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Bring Elementary Social Studies into the Spotlight with the C3 Framework

January 7, 2022 By Julie Holland

“No one puts Baby in the corner!” That line that melts hearts everywhere as Patrick Swayze’s character, Johnny, brings Baby front and center and into the spotlight in Dirty Dancing. It is a metaphor often used when proper attention is not given to a particular person or situation.

Taking Informed Action with the C3 Framework

December 31, 2021 By Melissa Knowles

The C3 Framework is a framework for social studies education laid out by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) that is inquiry based and aims to prepares students for college, careers, and civic life. The final dimension of the C3 Inquiry Arc allows students to take learning beyond the classroom, take informed action, and impact the world with their knowledge.

Instructional Coaching 101: Find Your Why

December 14, 2021 By Brandon L. Brewton

Serena Williams, Tom Brady, and Michael Jordan have many things in common. They are all considered the greatest in their sports or even the greatest athletes of all time. However, that is not the commonality that draws my focus.

Mastery vs. Completion:  The Purpose behind Assessing Student Learning

November 18, 2021 By Karla Wienhold

As teachers we know we need to assess our students to determine their “grade” in our class, but is there a better way to do that? Are we assessing their ability to take the test we created or are we truly assessing if they learned the content that was taught?

Teaching Students to Become Change Agents through Social Studies Instruction

May 17, 2021 By Sheree Turner, Ph.D.

Social studies encompasses several dynamics that affect daily student learning. Through the variety of social studies disciplines,  students are taught how to become effectual change agents for the betterment of our society through learning complex histories, civic standards, and geographic understanding of the world around them.

How Congressional COVID Funding Could Impact Your District

April 19, 2021 By Monet Hendricks

Billions of dollars in federal COVID-19 recovery funds are flowing to American schools.

Supporting Students with Social Emotional Initiatives during COVID-19

March 30, 2021 By Sheree Turner, Ph.D.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted how we have approached educating children.

How Big Data Will Transform Social Studies in the Future

March 18, 2021 By Melina Casey

In the era of big data, social studies classrooms are being transformed in different ways. For starters big data is blurring the lines between the social sciences, the humanities, and higher mathematics. By unlocking the deep data on civics, history, sociology, and other areas, the field of big data is enabling streamlined data processing and analytics in modern social studies classrooms. But before we dive deeper into that, let’s take a closer look at the growing field of big data itself.

Micro-credentials: The Future of Professional Development?

January 21, 2021 By Dr. Aaron Willis

Are you looking for a way to promote professional development for teachers in your district at a time when face-to-face meetings are becoming increasingly complicated, if not impossible?

How to Build Teacher Leaders: A Reflection from Directors of the Houston Independent School District

January 2021 marks the fifth anniversary of the annual For-Teachers-by-Teachers Conference presented by our district, the Houston Independent School District. This conference allows the teachers who make up our secondary social studies teacher leader corps program the space and time to authentically exhibit their new learning content, instructional strategies, district instructional resources, and the skills needed to successfully create and execute professional development.