Professional Learning for Social Studies Teachers
Grades 6-12

Secondary Social Studies Core Courses are aligned to the Balanced Literacy Model (Modeled Reading/Writing, Shared Reading/Writing, Guided Reading/Writing, and Independent Reading/Writing) and courses that require an End-of-Course Assessment (EoCA). Each Core Course is designed to provide teachers with the necessary instructional tools that will develop students’ abilities to read, write, listen, and speak as aligned to specific content. The Core Courses include how to integrate the LAFS Literacy in History/Social Studies standards with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Social Studies. In addition, the Core Courses provide support for the two Social Studies End-of-Course Assessment courses: Middle School Civics and High School U.S. History.


Elective Courses

Elective Courses are professional development offerings that are aligned to specific programs supported by the Secondary Learning Department. Elective Courses available for Middle and High School Social Studies Teachers:

Professional Learning Communities

Strong collaborative relationships, coupled with the sharing of effective teaching strategies, are built through connected and sustained learning in the PLCs (NSDC, 2009). Teachers participate in school-based Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to identify and focus on improving their own teaching practices and provide an opportunity to examine the impact that high-quality strategies have on student learning. Through exploration of individual and collective experiences, teachers actively construct, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize knowledge and practices (Learning Forward, 2012). The district facilitates a Civics PLC and a high school U.S. History PLC.

Self Guided

Self-Guided professional development is the process in which individuals take the initiative in professional development, without the help, assistance, or accompaniment of others. Some examples of Self Guided professional development are: Reading professional literature, Engaging in informal dialogue with peers, Individual or collaborative research, Education conferences, Summer Institutes, online courses through universities or organizations.