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Workshops at Region 4

social-studies-emerging-teachers-graphic-2019EMERGING SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER SERIES

Building an Effective Toolbox for Teacher Development

For Preservice, New, and Developing Teachers


High Impact Strategies

December 11, 2019
When teachers improve, students improve. However, in order for this occur, teachers must be proficient in choosing the right strategy and delivering it with fidelity. Using high-impact strategies maximizes student engagement and achievement in the social studies classroom. During this training, teachers will move from research to practice in delivering effective instruction. Teachers will also be given step-by-step guidance to successfully implement these high impact strategies. Join us as we explore both research and evidence-based practices and use them to increase students' intellectual engagement, as well as appropriately scaffold social studies instruction to support all learners.  REGISTER



Questioning and Formative Assessment

January 22, 2020

By asking the right questions, teachers can invigorate and sustain productive discussions. Standards-aligned formative assessment empowers social studies teachers to make sound instructional decisions in their classrooms. These practices provide teachers with information needed to adjust instruction while the learning is still happening. REGISTER



Digitizing Learning

March 4, 2020
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.  REGISTER



















Thinking Like an Amateur Historian: Using Processing Skills to Think Critically in Social Studies

November 14, 2019
History classes are more than just dates and facts. The study of history necessitates that students apply critical thinking skills to organize and use acquired information from a variety of sources. During this session, participants will discuss, and plan learning experiences that develop student proficiency in chronology, comprehension, analysis and interpretation, research, problem-solving, and decision-making. Join us as we shift our practice from being mere disseminators of historical information to facilitators that support amateur historians "doing history." 



Sheltered Instruction Techniques and Strategies

December 3, 2019

Sheltered instruction is a means of making content comprehensible to English Language Learners (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. By attending this session, you will also develop a tool box of content-specific strategies that address lesson planning, comprehensible input, building background knowledge, and interaction in the social studies classroom. REGISTER



5es-over-world-cultures-vol1-cover-461-1907-small5Es over World Cultures, Part 2

December 4, 2019

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. REGISTER

For more information about the 5Es Over World Cultures resource, click here. 



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

Elementary Social Studies

December 18, 2019, February 19, 2020, and March 31, 2020

“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 three days will integrate classroom management strategies with the UDL principles of multiple means of engagement, representation, and action and expression. Classroom teachers are encouraged to build personal capacity by bringing a lesson which can be used to implement these strategies. Between each session, participants are asked to collect information based on implemented strategies. REGISTER



Accountable Talk: Using Cooperative Discussions in Social Studies

February 18, 2020
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.  REGISTER



supporting-us-history-vol2-461-1955-cover-smallSocial Studies Make and Take: Supporting Achievement in U.S. History

February 27, 2020
Explore portable social studies activities to review, remediate, or accelerate concepts based on the U.S. history TEKS. Experience engaging activities based on the Region 4 resource Supporting Achievement in U.S. History. Multiple pieces of this resource will be used to demonstrate how to implement activities for original instruction and review opportunities. Participants will create a set of materials for the activities demonstrated in the session.  REGISTER



Help! I Don't Have Time to Teach Social Studies

March 12, 2020
Many elementary teachers do not feel like they have time to teach social studies content with fidelity. During this session, we will discuss time-saving reading strategies to effectively teach the social studies TEKS, develop content knowledge, and maximize available resources for your elementary social studies classroom.  REGISTER




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