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Middle Level-Jr. High School

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor--Empathy Through Experiential Education

History must become more than dead people and dates for children to grasp the importance of learning the past. This session will explore using experiential education to teach historical empathy.

Developing Creative Historical Thinking

Discover research-proven methods to incorporate 21st century skills of creativity, historical thinking, collaboration, and innovation in a middle school history classroom. Includes examples of student products, discussions and technology.

C3, Literacy Strategies & Learning Practices for Middle School World History

Cause/effect, compare/contrast, and problem-solving skills are emphasized in the C3 Framework and CORE ELA standards, and are applicable in world history instruction. Explore active learning strategies and practices used to teach them.

Every Civilization Needs GRAPES!

Explore civilizations through investigating the six components that make up a civilization. Using the GRAPES method, students will be able to construct and deconstruct civilizations from ANY time period!

Connecting Middle Schoolers to Morocco in an International School-Museum Collaboration

See how a school-museum collaboration connected middle schoolers in Michigan and Morocco to create an exhibit for their pre-teen peers and explore ideas for collaborating with museums in your community.

Collaboration Cubed: Combining Forces to Contextualize Curriculum Construction

Social studies teachers join forces with a teacher educator to create an authentic context for teacher candidates' instructional planning experiences and to gain fresh perspectives on existing middle school curriculum.

True Detective Classrooms: Investigating the Lost Franklin Expedition

Students discover their inner historians while exploring this fascinating cold-case mystery. Learn how extensive online resources (primary sources, Webquests, lessons and teachers' guide) develop historical inquiry and critical thinking skills.

Interactive Computer Lessons and Assessments to Prepare for the Future

Baltimore City Public Schools is developing content-rich digital curriculum units that incorporate interactive lessons/assessments to increase instruction to better prepare students for PARCC and the reality of classroom time constraints.

Global Citizenship: Curricular Inspiration from a Hawaii-Sweden Collaboration

An international team of teachers from Hawaii and Sweden will inspire and help facilitate global curricular connections aimed at developing a new generation of collaborative, global problem solvers.

Difference Makers: Jackie Robinson, Sports, and the Civil Rights Movement

Many sports personalities have advanced democracy and ignited social change in America. These heroic figures paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement. Resources and strategies will be distributed.


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