educators and community members on topics such as culturally responsive pedagogy, ethnic studies curriculum, diversifying children’s literature, the power of dual language instruction, and more…
  • Network with other educators who are committed to educational justice



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NHS Teacher Advisory Council

the National Humanities Center is currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 Teacher Advisory Council. Each year a cohort of educators is selected to provide local, regional, and national leadership in humanities education.

America in the 1920s and 1930s - Summer Institute

The institute in Austin (June 11–14), titled "America in the 1920s and 1930s," will take place at the LBJ Presidential Library and focus on America between World War I and World War II, covering topics including politics and economic policies of the 1920s; immigration; prohibition; significant women; African Americans; Latino Americans; the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression; Franklin D. Roosevelt, the New Deal, and his struggle with the Supreme Court; advances in transportation and communication; American art and literature during the interwar period; and the rise and decline of American isolationism.

Teachers interested in attending should submit an application as soon as possible, as admissions are rolling and space is limited.

Capital Area Council for Social Studies

When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Tres Amigos Restaurant, 7535 East Highway 290, Austin, Texas

What: There will be a short business meeting followed by dinner at your own expense.

Please bring any summer professional development opportunities to share with the group.

If you are not a current member, please bring $5.00 for the membership cost and a membership form and card will be provided for you.

If you find any resources that you'd like to share...

just email Melanie with a brief description and the link!
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Austin ISD Secondary Social Studies

High School Specialist - Melanie Kirchhof

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