Workshops at Region 4

For more information about these workshops or to request customized professional development, e-mail

socialstudies@esc4.net.

 

Region 4's Menu of Offerings is also available as a downloadable PDF file here.

 


 

Date Session ID Format Session

June 4, 2024

1827554

Virtual Investigating the Social Studies Standards Revisions
Are you aware of the changes and continuities in the revised social studies standards set to be implemented in classrooms during the 2024–2025 school year? In this session, we will compare the current and new TEKS, discuss changes to the content and skills, and explore strategies to support these changes. We are offering three different opportunities to deep dive into the new TEKS this spring!
June 18, 2024

1827149

Virtual

Social Studies Make and Take: Grade 8 STAAR® Review
Explore portable social studies activities to review, remediate, or accelerate concepts based on the Grade 8 social studies TEKS. Participants will experience student-centered engagement and critical thinking activities from Warm Up To Social Studies, Parts 1 and 2. Leave with a set of materials to enhance your teaching toolkit!

June 20, 2024 1827272 Virtual 5Es Over World Cultures
5Es Over World Cultures offers a series of conceptually designed instructional lessons that are seamlessly aligned to the social studies 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 student's learning experiences.

June 25, 2024

1826986

Virtual STEMulating Critical Thinking in Social Studies
Integrating STEM thinking into social studies classrooms can enhance students' critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills. This dynamic session uncovers how interdisciplinary connections between these subjects enhance our understanding of history, culture, and society. Join us as we make connections between STEM subjects and the real-world applications found in social studies!

June 27, 2024

1827555 

Virtual Tech-Infused Social Studies: AI through an Instructional Lens
Are you ready to dive into the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in your social studies classroom, but don't know where to start? Join us as we examine how AI technologies help increase student engagement, promote literacy skills, and stimulate critical thinking. We will unlock the possibilities of integrating AI to ignite inquiry in your social studies classrooms!

July 16, 2024

1827267

Virtual Get the Sage Off the Stage: Improving Student Engagement in the Social Studies Classroom
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 relevance of social studies through stimulating activities that will help get the sage—the teacher—off the stage.
July 17, 2024 1839601 Virtual

Investigating the Social Studies Standards Revisions
Are you aware of the changes and continuities in the revised social studies standards set to be implemented in classrooms during the 2024–2025 school year? In this session, we will compare the current and new TEKS, discuss changes to the content and skills, and explore strategies to support these changes. We are offering three different opportunities to deep dive into the new TEKS this spring!

July 18, 2024

1827551

Virtual Mastering the Essentials: Foundations for Early Career Social Studies Educators
Are you a new or emerging educator eager to navigate the path toward becoming a confident and impactful early-career social studies teacher? Uncover the essential foundations critical for success in the social studies classroom, including developing key routines, planning using backward design, and optimizing the use of educational tools and resources. Join us for a transformative experience that will empower you to foster a dynamic and enriching learning environment for your students!

July 23, 2024

1827024

Virtual Social Studies Make and Take: Elementary, Grade 5
Explore portable social studies activities to review, remediate, or accelerate concepts based on the Grade 5 social studies TEKS. Participants will experience student-centered engagement and critical thinking activities and leave with a set of materials to enhance their teaching toolkit!

July 24, 2024

1827269 Virtual

Alternative Instructional Frameworks: Problem-, Project-, and Inquiry-Based Instruction in Social Studies
Increase intellectual engagement and help foster deep understanding through the development of hands-on, minds-on teaching and learning! Explore creative ways to use questions, problem-solving, and scenarios to harness the power of curiosity in your social studies class beyond mere presentation of facts.

July 25, 2024

1827268

Virtual

Content-Based Language Instruction in Social Studies
How can social studies teachers effectively integrate content-based language instruction to support emergent bilinguals in their classrooms? We will explore practical strategies for scaffolding language development within the context of social studies content, fostering an inclusive and language-rich learning environment. Join us for an engaging professional development that equips you with tools to enhance language acquisition and academic success for all students!

July 31, 2024

1827150

Virtual

Rethinking Quality Social Studies Instruction: Supporting STAAR® Redesign
As teachers adjust to the innovative assessment item types introduced with the STAAR® redesign, there is also a need for a corresponding shift in instructional practices. During this session, we will explore, discuss, and plan for the implementation of high-quality instructional best practices. These practices aim to help prepare students for mastery of the standards and support the implementation of technology-enhanced items in the classroom.

August 1, 2024

1827266

Virtual

Learning that Sticks: Using Retrieval Practice in Social Studies
Retrieval practice is a learning strategy that focuses on extracting information from students' minds. Join us as we explore a variety of retrieval practices and research-based strategies that help make student learning visible. Participants will leave this session with new ways to transform learning through the implementation of these powerful teaching strategies!

 

 


 

 

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