Austin ISD Social Studies News

Vol. 19, November 2016

November News!

Are you looking forward to Fall PD opportunities and student contests? Check out what's happening below!

Austin, TX Opportunities

KLRU, Center for Mexican American Studies and the UT-LULAC chapter to screen Willie Velasquez

On Wed. 11/2

5:30 pm

Gordon-White Building (GWB)

Room 2.206
210 W 24th St, Austin TX, 78705

Evening for Educators: Patriotism & Propaganda

November 2, 2016, 5 - 8 pm

Join us for a FREE event exclusively for teachers. Explore the Museum's special fall exhibitions focusing on symbols of American patriotism, as well as Nazi propaganda.

Experience the Bullock Museum - the biggest classroom in Texas - through special tours, activities, and film screenings. Designed for teachers of all grade levels and subjects, this free event will introduce new film-related curriculum guides and activities, professional development opportunities, and unique classroom resources. Enjoy prize drawings, refreshments, the company of fellow teachers, and receive an SBEC-approved certificate of participation.

Click Here for more information and to RSVP.

Texas Book Festival 2016

Where: State Capitol Grounds

When: Saturday, Nov. 5th, 10 AM - 5 PM

Sunday, Nov. 6th, 11 AM - 5 PM

The event is free and open to the public.

(This event is NOT at the Austin History Center)

Waterloo Press author and Austin-American Statesman columnist Michael Barnes will be at our booth signing Indelible Austin. City Archivist Mike Miller will be at our booth signing Austin's First Cookbook: Our Home Recipes, Remedies and Rules of Thumb, published by American Palate, a division of The History Press.

Saturday Signings

Michael Barnes, 11 AM - 3 PM

Sunday Signings

Michael Barnes, 11 AM - 3 PM

Mike Miller, 11 AM - 1 PM

For more information on this event, call 512-270-0132.

Texas African American History Memorial

November 19th, 2016 10:00AM

Texas State Capitol South Lawn

Join us for the historic unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial. This monument honors African American Texans and their contributions to our great state.

The Memorial will be located on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol and will be the last monument erected on the South Capitol grounds under current law.


Hosted by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and the Texas African American History Memorial Foundation. Learn more about the memorial at! TexSS

Student Opportunities

Big Questions Debates - grant opportunity for Speech and Debate

Looking for ways to earn money for your speech and debate program or your classroom in general? In partnership with the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) our teachers are eligible to receive up to $1,700 per event to host “Big Questions Debates.

Big Question Debates are a one-on-one debate format that involves two opposing contestants debating a topic concerning the intersection of science and philosophy. Topics will address deeply held beliefs that often go unexamined. Students are assigned a side of the topic before each round and present cases, engage in rebuttal and refutation, and participate in a question period.

You can host Big Questions Debates as a tournament event, stand-alone event, intra-school scrimmage, or as a classroom event.

This year’s most successful students will be invited to nationals where the top four students will receive a total of $20,000 in scholarships!

For more information and to apply, visit

Roots of Liberty National Essay Contest is once again excited to support the Roots of Liberty National Essay Contest. This is an excellent opportunity for high school teachers to sponsor outstanding student essays. The contest asks student to build a thoughtful essay about the following:

In "To Make Their Interests Coincide With Their Duty: How the Constitution Leads Public Officials to Make Good Decisions," law professor Robert T. Miller argues that the brilliance of the American Constitution is that it “creates a system of procedures for selecting public officials and ordering how they make decisions that are in the best interests of society.”

Analyze one consequential presidential decision to determine to what extent, if any, the Constitution leads presidents to make good decisions.

The winning student essay will received a grand prize of $5,000, plus a trip to D.C. for 2. The teacher who sponsors the winning student will also receive a prize of $1,000. The essay contest deadline is Friday, December 15, 2016.

For more information, click here.

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