Project EarthView

EarthView Institute

Social Studies Seminar Series

We are pleased to partner with the Mass Council for Social Studies and Center for Civic Education to offer professional development for K-12 teachers. Please note: Participation in this series does not provide teachers with the opportunity to borrow EarthView Globes and Floor Maps. Please check back at a later date regarding Floor Map and Globe training seminars.

This seminar series is designed to provide professional development on topics, methods and resources for teaching social studies in the K-12 classroom. Each seminar will focus on a specific theme: Global Issues, History/Civics and Research and Literacy Skills. Three workshops will be presented each evening with participants choosing two of the three offerings. 

Dates: Tuesdays - TBA
Time: TBA
Location: Bridgewater State University, Science and Mathematics Center
Fee: $100 per participant for all three seminars. Refreshments and dinner will be provided.

Seminar 1: History/Civics
•    Incorporating Lesser Known History into the Classroom: Stealing Lincoln's Body, Jason Scott, Abington High School
•    Project Citizen, Ellen Barber-Morse, Center for Civics Education
•    Bringing History to Life: Inquiry-Based Activities, Caitlan Sheehan and Leah Grip, Duxbury Middle School

Seminar 2: Research and Literacy Strategies
•    Promoting Literacy in the Classroom: Practical Strategies to Support Critical Analysis of Informational Text, Jackie Gervais and Becky Hamel, Plymouth Community Intermediate School
•    Formal and Informal Discussion and Writing in Teaching Literacy and Research Skills, Craig Goldberg, Oliver Ames High School 
•    Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Literacy Strategies for the Social Studies Classroom, Kathy Babini

Seminar 3: Geography/Global Issues
•    Teaching Geography: A Novel Approach, Kathy Babini
•    Preparing Students for Global Citizenship, Dr. Jennifer Herman, Simmons College.
•    Climate Change, Dr Robert Hellstrom, Geography Department, Bridgewater State University 

This seminar series is designed to provide professional development on topics, methods and resources for teaching social studies in the K-12 classroom. Each seminar will focus on a specific theme: Global Issues, History/Civics and Research and Literacy Skills. Three workshops will be presented each evening with participants choosing two of the three offerings. 

Schedule 
4:00 PM  Check in
4:30 - 5:45 PM Session I
5:50 - 6:25 PM Dinner
6:30 - 7:45 PM Session II

Participants who attend all 3 seminars and post a lesson plan will receive 10.5 PDPs. Registration for the Social Studies Seminar is now closed. Participants may also register for one Graduate Credit by attending all 3 seminars, contributing to a Discussion Board and posting a mini-unit of at least 3 lesson plans. The course is listed as GEOG 520 Special Topics in Geography and the cost is an additional $125.  Register for graduate credit.  Please note that all participants must also register for the seminar series. 

The EarthView Institute offers professional development for teachers, which allows trained teachers the opportunity to borrow EarthView Globes and Floor Maps at no cost.

Giant Floor Maps - Training Sessions

The primary goal of this Institute is to train a corps of teachers to possess both content knowledge of the world’s many regions and the teaching skills that will enable them to introduce new and creative teaching approaches as they use Floor Maps in their school districts.

These giant traveling floor maps developed by National Geographic Society and housed at Bridgewater State University can be used by you after completing training sessions on the care and use of the maps. This Institute training will demonstrate setup of the maps, activities to do with various grade levels, and handling of the maps. Teachers will develop the content knowledge and presentation skills to use them effectively in their own school districts.

Please check back for upcoming programs.