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Classroom-Tested Lessons and Strategies that Enhance Teachers' Work

The Instruction Community shares several "teacher-tested" best practice methods for delivering meaningful, active learning experiences to K-12 students, with special emphasis on differentiation and achievement in all social studies disciplines.

Promoting Student Discourse with Document-Based Questions

Participants will learn methods to support students' understanding and use of primary and secondary sources and explore ways to better ensure participation in discourse related to document-based questions.

A Window to the American Civil War: Engaging Strategies Overview

This presentation will provide an overview of engaging strategies to use in teaching the ACW. Consideration of learning styles, primary sources, and historical method explored. Access to materials provided.

Learning to Do by Doing to Learn

This presentation shares a project developed in partnership with the local history museum that immerses pre-service students in doing powerful and authentic social studies as part of their training.

From Statehouse to Schoolhouse Redux: How We Earned an A

This session will describe the process used to create the distinctive components of the South Carolina Academic Standards, support documents and assessments that earned an A from the Fordham Institute.

Free Professional Development for All from the Library of Congress

Learn about the Library's unique make-and-take professional development system centered on building inquiry-based learning experiences that integrate primary sources into a variety of content areas. For building or district level.

Graphic Organizers That Work: Helping All Students Connect to Text

Helping students connect to text is challenging. Participants will create and use graphic organizers that improve student comprehension and make content more meaningful. Walk away with ready-to-use strategies and resources.

I'm Not a Reading Teacher, I'm a Social Studies Teacher!

How do I teach reading without professional development to attain mastery of the reading process? This high energy hands-on workshop will provide strategies to develop comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.

Teaming in Social Studies Classrooms:Co-teaching and Course Teams Across Levels

Teams can be a powerful tool in the Social Studies classroom. This presentation will focus on the benefits of co-teaching and course teams for both students and teachers.

Using Digital Media to Promote Literacy, Inquiry and Civic Engagement

Early career teachers link students' enthusiasm for digital media with literacy, inquiry and civic engagement beyond the classroom through Web 2.0 tools: webquests, wikis, websites, blogs, social networking.

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