Professional Development Opportunities in Social Studies
This year's VCSS Conference will be held at the Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia on October 16 & 17, 2015. This year's theme will be "Examining Social Studies Through Multiple Lenses." The RCPS Social Studies Department will be able sponsor a number of teachers - please contact Social Studies Coordinator, Beau Dickenson if you're interested in attending. Spots are available on a first come, first served basis. Luke Roadcap (EMS), Owen Longacre (SHS), and Beau Dickenson (RCPS) will be presenting at this year's conference.
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT (45 Recertification Points)
Hidden in Plain Sight is an online course through George Mason University that is designed for K-12 history and social studies teachers. There are no in-person class meetings; all course work is completed online and asynchronously through the course website. The course is designed as a series of 8 online modules. The first module focuses on analyzing objects and historical thinking — the process of analyzing primary sources and constructing historical arguments. All other modules use a different everyday object as a window through which we can examine a specific period or theme in American history. Together, these modules provide new information about American history and some new ways to think about teaching the past. Teachers who register and complete all requirements for this section of Hidden in Plain Sight will earn a certificate of completion for 45 recertification points. It will be offered during the Spring Semester of 2016, so there’s plenty of time to sign up. A number of RCPS Social Studies teachers have taken this course and greatly enjoyed it. Please contact Beau Dickenson if interested in signing up - the Social Studies Department will pay your registration costs.
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY COMPETITION
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park. The district round of the competition is held at James Madison University every Spring. Please click on the links below for additional information:
National History Day
National History Day Registration
State History Day
JMU History Day
MONTICELLO TEACHER INSTITUTE: The Barringer Research Fellowship for Teachers of American History
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation offers an annual Monticello Teacher Institute (MTI), an immersive professional development opportunity designed to provide secondary social studies teachers the opportunity to research and study at Monticello and the Jefferson Library in Charlottesville, Virginia. Fellowship grant will include: accommodations during the Fellowship; a stipend of $500; travel costs up to $500; and up to $50 per day for food. Monticello will begin accepting applications in December, 2015. Please click here for more information.