Social studies

Darsi Bickley, M. ED.

Social Studies Coordinator



Michelle Jennings, M. ED

Social Studies Instructional Coach



engage 2019

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Branch Out! Using Non-Fiction Texts to Give your Students Roots

Discover ways to build your students' knowledge through literacy using non-fiction texts and primary source documents.

Oh! The Places You'll Go (with innovative lesson design)

Enhance student engagement and understanding by designing lessons that allow for innovation without sacrificing standards.

Empowering your Students through Progress Monitoring Tools

Learn how to create and utilize student progress monitoring tools to build student confidence and responsibility for learning.

The Interactive Notebook & Backwards Planning

We will present on how we use district exams to backwards plan and create the Interactive Notebook: RS (right side) data (notes for students) and the LS (left side) activities that challenge and engage them using content. We will demonstrate how we operate and will ask that all those that attend bring or have access to their materials for their first unit (including their exam) so they can create their own RS & LS for use in the fall

Intro to Elementary DBQ

Are you new to Elementary ELA/SS in NISD or looking for a refresher on how to facilitate the DBQ? Learn an easy approach to helping students dive into primary and secondary source documents while you tackle the DBQ.

It's Not Just a Packet! Taking the DBQ Beyond the Page

Are you stuck in a DBQ rut? Do all of your students' DBQs look the same? Join us to discover ways to differentiate the DQB and help your students express their thoughts in a more individualized way.

Enhance, Engage, Energize!

Helping secondary teachers develop fun ways to increase good classroom management techniques.

AP Social Studies PLC

AP Teachers will analyze their IPR and discuss best practices for their course through the lens of the new College Board resrouces, including the Unit Guide.

Social Studies new teacher training 2019

Teachers New to NISD

Save the date for new teacher training Friday, August 2nd and Monday, August 5th from 8:30-4:00 pm at the administration building! We are looking forward to meeting you!

First Year Teachers

The Social Studies Team is here to support you in your first year as an educator. We will meet three times throughout the year to discuss, collaborate, model, and explore both content and pedagogical concepts and instructional strategies.

  • Academy #1: September 18, 2019
  • Academy #2: October 22, 2019
  • Academy #3: February 4, 2020