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Leading with Purpose: Your First 5 Years as a Social Studies Coordinator

May 22, 2022 By Shronda Fletcher

 The 21st century has been a very interesting time for those of us who are responsible for the organization of a social studies program within a public school setting.  Let’s take a moment to review… 9/11 refocused politicians and ultimately society on the role and responsibility that comes with democracy. Hurricane Katrina made us reevaluate the difference between equity and equality in addition to the true effects of migration. Finally, the elections of this time period exposed flaws and created questions about democracy, equity, equality, immigration, and the effects of misinformation. If we were to analyze these historical events and draw a conclusion in regards to their effects on society, the conclusion would most definitely center around the overall lacking of true historical thinking skills, the lack of true social studies knowledge in our society and most importantly the need for true social studies leadership within a public school system.

Economical Ways to Provide More Professional Learning Opportunities for Teachers

March 25, 2022 By Pam Gothart

Have your friends ever asked you, “Why do you always attend so many trainings?”

Building Community Through Service

March 2, 2022 By Sheree Turner, Ph.D.

The world has changed; many of us no longer feel comfortable and have yet to return to our pre-pandemic “normal.” We live differently with masks, address life differently in our workplaces, and attempt to refocus on what matters most: our safety and our health.

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.