Austin ISD Social Studies News

February 13, 2018

Austin ISD Social Studies

Check out the Social Studies website for curriculum, resources, and announcements!

Teacher Opportunities

2018 Opportunity for APHG Teacher Field Study/Conference in South Korea

Are you an AP Human Geography teacher interested in participating in a fully-funded conference and field study to South Korea? Delegates will depart the U.S. on June 19 and return on June 28.

If so, email Maggie Hutchins, , by this FRIDAY, February 16!

River Stories - TAGE Summer Workshop

June 11-13, River Stories

San Marcos

Stories of the San Marcos River provides K-12 teachers with a rich humanities context to an important environmental issue: the relationship between rivers and people. Teachers will participate in a three-day workshop where they immerse themselves in various river stories from scholars and community members that make up a river's landscape. Teachers will use digital StoryMaps to create their own river stories and instructional kits. The combination of rich content, context, and instructional skills will help teachers navigate past, present, and future river stories and will establish a humanities-based awareness to the teaching of geography.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Learn more and register.

Hemispheres Summer Teachers' Institute 2018

"Windows into Other Times and Places: Explore a World of Art and Performance"

June 12 - 15, 2018 (four-day workshop)

UT Austin campus

In a continuation of last summer’s focus on interdisciplinary education (STEM and Social Studies in 2017), we turn this summer to examining the links between social studies and art education. Social studies offers knowledge of human experiences, while art has the power to animate intimate understandings of human experiences. Art, as a way of knowing, presents a comprehension that the facts and abstractions of social studies cannot always reveal.

The Institute speakers and activities will address general teaching requirements that encourage the use of rich primary and secondary source material, such as songs and artworks. The Institute will focus on other standards under the “culture” themes, to examine the relationship that exists between the works of art and the societies in which they are produced; and how artistic expressions also transcend boundaries and convey universal themes such as religion, justice, and the passage of time.

Standard registration (no housing) $100

Register online today.

Sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies; South Asia Institute; Center for European Studies; Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies; Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; and the Center for Global Business/CIBER

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Stories from Deep in the Heart
2018 Summer Institute Radio Documentary Workshop
June 20-28, 2018

Texas Folklife invites all community members interested in radio and folklore in the greater Austin area to participate in the Stories from Deep in the Heart Summer Institute, a one-week audio documentary production workshop. During the Summer Institute, participants will work in groups with professional media producers and folklorists to produce short public radio-style audio documentaries on community traditions. Participants will work with a local radio station, where they will tour the studio and record their narration on state-of-the-art production equipment. On the last day, participants will premiere their stories for their peers and the public.

The workshop costs $200, with scholarships available based on financial need.

Austin-area educators and administrators are automatically entered to receive a scholarship for attendance, and the workshop counts toward professional development hours.

The deadline to apply is May 1, 2018.

Upcoming Student Opportunities

2018 Genocide Awareness & Prevention Month Student Video Contest

Final Reminder: Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission video contest entries (grades 6-12) are due by March 2, 2018.

Check out the link for details about contest entries!


We invite your high school students to participate in Travis County’s first ever JURY SERVICE FILM CHALLENGE. This Project is a collaboration of one of our country’s leading advertising agencies, our District Clerk and members of our County judiciary.

Participants in the Film Challenge will be given the opportunity to create a 2 to 4 minute video about jury service in order to help our community honor and better understand the importance of our jury system.

The top three finalists’ videos will appear (with their permission) on an official website and be used in communication with thousands of Travis County jurors and the public. The high school student winners will also be invited to be deputized as bailiffs and work in one of our Travis County courts during a jury trial.

To enter your film submit it by April 15, 2018 in an MP4 video format.

Check out the document below for more information.

2018 Citizen Bee

The 2018 Citizen Bee Region 13 Regional competition is Saturday, March 24 from 9:30-12:00.

In order for your students to compete, you will need to contact Betsy Gonzales at and provide her with the following information:

  • Your name as teacher/sponsor
  • Your email
  • Your cell phone number
  • The name and grade level of the student being registered
  • Your school name if applicable

The content of the citizen bee has changed from previous years. You can find study information at

For more information, check out the flyer below.

Texas Water Esri MS and HS Map Competition

Register your school and learn more

With skill, passion, and analysis, high school and middle school students are exploring their world and creating interesting map products with ArcGIS Online. Esri challenges US students to create and share maps about something in their home states, striving to be among the best in the school, state, and nation. Esri's 2018 ArcGIS Online US School Competition is open to high school ("HS," gr.9-12) and middle school ("MS," gr.4-8) students in the US who can analyze, interpret, and present data via an ArcGIS Online web app or story map.

Optional mentor review deadline: April 2 at 8 am CST
Final maps are due: May 4 at 5 pm CST

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Austin ISD Secondary Social Studies

High School Specialist - Melanie Kirchhof

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