Colleagues in social studies,

Just want to offer a few things for you to peruse for opportunities for growth and development.  The opportunities include information about the Kansas Social Studies Conference, a class on East Asia, and a training session on Dual Encoding – using maps while teaching history.

  • Learn more about the new Kansas state social studies standards, state assessment, and what that looks like in the classroom.
    KCSS, KCHE, KSHS, KGA & KSDE are hosting the annual Kansas Social Studies Conference.  This year’s conference “A Grand Bargain: Social Studies, Literacy, and Technology” will be held November 10 & 11, 2013 at Derby High School.  You can find more information on the conference web site.
  • Learn more about China and Japan with the “East Asian History and Culture for Teachers” class at the Smoky Hill Education Service Center this fall!

    The Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia (www.kcta.ku.edu) will be offering its professional development class, “East Asian History and Culture for Teachers,” at the Smoky Hill Education Service Center in Salina.  Topics correspond to the new KSDE world history standards, but the class will benefit educators in all grades and subject areas including teachers of the gifted, art and humanities teachers, school librarians and administrators who want to know more about this increasingly important part of the world.  Presentations will be held on Saturday mornings from 9 AM to 1 PM and will address:

    • 10/5:     Geography of China and traditional worldviews
    • 10/19:   Chinese inventions, Great Wall, Terracotta Army, Silk Road
    • 11/9:     Geography of Japan, samurai culture, Japanese art
    • 11/23:   Mongols, Ming voyages, Opium War, Meiji Restoration
    • 12/ 7:    How China got so rich,  Japan today including anime and popular culture

Participants will receive copies of all PowerPoint presentations seen for their own use. They also become eligible for National Consortium for Teaching about Asia enrichment events and subsidized study tours to Asia, and even receive a $50 stipend for creating one lesson plan.  Optional graduate credit is available through Baker University.  The “East Asian History and Culture for Teachers” professional development class will help internationalize your curriculum for the 21st century and increase the global competency of your students.

To register contact:
Smoky Hill ESC
ATTN: Susan Phillips
605 E. Crawford St.
Salina, KS 67401
Questions?  Contact Darla Smith at  dsmith@smokyhill.org.

  • Learn more about combining history and geography by attending the Kansas State University workshop “Advancing the Teaching of History and Geography in the K-12 Classroom Using Dual-Encoding and Geography Information Systems.”

    The workshop is funded by a grant from the National Council for the Social Studies and will meet on Saturday, September 28, 2013 n Seaton Hall 164I on the KSU campus from 9:00am – 4:30pm. Lunch is provided.

    • Learn how to use the power of maps and visualization to integrate geography and history
    • Examples will be linked to the Kansas standards
    • Explore teaching with GIS
    • Learn to access and use newly available GIS resources for Kansas K-12 educators
    • Network with GIS professionals
    • Learn how to make maps online for use in your classroom

Email Lisa Tabor to sign up.

About bradburenheide

I'm an Associate Professor at Kansas State University's College of Education. Currently I am the program coordinator for secondary social studies education. My research interests include instructional gaming, history education, and creative pedagogy.

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