Austin ISD Social Studies Weekly

December 14 - January 3

TEA Updates

Staff Update: New Statewide Social Studies Coordinator

TEA is pleased to welcome Jim Doris to the Curriculum Division as our new Statewide Social Studies Coordinator. Jim comes to the agency with a plethora of experience in social studies education and publishing. Please join us in congratulating Jim. His contact information is as follows.

(512) 463-9581

TEA Curriculum Division Employment Opportunity

The following job opportunity is currently available in the Texas Education Agency’s Curriculum Division:

Program Specialist VI – Curriculum Specialist


Posting scheduled to close December 22, 2015, at 5:00 pm Central Time.

Additional information regarding the position and access to the application are available at

Please feel free to forward this announcement to anyone you think may be qualified for and interested in the posting.

CenTex History Fair 2016

For more information about registration, this year's theme, and contest rules, check out the National History Day page on our Social Studies website. Austin ISD Social Studies will pay the $15 registration fee for each student who attends the Cen-Tex History Fair. Contact Melanie Kirchhof for more information. Registration deadline is February 9!

Experiential Exercises in Economics

In January, AISD Social Studies will be providing a 1/2 day workshop for all Economics teachers on experiential activities that support English Language Learners and promote active student engagement. We are happy to welcome Ken Karrer, retired AISD Economics teacher and consultant with the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE.) More details will be available after winter break. We'd like to thank everyone that participated in the survey included in the November 16 weekly update!

Global Refugees: Human Rights, Responsibilities, and Responses

July 11-15, 2016

Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Choices Leadership Institute is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Choices Program’s award-winning curriculum materials and approach, engage with scholars on the topic of global refugees, and plan strategies for introducing the Choices Program to your school, district, and larger educational community. Participants will examine instructional strategies for engaging secondary students in the study of contested international issues, share best practices with other dedicated and innovative teachers, and plan effective professional development and outreach activities.

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Melanie Kirchhof

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me by one of the means below.