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!

 

 

 

Studies Weekly Wishes You Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays from the Studies Weekly family! As we wrap up 2017 and go into the new year, we wanted to give a shout out to the great teachers who make our work possible. None of us could do this without you, and we are so grateful. We have had a great year and are looking forward to the great things that await in 2018.

After some feedback from some of our valued customers, we have decided to update this blog each month with a look at the month ahead and a summary of the months behind. To that end, here is our recap for the fourth quarter of 2017 and a few highlights.

Nice to Meet You!

The Studies Weekly team at the NCSS2017 conference.

Over the past couple of months, we have gotten to know a lot more of the educators who are using our products. We loved getting to know many of you better at the NCSS 2017 conference we attended.

Also, a great big “thank you!” to all who were able to attend the Veterans Day Video Assembly with your classes and interact with us on social media. Just a note, you can view this and related videos here. We are looking forward to keeping in touch with more of you going forward.

Studies Weekly on the Road

We had some of our representatives travel to California to meet with current and prospective customers. Any time we get to go out and interact with you is a good time for us. If you are interested in meeting one of our representatives face to face, let us know! We are fortunate to be able to have some visits already scheduled with districts in the following states in January:

  • January 3-5, 2018: Alabama 
  • January 8-12, 2018: California and Kansas
  • January 16-19, 2018: Ohio and Indiana
  • January 22-26, 2018: California
  • January 23-26, 2018: California

Representative Demos and Presentations

In addition to these dates, we will also be in Orange County, California at the Instructional Materials Adoption Fair. We also have representatives presenting at the Santa Barbara County Education Office History/Social Science Publishers on January 30 and 31, and look forward to meeting many of you there!

Meeting an Award-Winning Teacher

Cathlina Marston, a teacher in Glendora, California, has been using Studies Weekly publications in her classroom for 15 years. She’s been teaching for 30 years and we’re happy to be a great resource for her. Marston won the California Outstanding Social Studies Elementary Teacher of the Year Award, and we got to go meet and talk with her. She showed us how she’s using Studies Weekly in her classes and what she loves about it. If you missed that video, make sure to watch it now:

Official Statewide Adoptions

We celebrated official adoptions in California and in Florida towards the end of this year,  which we are extremely excited about. We are now on the approved vendor lists in these two sunny states. This affords us even more opportunities to get to know many more of you dedicated teachers.

Meet Our President and CEO

I was happy this past month to be able to talk and have a Diet Coke or two with our president and CEO, Ed Rickers. Ed is tirelessly dedicated to his work in education and to your students. You can read about that conversation and get to know Ed a little better here.

Ed has an unmatched passion for education and student engagement. It is of course an honor for all of us here at Studies Weekly to know and work with him.

Let Us Hear from You

If you have any questions or feedback for us, please let us know. We truly enjoy getting to know our teachers, and look forward to learning from and about you. Keep tagging us in your social media posts so we can see what you’re doing! And as always, feel free to reach out to us anytime!

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!