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Workshops at Region 4

Region 4 is going virtual this summer to keep everyone safe and socially distanced. We will be providing professional development via Zoom. Presenters will e-mail participants with a link to join the session prior to the workshop. For more information about Region 4's Social Studies professional development, e-mail




social-studies-conference-2020-email-graphic-v2Region 4 Social Studies Conference

July 9, 2020Virtual Event


Join other social studies professionals in this one-day virtual conference exploring general, grade level, and content-specific best practices for the 21st century social studies classroom. The conference will include a keynote presentation, and your choice of concurrent virtual Zoom presentations, focused on the following content strands: Critical Consciousness, Cultural Competence, and Crucial Conversations. 








Accountable Talk: Using Cooperative Discussions in Social Studies (ONLINE)

July 20, 2020 - Virtual Workshop

Twenty-first century jobs demand workers that are skilled collaborators and communicators. In order to prepare students for college and career readiness, Social Studies teachers must begin creating a classroom culture that supports shared inquiry, encourages deep thinking and reflection, invites respectful dialogue, and increases student autonomy. This requires social studies teachers to make a paradigm shift from being the gate-keepers of knowledge to facilitators of learning. During this session teachers will simulate various accountable talk protocols, as well as discuss scaffolds necessary for implementation. Join us as we discuss ways to use cooperative discussions to help our students move pass surface learning and take a deeper dive into the social studies content.  Learn more and register.



Emerging Social Studies Teacher Series


Building an Effective Toolbox for Teacher Development - Instructional Planning

August 4, 2020 - Virtual Workshop

Instructional planning is at the heart of effective instruction. Teaching is complex and involves thoughtful preparation and planning. All teachers, especially emerging teachers, need to have manageable, measurable, and intentional lesson plans. Social studies teachers have a responsibility to teach the TEKS to the intended level of rigor and beyond. In order to do this with fidelity, teachers must know how to organize and unwrap the standards. During this session, teachers will use this understanding to design effective learning experiences to meet the needs of all learners and to evaluate available resources to ensure TEKS alignment. Learn more and register.



Building an Effective Toolbox for Teacher Development - Digitizing Learning

August 5, 2020 - Virtual Workshop

One of the keys to quality instruction in the 21st century is the appropriate infusion of technology. Social studies teachers have a responsibility to provide authentic learning experiences that will build skills that students need to be productive citizens. During this session we will explore various technology tools that support information fluency, collaboration, and critical thinking. Join us as we equip your toolbox with media rich resources that support a variety of processing skills through the use of documentaries, movie clips, movie trailers, news clips, music, photography, and artwork. Learn more and register.



5Es over World Cultures, Part 2, Face-to-Face Workshop

5Es over World Cultures, Part 2, is a second series of conceptually designed instructional lessons that are seamlessly aligned to the TEKS. This volume includes lessons on physical landscapes, cultural interactions, and the impact of technology on society.  Come learn how to incorporate the 5E Model into your World Cultures classroom, as well as experience these authentic research-based, student-centered, ready to use model lessons that are scaffolded to maximize your students' learning experiences.



Sheltered Instruction Techniques and Strategies in Social Studies

October 8, 2020Face-to-Face Workshop
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. Learn more and register.




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