Middle Level-Jr. High School
Ignite the potential for honor and self-respect in children; create an environment of empathy and an appreciation of diverse perspectives. Foster a sense of community through reflective civic participation.
Kathy Dorr, HonorWorks, Bellingham, WA, US; Richard Marshall, HonorWorks, Bellingham, WA, US
Explore how using digital technology and authoring tools supported a history curriculum and a shift to the Common Core. Receive free digital tools and a middle school U.S. history curriculum.
Brianna Lawrence, NYC Department of Education, New York, NY, US; Nicholas Lawrence, East Bronx Academy for the Future, Bronx, NY, US
Participants will be presented with a primary-source-rich unit plan examining events prior to the Civil War from multiple perspectives within the Abolitionist movement, structured around five in-class debates.
Debra Sands-Holden, The King School, Stamford, CT, US
To prepare students to challenge injustice and promote the common good, we must "reground" America's core beliefs through the rule of law: the foundation for equality, fairness, and social justice.
Timothy Isaacs, Center for Teaching the Rule of Law, Salem, VA, US; Michael Pace, Jr., Center for Teaching the Rule of Law, Salem, VA, US
Have your students create interactive road trips for geographic content or historical eras with ease! Learn to design a challenging and engaging assessment or project. Bring your laptop!
Chuck Taft, University School of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, ; Chuck Taft, University School of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US
Islam: no longer a distant learning. Islam’s history, relationship with Judaism/Christianity, the Prophet’s marriages, sharia, jihad, state vs. religion, women’s issues, Saladin and the Crusades are all at the educator’s fingertips in this documentary.
Faysal Burhan, Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Palmdale, CA, US
The Instruction Community shares several “teacher-tested” best practice methods for delivering meaningful, active learning experiences to K-12 students, with special emphasis on differentiating instruction and closing the achievement gap.
Janie Hubbard, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, US; Joel Rothblatt, School for Visual Arts and Humanities, Los Angeles, CA, US; Melinda Staubs, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, US
The ability to analyze text is critical for literacy development in social studies classes. Participate in an engaging strategy and assessment that promotes student collaboration and deeper comprehension of texts.
Angie Davis, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, US; Colby Hall, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US; Elisabeth McCulley, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US; David Osman, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US
Landmark Project: International collaboration among student-researchers developing geographic, communication, collaborative-problem-solving, and global competencies across cultures and languages. Ninety teams from 3 continents in this challenging 4-week social studies competition.
Terry Smith, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, US; Michelle Huseman, Eugene Field Elementary School, Hannibal, MO
Using data from a recurring public opinion polling question, this session examines one way middle level (but really all) teachers can begin to teach social studies for ecological citizenship.
Mark Kissling, Penn State University, University Park, PA, US; Sarah Rogers, Penn State University, University Park, PA, US