Tennessee adopts Studies Weekly K-5 Social Studies

We’ve been adopted!

The dedicated team at Studies Weekly is excited to continue sharing our interactive and rigorously standards-based Social Studies programs with more states. Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Education, recently adopted our Social Studies K-5 program statewide for a five-year term.

“As a publisher, we look forward to providing our state-adopted K-5 Social Studies programs to districts and schools for the next five years. We share a common goal with the DOE to lift and inspire students to a brighter future,” said Sheldon Savage, national adoption director for Studies Weekly.

What does this mean for Tennessee educators?

With just one student edition per week and minimal preparation, the Studies Weekly Social Studies curriculum covers 100% of the Tennessee State Social Studies Standards and Social Studies Practices over the course of a school year. Plus, our curriculum also covers many of the Tennessee State English Language Arts Standards including: non-fiction reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and technology use.

Realistically, teachers can use the Studies Weekly Social Studies program in their Language Arts block. Using a balanced literacy approach saves valuable planning and instruction time.

The content of Studies Weekly includes vivid illustrations and colorful maps along with primary source pictures and documents that engage students. The print edition is completely consumable. We wholeheartedly encourage teachers and students to write, highlight and draw all over each magazine or newspaper. And don’t forget the scissors – students can cut out images and texts to create social studies and language arts projects.

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Because today’s students are digital natives, we also offer our curriculum on a robust online platform that captures students’ imagination through primary source videos and other media.

What students will get:
  • Weekly print magazines/newspapers that feature primary source photos and documents, and engaging articles with eye-catching illustrations
  • Access to an online platform highlighting thousands of primary source and related media, including photos, paintings, audio and video clips – with leveled questions for related media
  • Virtual field trips to historical sites in Tennessee and the U.S.
  • Audio reader recorded by real people, to better serve English language learners
  • An avatar world and reward system that allows students to earn points and build their own virtual world
What teachers will get:
  • Year-at-a-glance curriculum map as part of the Teacher Resource, with correlations to TN Social Studies Standards at point of use
  • Content researched, developed, written and edited by educators
  • Lesson plans and suggestions
  • Multiple research-backed reading, listening and learning strategies
  • Differentiated instruction for lower or below-level learners, ELL, and Gifted/Talented
  • Integrated extension activities
  • Customizable summative assessments easily recorded and monitored online
  • Professional development on demand online

All these tools and resources are available through each teacher account on studiesweekly.com/online, and include the ability to easily communicate with students and parents.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to store.studiesweekly.com to get started!

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!

Award Winning Social Studies Teacher Uses Studies Weekly

Award winning social studies teacher Cathy Marston talks about what she likes about Studies Weekly publications.
Award winning social studies teacher Cathy Marston talks about what she likes about Studies Weekly publications.

Cathlina Marston is a fourth grade teacher in Glendora, California. A veteran teacher of 30 years, Marston has been using Studies Weekly in her classroom for the last 15 years. In 2016, Marston won the California Elementary Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award!

Highlight Video

We are so proud to have educational trailblazers like Cathlina Marston as part of the Studies Weekly family. Be sure to watch the short video at the bottom of this post that showcases Cathy and what she and some of her students say about our publications.

Award Nomination Requirements

Nominees for this award must be able to demonstrate exceptional abilities in seven specific categories. Among other things, these categories include effective development and creative use of instructional materials. We know from seeing her in action that she has used Studies Weekly specifically in this way. You can see examples of this in the video below as well.

Marston has also excelled at utilizing innovative and verified effective instructional strategies and techniques, another nomination criterion. In order to be nominated, teachers must also foster a spirit of inquiry with their students, a value that we at Studies Weekly appreciate and know that Marston has done well over her decades of experience.

Helping California Teachers

Studies Weekly makes it easier for teachers throughout the country to do both of these things. With the recent adoption of our publications in the State of California, we are excited to continue providing teachers with greater opportunities to make education more engaging for students.

 

NCSS 2017 Social Studies Conference Wrapup

social studies conference attendee photo
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!