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Self-Paced Professional Learning in Social Studies

Year 1 Social Studies Professional Development

Elementary Year 1: Introduction to the Standards Course
The objectives for this course:

  • Identify and apply the structure of the new standards in my classroom.
  • Understand and apply the instructional shifts of the new standards in my classroom.
  • Apply the inquiry process of social studies (for both teachers and students).
  • Create and use compelling and supporting questions as part of the inquiry process with my students.

Secondary Year 1: Introduction to the Standards Course
The objectives for this course:

  • Identify and apply the structure of the new standards in my classroom.
  • Understand and apply the instructional shifts of the new standards in my classroom.
  • Apply the inquiry process of social studies (for both teachers and students).
  • Create and use compelling and supporting questions as part of the inquiry process with my students.

Year 2 Social Studies Professional Development

Elementary Year 2: Putting the Standards Together Course
Objectives for this course include:

  • Review year one professional development.
  • Identify the basics of creating coherent unit plans.
  • Begin to process how to use new standards within unit design.
  • Create a coherent unit based on a bundle of standards with aligned questions, sources, and tasks.

Secondary Year 2: Putting the Standards Together Course
Objectives for this course include:

  • Review year one professional development.
  • Identify the basics of creating coherent unit plans.
  • Begin to process how to use new standards within unit design.
  • Create a coherent unit based on a bundle of standards with aligned questions, sources, and tasks.
     

Videos and Webinars

Library of Congress Professional Development Videos

Minnesota Historical Society Video Series - A video series from the Minnesota Historical Society includes several videos on teaching with primary sources, literacy in social studies, concept-based social studies instruction, and more.

Thinkport Education Research Learning Modules - Online modules outlining how to teach with primary and secondary sources and the historical research process.

Teaching Channel Videos - Select "Social Studies" from the subject dropdown menu to view more than 90 videos specifically for the social studies classroom.

Five College Center for East Asian Studies Archived Webinars - More than fifty archived webinars about teaching East Asian studies.

United States Institute of Peace Webinars - Webinars for educators introduce key issues in international conflict management and peace building and explore classroom resources and strategies for teaching these issues in the classroom.

Building Literacy in Social Studies Webinar Recordings

Social Studies Webinar Learning Series - Designed to help support implementation of Iowa’s social studies standards, the following webinars were created to address questions the field has expressed about the standards or best practices that should be used in order to best implement the standards.

Online Courses and Modules

Writing in U.S. History - A course from PBS Learning Media includes six self-paced lessons for high school students or teachers to look at key topics in U.S. history integrated with writing tools.

Other Resources

Achieve the Core Professional Development - Resources focusing on understanding the instructional shifts necessary to implement the Literacy standards for history/social studies. Resources include instructional practice guides, webinars, guides for creating aligned lessons, etc.