Austin ISD Social Studies News

Events, Resources, Professional Learning Vol. 3

Professional Learning Opportunities

Want to stay up to date? Check out our PD calendar on our website:


Echoes and Reflection PD at Region 13 December 9, 2014 *AISD teachers ask us about Substitutes!


Harry Ransom Center Upcoming Events in December 2014


Region 13 Social Studies PD Spring 2015


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Programs 2015


Bill of Rights Institute Summer Teacher Institutes


Gilder Lehrman's Summer 2015 Teacher Seminars Information * In order to apply for one of these seminars, your school must be a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School. For more information on how to help your school become a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate, click here.


Goethe Institut Social Studies Teacher Study Tours- 2015 Application due Feb. 2


Contact me to find out more information about substitutes.

TEA Social Studies Updates

Bulletin from TEA on 11/5/2014

Curricular Resources

Check out the links below for more resources!

Information about the National Geography Bee


Texas Alliance for Geographic Education (TAGE) Online Resources


C-SPAN Classroom page


Choices Program lesson Iran and the Nuclear Issue


LBJ Library Activities "The Spy's Dilemma"


Texas LRE for Educators


Stossel in the Classroom November 2014 Newsletter (student essay and free dvd)


Blanton Museum of Art: Educational Programs


Humanities Texas November 2014 Newsletter


Texas Folklife Education articles, events, resources


Hemispheres' Online Curriculum Resources


Texas Council on Economic Education (TCEE) Online Resources and Free e-books


Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) Online Lesson Plans


Free e-books from the Library of Congress Put History in Students' Hands

Questions or Comments?

Email Melanie Kirchhof at melanie.kirchhof@austinisd.org

AISD Social Studies

Jessica Jolliffe - Social Studies Supervisor


Beth Hudson - Elementary School Curriculum Specialist


Dave Levee - Middle School Curriculum Specialist


Melanie Kirchhof - High School Curriculum Specialist


Angela Green - ELA & SS Special Education Curriculum Specialist


Julia Hernandez - Social Studies Dual Language Curriculum Specialist


Robert Hillhouse - ELL Secondary Curriculum Specialist


Amber Rinehart - Social Studies Curriculum Technology Specialist