Elementary Social Studies Advocates

May 2015 Newsletter

Social Studies Updates

Congratulations! You've made it to May! Relax this month and prepare for the summer with some of the many options offered by the Social Studies Department. Please share this information with your colleagues. We've seen entire fourth grade teams at one school enroll for Totally Texas and fifth grade teams for Awesome America. We hope to see more of that. In addition to the many offerings by the department, it is important for every school to consider attending one of the highly recommended elementary sessions on the new instructional materials. And don't forget next week's Dinner and a Movie at the Bullock as we take a close look at the exhibit and film La Belle.

Etc., Etc., Etc.

Other Professional Development of Interest:

  • Bullock Texas History Museum--Texas Social Justice Series: Justice in Education, Thursday, May 7 at 7 pm. For more information: education@thestoryoftexas.com
  • Bullock Texas History Museum -- Save the Date! An evening for Educators: African American History Through Art, Wednesday, July 15, at 5 pm.
  • Free National Geographic Bee Contest Materials for Grades 4 8: The National Geographic Society is releasing the official contest materials of the 2015 National Geographic Bee for free. These materials are meant to provide schools an opportunity to preview what participation in the National Geographic Bee would entail. The society is calling this opportunity a Free-Bee. Schools with grades 4 through 8 that have not previously participated in the National Geographic Bee qualify to receive the Free-Bee classroom materials. Requests for the materials can be submitted at https://kbednarz.wufoo.com/forms/get-a-freebee-for-your-school/.

  • Humanities Texas is sponsoring two summer Institutes: American Presidents and the Nation, 1970-2000 in Austin June 7-10, and From Colonists to Revolutionaries in Fort Worth, June 15-18. For more information: http://www.humanitiestexas.org/education/teacher-institutes

The Boating Party by Mary Cassatt

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