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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 socialstudies@esc4.net.
Sessions that offer 6 hours of G/T update credit are indicated with an asterisk (*).

 


 

Region 4 Social Studies Conference (G/T Update credit optional)

January 28, 2017
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.  REGISTER

 

 

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

October 5, 2016 (4-Day session)

“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.  DETAILS

 

 

Project CRISS (Fourth Edition): Creating Independence through Student-Owned Strategies, Grades 4-12

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.  Click the dates below for details.

 

 

Medal of Honor: Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice

The Congressional Medal Honor Foundation provides a flexible, cross-curricular resource, which uses the oral histories of Medal of Honor recipients. Participants will receive all the tools needed to use the Medal of Honor Character Development Program into their classrooms. The program focuses on how students can use these examples of courage, commitment, sacrifice, integrity, citizenship, and patriotism to influence change in their own communities. Middle and high school teachers from all subject areas along with counselors, coaches, and administrators are invited to attend.

 

 

T.E.A.M.S. that Win: Effective Practices for Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Social Studies - Elementary
November 3, 2016 (4-Day session)

“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.  DETAILS

 

 

Literacy Strategies for Social Studies

November 8, 2016
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

 

 

Authentic Vocabulary Instruction in Social Studies

November 10, 2016
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

 

 

Eliminating the 'Ugh' Factor: Promoting Global Awareness and Tolerance in 6th Grade World Cultures

January 17, 2017
The study of World Cultures is filled with many unique, yet peculiar customs and traditions. Many teachers steer clear of cultural content for fear of making embarrassing mistakes. In today's interdependent world, cultural knowledge is an absolute necessity. Come join us as we examine cultural assumptions and stereotypes of our students and reflect on our own, explore traditions that are outside our comfort zone, learn to provide students with experiences with diverse populations, and discuss strategies  that will help students to eliminate the "ugh" factor, helping to promote global awareness and tolerance in the World Cultures classroom.  DETAILS

 

 

No More Worksheets: Building Social Studies Skills in the Secondary Classroom

January 31, 2017
Although very content-driven, our social studies TEKS require that students master specific higher-order thinking skills, such as analyzing information, evaluating sources, and exploring visuals. Students who are able to think critically, are better prepared to complete tasks and processing activities, and master state assessments. Come fill your teacher toolbox with scaffolded, interactive, and research-based strategies to help students apply critical thinking skills to organize and use information in your Social Studies classroom.  DETAILS

 

 

Intervention in the Social Studies Classroom

February 14, 2017

"I taught it, but they didn't get it." Intervention strategies are designed to help teachers with research-based tiered instruction in the social studies classroom. Learn how to use ongoing formative assessments to collect data in order to make decisions about how to provide immediate support for students who are struggling in the social studies class. This session will provide teachers with strategies for embedding literacy instruction, small group instruction, and appropriate scaffolding to meet the needs of individual students and make social studies content accessible to all learners.  DETAILS

 

 

Exploring RLA Through the Social Studies Lens

February 28, 2017
Learn effective interdisciplinary activities that are aligned to both the RLA and Social Studies TEKS. Come join us as we model TEKS-aligned, elementary lessons that are meaningful, integrative, challenging, and active, using social studies concepts, while promoting literacy and paving the way for life-long learning and active citizenship.  DETAILS

 

 

Sheltered Instruction Techniques and Strategies in Social Studies

March 1, 2017

Sheltered instruction is a means of making content comprehensible to ELLs.  Learn how to use social studies content to enhance understanding of the components of sheltered instruction by strengthening the writing of content and language objectives, and developing a tool box of content-specific strategies that address lesson planning, comprehensible input, building background knowledge, and interaction in the social studies classroom.  DETAILS

 

 

Knocking Out the STAAR in Middle School

March 28, 2017

Reviewing for the Grade 8 Social Studies STAAR can be a very laborious task. In this session, we will discover effective ways to create an effective game plan for STAAR review, experience engaging and differentiated strategies for review, and discuss ways to use STAAR released questions to better prepare students for the STAAR assessment.  DETAILS

 

 

Knocking Out the U.S. History EOC

March 29, 2017

Reviewing for the US History EOC can be a very laborious task. In this session, we will discover effective ways to create an effective game plan for EOC review, experience engaging and differentiated strategies for review, and discuss ways to use EOC released questions to better prepare students for the EOC assessment.  DETAILS

 

 

Social Studies Strategies for Advanced Learners

April 4, 2017
Engaging your advanced learners in a social studies class can be difficult when there is so much content to teach. In this interactive session, we will explore quality questioning, demonstrate effective ways to improve students' critical thinking skills, explore strategies for equitable access, and share best practices.  DETAILS

 

 


 

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