• Want to Have Professional Development Delivered at Your Site?

    Contact the Social Studies Department for more information about the sessions listed below, to order customized support, and to request staff development services.


     

  •  Social Studies STAAR Success Student Academies
     Grade 8
    US History (High School) 
     
    This engaging academy, for students, will focus on critical social studies content by Eras. Students will explore historical eras through engaging activities different from initial instruction.They will enhance their knowledge by becoming historians, critical thinkers, and problem solvers. Information will be presented in new ways that target a variety of learning styles including technology, and competitive review games. Students will leave more motivated, excited and better prepared for STAAR!
     

     
    Analyzing Rigor in Social Studies 
     
     
    Participants will gain a deeper understanding of their social studies TEKS and the requirement needed to meet or exceed expectation. Educators will reflect on their current practices to ensure alignment and participant in exemplar strategies to utilize within their classroom.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     
     Deep in the STAAR of Social Studies (Grade 8):
    Colonization - Age of Jackson 
     
    Participants will explore and acquire activities that engage students in learning that is different from initial instruction, presenting concepts in new ways that target varied learning styles. Teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and gather instructional practices to use in their classrooms and/or tutorials. Middle school social studies teachers will leave with new teaching resources and innovative instructional approaches!

     Deep in the STAAR of Social Studies (Grade 8):
    Westward Expansion - Reconstruction
     
    Participants will explore and acquire activities that engage students in learning that is different from initial instruction, presenting concepts in new ways that target varied learning styles. Teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and gather instructional practices to use in their classrooms and/or tutorials. Middle school social studies teachers will leave with new teaching resources and innovative instructional approaches!
    Foundational Support Series:
    Grade 8 - U.S. History
     
    Day 1: Comprehensive STAAR Investigation
    Day 2: Degree of Mastery and Curriculum Calibration
    Day 3: Elements of Effective Instructional Practices

     
    Increasing Engagement Through the Use of Technology in Social Studies

    Participants will learn innovative ways to integrate technology into their classroom. Teachers will be introduced to and have an opportunity to explore, a wide range of free iPad apps as well web-based tools that support the learning of social studies content, critical thinking, and student engagement. The session will include tools for planning, instruction, assessment, student productivity, and peer collaboration


     Reading, Writing, and Thinking about Social Studies

    Participants will analyze how the integration of writing and reading supports student learning of social studies content and skills. We will identify expository texts for reading and writing, in order to improve overall literacy and explore and create strategies to effectively integrate social studies content through literacy. 


      STAAR Track the Vocabulary Frontier

    Effective vocabulary instruction is a key element to student success. In this academy, participants will engage in and explore innovative, research-based strategies that will enhance teachers knowledge and skills in order to make word-learning meaningful for all students, including our English Language Learners.


     "I've Got Skills! Social Studies Skills!!!"

    In this session, participants will identify the significance of the social studies skills and their impact on STAAR and EOC, examine the connections of social studies skills vertically, and engage in experiences that explicitly teach the social studies skills. Participants will walk away with new ideas for engaging students in a thought process that can be used in social studies, and across the content areas. 


      Social Studies STAAR Interventions U.S. History (EOC)

    Focus on STAAR standards to support students that are demonstrating a lower degree of mastery and need intervention. Participants will explore and acquire activities that engage students in learning that is different from initial instruction, presenting concepts in new ways. Teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and gather instructional practices to use in classrooms and tutorials. Everyone will leave with new teaching resources, innovative instructional approaches, and energized for interventions designed to help students achieve!


      Building Literacy Through Social Studies
    in an Elementary Classroom:

    This 6-hour training will provide elementary social studies educators with both a conceptual foundation and research-based strategies that will engage their students in developing their literacy skills through the integration of social studies content. Participants will identify and use expository texts in reading and writing, in order to improve overall literacy.


       Thinking Maps in Social Studies:
     
    Participants will explore eight thinking maps that are linked to eight thinking skills: defining/brainstorming, describing, comparing and contrasting, classifying, whole to part, sequencing, cause and effect, and creating analogies. Participants will actively create and integrate thinking maps to enhance social studies knowledge and skills and create a visually and linguistically rich classroom.
Last Modified on September 21, 2018