KSHS Teacher eNews
Issue 74, May 2013
Summer Social Studies Academy - In June and July, the Kansas Department of Education is offering two-day workshops that present a classroom focus on advancing instruction for the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards. The workshops will emphasize hands-on activities, collaboration, and cross content-area integration. More information and registration forms are available online.
Archaeology and the Common Core Workshop - July 24 - 26, with optional fieldwork July 27 - 28. Discover how Project Archaeology fosters an understanding of past and present cultures. Participants will investigate a slave cabin at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Plantation in Virginia with data from an actual excavation. Enrollment limited to 25 people. Application deadline is July 1. Workshop will be held at Cox Communications Heritage Education Center, Topeka.
Summer Youth Volunteers Needed - The Kansas Historical Society is looking for students age 13 to 18 to volunteer with projects and programs this summer. This group will also serve as an advisory council to help plan future programs. Interested students can contact Joy Brennan at 785-272-8681, ext. 415 or email@example.com.
Kansas Archeology Training Program Field School: June 1-16 - The presumed location of Billy Dixon’s trading post south of Hays has been selected for investigation in 2013. Participants will work alongside professional and avocational archeologists as they excavate several dugouts and process artifacts in a lab. More information and registration packets are available at kshs.org/14622.
Free Professional Development Sessions - The Historical Society offers in-service training for K-12 teachers that can help them adopt and integrate the new standards for history, government, and social studies; Common Core ELA standards; and social, emotional, and character development standards. Participants will receive samples of the standards-based educational materials developed by the Historical Society's Education Division. Contact Curriculum Specialist Marcia Fox at 785-272-8681, ext. 416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule Kansas Territorial Characters Performance - Students can participate in a 1850s territorial town hall political meeting at Constitution Hall State Historic Site. The Lecompton Reenactors will portray some of the notable people from the Bleeding Kansas era as they passionately discuss the pros and cons of the slavery issue. The group can also perform on-site at schools within one hour drive of Lecomption. Schedule a presentation for 2013-14 classes at 785-887-6520 or email@example.com.
Reserve Traveling Resource Trunks - A unique and educational way to share the rich heritage of Kansas, the trunks contain many high-quality reproductions of historical artifacts and primary source documents and photographs. Reserve online for 2013-14 classes or call 785-272-8681, ext. 419.
Mini-Grant Application Deadline May 12 - The Kansas Council for the Social Studies classroom mini-grant is designed to improve social studies instruction by providing financial assistance to classroom teachers. More information and application form available online.
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