Social Studies


Navigating Life After College: Embracing Exploration and Defining Success

When I started college as a freshman 4 years ago, I was overwhelmed with the possibilities of my future. I had no idea what I wanted to do, and it felt like college would last an eternity; in a way, I was hoping it would. I remember having to remind myself that change can be challenging, but with change comes new opportunities. Today, I smile when I think about how nervous I was for my first day of classes and feel proud of how far I have come to find who I am.

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Empowering the Next Generation: The Role of Visual Literacy in Education

Declining scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for U.S. History and Reading within primary education have ignited concerns among educators, policymakers, and parents. According to The Nation’s Report Card¹­‚² a government website, the average U.S. history and reading scores for eighth graders across the United States are down 9 points since 2014. This trend not only highlights the challenges in traditional pedagogical approaches but also demands innovative strategies to engage students and enhance learning outcomes…


Lasting Impact: Thank you, Tim Shipp!

This is teacher appreciation week, and for me maybe the most impactful one I’ll ever have. Teachers shape us more than we realize, and in ways that ultimately influence your life for decades to come. For me, one stands out by far – who happens to be “hanging it up” this year. Tim Shipp will retire from teaching this year, but his influence will continue for many years to come.

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#ThankATeacher: Celebrating Educator Appreciation Week

PSA: My birthday is this week. (Yes, I am very big on birthdays- even as an old lady.) Do you know what else is this week? Teacher Appreciation Week. And in this day and age, I believe it’s critical that we focus on EDUCATOR Appreciation Week. Why, you ask? Well, how many people influence your child every single day? And, we are not only facing a teacher shortage in our schools today, but we are also facing a shortage of every single person who could make a difference for your child during his or her day at school. Don’t you think it’s worth a few minutes of your time to say thank you?

Webinar on Demand: Explore the Power of MapMaker to Fuel Your Science and Social Studies Classrooms!

Explore the Power of MapMaker to Fuel Your Science and Social Studies Classrooms!

National Geographic MapMaker, developed by Esri and National Geographic, is a mapping application that uses the latest in GIS software to connect social studies and science classrooms with essential technology for exploration. Created specifically for students and educators, MapMaker is easy to use, free to access, is browser-based, and usable on most laptops and tablets. Learn about MapMaker and how your students can gain a better understanding of how the world’s most crucial issues, challenges, and opportunities fit into the context of place.

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Listening to the Student Voice: Fostering Belonging, Inclusion, and Learning

Today’s learners will be tomorrow’s leaders, and the conversations that unfold within the classroom serve as the bedrock upon which students will build their lives in the years ahead. While from the outside, the roles of educator and student as giver vs receiver of knowledge (respectively) is clear, we as educators know that we learn as much from our students as they learn from us (sometimes more)…