Middle Level-Jr. High School
K-12 educators are invited to preview NMAI’s “Essential Understandings about American Indians.” Learn to use exciting American Indian content to address Common Core and other social studies standards.
Edwin Schupman, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC, US
Use social studies detective tools to uncover historical evidence found on envelopes containing stamps, postmarks, artwork, and other written documents: letters, speeches, diaries to hook students on history.
Kris McIntosh, FDC Lessons, Ft. Worth, TX, US
Easy to use teaching strategies for a progressive project-based learning model for middle schoolers where students collaborate to solve global issues like human rights, gender equality, and environmental sustainability.
Geoff Agnor, Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY, US; Jennifer Klein, World Leadership School, Denver, CO, US
Incorporate the use of music as a tool for teaching the civil rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's. Participants will listen to and analyze lyrics of "movement music."
Terri Stephens, Hamilton Middle School, Memphis, TN, UM
This session will provide helpful guidelines for how teachers can approach the topic of religion in the public school classroom while remaining within the law and respecting students' rights.
Ben Bindewald, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US; Rory Tannebaum, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US; Patrick Womac, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US
Using the NYTimes Learning Network, you will examine interactive maps and primary sources to bring the immigrant experience to life. You can make your student a world citizen!
Kay Conners, Fauquier County Public Schools, Warrenton, VA, US; Rachelle Lamoureux, Minot Public Schools, Minot, ND, US
This session utilizes history huddles to promote reading and writing in middle school geography. Students will actively engage in literacy using the effective instructional strategy of literature circles.
Starlynn Nance, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO, US
Attendees will practice, and gain knowledge of, several effective literacy strategies that are used to encourage analysis of both traditional and 21st century texts in the era of Common Core.
Anne Beck, Dibble Middle School, Dibble, OK, US; Daniel Krutka, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, US
War or “hug it out”: Learn how to integrate international conflict resolution into a history by engaging students in online diplomatic crises that are grounded in U.S. historical events.
Kori Green, El Dorado Middle School, El Dorado, KS, US; Brianna Lawrence, Connected Foundations, New York, NY, US; Jamie Sawatzky, Rocky Run Middle School, Chantilly, VA, US
Sustain K-12 social studies classroom expectations with inductive and deductive reasoning that inspire students to explore concepts, identify details, generate possibilities, and view from multiple perspectives using 20 effective approaches.
Marilyn Friga, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR, US; Nancy Gallavan, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR, US