SJCSD Social Studies

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Teaching Strategies to Get Your Students Talking

Even when learning is supposed to be student-directed, many teachers often hear themselves repeating information or giving too many directions. This article provides a few strategies to get your students to do more talking than you.

Insights from the World of Work

How do we prepare students for a world that doesn't yet exist?

In fall 2014, a faculty launched an action research project with the goal of developing an informed empathy for our students' future selves. Read their research and about the five attributes of tomorrow's leaders.

Resources for Differentiated Instruction

The resources below can be used for the purpose of reteaching or extension of content.

2017 National History Day Theme

National History Day (Day) motivates students to discover history by:

  • Cultivating interest: students research a topic of their choice
  • Developing research skills: students act as historians discovering how to uncover primary sources, build historical context and form historical interpretations
  • Becoming experts on their research topic: presenting their research to teachers, students, and historians
  • Achieving success: The shy student gains confidence when speaking about a topic he/she has researched, The apathetic student gains passion by choosing a topic of personal interest, and The high achieving student increases his/her ability to articulate learning through presentation.

Veterans in the Classroom

Veterans Inspiring Patriotism Program

The Joe Foss Institute is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to teaching young Americans responsible citizenship and preparing them for civic engagement. It is the enduring vision and legacy of the late Joe Foss, WWII Marine Corps fighter “Ace” and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, who founded JFI in 2001 with his wife, Didi Foss. The Veterans Inspiring Patriotism (VIP) program provides classroom presentations in elementary and secondary schools by Veteran volunteers who speak about patriotism and civic related concepts. The Veterans provide “living history” in sharing their patriotism and experiences related to a variety of topics. The Joe Foss Institute also provides schools with related materials such as classroom flags, hand held flags, poster sized copies of the Founding Documents and pocket constitutions. If you are interested in learning more or booking a presentation, please contact Audrey Mazzotta at She is located here locally in St. Augustine.

Summer Professional Development Opportunities

C-SPAN Summer Educator's Conference

Each summer, C-SPAN hosts two teacher conferences in Washington, DC. The day-and-a-half long conferences are held during the month of July at C-SPAN’s headquarters in the heart of Washington, DC. Airfare to and from Washington, two nights’ hotel stay, and meals during the conference are all provided by C-SPAN.

This summer our conferences will be held:

  • Middle School Conference: Monday and Tuesday, July 11th-12th
  • High School Conference: Thursday and Friday, July 14th-15th

Application Deadline: Friday, April 8th

2016 Summer Educators' Conference Application

Civil Rights Educator Institute

The 2016 Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Civil Rights Educator Institute is a design laboratory for social engagement that provides a space for pedagogical experimentation, and inquiry into issues related to human rights and education for liberation. This institute brings together educators, community workers, and cultural activists from around the country to exchange knowledge and experiences, and to learn with and from each other in an intensive week-long learning community.

More Information

Date: July 10-15, 2016

Location: Little Rock Central High National Historic Site

For Application, please contact: Chief of Interpretation & Education Enimini Ekong
Phone: 501.396.3006 Email: e-mail us

Teaching the DBQ

Students at Landrum Middle School work through the process of analyzing a document to determine whether Athens or Rome had a better system for citizenship.