2019 Best Practices Institute Registration
Register here for the 2019 Best Practices in Social Studies Institute. The Institute takes place June 19-20, 2019 at Johnston Middle School in Johnston, IA. The Best Practices in Social Studies Institute is designed to support Iowa teachers in implementing Iowa's new social studies standards. There will be two strands- elementary and secondary, to provide specific support around the inquiry and content expectations of the standards. Attendees will attend an all-day elementary or secondary workshop on one day of the institute and have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions on the other day of the institute.

Dates: June 19-20, 2019
Location: Johnston Middle School (6501 NW 62nd Ave. in Johnston, IA)
Who: Open to any pre-service or in-service social studies teacher or to those who support social studies teachers.
Cost: FREE
Registration: Registration will close June 1.
Other: License renewal credit will be available.

Elementary Keynote: Noreen Naseem Rodriguez, Iowa State University
Noreen Naseem Rodríguez is an assistant professor of elementary social studies in the School of Education at Iowa State University. She works with teachers, school districts, and national organizations to develop culturally relevant and culturally sustaining social studies curriculum and to critically engage with diverse children's literature. Her research focuses on pre- and in-service teachers of color and preparing future elementary teachers to foster more inclusive renditions of U.S. history and citizenship. Her scholarship has been published in peer-reviewed and practitioner journals such as Theory & Research in Social Education, The Journal of Children’s Literature, Literacy Today, and Social Studies & the Young Learner. Before becoming a teacher educator, Noreen was a bilingual elementary teacher in Austin, Texas for nine years and earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on social studies education from The University of Texas at Austin.

Secondary Keynote: Joel Breakstone, Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) https://sheg.stanford.edu/
Joel Breakstone directs the Stanford History Education Group. He received his Ph.D. from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Along with Mark Smith and Sam Wineburg, he led the development of SHEG's assessment website, Beyond the Bubble. He received the Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award from the National Council for the Social Studies in 2014. He holds a B.A. in history from Brown University and a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College. After college, he taught high school history in Thetford, Vermont. His research focuses on how teachers use assessment data to inform instruction.

For more information to go https://iowacore.gov/content/professional-learning-events-social-studies. Questions? Email stefanie.wager@iowa.gov.

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Institute Strand
This year's institute features sessions targeted to an elementary audience (K-5) or a secondary audience (6-12). Elementary teachers will attend breakout sessions on June 19th and an all day workshop on June 20th. Secondary teachers will attend an all day workshop on June 19th and breakout sessions on June 20th. Please register for the strand that most correlates to the grade level(s) you teach/serve.
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IF you signed up for the secondary strand, are you interested in attending an all-day workshop on June 20th hosted by the Medal of Honor Foundation? This workshop will focus on using the oral histories of Medal of Honor recipients to teach about the experiences of soldiers and elements of character and sacrifice. Please note that if you attend this, you will not be able to attend the secondary breakout sessions that day. *
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