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    • 10 Aug 2020
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    • 14 Aug 2020
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    • 5 sessions
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    • As social studies teachers implement principles from The C3 Framework and blend disciplinarydigital, and critical literacy skills into their instruction, the Michigan Council for the Social Studies offers a unique, one-week, intensive workshop to jumpstart the 2020-21 academic year. 

      Time will determine the type of learning situation in which students and teachers will engage at the beginning of the school year.  Whether your district will be in a face-to-face mode of instruction or a mode of remote learning, or a hybrid situation, chances are you may be thinking one or both of these thoughts:

      •  “I need to expand the tech tools for more effective student engagement in my teaching toolbox,”
      •  “If I’m going to build (or strengthen) relationships with my students in an online setting, I can’t do that if we’re not working on strengthening their discipline-specific skills in history, geography, civics, and economics.”

    Regardless of the format, the need is greater than ever, for engaging and rigorous social studies instruction that will prepare students for civic life within their K-12 education and beyond.  To help meet the demand and desire for dynamic social studies instruction, MCSS is proud to offer this intensive weeklong institute for social studies teachers in grades 5-12. 

    Even though we will be meeting in Zoom and using a number of tech tools, we will continue to ground our work together in effective instructional strategies for social studies, and provide the tech support (and encouragement) that you need to fully engage in the institute experience! Through our time together, you will become more informed and engaged with inquiry-driven, literacy-rich, and digitally-enhanced best practices for your social studies teaching. 

    Participants in our institute will experience:

          Four teaching demonstrations, led by experts in social studies and digital literacy, with strategies adaptable to a variety of grades and content areas.

          Updates on the implementation of The C3 Framework, GELN’s Essential Practices for Disciplinary Literacy, and the Inquiry Design Model of unit development.

          Detailed instruction on a number of digital tools for communicating knowledge and taking action including interactive storymaps and timelines, as well as creation of websites and videos, all connected to Michigan’s MITECs ed tech standards. 

          Individual support while revising or creating a new instructional unit for use during the 2020-21 academic year.

    For more information about the “Changing Practices for Changing Times” institute, please contact: Rebecca Bush at rbush@mcssmi.org

    To register, please visit: 

    Who:   

    social studies educators, grades 5-12

    Cost to participants:

          $199 for MCSS members

          $249 for non-members (includes a one-year membership)

          Includes 30-35 SCECHs (pending approval)

    What:  

    Intensive, one-week virtual institute for integrating disciplinary, critical, and digital literacies

    Why:

    The C3 (College, Career, and Civic Life) Framework for Social Studies will require educators to make significant shifts in instructional practices, including a renewed focus on inquiry- based learning, critical thinking, and integration of disciplinary literacy practices. Building on Michigan’s “Essential Practices for Disciplinary Literacy Instruction in the Secondary Classroom: Grades 6 to 12,”

    Teachers involved in the institute will engage in a sustained, immersive, and exploratory professional learning experience. Specifically, they will choose a unit of study from their own curriculum and revise it with The C3 in mind, moving students toward civic participation and taking informed action. As part of Michigan’s efforts to implement the revised social studies standards, this cohort will meet online with the goal of producing new units of study at grades 5-12. Moreover, they will contribute to and participate in a local network of teacher leaders with opportunities for sharing their work in the future through regional and statewide venues such as webinars, workshops, and at the MCSS Annual Conference. 

    Learning Objectives:

          Integrating content and skills purposefully

          Providing tangible opportunities for taking informed action

          Cultivating and nurturing collaboration and civic spaces

          Crafting questions that spark and sustain inquiry

          Promoting literacy practices and outcomes

    As a result of attending, participants will be able to:

          Identify key standards from The C3 Framework, The Common Core Literacy Standards, and ISTE/MITECs standards for students to design a collaborative, inquiry-based unit with their teaching partners.

          Engage in a variety of social studies and literacy activities as learners, then analyze and reflect on their experiences in those activities through digital, disciplinary, and critical literacy frameworks. 

          Create a series of appropriate lessons and activities for their social studies unit, unique for their own teaching context, grade level, and subject areas. :

    Pre-Institute Webinar: 60 min (Aug. 5th 7-8p.m. OR Aug. 6th 9:30-10:30a.m.)  Select one.


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    Wed. Aug. 12

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    Fri. Aug. 14

    9:00 - 10:30

    Troy Demo

    Beckie Demo

    Dave Demo

    Roy Demo

    Charette (Work in Progress)

    10:45 - 12:15

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    Sync/Async Activities in Afternoon or Evening

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    Post-Institute Showcase: 90 min

    About the Presenters:

    Rebecca Bush is currently the Social Studies Consultant at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD), where she assists K-12 social studies teachers in developing curriculum, modeling instructional strategies in social studies literacy, and designing district level formative and summative assessments.  She has presented at various national conferences on multiple topics surrounding social studies instruction as well as innovative techniques and topics in formative and summative assessment design.  Currently she is the Project Director of G.I.A.N.T.S.—an integrated geography and history curriculum for students in grades 3-8.  Additionally, she is the Co-Project Director of the Performance Assessments in Social Studies Thinking (P.A.S.S.T.) Project and assists with the ongoing enhancement of the MI Open Book Project where she serves as an editor of several of the project’s texts.  Rebecca is past-president of MCSS as well as the National Social Studies Supervisor’s Association and is an adjunct faculty member at Hope College as well as Michigan State University.


    Dr. Troy Hicks is Professor of English and Education at Central Michigan University (CMU). He directs the Chippewa River Writing Project and, previously, the Master of Arts in Learning, Design & Technology program. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. Since beginning work at CMU in 2007, he has earned numerous distinctions including the Michigan Council of Teachers of English Charles Carpenter Fries Award (2008), CMU’s Provost’s Award for junior faculty who demonstrate outstanding achievement in research and creative activity (2011), the Richard A. Meade Award for scholarship in English Education (2014), the Michigan Reading Association’s Teacher Educator Award (2018), CMU’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2020), and the Initiative for 21st Century Literacies Research’s Divergent Award for Excellence (2020). An ISTE Certified Educator, Dr. Hicks has authored numerous books, articles, chapters, blog posts, and other resources broadly related to the teaching of literacy in our digital age. Follow him on Twitter: @hickstro




    Dave Johnson is the shared social studies consultant for every ISD in Northern Michigan.  He's in his 10th year in this role, and his 19th in education.  He is the project manager of the Michigan Open Book Project, co-director of the PASST project, and a technical consultant on the GIANTS project.  In addition to all of this, he is currently serving as the president of Michigan Social Studies Supervisors Association, and will be the president of the Michigan Council for the Social Studies during the 2020-21 school year.



    Roy Sovis is a Coordinator for Instruction at the Genesee Intermediate School District where he has provided Social Studies-related professional development and other services for over 20 years to the 40 public schools in Genesee and Lapeer Counties. His expertise includes curriculum development, instructional design, and summative assessment development. For ten years he has also developed and offered a Formative Assessment Institute which has helped numerous districts “level up” their assessment systems to improve student achievement. Recently he served as a writer on the Michigan Social Studies Standards Revision Committee and on the Michigan Department of Education Social Studies Professional Development Collaborative Committee. Early in his career he was the State Coordinator for the National lStudent/Parent Mock Election and received 2 National CNN Awards for Utilization of Media and/or Technology in Voter Education, 2 American Association of School Administrators Awards for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education and was the recipient of Presidential Certificate of Appreciation for dedicated service and teamwork. Currently, Roy also serves as the Michigan Council for Social Studies Executive Board Secretary and District 4 Representative.


    • 01 Sep 2020
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    • 30 May 2021
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    (Digitally) Writing New Histories

    A TPS Grant for Michigan Social Studies Educators

    With a shift towards disciplinary, digital, and critical literacies, we find that historical documents and artifacts — as well as images, social media posts, and videos created with contemporary technologies — all serve as primary sources. 

    We invite Michigan social studies educators, grades 3-12, to join the year-long "(Digitally) Writing New Histories: Building Educators’ Capacity to Teach Disciplinary, Digital, and Critical Literacies with The C3 Framework" project. 

    This professional learning experience will take place entirely online during evenings and weekends (times TBD), through Zoom video conferencing, throughout the entire 2020-21 academic year. 

    In addition to the countless number of digitized artifacts available through the Library of Congress website, we will invite teachers to examine artifacts through virtual visits to local museums and learn how to use digital writing tools such as Adobe Spark, Sutori, ThingLink, and Zbib. 

    Virtual field trips throughout the year will include visits to:

    • Arab American National Museum

    • The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

    • Colonial Michilimackinac

    • Coppertown USA Mining Museum

    • Detroit Historical Museum

    • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

    • Grand Rapids Public Museum

    • Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

    • Hartwick Pines Logging Museum

    • Holocaust Memorial Center

    • And more...

    Educators selected to participate in the (Digitally) Writing New Histories Project will have the opportunity to earn a $500 stipend after participating in approximately 50 hours of professional learning throughout the year. All content will be delivered online, through Zoom, and participation is expected in all meetings (synchronously or asynchronously). 

    We expect that participants will:

    • Join (or view a recording of) two 90-minute Zoom sessions per month (2020: Aug/Sept, Oct, Nov/Dec; 2021: Jan, Feb, Mar/Apr, May) for a total of approximately 25 hours

    • Join in individual/small group coaching sessions with facilitators (approximately 5 hours)

    • Engage in additional, required asynchronous learning opportunities (approximately 10 hours)

    • Develop an instructional unit aligned with the C3 Framework (approximately 10 hours)

    In this application, you will share basic contact and demographic information, and submit an essay (apx 450-600 words) that will respond to the following:

    1. A description of your work as a social studies educator, including information about your teaching background and current role(s). Additionally, describe your teaching context, including information about the student body and school culture as it relates to diversity and equity. 

    2. A description of your work with The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework, technology integration, and other professional learning that will contribute to your growth as a leader in your school context and other educational organizations. 

    3. A description of how you would benefit from this program, including ways in which you would work with other colleagues in the program to develop an Inquiry Design Model-based unit of study and a webinar to be delivered to other Michigan Council of Social Studies members. 

    The application deadline is Friday, July 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST. 

    Please apply using this Google Form. 

    We expect to notify teachers who have been selected for the institute by the week of August 17th.

    Our initial Zoom call for the institute work will be during the week of August 24th (date/time TBD).

    Questions? Please contact Rebecca Bush at <rbush@mcssmi.org>. 

    Collegially,

    Rebecca Bush, Michigan Council for the Social Studies

    Jessica Ellison, Minnesota Historical Society

    Troy Hicks, Central Michigan University


    Project Facilitators


    Rebecca Bush

    Rebecca Bush is currently the Social Studies Consultant at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD), where she assists K-12 social studies teachers in developing curriculum, modeling instructional strategies in social studies literacy, and designing district level formative and summative assessments.  She has presented at various national conferences on multiple topics surrounding social studies instruction as well as innovative techniques and topics in formative and summative assessment design.  Currently she is the Project Director of G.I.A.N.T.S.—an integrated geography and history curriculum for students in grades 3-8.  Additionally, she is the Co-Project Director of the Performance Assessments in Social Studies Thinking (P.A.S.S.T.) Project and assists with the ongoing enhancement of the MI Open Book Project where she serves as an editor of several of the project’s texts.  Rebecca is past-president of MCSS as well as the National Social Studies Supervisor’s Association and is an adjunct faculty member at Hope College as well as Michigan State University.


    Jessica Ellison

    Jessica Ellison is a teacher educator at the Minnesota Historical Society, where she has delivered professional development and created curriculum since 2004. Jessica’s focus is the integration of primary sources into classrooms at all grade levels, and through this work, she has participated, as a grant director or presenter, in six regional TPS grants. Additionally, she is the grant director for Inquiry in the Upper Midwest, a Library of Congress Consortium project focused on culturally relevant pedagogy and primary sources. Jessica serves as President of the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies, on the NCSS Advocacy Task Force, and on her local school board. 


    Troy Hicks

    Dr. Troy Hicks is Professor of English and Education at Central Michigan University (CMU). He directs the Chippewa River Writing Project and, previously, the Master of Arts in Learning, Design & Technology program. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. Since beginning work at CMU in 2007, he has earned numerous distinctions including the Michigan Council of Teachers of English Charles Carpenter Fries Award (2008), CMU’s Provost’s Award for junior faculty who demonstrate outstanding achievement in research and creative activity (2011), the Richard A. Meade Award for scholarship in English Education (2014), the Michigan Reading Association’s Teacher Educator Award (2018), CMU’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2020), and the Initiative for 21st Century Literacies Research’s Divergent Award for Excellence (2020). An ISTE Certified Educator, Dr. Hicks has authored numerous books, articles, chapters, blog posts, and other resources broadly related to the teaching of literacy in our digital age. Follow him on Twitter: @hickstro


    • 02 Oct 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 03 Oct 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Grand Traverse Resort
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    The 2020 MCSS Annual Conference will be held in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan, at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa!  With cherry trees, fall folliage and a fantastic amount of history and culture to explore, MCSS is excited to bring the full conference north for the first time in over a decade!

    Each Social Studies content organization will be represented and providing sessions at the conference:

    Michigan Geographic Alliance

    Michigan Council for History Education

    Michigan Council on Economic Education

    Center for Civic Education

    Michigan Council for the Social Studies

    Topics such as an update on new Social Studies content expectations, the C3 Framework, and current happenings in the world of social studies will be presented.

    There are sessions for every level from elementary, middle level, secondary, post-secondary and Social Studies supervisors.



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