February 2018 Wrap-up and Look Ahead

It’s been a great month here at Studies Weekly. With our amazing social studies materials hot off the presses, we are getting ready to ship these out to teachers all over the country. We couldn’t do what we do without all of you, and we are deeply appreciative. We wanted to start off this month with a recap of what’s been going on as well as give you a look ahead of what we’ll be up to this spring.

Changes to Our Website

To start off, we enjoyed some fun victories this month. The Teacher Accounts side of our website underwent some changes that rolled out on February 2. As a Studies Weekly subscriber to our print social studies materials, you already have access to our online component as well. If you are using Studies Weekly online (and you should!), you probably noticed the following updates:

  1. Autosave Function on Assessments (reviewed here);
  2. Student Gradebook and More Comprehensive Reports (reviewed here); and
  3. Teacher Professional Development Usability Updates (discussed here).

Award-Winning Social Studies Materials

We are proud to officially be an award-winning publication now!
We are proud to officially be an award-winning publication now!

Another major victory we’ve been celebrating involves an award we received from Textbook and Academic Authors Association Studies Weekly social studies materials were named 2018’s Most Promising Textbook and we are thrilled about it. Read up about the award on our recent blog post, or in case you missed it, you can download the TAA press release announcement here.

Assembly with Harriet Tubman

Some of our staff was able to visit a couple of classrooms that are using Studies Weekly successfully. We were able to watch a unique presentation by Harriet Tubman herself, and got it all on video. Click here to see the exclusive video on our YouTube channel.

Regional Manager Visits

Some of our regional managers were able to attend publishers fairs in February as well. These were great opportunities for us to get out and talk to some of our customers. We really enjoyed getting to know some of you and featuring some of our products. If you are interested in meeting with one of our regional managers when they’re in your area, please check out our calendar by clicking here.

Upcoming Education Conference

One of our teachers won an Echo Dot at NCSS 2017 and some of our social studies materials to boot - you could be a lucky winner in Boston!
One of our teachers won an Echo Dot at NCSS 2017 – you could be a lucky winner this year in Boston!

Coming up this month, we will be attending ASCD Empower18 in Boston, MA. If you’ll be there too, we would love to meet you. Stop by our booth and say hi when you have the time. We had a blast at last year’s NCSS 2017 Conference, Just like last time, we will again be giving away a lot of swag and some great prizes. Stop by and try your luck at winning a tablet, Studies Weekly swag, and more! We will also have samples of our award-winning social studies materials, so check them out.

Order a Sample or Free Trial

In the meantime, you don’t have to attend a conference to have access to our awesome publication, free newsletters and lesson plans, and thousands of original, exclusive videos. Start your free 30 Day Trial or stop by our online shop for a free sample of Studies Weekly!

 

 

 

Our Award-Winning Classroom Resources

Most Promising New Textbook Award Winner - Studies Weekly brings award-winning classroom resources to your classes!For over 30 years, Studies Weekly has been working hard to create and produce valuable classroom products for teachers like you to use in your classrooms. We are now beyond excited to announce that we will now be bringing you award-winning classroom resources.

Most Promising New Textbook Award

Mississippi Studies Weekly has been awarded a 2018 Most Promising New Textbook Award by the Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA). We are thrilled to add “award-winning” to our curriculum vitae so to speak.

The winners were announced on Thursday, February 22, 2018 on the TAA Blog, Abstract, and on TAA’s social media pages. You can also download a copy of TAA’s press release on the awards.

Ceremony and Reception

The TAA Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held in June in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We’ll be getting our black tie attire ready for the event. Thank you, TAA, for this amazing honor and opportunity. We are especially grateful to teachers and students in Mississippi and nationwide for their hard work. You are largely what has made Studies Weekly a huge success. We could never have done it without your support.

Mississippi Studies Weekly is an innovative, age-appropriate publication that brings history and social science to life for its audience in a way traditional textbooks may not be able to do. It is a very well-designed, visually appealing and interesting weekly learning tool for 4th graders in the Magnolia State.

Official Adoptions

Towards the end of 2017, Studies Weekly was officially adopted in Florida and California, which is where award-winning teacher Cathy Marston uses and loves Studies Weekly. We are now in one-third of classrooms nationwide, and this recent award is icing on the cake.

Find Out More

To find out more about Studies Weekly and our newly award-winning classroom resources, visit our online shop. We have resources and curriculum specific to your state that aligns with state standards. Not ready to buy yet? Order a 30-day free trial and see why our publications are in one-third of elementary school classrooms in the United States!

This is what award-winning classroom resources look like!

NCSS 2017 Social Studies Conference Wrapup

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Studies Weekly staff stand with Katrina Rouse, a loyal customer and the social studies coordinator for FSD1 in Florence, SC. It was so good to see you again, Katrina!

We attended the 97th NCSS Annual Social Studies Conference this year as we have for the past several years. For the first time in 30 years, the conference was in San Francisco.

More than 3,300 educators from all over the country attended the event this year, and we got to meet quite a few of them!

Official Adoption in California

You may have seen that we were recently officially adopted in the Golden State (and also recently in Florida)! We were thrilled to meet and share our products with hundreds of dedicated California educators. Many didn’t know before visiting our booth that our products cover 100% of the state standards for history-social science.

It was great to celebrate the adoption with teachers in California, and help them see the impact we can make in their classrooms. It feels great to be on the approved vendor list in California, and we are excited to work even more with California educators!

Studies Weekly Expert Presentations

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Loki Mulholland with some of our Georgia teachers who were present at the conference. You guys are doing great things!

Over 900 leading social studies researchers were present at the conference to give presentations on relevant topics. In fact, two of Studies Weekly’s own provided some expert information.

Loki Mulholland is an award-winning film director and the son of notable civil rights activist and Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. He was also responsible for the Veterans Day video assembly we did last month. Loki gave some great tips during his presentation on teaching civil rights in the classroom.

We are also proud to have Cody Erickson on our team to present at this social studies conference. Cody presented on Studies Weekly product processes and procedures.

Booth Setup

We set up in a 20×30 square foot booth with displays of samples of our publications. We had a great spot right by the door and loved seeing all the teachers as they came in. In addition to showcasing our print materials, we had tech illustrating our product, primary source media library, and digital tools.

Prize Giveaways

One of the lucky winners from our prize wheel. We wish you the same good luck next year!

One of our favorite things about NCSS conference this year was giving away awesome prizes to dozens of deserving teachers. Many of you were able to grab a swag bag, catch a demo, and spin our prize wheel. Over three days, we gave away 15 tablets, 18 Amazon Echos, and dozens of alarm clocks, classroom posters, and more.

While our feet are still tired, we are happy to have made new memories with many of you!

Plans for Future Social Studies Conference

For our next social studies conference, you can find us at ASCD Empower18: The Conference for Every Educator, which will be in Boston in March next year. If you’re going to be there, be sure to stop by our booth and say hi! If not, we will see you next year at NCSS 2018 in Chicago!

NCSS 2017 Social Studies Education Conference

NCSS 2017 social studies education conferenceWe’ll be at the NCSS 2017 Social Studies Education Conference again this year, and we’re so excited! Will we see you there?

In addition to classes and networking events, NCSS will have vendor booths representing companies like Studies Weekly! You may have seen our products being used in a friend’s classroom, or perhaps you saw our video assembly for Veterans Day! Either way, come and catch up, have some candy, win some prizes!

The 97th NCSS Annual Conference will be held on November 17-19, 2017, with pre-conference meetings November 15-16. Studies Weekly staff will be on hand with prizes, swag bags, and information about our wide range of products for your classroom.

Benefits of Education Conference Attendance

Do you remain unconvinced that attending a social studies education conference is right for you? Perhaps your principal needs some convincing before you can go? Here are some key points to discuss with him or her that might get them off the fence.

  • Network with likeminded educators. One of the best reasons to attend a social studies conference is the networking. For 3 days, you’ll rub shoulders with educators from all over the world. Take the time to learn something new from everyone you meet.
  • Gain positive takeaways for your own school. Perhaps you go and don’t learn anything new and earth shattering. Or you go and you don’t win one of the tablets that we’ll be giving away (we’re rooting for you though). The experience will still have been valuable, maybe only if you learned better what not to do, or you walked away with one of our sample publications!
  • Think outside the box. Education conferences offer the unique opportunity to attend classes and think outside the box. If you’ve been teaching for several years, you might feel some of your lesson plans are getting stale. An education conference can help freshen your ideas. You also will have access to education materials such as Studies Weekly publications to add a different dimension to your current lesson plans.
  • Give yourself a break! A teacher’s life is stressful! As much as you love those little minions you call your students, it’s good to have a break every once in a while. The NCSS 2017 conference is a good way to learn something new while relaxing and having fun with other teachers. Give yourself a break – we know you deserve it!

History of NCSS

Founded in 1921, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) is currently the largest professional association for social studies education in the U.S. In fact, NCSS is the largest social studies professional development conference in the world!

The aim of NCSS is to promote social studies education throughout the world. With educators in each of the 50 states and nearly 70 foreign countries, educators from around the world gather every year to attend the NCSS conference. Attend to connect with like-minded educators and peek at the vendor booths that will be there, including us at Studies Weekly!

How to Join

If you are interested in joining NCSS, visit their website to see some of the many membership benefits. Any individual or organization interested in social studies can join NCSS, not just educators. Members will receive a subscription to the NCSS acclaimed journals, Social EducationMiddle Level Learning, and Social Studies and the Young Learner. In addition, members will have access to a searchable database of previous issues.

Studies Weekly at NCSS

NCSS social studies education conference 2016At Studies Weekly, we value professional development and opportunities to network with outstanding social studies educators. This is why we attend several other social studies-related conferences every year. Another one we have attended for several years is ASCD Empower18, which will be held in Boston next March.

Studies Weekly has attended the NCSS social studies education conference for the past several years. We’re excited to meet and reconnect with more of you this year! Stop by our booth for some swag and to see how we can help teach social studies in your classes!

Veterans Day Video: An Exclusive Virtual Assembly

veterans day videoTeaching students about Veterans Day is no easy task. Even some of the most seasoned teachers struggle with teaching kids heavy topics such as war. Our goal at Studies Weekly is to make teaching these key topics a positive experience for educators and students. This is why we have partnered with Canines with a Cause to create an exclusive Veterans Day video assembly. This event will highlight the importance of Veterans Day in a format that appeals to all audiences.

Veterans Day Video Exclusive

Veterans Day can be a difficult topic to teach elementary-age students. For 30 years, Studies Weekly has been providing classrooms nationwide with free lesson plans, interactive online learning experiences, and helpful videos.

In addition to these tools, we have created a virtual Veterans Day video assembly to honor our nation’s veterans. On November 10, 2017, this exclusive virtual video assembly put together by award-winning director Loki Mulholland will be available for you at our Veterans Day website.

Working and training service dogs has proven to be very beneficial to veterans. The bond created by the training process can lessen stress and help veterans deal with the invisible scars of war. Dogs provide confidence, love and comfort to transform lives.

— Canines with a Cause

About Our Partner

Canines with a Cause LOGOWe have partnered with Canines with a Cause to put together this video for your students. Among other things, this virtual assembly will address several questions including What do dogs have to do with veterans?

Canines with a Cause answers this question and others every day. They provide veterans and rescued dogs opportunities to work together and support each other. See their website for more information on their fostering, emotional support, and training programs.

Many Veterans won’t talk or share their experiences… They fear the judgement, rejection, and even the lack of empathy to what they are going through. But a dog…is better than any medication that can be prescribed.

Dustin Gladwell, Charlie Mike

 

Visit Studies Weekly Online for additional information on this Veterans Day video assembly. Here you will find free Veterans Day lesson plans and can view the exclusive trailer and a countdown for the virtual assembly. Come see us later in November at NCSS 2017.