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
Where: St. Edward's University
Who: Teachers from any school
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 http://ow.ly/MGLQ30iLDYv .
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!
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
WHO IS INVITED?
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
BREAKFAST AND CHILDCARE PROVIDED!
REGISTER ONLINE at bit.ly/RETeachLTE2018
NHS Teacher Advisory Council
America in the 1920s and 1930s - Summer Institute
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.
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