Wisconsin Social Studies Teachers
and Administrators Listserv
issue: August 9, 2012
As always –
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Wisconsin’s request for a waiver
from provisions of No Child Left Behind was approved by the
U.S. Department of Education on July 6. In place of the No Child Left Behind
System of evaluating the work of schools, Wisconsin is introducing a new system
based on a multiple measures approach designed to reflect the complexity of
education (see next point). This new
accountability system is one part of State Superintendent Tony Evers’ ambitious
education reform agenda.
The agenda encompasses topics ranging from academic standards and assessments
to accountability, school support, and teacher and principal evaluation. These
measures are designed to achieve several specific goals by 2017, relating to
graduation rates, college and career readiness, achievement gaps, and school
Wisconsin’s new school
accountability system will provide annual school report cards that use
multiple measures to rate school effectiveness. The DPI is providing sample report cards
and seeking feedback from educators and the public via an online survey. The
agency is also providing materials to schools
to help them understand the changes and explain them to staff and parents. The
accountability system and report cards are designed to reflect the complexity
of schools and the work of the District and School
Accountability Design Team. Part of
the new accountability system includes publishing Wisconsin Knowledge and
Concepts Examination (WKCE) results using new, more rigorous proficiency
levels based on college and career readiness expectations. State-level results
using these benchmarks show that, while fewer Wisconsin students are considered
proficient or advanced than under the old proficiency levels, the state still
beats national averages on the National Assessment of Educational Progress
Jumpstart National History Day
2013! -- Thanks to the NHD staff at the WI
Historical Society for all the information!
If you’ve never looked at NHD and are interested in hearing more, drop Sarah Klentz an email – I’m
positive she’d love to talk to you!
Wisconsin teachers who participated in National History Day in 2012 are automatically
signed up to receive the 2013 Curriculum CD. These CDs are full of useful
information to implement History Day in your classroom, including curriculum
guides, student and teacher materials, theme activities, Power Points, and
more. If you want to get on the list, visit
the WHS website
to sign up.
WI NHD for the Jumpstart to 2013 webinar on
Wednesday, August 15th at 2 p.m. for an hour-long
discussion that will introduce the 2012-2013 NHD theme, "Turning Points in
History," offer timetables for classroom implementation, share more about
the support of the Wisconsin Historical Society and NHD in Wisconsin Staff, and
much more! Only an internet connection
and speakers are needed for your participation. Email Sarah Michele Klentz to sign-up.
in-person workshop will be offered August 22nd from 8 a.m.
to 12 p.m.
at the Andersen Library at
UW-Whitewater. NHD in Wisconsin
staff have partnered with library staff to share more about student research
opportunities and the resources available to NHD students on their campus.
You'll come away with hands-on lessons to share with students as well as
examples of NHD student bibliographies and strategies for research success. Funding for a limited number of class field
trips to UW-Whitewater Andersen Library is available for participating teachers
during the 2012-2013 school year. This
workshop is open to all NHD teachers. Sign-up by August 16, or get more
information by emailing Ellen Latorraca from Andersen Library.
an NHD alum, education student, recent grad, or history student looking for
classroom experience? This fall WI NHD be hiring a part-time limited term
to help with NHD outreach. This position will primarily be visiting classrooms
in the state to introduce students to the NHD process. Employment will run from
the week of August 27 through November 30.
Visit the website for a full position
description and information on application materials. Deadline to apply is
theme for the 2012-2013 year is
"Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events." Read the full theme sheet on the
website for the 2013 theme, and look for topic lists and lessons on the
upcoming curriculum CD.
never too early to schedule a classroom
visit from an NHD in Wisconsin staff member! Dates in September and
October fill up quickly so contact Sarah Michele soon for the
best availability. If you've never
invited us before we'd love to come visit your school! Our interactive
presentation is designed for a standard class period (45-60 minutes) and covers
the NHD theme, topic selection, research, and project examples. This presentation
is a great way to get your students excited about working with NHD!
We are at
the 95%+ positive-that-it-will-happen stage – the state standards for social
studies that has been worked on by 22 states and 15 content/member
organizations are scheduled for draft release at the NCSS conference in
mid-November! I will use this listserv
and the site http://bit.ly/WI-SSstandards
to get as much information to you as possible.
The timeline would then include a 6-8 week open period for feedback
(which I highly encourage you to do!), rewriting, and hopefully finished
standards by next summer (2013). We’ve
all been patiently waiting – I hope you find them worth the wait! Questions?
Drop me an email!
In this issue:
The Center for the
Study of the American Constitution (CSAC) has announced the 2012-13 Fellows
Program. Each year the CSAC
will accept applications and select at least six teachers from the State of
Wisconsin to serve as CSAC Fellows. Selection
of CSAC Fellows will be done by the CSAC staff. Any teacher who is currently under contract
to teach in any Wisconsin school, public or private, is eligible to apply. Each year CSAC Fellows will be given: A cash
award of 100.00 dollars, Wisconsin Historical Society Membership, a set of
reference books, and will automatically be enrolled in 2 two-day workshops
specifically designed for CSAC Fellows.
One will be in the fall (December 2-3, 2012) and the second in the
spring (April 21-22, 2013). Fellows will
be housed on the UW-Madison campus, and travel stipends will be provided. For more information and an application to
the fellowship, please
see the information here, or contact Tim Moore at email@example.com . Applications are due September 21, 2012.
for Economic Education is pleased to announce the release of lesson plans that
have been updated for the upcoming election. Building on the popularity
of past workshops called “Election Economics,” these lessons will provide a
structure for teacher training as we enter another exciting election season.
The 5 lessons are hosted on EconEdLink.org and will be available to everyone.
The lessons also include PowerPoint presentations with visuals. http://www.econedlink.org/election-lessons/
The 2012 7 Wonders of the USA Teacher Tour program from Wonder® bread is inviting families to nominate inspiring teachers nationwide
for a chance to visit and teach a lesson from one of seven locations that
celebrate American heritage. The 2012 7 Wonders of the USA Teacher Tour honors
selfless contributions of American teachers and the ways they inspire a sense
of wonder in students by giving them the chance to visit and teach a
lesson from one of America’s 7 Wonders. The schools
of each of the 7 Wonders winning teachers will also receive $1,000 to help plan
field trips to wonders in their local communities. Plus, families who nominate
inspiring teachers can enter for a chance to win one of 7 Family Field Trip
packages, which include $300 for travel expenses and a digital camera to
capture all the memorable moments created on the journey. From now through October 5, 2012, consumers can nominate a Wonder-ful teacher by
visiting the 7 Wonders of the USA website at www.7wondersoftheusa.com.
The DC Everest School District has an amazing oral history
program. Students conduct
interviews with people chosen to meet the theme/title, and bring a book
together to save local histories. Their current
project was just released and is entitled “Witnesses and Survivors: The Story
of the Holocaust”. This was unveiled
just a few weeks ago, and is an 800 page oral history book of Holocaust
survivors. To find out more about the
program, contact Paul Aleckson in
DC Everest, or visit their website at http://www.dceoralhistory.com
UW-Whitewater is offering a workshop to support teachers who would like to
bring classes to UW-Whitewater's library, to take advantage of resources that
would be especially useful for National History Day research. The
description of the half-day workshop to take place on Aug. 22nd, is at https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/teachers/historyday/teacher_workshops.asp
. The deadline for registering is Friday, Aug. 17th. UW-W’s reference and instruction team wrote a
grant to be able to support field trips for up to 20 teachers and their
classes, from schools within a 30 mile radius of campus, by funding their
transportation and any substitute teacher costs for the day. They currently
have 6 teachers from Whitewater registered, so there are spaces. For more information or to sign up, contact
Ellen Latorraca at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The National History Bee is an individual
academic competition for elementary and middle school students. The
competition tests knowledge of a wide range of historical topics that have
direct relevance to what your students are learning in the classroom.
School winners advance to the regional competition and the regional champions
earn the right to compete in Washington for scholarships, prizes, and the title
of National History Bee Champion! For
more information, visit www.historybee.com, and
to see a preview of the airing of the 2012 National Championship, visit http://www.history.com/shows/history-bee/videos/the-national-history-bee-sneak-peek
year since 2002, the Revisiting Our Past lecture series focuses on different
aspects of Milwaukee history. The event is free and open to the public. This year, Antonio J. Doxtator and Renee J.
Zakhar will present "American Indians
in Milwaukee" on Tuesday, August 21 at 7 p.m. at the UWM Golda Meir Library
4th Floor Conference Center (2311 E. Hartford Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53201). For more information: http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/arch/events/
Have a great
week – and let me know if you have any questions, comments, or feedback!