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Professional Development Opportunities

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The NCSS always has great professional learning webinars. These are a few of their upcoming options:
February 7, 2017
Learn how to use GIS to compliment your existing instruction; map and analyze simple data sets; and to create community based PBL activities. Lesson Plans, free software, and replication tips will be provided.
 
February 9, 2017
What if everything you knew about Hinduism was wrong? What lessons have been learned from controversies around the country in World Religions Classes, like field trips, guest speakers, or trying on burkas? This two-part webinar series answers these questions and expands upon the 2015 and 2016 Religion, Social Studies and You webinar series focusing on ways to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches for addressing different faith traditions and cultures in the classroom consistent with the First Amendment.
 
February 21, 2017
Get an introduction to the Digital Public Library of America's (DPLA) free, curated, vetted classroom-ready resources and learn techniques and strategies for creative classroom implementation that supports differentiation for diverse learners, cross-curricular learning, and C3-driven inquiry-based analysis.
 
February 28, 2017
The purpose of using the R/CID model to analyze and evaluate a film, such as Malcolm X is twofold. It allows the teacher to begin to tear down a colorblind classroom and begin to integrate Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT).
 
The Long Road from Brown
We invite school teachers (Grade 6-12) to participate in one-week workshop on school desegregation in Virginia following the historic Brown v. Board Education decision. Teachers will interact with leading scholars in the field, visit historic sites and archives, and will discuss curricular and instructional approaches related to this subject. 

Residential participants who incur housing costs will receive a $1,200 NEH stipend to defray and related expenses. Commuting participants who incur no housing costs will receive a $600 NEH stipend. 
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Workshop Dates: July 9-July 14 OR July 23-July 28, 2017

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
More information is found at the workshop website
 
Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your social studies high school and middle school classes. The contest challenges students to create a short video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges: climate change, ocean health, or rapid urbanization. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources.
 
The contest deadline is February 23, 2017. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found online.
 
 

Social Studies News

Kansas Fifth Graders Get Creative for Native American History 
Fifth-graders at a Kansas elementary school will finish up their six-week study of Native American history and culture by creating model villages that will showcase the lives of US tribes. The students, with younger schoolmates, visited a tepee loaned to the school and learned about how many Native Americans were forced to attend boarding schools, and about such topics as colonialism and westward expansion.
 

Social media can help teachers grow during their first years in the classroom, Brad Currie, K-8 supervisor of instruction and dean of students in a New Jersey school district, writes in this blog post. He highlights how new teachers can use Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and other sites to engage in professional development. 

How to spark personalized learning with idea books 
Fourth- and fifth-grade students in one Minnesota school are experiencing personalized learning by keeping digital query books, media specialist Cathy Knutson explains in this blog post. Knutson notes that students aren't used to developing and acting on their own ideas in school, and writes that the books take the pressure off to come up with "great" ideas.

Teaching the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework: Exploring Inquiry-Based Instruction
An indispensable guide for teachers implementing the C3 Framework, this new book from NCSS Publications consists of model lessons contributed by 15 of the best social studies curricular organizations. Each lesson encompasses the whole of the C3 Inquiry Arc from questioning to action. There are lessons for all grade bands from K-2 to 9-12, and the 15 lessons cover the range of C3 disciplines. Learn more and order the book.

Technology helps extend reach of international-studies class 
Students in an international-studies class at an Illinois school are using videoconferencing to connect with peers 7,000 miles away in Norway. Participating students call themselves "keypals" -- the modern-day version of pen pals. In a recent lesson, students talked about their favorite holidays and foods.

Ohio teacher uses technology to engage students in geography 
Ohio social studies teacher Ryan Evart is using technology, such as Geographic Information Systems, to engage his students while they cover geography in class. During the GIS lesson, students worked in teams on a project in which they placed icons over buildings and viewed images of the locations while using Google Earth on their iPads. "We can drop ourselves in India or China, and that is nothing that we could think about doing five years ago," Evarts said.

NCSS webinar series -- Get Digital with Discovery Education and NCSS 
Are you looking for more digital sources for your Social Studies class? If so, you may benefit from this webinar series being presented by Discovery Education's Dan Byerly, in conjunction with NCSS. In this three part series, we will focus on: Unlocking the C3 Framework with Digital Resources: What is Social Studies Inquiry in the Digital Age? Five Keys to Digital Social Studies: How can I use digital tools to enhance Social Studies instruction and develop strong thinkers, readers, and writers? Reflections from the Classroom: How are teachers across the country using digital resources in their classrooms?

History teacher develops civic course for N.J. high school 
First-year African-American studies and U.S. history teacher Jerell Blakeley has helped create an elective course to encourage civic engagement among 10th- through 12th-graders in a Trenton, N.J., high school. Other districts have expressed interest in the class, which will cover local government and civic journalism. Political figures will be guest speakers, and the course will be taught by a fellow teacher.

Ind. high-school students interview local WWII veterans for film 
After being asked by the Marshall County Historical Society Museum to create a film for visitors, Indiana high-school students are working on a documentary about more than 40 local World War II veterans' experiences, which they hope to complete by Christmas. "The kids really started getting the idea that this isn't about school anymore. This isn't about grades or assignments," said Jeff Corso, social studies facilitator. "They're making history."