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Spring Newsletter

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Spring Newsletter 

Critical Conversations about Civil Rights

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

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Apologies about the original form. Please use this link to register. form


The last couple of summers have brought a lot of dialogue over the issues of civil rights in America and our students will have questions, comments and concerns.  ESC Region 13 will be providing an opportunity for teachers to learn more about how Civil Rights is presented in the curriculum by analyzing primary sources from the educators at on September 13th.   We are allowing space for 15 teachers, preferably those who teach American & Texas history, to join us.   If you are interested, please complete the following form and share your name and content you will be teaching this year.  Information about registration will be sent out in August if you are selected.

Socratic Seminar

Back to School: Don’t Start School Without Us

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Fourth of July has come and gone and now summer is moving faster than a roller coaster.  Don’t let your summer break end without learning a new skill, strategy or purpose to our glorious profession.  We will have Bill Perryman here August 9th for his 7 Steps to a Language Rich Classroom.  This training is open to all teachers and to follow up with Mr. Perryman, Esmeralda Alday will be presenting two half day trainings over Sheltered Instruction practices. All registration information is contained in the flyer: Back to School Smore




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Participating teachers will be introduced to historical documents and instructional resources that align with TEKS objectives.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

Global Citizenship Conference

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Monday, February 29th will be the world premiere of the powerful movie He Named Me Malala.  Learn how to get your students to think civically about the world around them and create a community culture of inclusiveness for your campus by coming to our Global Citizenship Conference.  Break out sessions will provide teachers with  information about leadership, international perspective, human patterns, philanthropy and active citizenship.  This one day training will prove to be a well rounded day of learning and inspiration for all educators.


 Get your passport ready!



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Social Studies Global Citizenship Mini Conference

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

The connectivity of our world and our students leads us to have the

Global Citizenship Conference 

here at ESC Region 13


Monday, May 16th

 Global Citizenship Flyer

REGISTER HERE with code # SP1633945

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We will have your passport waiting!

Join us with others to prepare our 21st century students with a lifetime of learning and understanding to explore and learn more about the world in and around them.

Social Studies Leadership Meeting Next Week

Monday, November 9th, 2015

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Join us next week for our Fall Leadership Meeting 2015



Monday, November 16th at 9:00- 12:00

We will  have information about STAAR, DBQ Project,

National History Day and other topics.

Follow me on Google + to get more information about the R13 Social Studies Leadership Network

A Night of Connections with Austin Museums

Friday, October 16th, 2015


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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

Make SOCIAL STUDIES Count Professional Development

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Join us for a day of learning with K-6 grade teachers who are wanting to ACTIVELY embed their social studies curriculum while gaining literacy opportunities in other core subjects.

Thursday, July 16th

9:00- 4:00pm

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This course will address the needs of K-6 teachers who are seeking to activate learning in their social studies instruction through the use of visible learning strategies.

 Develop the art of teaching visible thinking skills that your students will use for a lifetime.

Help students thrive as writers and thinkers in any content

You will learn: 

various engagement activities 

writing methods for students

extension opportunities for students 

how to implement or maintain an interactive notebook

how to create or effectively use anchor charts for social studies