Austin ISD Social Studies-Update

January 10, 2018

Austin ISD Social Studies

Check out the Social Studies website for curriculum, resources, and announcements!

Teacher Opportunities

TAH: Westward Expansion One Day Seminar

Date: Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm

Location: SHRC 305 N Bluff Dr, Austin, TX 78745

This seminar will focus on Westward Expansion during the 19th Century. Ideas and events emphasized include Manifest Destiny, the Monroe Doctrine, the Mexican-American War, and the growing problem of Sectionalism that threatened to drive North and South apart. All registrations will be provided with a reader of original documents, sent to them by mail in advance of the program.

Discussion Leader: Dr. Dennis Bowman, Lindenwood University

Here's the link to the program announcement on the TAH calendar; and here's the direct link to the registration form:

UTeach Urban Teachers Social Studies PD

Date & Time: Thursday, March 1, 2018 9:30 am - 4 pm

Location: UT Austin Room TBA

Schedule/Format: 1 hour lecture – 1.5 hour lesson plan workshop – Lunch – 1 hour lecture – 1.5 hour lesson plan workshop (includes resources for technology use in the classroom)

Registration: RSVP by February 5, 2018, 6pm Registration Form

Lecture Topics:

  • A History of Inequality Created by Immigration Laws
  • Race & Resistance

For AISD Social Studies teachers grades 9-12, the district will pay for substitutes. Lunch will be provided for all teachers. For more information, check out the flyer below.

UT Contact:

Interested in Summer Institutes?

For more information:
  • American Bar Association: Applications are available for its Summer Institute for Teachers. Learn more.
  • Bill of Rights Institute: Applications are available for its Founders Fellowship Programs for teachers. Learn more.
  • Bill of Rights Institute: Constitutional Academy for students is accepting applications. Learn more.
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: Schedule of 2018 teacher seminars is available. Learn more.
  • James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation: Apply for $24,000 fellowships. Learn more.
  • National Constitution Center: Summer Institutes for teachers focus on the rule of law. Learn more.

Upcoming Student Opportunities

2018 Citizen Bee

The 2018 Citizen Bee Region 13 Regional competition is Saturday, March 24 from 9:30-12:00.

In order for your students to compete, you will need to contact Betsy Gonzales at and provide her with the following information:

  • Your name as teacher/sponsor
  • Your email
  • Your cell phone number
  • The name and grade level of the student being registered
  • Your school name if applicable

The content of the citizen bee has changed from previous years. You can find study information at

For more information, check out the flyer below.

Global Student Voice Film Festival

The new nonprofit has just launched the Global Student Voice Film Festival! This is an English-language film competition open globally to students ages 5-18. Students are invited to create a film no longer than 2 minutes responding to the prompt “In Another’s Shoes”.

Winners will be honored at a live film screening celebration at ISTE 2018 in Chicago, IL USA on Monday, June 25, 2018. Travel scholarships and registration support will be available for both students and their adult sponsors.

Submissions are open now with two due dates.

  • If students would like to get feedback on their films before final submission, they must submit by Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 11:59pm US Pacific Time.

  • All final submissions are due by Monday, April 9, 2018.

For more information including festival guidelines, submission rules and filmmaking learning resources, please visit the official website:

GlobalAustin Spring Opportunities

As you begin your 2018 Spring Semesters, GlobalAustin wants to continue to be part of the enrichment of your students' education. Look for the kick off of the new Student Diplomacy page on the GlobalAustin website! In the meantime there are several events that you may be able to incorporate into your Spring Curriculum:

  • The American Foreign Service Association 2018 National High School Essay Contest on the topic of "Why Diplomacy and Peace Building Matter" could lead to scholarships for your students: DEADLINE: March 18, 2018
  • You and your students have an opportunity to become Citizen Diplomats through GlobalAustin IVLP program (described more fully at the Department of State: hosting. GlobalAustin members have the opportunity to host dinner for IVLP visitors to Austin. Please check the GlobalAustin website for information on Membership and Hospitality Hosting.

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Austin ISD Secondary Social Studies

High School Specialist - Melanie Kirchhof

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