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Social Studies

Good Day,


Over the past few weeks, I have enjoyed talking and corresponding with many of you regarding the new Missouri Learning Standards K-12 Expectations for Social Studies.  Below you will find several links which may be helpful as you work with these new standards in the coming weeks and months.  


Professional Development Opportunities

Inquiry Design Model

The (IDM)™ Summer Institute sponsored by C3 Teachers and the University of Kentucky will feature hands-on opportunities for teachers to develop materials for use in their classrooms and to join a larger community of educators who share an interest in invigorating their classrooms through inquiry teaching and learning.   Deadline for early registration is April 30, 2016.

 More information can be found at   http://www.c3teachers.org/institute/


Missouri History Day

Help students uncover history and put their own stamp on it by being part of National History Day in Missouri. This innovative program lets students in grades six through twelve explore the past in a creative, hands-on way. They become experts on a historical subject of their choosing while conducting extensive research to produce a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website that could take them to the University of Missouri or even to Washington D.C.! You will be amazed by the creativity and hard work that Missouri students put into their projects. Sign up today  to be a judge or call 573.882.0189 for additional information. Missouri History Day event in Columbia on April 30, 2016.

More information about National History Day in Missouri or about becoming a judge can be found at: http://www.nhdmo.org


Invitation for MOCHE Conference Proposals

Missouri Council for History Education (MOCHE) is calling for breakout session proposals for the Eleventh Annual Best Practices in History Education Conference, Thursday, September 29, 2016, to be held at The Mark Twain Museum, Hannibal, Missouri.

Sessions may feature episodes in American or World History and themes such as Teaching Literacy in the History Classroom. Considering the location of this year’s conference, we would also be interested in sessions integrating literature and history or sessions that focus on the era represented by Mark Twain and his writings. We seek sessions on technology use in the classroom, History Day, curriculum issues facing social studies teachers, and other topics relating to content and methodology.  Proposals may include panels, roundtables, and/or workshops sixty minutes in length.

Proposals must be received by May 15, 2016.

For more information contact Joan Musbach, MOCHE Conference Director, [email protected].


GEEO: Teacher Travel Opportunity

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 1300 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. With GEEO educators can earn professional development credits while seeing the world. GEEO's trips are 7 to 21 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. Travel programs for 2016 include : Bali/Lombok, Bangkok to Hanoi, China, Costa Rica, Eastern Europe, The Galapagos Islands, Greece, Iceland, India/Nepal, Southern India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Peruvian Amazon, Peruvian Andes, Portugal/Spain, Heart of the Silk Road, Southern Africa, Turkey, Vietnam/Cambodia, Western Balkans, Morocco (Winter Break), The Philippines (Winter Break) and Mt. Kilimanjaro (Winter Break). 

More information can be found at www.geeo.org or call toll-free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9 AM-9 PM EST seven days a week.

The registration deadline is June 1st, but space is limited and many programs will be full well before the deadline. 


Summer Teacher Institute: Teaching About the Judicial Branch
  • Saint Louis: Thursday & Friday, July 21-22, 2016,   9:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Cape Girardeau: Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Join the United States Courts and the Judicial Learning Center for a full-day of learning at the federal courthouse. This workshop will include a live courtroom observation and several sessions with judges and other legal professionals. NOTE for those who have previously attended - new content will be included.  REGISTRATION DEADLINE: by Monday, July 11. To make a reservation, visit: www.JudicialLearningCenter.org/teacher-registration


If you have questions about these opportunities or other topics related to social studies in Missouri schools, please contact me. My goal is to support you and your students.


Dixie Grupe
Director, Social Studies