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!

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.

 

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!