Active Citizenship in Social Studies 6, 8 & 9 - Professional Networking Day

The Calgary Science School is hosting a PD day for Grade 6, 8 & 9 Social Studies teachers on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. We are focusing on these grades because they share a common focus on student conceptual understanding (government, democracy, worldview) as compared to the more historical focused 4, 5, and 7 curriculum. Also, we are limiting this to grade 9 because of the grade range of our school, 4-9.


The day will have two components:

1) Developing Active Citizenship. The day will start with a presentation and discussion led by one of our teachers, David Scott. Over the last few years, David has become increasingly interested in structuring his social studies classroom around active citizenship, specifically trying to connect the program of studies to current topics which provide opportunities for students to redesign or impact their world. This includes discussion on the potential of emerging technologies in fostering active citizenship in students. While David will share his thoughts and some classroom examples, but the goal is to foster discussion with participants around this topic.

2) Sharing and Collaborating. The remainder of the day will be made available for teachers to break off in small groups focused on specific grade levels. We see this time used for sharing projects, ideas, and technologies - directed toward increasing our emphasis on active and engaged citizenship for students.

CSS will organize a pizza lunch for those interested. Please bring $10 cash per attendee to cover this cost. You can also bring your own lunch.

If you are interested in attending, please respond by completing the following form no later than September 26th.

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