Austin ISD Social Studies Weekly

October 12-18

In this weekly update you will find upcoming PD opportunities, highlighted online resources, and information about student contests. Please read through the whole newsletter. A new update will be emailed each Monday.

Professional Development Opportunities

History Alive! Level 1 Training

We are bringing our friend from TCI, Loyal Frazier, back to present a 2-day Level 1 History Alive! Training. Loyal will present lessons that demonstrate TCI Strategies including Visual Discovery, Writing for Understanding, Experiential Exercise, and Response Groups, as well as discussing how best to organize the Student Interactive Notebook!

If you haven't attended a History Alive! training in the past and you enjoy using TCI materials, then you need to attend this training! You'll be able to ask questions about setting up your own activities, ways to modify activities for your students, and more! Come and collaborate with colleagues across Austin ISD to incorporate engaging and rigorous activities into your lessons!

Space is limited, so sign-up today!

History Alive! Level One Training: Fall 2015 (2 day training)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

8:30am – 3:30pm

Section # 77773

Location: Baker

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AISD Social Studies will pay for the substitutes if you sign up for the workshop at the LBJ Library.
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New online Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources

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This Thanksgiving weekend, StoryCorps will work with teachers and high school students across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend.

Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. The pilot project is specially designed for students ages 13 and over and as part of a social studies, history, civics, government, journalism, or political science class, or as an extracurricular activity. All that is needed to participate is a smartphone and the StoryCorps mobile app.

Download the free teacher toolkit at

Uploaded interviews are preserved at the Library of Congress and on the website, a growing, global archive of the wisdom of humanity.

Student Contest Opportunities!

DAR 15-16 Christopher Columbus Essay Contest

Discuss the similarities and differences between Christopher Columbus' voyage to the new world and Charles Lindbergh's first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. What effect did the 400 years between their accomplishments have on what each man hoped to achieve, the challenges they faced, and the skills essential to their success?

"Columbus and Lindbergh: A Journey Across the Atlantic"

Open to Grades 9-12

Length: Between 800 and 1200 words

For information contact: Suzanne Faught

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2015

For more information, check out this packet.