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Middle Level-Jr. High School

Contemplating Our Collective Human Story: A New Online Learning Community

This interactive session introduces Out of Eden: Project Zero’s Learning Community – a free, international, online project related to journalist Paul Salopek’s epic walk around the world.

High-Quality Interdisciplinary Lesson Design: Integrating Technology

Discussing interdisciplinary subject ideas, participants will gain insight into integrating social studies, English Language Arts, and technology standards into classroom lesson plans as demonstrated in eMINTS classrooms around the world.

Abolitionists Debate: Multiple Perspectives Leading up to the Civil War

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.

Successes and Setbacks with Blended Learning in Middle/Secondary History Classrooms

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.

See the Voices: Creating an Environment of Empathy

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.

The Teacher’s Answers: Video Documentary Exploring Islamic Topics on Demand

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.

Road Trip! Developing Creative, Collaborative Geography Projects with Google Maps

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!

"Regrounding" Social Justice through the Rule of Law

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.

Team Based Learning: Putting the Spark into Content Area Reading

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.

Social Studies Strategies that Get to the Core of Learning

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.

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