Many social studies educators became leaders because of a deep love of the vast content across the many disciplines. Whether U.S. history, geography, economics, or other fields, social studies leaders crave deeper scholarship about the content of the social studies disciplines. Session time will be devoted to diving deep into interesting content! Come get enriched by building your background knowledge!
Many social studies educators became leaders because of a passion for an innovative classroom. Creative teaching strategies, new technology integration, and attention-grabbing activities often reflect the desire for engaging instruction. Session time will be devoted to new classroom techniques that capture students' attention. Come add engaging tools to your teacher toolbox!
Many social studies educators became leaders because of a desire to shape social studies curriculum and instruction beyond their own classrooms. Writing curriculum, constructing assessment, building staff capacity, and connecting to the community are cornerstones for the work of social studies leaders. Session time will be devoted to the tools and techniques that equip all those that strive to be an effective leader. Come and learn new techniques to empower your leadership as a social studies advocate!
Key Note Speakers
Say hello to Joel Breakstone. Joel is the Executive Director of 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.
Heather Vaughn is the K-12 Educational Outreach Coordinator for the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life located at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a passionate believer of empowering student voices and their contributions. With most of her career devoted to curriculum development and teacher training, she has served as a district administrator, a district specialist, and an educator in the classroom. At the University of Texas High School, she created and instructed online gifted/talented professional development courses, facilitated the AP Summer Institutes on the UT Austin campus, as well as coordinated Credit by Exam development and collaborated with advanced students and school districts throughout the state. In Pflugerville ISD, she coordinated the ASCEND Program for highly gifted students, developed curriculum, and conducted G/T thirty-hour foundational training for district educators. In 2017, the National Association for Gifted Children presented her with the Specialist Award for Exceptional Contributions to Gifted Education. Ms. Vaughn has been previously recognized by the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented as the state Advocate of the Gifted for her work in creating and championing exemplary services for gifted students at the local, regional, and state levels. Ms. Vaughn holds graduate degrees from both the University of Mississippi and the University of Georgia.