ESEA is going to Joint Committee

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We can’t let this chance slip through out fingers. Soon the two biggest Education Bills will be going to Joint Committee. It is important to understand the power you have as a voter. We need to speak up for what we need for our students and own children. We need to let our know today Representatives what we want for …

Assessment Beyond the Test (resources)

It isn’t everyday you get to host the largest social studies chat online.  Monday’s #sschat was a thrill for us as a growing state organization.  Our topic, ‘Assessment Beyond the Test’ is rich with resources that we are eager to share with you all. Assessment Pedagogy There is a ton of literature out there for anyone interested in analyzing the …

Legislative Updates on CSHB 742

Notes from TASB (Texas Association of School Boards, tasb.org) House Pub Ed Passes Two Bills, https://t.e2ma.net/message/p4i7k/dvvd7c After hearing 20 bills over 14 hours on Tuesday, the House Public Education Committee voted out the following two bills: CSHB 742 (Huberty) would eliminate writing and social studies [8th grade] from the required assessment instruments. The bill would delete United States history from …

Help us kill HB 742

Below are the names of the people on the House Ed Committee. Please call TODAY and let them know not to send this HB 742 to committee because the social studies STAAR/EOC assessment would be eliminated. We have been advised that calling and flooding offices with this message is the best way to prevent this bill from going forward.   …

ESEA Re-authorization

As you may be aware, ESEA Re-authorization is moving forward and we are asking the social studies community to “practice what we teach” by reaching out to their Senators.  PLEASE help us spread the word – now is the time for us to act! Reach out to your Senators today! Senator Alexander has invited comments by February 2 on his ESEA Re-authorization …

Fake Social Media= Fun History

Students’ eyes are used to looking at scrolling home pages filled with updates from friends and sponsors.  Why not use that to our advantage?  Hstry.co is a classroom social media site.  You as a teacher join, for free.  (It is in beta testing so this may at some point change…but enjoy it while you can.) Then you create a class.  …