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!

Studies Weekly Educational Tools Are in Florida!

Studies Weekly educational tools adopted in FloridaIn case you missed it, the State of Florida Department of Education has officially adopted the Studies Weekly educational tools for use in all K-5 classrooms for a five-year adoption term. Studies Weekly is officially adopted now in 8 states, including the recent adoption in California. You may have heard about the California adoption at the NCSS17 conference we enjoyed attending recently. 

Educational Tools Available Statewide

What does this mean for Florida educators exactly? For starters, the official adoption puts us on the approved vendor list, making our educational tools more readily available for teachers. Our products are designed to help educators immerse their students in the Social Studies K-5 Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) and the Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS) in grades K-5 using only one student edition per week. The publications require minimal preparation. Each annual subscription includes 32 weekly units per grade. Our professional educators designed each issue so that you can teach it in just 120-180 minutes of class time per week.

Increased Student Engagement

Using our educational tools with classroom lessons creates a highly adaptable implementation and ensures completion of the correlated curriculum content. Teachers will enjoy flexibility when planning for differentiated instruction, inquiry-based learning, self-directed learning, and re-teaching. Your students will enjoy engaging with print and digital tools that we specifically designed to fit their educational needs.

Studies Weekly content includes vivid illustrations and colorful maps along with primary source pictures and documents that appeal to students. Studies Weekly’s hard copy of the publication involves students in their own learning because it is consumable. Writing, highlighting, and drawing on the product creates a sense of ownership of the content and allows for close reading.

“There is a lot that makes us different. We use a standards-based curriculum to engage students, build on prior learning, and develop critical thinking skills. Our format is age-appropriate, user-friendly, and less intimidating than traditional textbooks.”  

Kim Mogilevsky

Chief Product Officer, Studies Weekly

Demonstrations Available for Florida Teachers

If you work in Florida, and are interested in a demonstration of the online site, please get in touch with us so we can get you the login information for our valuable educational tools. For more information about Studies Weekly products, visit our website at www.studiesweekly.com.

California Has Adopted Our Social Studies Publications!

Studies Weekly is thrilled to welcome the State of California to our team of educators and administrators. The California State Board of Education has now officially adopted Studies Weekly, Inc. social studies publications for use in all K-6 classrooms for the next eight years! 

One of a Kind Standards-Based Curriculum

We built our social studies curriculum to meet the History-Social Science Content Standards. In fact, ours are the only social studies publications and classroom tool of its kind. For the next eight years, Studies Weekly will continue to provide students in California with a well rounded social studies education. Each student will receive one online student edition of our publication for 36 weeks. Our dedicated team designed each weekly unit to cover the History-Social Science Content Standards in just two hours per week! We think this is pretty great, and we’re happy that officials in the great Golden State think so too.

Social Studies Publications Created by and for Teachers

Experienced, board-certified elementary school teachers author and develop our products. Many of these education professionals have advanced degrees. We work hard to ensure curriculum is appropriate for the intended students. Our product development team closely analyzes every activity, question, and assessment in our social studies publications. We use the Daggett’s Rigor and Relevance Framework to ensure high student achievement and success.

“Our exemplary scores on this evaluation mirror our team’s years of work and dedication to our product, as well as a profound understanding of the unique needs of all students regardless of background and ability.”

Kim Mogilevsky

Chief Product Officer, Studies Weekly

About Studies Weekly

In 1984, fourth grade teacher Paul Thompson began creating Studies Weekly publications as an alternative to traditional social studies textbooks. For over 30 years, Studies Weekly has applied a balanced literacy approach to education by encouraging educators to teach social studies content through the literacy block.

We are proud of our products! They garner a high level of student engagement through printed weekly publications and web-based original, dynamic media. Studies Weekly is proud to create compelling learning experiences that profoundly impact millions of students and educators alike. For instance, make sure you check out the Veterans Day video assembly we aired recently.

These and all of our social studies publications impact millions of students nationwide as they become critically thinking, responsible decision makers. To learn more about Studies Weekly, visit our website for product information and to see how we can support you as you make a difference in the lives of your students!

Welcome to the Studies Weekly team, California!

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.