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Connecting the Dots in World History (Webinar Series)

March 7, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm EST

Tuesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 9 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm EST.

In this 2-part webinar series, become inspired to synthesize content with literacy theory for the purpose of developing your own classroom-ready curricula, including meaningful readings. Students develop their literacy skills while extracting the necessary historical content from text. Learn how to create an engaging and beneficial curriculum around the concept of narrative and connections, in which students can bridge together the short excerpts, aka "dots", provided to read intently in class in order to see and understand the bigger picture.

Textbooks are compiled, not written and this creates a problem for teachers who are trying to implement the new Common Core literacy standards. Research indicates that students learn when information is presented in a narrative form and when it connects to other forms of information. Since the typical reading materials that are given to teachers do not align with learning theory, it is up to teachers to develop literacy based curricula that is aligned with learning theory. Learn about and create your own literacy based curricula as Dr. Edwards did when developing, and later publishing, a curriculum for his own students. 

Presenter: Dr. Chris Edwards is an author and teacher at Fishers High School, Fishers, IN. In 2008, Middle Level Learning published he “connect the dots” method for the purpose of sharing the concept with other teachers. Since then, Dr. Edwards has refined the method and adapted it from U.S. History to World History. In 2015, Rowman & Littlefield Education published his five-volume Connecting the Dots in World History: A Teacher’s Literacy Based Curriculum series. This is the first entirely teacher-generated curriculum (text and all) that has ever been published. While this curriculum was primarily developed for his own students, Dr. Edwards also hopes that it will inspire other teachers to develop curricula for their own classes.

Registration Fee: $30 NCSS members / $60 NCSS nonmembers