Dr. Peter N. Stearns, provost of George Mason University, presented a paper on the "Challenges of Civics Education." For a copy of the presentation, CLICK HERE.
K-12 History and Social Science Standards of Learning Institutes – October 3, 4, 9, 10, 2012
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the K-12 History and Social Science Standards of Learning (SOL) Institutes to be held in October 2012, at four sites throughout the Commonwealth. The four Institutes are designed to provide an advanced level of support for teachers and central office curriculum and instruction leaders as they examine rigor in the 2008 History and Social Science Standards of Learning. For additional information please see http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2012/222-12.shtml.
47th Annual Conference of Virginia Social Studies Educators – November 2-3, 2012
2012 Theme: Virginia at the Crossroads
November 2-3, 2012
The Williamsburg Hotel and Conference Center
For registration and additional information, CLICK HERE.
Virginia Studies: Thinking Historically about Virginia – An Interactive Online History Course; Pre-registration by September 12, 2012
Virginia Studies: Thinking Historically about Virginia, an interactive online course for Virginia teachers, will be offered this fall. This class supports the Virginia Standards of Learning for teaching Virginia Studies and is designed to help teachers incorporate more Virginia history into the curriculum. Participants who complete the course will be eligible for license renewal points. The course is also available through George Mason University for three graduate credits. Pre-registration should be completed by September 12, 2012, at http://virginiastudies.org.
World Geography Connects: Contemporary Regions, An interactive Online Course Registration begins September 10, 2012
This class supports the Virginia Standards of Learning for teaching World Geography and is designed to help teachers incorporate more geography into the curriculum. Participants who complete the course will be eligible for license renewal points, or it may be taken for three graduate credits through Old Dominion University. The class will be offered on the Internet at http://geoconnectscontemporaryregions.pwnet.org.
The Center for the Constitution – Fall 2012
The Center for the Constitution has openings for its upcoming Montpelier Seminars. Room, board, and readings are included for classroom educators in these seminars. Teachers of government, history, civics, social studies, and citizenship; curriculum specialists; social studies coordinators; librarians; other civic educators; and media specialists are encouraged to apply.
The Bill of Rights in Historical Perspective
October 19-21, 2012
James Madison's Montpelier, Orange, VA
We the People and the Federal Courts
October 23, 2012
United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
We the People Through Primary Documents
October 29, 2012
National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC
The Evolution of American Citizenship
November 9-11, 2012
James Madison's Montpelier, Orange, VA
The Constitutional Structure of Government: Separation of Powers and Checks & Balances
November 30-December 2, 2012
James Madison's Montpelier, Orange VA
Virginia Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy– October 8, 2012
The 2012 Virginia Financial Literacy Summit will be held on Oct. 8, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Richmond Marriott Hotel.
Visit www.vscpa.com/FinancialLiteracySummit or call (800) 341-8189 to register before Oct. 1, 2012!
Stock Market Game- Competition begins September 24, 2012
Give your students a fun, exciting way to improve their math skills, gain economic understanding and financial literacy. Available to students in Grades 4-12, this real-life simulation gives students a virtual $100,000 to invest in stocks, bonds and mutual funds. The fall and year-long competitions begin September 24th. For more detail and registration, please visit http://www.vcee.org/programs-awards/view/4. Thanks to a generous grant from Scott & Stringfellow, a BB&T corporation affiliate, team fees have been lowered to $10 again this year. With four students per team, that's just $2.50 per student to participate in a semester long simulation. High school teachers teaching personal finance may seek a Discover grant to cover the cost.
Stock Market Game Webinars at ODU – September 18, 20, 22, 2012
These will be conducted by the ODU Center for Economic Education and include:
Webinar: Tour the SMG Student Portfolio learn how to look up a ticker symbol and price quote, enter a trade, and use resources for investor research.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 4:30 to 5:30 pm Click on this link to register.
Webinar: Tour the SMG Teacher Support Center and discuss the many resources available for classroom use.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 4:30 to 5:30 pm Click on this link to register.
Webinar: Stock Market Game Boot Camp Everything beginners need to know.
Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 9:00 am to noon. Click on this link to register.
Economic Education Workshops for Teachers – September 2012 Dates
Free introductory workshops and webinars will be held around the state in September by the Virginia Council on Economic Education and affiliated university based centers for economic education as listed below. These workshops provide content and hands-on lessons for incorporating this valuable learning tool into existing curricula. Please visit http://www.vcee.org/workshop/home for more details and to register for these workshops.
George Mason University
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 4:30 - 7:30pm
James Madison University
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 3:45 - 5:45pm
Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 4:30 - 7:30pm
Old Dominion University
Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 4:30 - 6:30pm
Virginia Commonwealth University
Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 4:00 - 7:00pm
Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 4:30 - 7:00pm
First Freedom Student Competition – Register online by November 12, 2012
The First Freedom Center announces the 20th annual First Freedom Student Competition. This national essay and video contest offers 9th – 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of freedom of religion and conscience in American democracy and the world today. For additional information please visit, www.firstfreedom.org.
Superintendent’s Memos Related to K-12 History and Social Science
EconEdLink provides a premier source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic and personal finance lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students. With over 658 lessons to choose from, teachers can use as many of the lessons as they would like and as often as they would like. http://www.econedlink.org/
Encyclopedia Virginia is a publicly accessible online publication of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. As a web publication, the Encyclopedia adds an entirely new dimension to the work done by VFH over the last thirty years. http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/
For Virginians: Government Matters
For Virginians: Government Matters is a free online teaching and learning resource highlighting active citizen involvement, the impact of state and local government on daily life, and how individuals shape their communities in the Commonwealth. http://vagovernmentmatters.org/
Teachinghistory.org is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) has created Teachinghistory.org with the goal of making history content, teaching strategies, resources, and research accessible. http://teachinghistory.org/
Teaching with Primary Sources Direct
The Library of Congress has launched a new online resource for educators entitled Teaching with Primary Sources Direct. TPS Direct enables educators to integrate primary sources into their classrooms by creating customized lesson plans based on documents and artifacts from the Library’s extensive collections. Applicable across grade levels and content areas, this project allows educators to search the TPS database for content-rich activities. http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/tpsdirect/
The National Archives Experience Docs Teach
When we ask students to work with and learn from primary sources, we transform them into historians. Rather than passively receiving information from a teacher or textbook, students engage in the activities of historians — making sense of the stories, events and ideas of the past through document analysis. www.docsteach.org
Virginia Memory from the Library of Virginia
Virginia Memory is part of the online presence of the Library of Virginia, the state archives and reference library. The Library maintains vast and varied collections of print materials, manuscripts, archival records, newspapers, photographs and ephemera, maps and atlases, rare books, and fine art that tell the history of the commonwealth and its people. http://www.virginiamemory.com/