Social Studies Updates

November 10, 2016

Free Workshop: Migration and Human Rights: Stories from Latin America and the Middle East

November 12, 2016 | 9am-3:30pm at Duke University


The regions of Latin America and the Middle East are both influenced by contemporary migration patterns and concerns over human rights. These regions also share a history of connections via migration and the creative sharing of culture. This workshop will focus on migration, displacement, and human rights in the context of Latin America and the Middle East, as well as connections between these two regions. A few spaces have opened up in this workshop! Please email Emma Harver if you are interested in registering for the workshop: space is limited!


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Early Release Day Professional Development/PLCs

On the December 7 Early Release Day, there will be two professional development opportunities available at Shepard Middle School for middle and high school Social Studies teachers. I will be leading a session on primary sources that we have available to us through the Library of Congress website. We will also have a session led by a consultant with EverFi that will provide amazing resources for the personal financial literacy portion of the Civics and Economics curriculum. Immediately following these one-hour PD sessions, we will have an additional hour for grade-level and course PLCs. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

It's All About the Money and You!! (PD)

Feel like the word "wealth" doesn't apply to you? Then this is a perfect seminar for you! In order to become stronger, you need to first understand your weaknesses. This seminar, which will be held on December 9 in Durham, will give you an opportunity to learn about your personal investment values, the risks and rewards of building your wealth, and guidelines to help you, whether it be to strengthen your savings, your retirement, or any investing.


Attendees receive content and pedagogy, breakfast and lunch, certificate for 7 hours of financial literacy continuing education, and reimbursement for substitute teacher pay. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and workshops fill quickly. Learn More and register today!

DPS Lesson Plan Published in the NY Times!

City of Medicine Academy teacher, Tracey Barrett, and former Jordan High School teacher, Kate Harris, co-authored a lesson plan that was published in the New York Times! The lesson includes a text to text analysis of an editorial on Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest and Frederick Douglass's 'What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?' Check it out and use it!

Holocaust Workshop - Free PD Opportunity

The North Carolina Council on the Holocaust is offering free teacher workshops on the Holocaust throughout the state and the Council is paying for substitutes. The workshop is designed for Social Studies, Language Arts, Media and Art teachers working with grades 6-12.


These workshops are free to the teachers and provides sub-pay reimbursement for public school teachers as well as 6 contact hours of instruction for Continuing Education Units. The workshops include a Holocaust scholar providing background history, an in-depth session on how to teach the Holocaust using Best Practices, and a Holocaust survivor. Here is the registration link for all of the 2016-17 workshops: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/holocaust-council/workshops/

National Humanities Center Webinars

Each week starting in October, the National Humanities Center will introduce a leading scholar to discuss and share insights on a compelling topic in the humanities. Supported with text recommendations and primary source collections, each session also identifies inquiry-based strategies for introducing these concepts to younger students. Topics for these webinars include:


  • Gender in Antebellum African American Autobiographies
  • Islam in America: A Cultural History
  • Black Lives Matter in Historical Context
  • A History of Immigration Control
  • A History of Violence: Mexico and the United States
See this website for more information on the series!

Teacher/Kids Voting Spotlight!

Mr. Randall Carter, Ms. Bronwyn Hooper, and Mrs. Sashir Moore-Sloan did excellent jobs with organizing Kids Voting at Shepard, Lakewood Montessori and Lowe's Grove, respectively. Below you will find photos of students casting their votes and working the polls at two of the schools.
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