Austin ISD Social Studies Weekly

April 24-30, 2017

Austin ISD Social Studies

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

2017 Stories Summer Institute

There is just under one week left to apply for the 2017 Stories Summer Institute, which will take place from June 21-28, 2017. The public listening party will be held on the 29th at Google Fiber Space. Everyone is encouraged to apply, and teachers are able to receive a scholarship to offset the cost of attendance!

The Stories Summer Institute is Texas Folklife's flagship radio production intensive workshop for teachers and community members. During the Institute, participants will work in small groups with our radio producers to produce their own public radio-style documentary, some of which will later be aired on radio stations nationwide.​​ This year's stories will be related to traditional medicine and folk healing practices, and our guest instructor will be Rachel Hopkin.

You can apply at Deadline is MAY 1st!

America's Diplomats - FREE screening

GlobalAustin is hosting a FREE screening of “America’s Diplomats” on May 8th. This is a documentary produced by the Foreign Policy Association which shares what our embassies and foreign service officers do in service to their country.

May 5th is United States Foreign Service Day which is why we will screen the film on May 8th at ACC’s Highland Business Center in room #201. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the film will start shortly after that.

We believe more young people would be interested in the US Foreign Service (or any other careers/studies abroad) if they knew more about it. All are invited to watch the film and stay for a short Q&A. A registration link to the event:

GlobalAustin is the city’s tie to the US Department of State’s International Visitor’s Leadership Program ( When our embassies overseas identify rising leaders in their host countries and invite them to visit the US, Austin is often on the list.

Last year GA hosted dozens of delegations and hundreds of visitors. Our embassies and those working in them are critical to our relationships with the rest of the globe. We hope you and your students might find this of interest. In addition to the IVLP, we host many other events: Distinguished Speaker Series, World Class (informal learning opportunities covering global topics), International Trivia Night, GlobalAustin Scholarship Awards, and many others (

Veterans Educating American Students

V-NEP believes our hope for the future rests with the younger generation standing up and saying never again to genocides and human rights violations that continue to occur throughout the world. Knowledge is power; use our free resources to aid in educating America's future policy-holders.

Check out this month's newsletter here.

Debating the U.S. Response to Syria - Updated Choices Lesson

Lesson linked here.

Students will:

  • Analyze the issues that frame the current debate on U.S. policy towards Syria.
  • Work cooperatively within groups to integrate the arguments and beliefs of the options into a persuasive, coherent presentation.
  • Explore, debate, and evaluate multiple perspectives on U.S. policy towards Syria through a role-play activity.

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