Teaching and Learning
Social Sciences - Professional Development
Social Sciences - Professional Development
As the result of reform efforts that began with the Oregon Act for the 21st Century expectations for students, and consequently teachers, have been raised. To meet these new expectations educators are being asked to master new skills and responsibilities and deepen their content knowledge. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is one way to meet these needs.
Social Sciences Teacher Updates
Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Update
is a monthly e-newsletter that provides teachers and other educators with information about professional development opportunities, teacher and student competitions and awards, and lectures, concerts, and exhibitions.
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Social Sciences Videoconference Materials
ODE staff offered professional development sessions to aid teachers in implementing the Social Science Analysis work sample beginning during the 2004-2005 school year. Materials from the sessions are available here that provide guidance for classroom instruction and work sample scoring.
Social Science Analysis Scoring
Social Science Analysis Scoring Guides and new scoring materials.
These maps provide guidance in organizing instruction that provides students with the opportunity to master Oregon's Common Curriculum Goals and Content Standards in the social sciences.
Social Sciences Videoconference Oregon Department of EducationSeptember 21, 2004
Social Science Analysis Scoring Videoconference, January 2005
02/02/2005 (253.50 KB)
ODE Supported Professional Development
Social Sciences Teacher Leaders Cadre
Each leader on this list has engaged in special training on Oregon Social Sciences Standards, and will continue to work with the Oregon Department of Education to keep up to date with standards as they evolve and mature. Oregon educators needing professional developers are invited to contact a social sciences teacher leader.
Private Organization Supported Professional Development
George Washington Teachers' Institute
02/03/2014 (789 KB)
Seeking Oregon Participants
July 22-27, 2014
Established in 1999, the George Washington Summer Residential Teachers' Institute is a highly competitive program which brings teachers to Mount Vernon, Virginia for an intensive week of study at Washington's home. Participating teachers immerse themselves in the study and discussion of this critical period of American history and the remarkable role George Washington played in the founding of our nation. Teachers will have the opportunity to:
Examine the character and accomplishments of George Washington while living on his 18th-century estate.
Engage in active discussion of 18th century history with top historians.
Explore Mount Vernon and the Washington, D.C. area through interactive workshops, tours, field trips, and group projects.
Discuss how to integrate teaching history into English, Science, Math and Geography curricula in accordance with current education standards.
Return to your classroom with new knowledge, teaching materials and enthusiasm to share with your colleagues and students.
In 2014, Mount Vernon will host sessions by state to build the foundation for statewide collegial networks of teachers who can share classroom ideas, lesson plans and resources.
This year's sessions will be held June 22-27, 2014.
Application deadline: March 14, 2014
All teachers accepted into the institute receive a travel stipend and reside on the grounds of Washington's home. Participants are required to complete one lesson plan for dissemination to teachers across the nation on the Mount Vernon website, and perform one in-service session for colleagues in their home district or state.
Candidates from Oregon should complete the state-specific application available at
Completed applications should be sent to Andrea Morgan, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education: 255 Capitol St NE Salem, OR 97310
. Or, emailed to
Through private funding, the George Washington Teachers' Institute is open only to teachers in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.
Instruction, Standards, Assessment, and Accountability - 1 - Ed. Specialist, Social Sciences Curriculum and Advanced Placement Incentive Prog
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