History Rocks- Volume 3, Issue #3

"I never teach my pupils: I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn" -Albert Einstein

Check out the Regional, State, and National/Global News, Information and Resources

Around the Region

Region 17 ESC Spring Semester 2020 Opportunities

New to Social Studies Teaching Academy Day 2 (please join us even if you haven't attended Day 1) Session # 657178 January 21, 2020 South Conference C

Social Studies Curriculum and Planning Day (non-tested grades)

Session # 657267 January 22, 2020 South Conference C

Teaching the Tough 8th Grade Streamlined TEKS Day 2 presented by Law-Related Education

Session # 651157 February 4, 2020 South Conference C

Teaching the Tough U.S. History Streamlined TEKS Day 2 presented by Law-Related Education

Session # 651167 February 5, 2020 South Conference D

8th Grade Social Studies Success STAAR Review Day

Session # 657241 March 30, 2020 South Conference C

High School U.S. History EOC Success Day of Review

Session # 657279 April 1, 2020 South Conference C

Around Texas

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Senate Bill 1828 and Holocaust Remembrance Week

"SB 1828 instructs the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) to develop or approve materials for a statewide Holocaust Remembrance Week, starting in the 2019-2020 school year. At the THGC’s suggestion, the Governor’s Office has chosen the week of January 27, 2020, as the date for Remembrance Week. (International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27, which is the date that Auschwitz was “liberated” by Allied troops.) Acknowledging that Texas students are best served when educators have choices in the shaping of instruction, the THGC leaves it up to individual school districts to observe Holocaust Remembrance Week by selecting from any of the items listed/linked on the THGC webpage for Holocaust Remembrance Week."

- per Texas Education Agency Social Studies Update

See the link to Senate Bill 1828.

News from the Texas Education Agency Social Studies Team

The 2019 8th Grade STAAR and U.S. History EOC tests have been released!!!

Revised Social Studies STAAR Blueprints and Assessed Curriculum

In response to the streamlined social studies TEKS that are being implemented in middle school and high school classrooms this 2019-2020 school year, a social studies educator advisory committee reviewed the assessed curriculum and blueprint documents for social studies STAAR tests. Based on the committee’s guidance, the assessed curriculum and blueprint documents have been revised and posted to the STAAR Social Studies Resources webpage.

The revised social studies TEKS are posted on the TEA website! Click on the link below to access the new TEKS!

"At the November 2018 State Board of Education (SBOE) meeting, the SBOE approved for second reading and final adoption revisions to the social studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The revisions streamline the social studies TEKS for kindergarten-grade 8 and the following high school courses: United States History Studies Since 1877, World History Studies, World Geography Studies, United States Government, and Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits.

The TEKS for middle school and high school social studies are scheduled for implementation beginning with the 2019-2020 school year and the TEKS for kindergarten-grade 5 are scheduled for implementation in the 2020-2021 school year." - Texas Education Agency

Interested persons can receive updates about the social studies TEKS by subscribing to receive social studies email updates from the TEA. You can subscribe via the following TEA webpage:

Around the Nation

Veterans Day 2019

NCSS/TCSS Social Studies Conference in Austin

Register for the combined National Council for the Social Studies/Texas Council for the Social Studies 2019 Conference in Austin, November 22-24.



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