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Upcoming Social Studies Workshops

Click the session titles below for full details and to register online. For more information, e-mail
Sessions that offer 6 hours of G/T update credit are indicated with an asterisk (*).



Region 4 Social Studies Conference

Janaury 27, 2018

Join other social studies professionals in this one-day conference exploring general, grade level, and content-specific best practices for the 21st century social studies classroom. Strands may include the major themes in social studies, instructional strategies that address the needs of all learners, differentiation, technology applications, and sound assessment. The conference will include a full day of concurrent presentations, vendor product demonstrations, and an exhibit hall.  DETAILS



A Day with Artists: Infusing the Arts into the Language Arts and Social Studies Classroom

July 14, 2017

Do your students seem to long for learning experiences that transcend rote learning? Is critical thinking challenging your highly-creative students? If so, this workshop is for you. Learn how to integrate visual and performing arts through approaches that will help students master language arts and social studies skills and content while being immersed in creative art forms. Participants will learn hands-on strategies from fine-arts experts that tap into the artistic, creative side students bring to the table, thereby motivating and engaging students who may otherwise be disconnected and disengaged in the language arts and social studies content. DETAILS



July 17, 2017
Texas History Teachers: Learn about the scope and nature of the Texas General Land Office Archives collection. Participants will be introduced to its TEKS-connected, one-of-a-kind documents and maps, as well as ways to use them in the classroom for deeper student comprehension. Copies of archive documents and maps will be provided as well practical strategies and activities for the classroom. DETAILS

*Project CRISS (Fourth Edition): Creating Independence through Student-Owned Strategies, Grades 4–12 (G/T Update Credit)

July 19–20 and September 27, 2017

Participate in the Project CRISS national effort designed to help students in grades 4-12 read, write, and learn more effectively within the content areas. Receive the Project CRISS manual, Fourth Edition, revised 2011, which includes classroom-tested examples to actively engage students in the learning of contextual material. Participants are encouraged to register as campus or district pairs. DETAILS



T.E.A.M.S. that Win: Effective Practices for Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Social Studies

“Teaching Engaging Academics and Motivating for Success” (T.E.A.M.S.) is a three-day professional development series that applies the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) frameworks to content specific Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) instruction and classroom design. The series will be presented by a Region 4 collaborative triad whose expertise includes classroom management, access to the general curriculum, and social studies. Participants will be provided with effective research-based skills and strategies which address diverse learners’ access to the general curriculum. Knowledge and skills learned will support student achievement impacting STAAR™ success.  Register by grade level, and learn full details about these sessions using the links below:



Get the Sage Off the Stage: Improving Student Engagement in the Social Studies Classroom

October 4, 2017
Insanity by Albert Einstein's definition is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Sometimes the smallest changes can make a big difference. Experience engaging, student-centered strategies, such as historical dilemmas, structured discussion, and effective use of multimedia, that promote a high level of participation. Learn strategies and classroom management tools to amplify the relevancy of social studies through stimulating activities that will help get the sage, the teacher, off the stage.  DETAILS



Authentic Vocabulary Instruction in Social Studies

October 11, 2017

Vocabulary knowledge is essential for success in reading and writing in the Social Studies classroom. Research shows that direct, systematic, and explicit instruction is an effective way to teach vocabulary. Learn how to scaffold vocabulary instruction to provide students with rich and varied language experiences by immersing students in both content and academic vocabulary. In this session, teachers will experience a variety of research-based and authentic vocabulary strategies that will empower them to create a language-rich environment, provide explicit instruction of specific terms, expose students to high quality oral language through discussions, and utilize digital tools that support vocabulary instruction.  DETAILS



Deconstruction to Instruction: Implementation of DOK in the Social Studies Classroom

October 12, 2017

Are you looking for ways to practically implement DOK in the classroom? Now you can use the DOK process to write clear learning purposes, ask relevant questions, formatively assess, develop academic vocabulary, identify learning gaps, plan effective instruction, and create meaningful assignments. The practices and strategies that will be presented can be used in the classroom the very next day!  DETAILS



5Es Over World Cultures

October 18, 2017
5Es over World Cultures is a series of conceptually designed instructional lessons that are seamlessly aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS). Come learn how to incorporate the 5E Model into your World Cultures classroom, as well as experience research-based, student-centered ready to use model lessons that are scaffolded to maximize your students learning experiences.  DETAILS



Literacy Strategies for Social Studies

November 1, 2017

Explore strategies to assist students in reading and writing in social studies. Experience lessons and activities that incorporate expository text and lead to deeper understanding of the content. Prepare to enhance instruction with research-based, student-centered strategies for content literacy in social studies.  DETAILS



Culturally Responsive Practices in Social Studies

November 2, 2017

Create an engaging and supportive classroom experience for all students using a culturally responsive framework. Elevate your understanding of culture and its impact on academic achievement. Learn hands-on approaches to inspire, motive, and support diverse learners in the Social Studies classroom. Walk away with strategies that transform and energize your students.  DETAILS



5 Es over America: Social Studies STAAR Preparation Grade 8

November 9, 2017

Examine an instructional resource to address the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for grade 8 American History. 5 Es over America uses a student-centered instructional model for the American History classroom, as well as research-based strategies that facilitate the development of analytical thinking skills. Participants will receive the Region 4 publication 5 Es over America: Social Studies STAAR Preparation Grade 8.  DETAILS




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