8 Close-Reading Strategies to Develop Literacy Skills in Social Studies

January 3, 2018 By Dr. Aaron Willis

 I have the privilege of working with teachers across the country and I often hear the refrain that too many students are just not reading on level. 

8 Steps to Transition to a Digital Curriculum for Social Studies

December 21, 2017 By Michael Hutchison

How to ditch the textbook and go with a non-traditional curriculum for social studies

This Is How We Can Teach the True African American Experience

History/social studies teachers know they have to cover, at some point, Africa in world history courses and the African American experience in U.S. history courses.

How to Introduce Inquiry into Social Studies

December 11, 2017 By Dixie Massey

Inquiry is a term that has been bantered around frequently in the education world. For the sake of clarity, let’s keep the definition simple. Inquiry is seeking knowledge or information.

How to Design Your Own Thematic, Document-Based History Units

November 18, 2017 By Rosalie Metro

More and more often, history teachers are being asked to structure their curricula thematically as opposed to chronologically, in hopes of increasing student engagement and facilitating comparison among multiple perspectives.

Question Everything: Teach about Map Bias

November 14, 2017 By Anda Schmid

Here you see two examples of map projections of our incredible world. It won’t take the average student long to notice that these two maps are significantly different from one another.

7 Reasons Social Studies Teachers Should Use Role-Playing Simulations

November 9, 2017 By Richard Di Giacomo

Role-playing simulations are great for retention, comprehension, literacy, and group
decision-making. Here we'll discuss what they are and why they work. 

Use These 10 Elements to Teach Historical Literacy

November 1, 2017 By Ken Klieman

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”  —Kofi Annan

Are You Teaching Social Skills to Help Close the Achievement Gap?

October 19, 2017 By Pam Gothart

Some students from poverty may have gaps in social interaction which worsen the
achievement gap.