On December 4, 2018, ESU 11 hosted a Professional Learning Community meeting for 7-12 grade Social Studies teachers. PLCs are an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively to achieve better results for the students they serve. During this session, NDE Social Studies Consultant, Harris Payne, shared a variety of resources that teachers can use to teach the concepts outlined in the standards such as Structured Academic Controversy, Resources from the Library of Congress, Civics Resources, Geo Inquiry Lessons, Media Literacy, and Historical Thinking Skills. He also shared information about the Social Studies standards revision process.
Kate and Jody also showed several resources that teachers can use to help teach standards and increase student engagement. Such tools included the HoloLens, Google Expeditions, Insert Learning and Actively Learn. The next PLC will be held in the spring. Between now and the next meeting, teachers will engage in action research to determine if the shared resources are effective in teaching and assessing the learning targets.