Building Alignment across Social Studies

Zachary Cote
December 18, 2023 9:00 am
The Pyramids - Indianapolis 3500 DePauw Blvd. Pyramid Two – Suite 2020, Indiana Indianapolis United States

This workshop will be broken into 4 clear stages that support our alignment with each other:

Stage 1: Rooting Ourselves in the Discipline. First, we need a common definition of what it is that we do!

Stage 2: Support students in the art of questioning and analysis. The best scholars are defined by their ability to ask good questions. Supporting our own students’ analytical strengths is essential for empowering them as thinking citizens.

Stage 3: How do we measure disciplinary success? Explore formative assessments on disciplinary thinking. These assessments can strengthen our students’ thinking skills while also giving teachers a common language for success that can be a docs point for collaboration, PLCs, and department goals.

Stage 4: Using data to push student growth and vertically align. We’ll talk about how common rubrics don’t mean lost autonomy. By anchoring our summative assessment on historical thinking skills we can maintain the content we teach while building a better collaborative culture in our departments.