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Social Studies Advisory Committee Meetings
 
 
 
 
 
2012 Region 4 Social Studies Conference
 
Living History to Understand It
Get your students out of their seats and experiencing historical situations firsthand! This session will share resources and activities that allow students to become citizens of other times, problem solve, and incorporate math, economics, and writing into their Social Studies classes. Higher order thinking is the standard for these lessons! Leave with lessons and helpful management tips in hand.

Two Ways of Living: Teaching Early American Settlement
 
Educators from Bayou Bend, Texas's premiere museum of early American life, will model an interactive field trip presentation, "Two Ways of Living," on English settlement in 1600s Virginia and Massachusetts. Classroom resources on teaching this material will also be shared during this session.
 
 
Instructional Strategies That Increase Learner Engagement
Participants will learn about and participate in a variety of instructional strategies that will increase vocabulary and comprehension while engaging all learners in the classroom. Before reading, during reading and after reading strategies will be included and participants will receive a variety of resources and content specific examples for elementary social studies.

Holland Poulsen, Social Studies Integration Specialist, Alief ISD
Instructional Strategies Handout
 
 
Supreme Court
This session will cover the basic operations of the United States Supreme Court, especially concentrating on the 2007-2008 term and the major cases handed down during that session. Secondary social studies teachers will be provided with a CD that includes major historical Supreme Court cases, lessons for presenting the cases in the classroom, as well as what is coming in 2008-09.

Yvonne Greenwood, Law-Related Education, Inc., Consultant and Jerry Perry, Professor
 
 
Conference Presentation: NCSS 2008
Instructional Coaching: Differentiating Professional Development and District Leadership
presented by Debbie Behling
 
 
2007 Region 4 Social Studies Conference
Click the session titles below to view the session presentations and handouts.
 
 
China: The Olympics and Beyond
The 2008 Olympics will take place in Beijing. Come participate in a discussion of the issues facing China. We will use the Olympics as a framework for examining some of the issues China faces in the 21st century. You will walk away with teaching ideas and free downloadable materials.

Amy Muholland, University of Houston
 
 
The Age of Genocide
This presentation will examine a century of genocides, beginning with the Armenian genocide and ending in modern-day Darfur. We will discuss ways to use film as a text to address this powerful topic. Participants will receive curriculum materials appropriate for the secondary classroom.

Jennifer Gigliotti-Labay, Rice University Discovering Dominga Lesson Plan was used with this presentation. It is on page 12 of this downloadable teacher's guide.
 
 
India: Emerging Giant?
Time and again, we hear that India is "on the move". This presentation will explore societal factors contributing to and inhibiting India's rise on the world stage. Will India truly emerge as an Asian superpower? Participants will receive curriculum materials.

Jeff Cherry, Clear Creek ISD
Jennifer Gigliotti-Labay, Rice University
 
 
Integration of Social Studies and Fine Arts, Grades 6-12
View a presentation showing an easy transiiton of fine arts into social studies. This presentation will include lessons, dance presentations, and the state-wide guidelines now instituted for the integration.

Steve Wolverton and Elain Randolph, Huffman ISD
 
 
Linking Literature to Economics, Grades 3-8
Want something new and interactive? Learn how to bring economics, through reading and writing, into your classroom with the humorous children's book Homer Price.

Donna Demarchus, Aldine ISD
 
 
Social Studies Superheroes: No Capes, Please!
Come learn ideas for incorporating historical heroes into your social studies curricuolum. Teach history, character, and citizenship by bringing heroes to life in your classroom. Strategies include trading cards, Wall of Fame or Shame?, point-of-view poems and more!

Michelle Leonard and Gaye Stuchly,Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
 
 
Socratic Seminars: A Way to Promote Critical Thinking?
Are you looking for a way to promote critical and independent thinking in your class? Come participate in a Socratic Seminar. Experience how the use of current events can help all learners practice problem-solving, public speaking, and thoughtful reflection.

Amy Muholland, University of Houston
 
 
We Grow 'em Bigger in Texas
Using students prior knowledge of places in Texas they know, teach students to create a seed packet of their favorite Texas town and discover its Five Themes of Geography.

Wayneara Adams and Denise Walters, Deer Park ISD
 
 
Other Conference Resources

These Web sites reflect some of the organizations who supported our conference with presentations and/or door prizes.
 
 
 
Conference Presentations
 
TCSS 2005:
"Facilitating Critical Thinking in Social Studies through Teacher Questioning",
presented by Debra Williams
 
 
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