Professional Learning for Social Studies Teachers
Grades 6-12: Elective Courses of Study

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AP Social Studies Strategies for non-AP Teachers

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are very rigorous and success in these courses depends on a student’s ability to read, process, and write critically. Practicing and mastering the skills to perform at the AP level takes time. If students are introduced to these skills prior to entering an AP class, they will have more time to devote to learning and mastering the content. These same students will be required to demonstrate college and career readiness by taking part in the FSA. The skills measured by the FSA are similar to those needed to successfully pass a Social Studies AP exam.

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Teaching Civics Through Documents

In order to better prepare students for success on the EoCA and state assessments, teachers will need to be able to implement lessons that enable students to develop and master the necessary reading and writing skills. This workshop will instruct teachers on how to utilize complex primary and secondary source documents as well as open-ended critical thinking questions in order to teach students to master analytical and evaluative thinking skills that will ultimately enable them to decipher meaning, develop claims, and support these claims with text-based evidence.

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DBQ and LAFS for All

With the implementation of the LAFS and subsequent assessment, students will be required to demonstrate mastery of sophisticated thinking, reading, and writing skills. In order to better prepare students for success on the Florida Standards Assessment, teachers will need to implement lessons that enable students to develop and master the necessary reading and writing skills. DBQs utilize complex primary and secondary source documents as well as open-ended critical thinking questions to teach and provide practice for students to master analytical and evaluative thinking skills that will enable them to decipher meaning, develop claims, and support these claims with text-based evidence.

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Teaching HS US History Through Documents

U.S. History is a required course for high school graduation. Along with learning US History content, students are required to demonstrate mastery through a statewide end-of-course assessment. To better prepare students for success, teachers will need to be able to implement lessons that enable students to develop and master the necessary reading and writing skills. Utilizing complex primary and secondary source documents and open-ended critical thinking questions, students will practice and master analytical and evaluative thinking skills to decipher meaning, develop claims, and support these claims with text-based evidence.

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Formative Assessment in Social Studies Instruction

This workshop teaches participants how to elicit and interpret evidence of student learning, provide students with meaningful feedback, and strategies for students to track their own learning. Participants will learn how to apply research-based formative assessment methods to their social studies curriculum to develop assessments aligned to the NGSSS and LAFS in order to inform instructional decisions. Participants will leave this workshop with the skills and strategies to create, implement, and analyze their formative assessment data and apply it to instructional decisions. It is strongly recommended that participants take this workshop before attending Differentiated Instruction for SS.

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Teaching Social Studies Through the Arts

Social Studies is “the study of social relationships and the functioning of society.” What better way to study society than through its culture? It is through culture that people and societies define their values, beliefs, philosophies, and themselves. Art is directly influenced by the social, political, and economic experiences of a culture; therefore, it is through the artistic expression of a culture that the values, beliefs, philosophies, and humanity are illustrated. Bringing these artistic creations into the Social Studies classroom provides students with an inspirational and emotional way to analyze and interpret content. This workshop will expose secondary Social Studies teachers to various methods and resources for infusing the arts into their content area instruction.

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Differentiated Instruction in Social Studies

Learn how to differentiate instruction to meet the individual needs of all students in your Social Studies classroom. This workshop will examine how to pre-assess students’ prior knowledge and use formative assessment data to set the stage for a differentiated classroom. Participants will experience how to differentiate for content, process, and product and how to utilize anchor activities and tiered assignments for higher-order thinking skills. Furthermore, this workshop will address how to tailor differentiated instruction within small-groups based on student needs. Participants will be equipped with strategies to create, organize, and manage their Differentiated Classroom. It is strongly recommended that participants of this workshop have already taken the Formative Assessment in SS Instruction workshop. Participants will be required to bring assessed student work to this workshop.

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