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May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.
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2022 Lowcountry Writing Project
Hello ActiviInspire - Good-Bye SMART Notebook
ActivInspire Coursework Summer 2022
Yes, this is PD with Social Studies language, however, the strategies and approaches to delivering impactful, engaging strategies are easily transferrable to ELA.
DBQ Summer Training has been created and is ready for enrollment!
This training is FREE to CCSD teachers and secondary teachers have access to the DBQ online platform (via Clever). There are multiple date options for summer training and I am happy to award Frontline credit for anyone who completes the training. Find more details here: https://www.smore.com/k86ge-dbq-u-summer-2022?ref=email
Yes, we have access to Literature DBQs, which may be aligned with TDA preparation.
Omar Ibn Said
This is the story of Omar Ibn Said, whose perspective is often missed when considering the people who were enslaved in the late 1700s - early 1800s.
Most students don't spend much time thinking about who these people were and sometimes walk away with the misunderstanding that these people were uneducated or deserving of enslavement.
Omar's story fights that narrative.
Omar was a wealthy, highly educated Muslim scholar. His story is the ONLY story we have written from an enslaved person during that time. He wrote his story in Arabic and scholars believe that because his story was written in Arabic he was able to freely speak about his circumstances without censorship. His story has been uncovered, documented, and is now housed in the Library of Congress.
Spoleto collaborated with Jonathan Green to create these books for our students and Spoleto is debuting the Omar Ibn Said opera in May. Omar's story is becoming more nationally recognized and I am so excited that we are able to share his story too!
Collaborate with your 8th Grade SS teacher(s) if you want to co-teach. Your SS teacher(s) may email Lacy_Bryant@charleston.k12.sc.us and let her know how many copies of the book you all would like delivered to your school.
Video about Omar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBQelGvwkhE
Original Documents from the LOC: https://www.loc.gov/collections/omar-ibn-said-collection/about-this-collection/
Spoleto's Website with PDF version of the book.
Black Life in America Database Webinar~ Join NewsBank for an overview webinar of our new Black Life in America database on Sept 23 at 3PM. You can register here. Even if you can't attend, a link to the recording will be sent to you afterward.
Big News in Digital Resources for SS & ELA!
CCSD Teachers have just been granted access to NewsBank: Black Life in America Database. You can access this database through CANVAS or MackinVIA (MyPortal > Clever > MackinVIA).
Overview: From the early days of slavery to modern times, people of African descent have had a profound impact on American history. This primary source collection offers an expansive window into centuries of African American history, culture and daily life—as well as the ways the dominant culture has portrayed and perceived people of African descent.
Black Life in America covers the experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, from 1704 to today. This resource is designed to support classroom discussions and research around issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
The SC BAR presents Mock Trial for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students!
Elementary - Was Goldilocks a criminal? She is now accused of breaking and entering, vandalism, and theft! Elementary students will use common fairy tails to learn about how the legal system works, public speaking, argument writing, using evidence, etc... These activities are appropriate beginning with 2nd grade.
Middle - Hands-on learning about due process with an option to take this beyond the classroom to small group competition. Consider using the elementary curriculum for engaging in-class lessons.
High - High school students work with local attorneys to prepare for the Mock Trial competition.
Centropa is proud to offer its annual Milton Wolf Prize for Student Advocacy. Projects do not have to be a part of a class project - students can complete on their own. Sponsoring teachers are eligible to earn a scholarship to Centropa’s Summer Academy in Europe. See their site and FAQs for more information.
Register for - Teaching With DBQ Online
This self-paced course will show CCSD teachers how to use the DBQ Online Platform. The course takes between 1-2 hours to complete and is intended for teachers who have completed DBQ 101 training (either an in-person training in the past 5 years OR the self-paced DBQ 101 course).
Participants will learn
How to add a class
How to create and customize assignments
How to access additional teacher supports
How to enroll students in a class
How to access and provide feedback on student work
Choose a novel to see a wide selection of prompts:
Mastery Connect Screen Reader
Directions below [hyperlinked]
Initial & Advanced GT Endorsement Information from UofSC Aiken
Initial & Advanced GT Endorsement Information from Converse College
GT Graduate Course Information
Earthquake Preparation Information
SCCTE 2022 Conference Information
You can receive recertification credit for attending these PLOs in Frontline. See the flyer below.
Achieve 3000 Level Set Windows
Fall: 08/23/21 - 09/24/21
Winter: 11/29/21 - 12/17/21
Spring: 03/21/22 - 04/08/22
Tips and reflections on building a confident community of writers
Students connect with writing when they’re represented in curriculums. Learn how our new interests, texts, and prompts honor their diversity and expand their perspectives in our Being Culturally Responsive with NoRedInk webinar (Click the link on the redirect page).
READ - THINK - WRITE - TALK
Think-Pair-Share with intentionality around constructing thoughts prior to sharing out. This strategy can be applied to any text or non-text analysis to create multiple access points for scholars.