Archive for the ‘Historical Preservation’ Category

General Land Office Essay Contest

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Due Date Extended  to November 15th for Texas GLO Essay Contest
GLO Essay


Details provided here:

Students in grade 4th and 7th are welcome to enter the General Land Office Essay contest.

The student should address the question, “What history in your community or in Texas, is worth saving?”

The student’s name should not appear on any portion of the essay.

The submission should be stapled to the signed contest entry form. Electronic and paper submissions are acceptable.

**Include authors, publication titles & dates for all sources used.  For online sources, list the full URL of each page.

A Night of Connections with Austin Museums

Friday, October 16th, 2015


AMP partnership

The Bob Bullock Museum hosted a wonderful night of learning on October 1st with a symposium of local groups who all share a love of educating, across the city of Austin and surrounding areas on a daily basis.  Planned and sponsored by the Austin Museum Partnership, this night was a wonderful mix of connections for any teacher.  I floated from one area to the next with ‘aha’ moments of how experiences offered throughout the city could benefit many students and their own knowledge.

Inspiring a love for learning happens with both little moments and major events.  Each day students are enjoying the gift of social studies by coming to class and receiving snippets of time and reflecting on how each one connects to the larger picture of humanity.  The Night for Educators inspired me to think of the implications each museum has for the classroom.  It was wonderful to see such rich experiences available within the city for everyone.  A combination of art, science and history filled the Bullock Museum and the amazing resources available to both teachers and students made my heart smile.  Each museum had a connection to one of our social studies courses and as I collected documents, cards  and dates, I realized this was more than just one blog post but an opportunity to spot light each of museum and its connections to courses for teachers to have and share with students. As a transplant to Austin, I am eager to connect the wonderful historical landmarks and museums to the education that connects our students to the world around them.

***Please join me with collecting pictures and writing articles that could connect us all to the beauty and creativity of our state’s Capital and the surrounding areas.  Feel free to email me at if you are interested in being a contributor to the Social Studies Central blog series, Making the Connections: Local Learning for the Classroom.    

Preserving Thanksgiving Memories with StoryCorps

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Many of us are fans of StoryCorps, the NPR series that brings us all back to the love of storytelling through interviews.  I was excited to learn of their campaign The Great Listen for Thanksgiving.  They are asking for high school teachers and students to take this challenge and sign up for their Educator’s Toolkit

Anyone over the age of 13 can participate (with parental consent if you’re under 18). Simply download the StoryCorps app and use the built-in prompts to record and publish an interview over Thanksgiving weekend. There are resources here to help you get the most out of your interview experience.

Definitely take this opportunity to interview family and reminisce on old and new traditions  this holiday season.  This is real world inquiry learning that will last a lifetime for students and their family.  Learning the art of interviewing and preservation of family memories is important to humanity and lies at the heart of all courses in social studies.  Join me and others by participating in  NPR’s Great Listen campaign.


Download the StoryCorps App

General Land Office Presentation Live (5.29.15) at 2pm

Thursday, May 28th, 2015


 Join General Land Commissioner, George P. Bush

LIVE on Friday, May 29th at 2pm


He will be presenting an exciting session on Character which will include primary source documents.This is a great opportunity for your students to see how we use historic documents today and develop their own ideas about character.

2015 Battle of San Jacinto Symposium

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The San Jacinto Battleground Conservancy will host a symposium.

This year’s theme is A Clash of Cultures: American Indians in Spanish, Mexican and Anglo Texas History.

$65 covers speakers, lunch, parking, exhibits and more

San Jacinto

Saturday, April 18, 2015

9:00am to 4:30pm

United Way Community Resource Center

50 Waugh Drive

Houston, TX 77007