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Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Spring Newsletter 

Humanities Texas Opportunity, Tuesday April 19th

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Humanities Texas

Everyone has been working hard this year and we are closely approaching the Social Studies STAAR test. Humanities Texas has an amazing opportunity for all social studies teachers but especially those who are teaching or interested in the Civil War. They are hosting a forum examining the presidential election of 1860 and its contemporary significance.

Come and Join US



Tuesday, April 19, 2016
4:15–7:15 pm
The Glickman Conference Center
College of Liberal Arts Building
The University of Texas at Austin

Participating teachers will be introduced to historical documents and instructional resources that align with TEKS objectives.

The program is free and open to the public. Texas teachers who attend will receive CPE credit and may apply to receive substitute reimbursements and travel stipends.

Topics to be addressed include:
• Sectionalism
• Slavery and abolitionism
• The political forces, issues, and consequences of the 1860 election
• Abraham Lincoln
• Texas in 1860
• Parallels between 1860 and contemporary America

8th Grade STAAR Review

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

8th grade Social Studies teachers

join us for

Social Studies STAAR Review 

Registration closes

Wed., January 27th

Register @ Ecampus  using code # SP1633537

Cohort III (2)

2016 STAAR cohort

2014 STAAR Social Studies Assessments Now Available!

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Social Studies Friends,

What I really wanted to title this post is “Release the Kraken!”  Any pop culture fan of the 1981 movie, Clash of the Titans, will get that reference.  Instead, I decided to go for a more subtle title, so that you would actually open this blog post.

Now that we are gearing up for the start of school, I thought you would like to know that the 2014 STAAR Social Studies Assessments for Grade 8 and U.S. History have been released from TEA.

Click here to access the TEA webpage with all of the 2014 Released Tests.

You can also find the released data in the form of the 2014 STAAR State Summary Reports on the TEA website here.

It is very likely that I will be hosting a webinar in early September for Social Studies teachers interested in learning more on our Region 13 data outcomes in comparison to the state.  I will post more information about it in the near future.

Upcoming Workshops in the Region 13 Area

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Happy 2014 Social Studies Teachers! 

The January 23-24, 2014 Discovering Texas History Conference just got better.

The staff from the TSHA has acquired a 12 hr GT credit from the Texas Association
of the Gifted & Talented for all attendees of the January conference. Registration is still open.
Click on link below for more information about the upcoming conference.

Revving Review for Grade 8 Social Studies – February 4, 2014

Download the flyer: Revving Review – Gr 8 SS
(This will be the last year this workshop is offered at Region 13)

Other upcoming events of interest:

The Emergence of Hinduism and Buddhism – Workshop

Saturday, January 25, 2014 Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118) The University of Texas at Austin

This day-long workshop will provide teachers with tools and information on two of the worlds’ major religious traditions — Hinduism and Buddhism.  Particular emphasis will be given to how these religious traditions grew in conversation and the important differences and changes that occurred between them over time. Presenters will contextualize terms and ideas within traditions, while guiding participants through active learning exercises and primary source materials to use with their students.

The workshop is designed for socials studies and language arts educators at the middle and high school level.  It will address Texas and national teaching standards that examine the relationships among religion, philosophy, and culture and the development of major world religions.

Space is limited to 20 participants who will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Attendance is free of charge to all teachers, but pre-registration is required. Attendees will receive:

  • Professional Development Hours (CPE)
  • Teacher materials (books, articles and lesson plans)
  • Continental Breakfast, Lunch and other refreshments

To register and for more information on the workshop please contact: Neha Mohan

Russia Day 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014 10 am – 3 pm The University of Texas at Austin

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies will be hosting its annual Russia Day celebration on January 25, 2014!

This is a day-long event for middle- and high-school students to come to the UT campus with their teachers to get an “immersion experience” in Russian culture, language, traditions and history. We will offer Russian games, lessons in the Cyrillic alphabet, a concert of Balkan music and other opportunities to experience the intellectual and cultural riches of both the world’s largest country and the university environment.

For more information and to register your class, please visit

Accessing the General Curriculum in Social Studies: Inclusion in the Age of STAAR

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

In this workshop we will:

  • Develop instructional strategies such as use of Graphic Organizers, Visual Aids, Mnemonic Devices, Movement, and Storytelling for teachers in inclusive Social Studies classrooms
  • Align accommodations available to students with disabilities on Social Studies assessments with classroom instruction
  • Engage in brain-based strategies and learn how to apply them in the classroom so all students can better retain and apply information
Through the development of the topics listed above for Social Studies and special education teachers, this workshop is aimed at supporting teacher confidence and student success by focusing on how to develop access to the general curriculum in the social studies classroom. Information provided related to social studies content and strategies will be available for implementation upon return to campus.
Participants will receive a copy of Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites by Marcia Tate.
February 24, 2014, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Cost: $45.00, Workshop Location: Region 13