American Indian or Native American?

There is much debate and strong feelings within our nation that are connected to how to identify various groups. At Studies Weekly, we are working diligently to create and nurture an inclusive environment.

Using the Term ‘American Indian’

To ensure that we write about indigenous people using language that will not be considered offensive, we consulted several sources. First, we conferred with the two tribal members on our Diversity Board. They informed us that they like to be referred to as ‘American Indians.’ The Grammarist states that term ‘American Indian’ is more appropriate and claims that the expression, ‘Native American,’ has fallen out of popularity. In the Native Times and Native Sun News, tribal journalists state that the term ‘Native American’ was thrust upon them by a white activist and does not reflect their desires. Whenever possible, they like to be identified by tribe. For generalized references, they prefer to be called ‘American Indian.’

Russell Means, a Lakota activist and a founder of the American Indian Movement (AIM), stated, “At an international conference of Indians from the Americas held in Geneva, Switzerland at the United Nations in 1977, we unanimously decided we would go under the term, ‘American Indian.’ We were enslaved as American Indians, we were colonized as American Indians and we will gain our freedom as American Indians.”

A More Prestigious Status

Part of our rationale is also to be in alignment with the federal government of the United States of America. To be officially recognized by the federal government, the tribe has to have a political relationship with the U.S. government. When a tribe has that legal status, then they are known as an American Indian tribe with the power to self-govern as a separate nation. If the tribe is not federally recognized, then they are only known as Native American. In summation, all American tribal members can be called Native Americans, but it is a higher and more prestigious status to be called an American Indian.

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Accessing Your Online Video Library

Here at Studies Weekly, we believe in engaging students by telling the stories of history. One way we are able to do this is through video. We have thousands of wonderful videos that you and your students will enjoy. They come with your subscription, so just log in to get started.

  • Log in to your online account

Videos Within The Articles

First things first: when accessing your publication online, each article is connected to numerous videos and bonus sources related to the topic at hand.

To find these videos, just click on the “Watch Video” or “Bonus Sources” button. It’s so easy to find the perfect video for your lesson when they are all in one place!

Almost every article within the week has a video attached to it. So, there is no shortage of videos within your account.

Searching for Videos

In addition to the videos in the publications, you can access any video in our collection by using the search bar. This comes in handy when you decide to teach a lesson that isn’t on the schedule for the week.

For example, if you decide to teach a lesson on the effects of 9/11:

  • Go to the Search area of the blue menu bar and type in 9/11
  • In the left-hand menu, click on Videos
  • To start exploring simply click on the video of your choice
  • Click play

Not only do we have videos on social studies but we have science videos as well! Our most popular science series is Project Time with Discovery Dan. In each episode, the audience follows Discovery Dan and his wacky experiments.

 

Studies Weekly Science VideosFrom primary source interviews to virtual field trips and more, we offer exclusive videos on just about anything you can think of regarding social studies or science.

So sit back, relax and prepare enjoy teaching and learning with your students!

PledgeCents Makes Classroom Fundraising Easy

We have talked to many of our teachers at various education events we attend, such as the NCSS 2017 event in November and the upcoming Empower18 conference in March. A common thread we hear from many teachers is that affording the classroom materials necessary for effective teaching is difficult.

On average, teachers spend $600 out of their own pockets towards their classrooms every year. Educators across the country are spending approximately $1.6 billion dollars of their own money on school supplies! There are many classroom fundraising tools out there. However, we have talked to several teachers who aren’t sure where to go or how to start.

We’d Like to Help with Classroom Fundraising

At Studies Weekly, we’d like to see teachers keep more of their money and find alternative ways of classroom fundraising. And fundraisers can only go so far. In fact, many schools have fundraisers and other schoolwide events to raise money for their classrooms and students. While this might help some, teachers shouldn’t have to be completely dependent on their school administrators for funding.

Free Studies Weekly Programs

This is one of the many reasons why we have free learning opportunities for teachers, such as the virtual Veterans Day Assembly we did on Veterans Day.

About PledgeCents

classroom fundraising is easy with pledgecents and studies weekly partnership What many do not know is that we have also partnered with a company called PledgeCents to help teachers raise money for their classrooms. So far, donors have made over $1.5 million dollars in donations to educators and education-related projects via PledgeCents. PledgeCents has partnered with Teach For AmericaKIPP Public Charter Schools, in addition to being a 100Kin10 partner, aimed at training and retaining qualified STEM teachers.

Official Partnership

In July 2017, PledgeCents and Studies Weekly officially entered a partnership to give teachers easier access to increased classroom fundraising opportunities. Although we know many teachers use the platform to fundraise for Studies Weekly subscriptions, you can use it for anything. If you’re not sure whether Studies Weekly is for you, order your free sample here. In the meantime, you can easily get started with PledgeCents. Just click here and fill out your information, share your story, and start spreading the word.

 

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 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!

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!