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Sunday, March 17
 

2:15pm CDT

Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Social Studies, Environmental Ed, and Science
Limited Capacity seats available

What is inquiry-based learning, and where can we access resources to implement inquiry-based instruction? Now found in both Wisconsin’s Standards for Social Studies as well as in Wisconsin Standard’s for Environmental LIteracy & Sustainability, Inquiry standards will ensure that students engage in deeper learning. Come to this session to become acquainted with the new standards, geography-based inquiry methods, and leave with new strategies developed by National Geographic. Hear from classroom teachers about how the geo-inquiry framework plays out in the elementary and middle school levels. Join us for both sessions--parts one and two--to not only learn about inquiry, but also to engage with tools for geographic and environmental inquiry.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Benton

Sandy Benton

Co-Founder & Leadership Team, Wisconsin Green Schools Network
Sandy Benton is passionate about teaching and learning. Her experiences and research as both a literacy coach and a classroom teacher indicate that deep, lasting learning occurs when instruction is learner-centered, interdisciplinary, hands-on, and grounded in real world experiences... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Koller

Kelly Koller

6th Grade Teacher, National Geographic Education Facilitator, Oconto Falls Public School District
I am a 6th grade teacher, a Natioanl Geographic Explorer and a 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. I believe that having an Explorer Mindset empowers the learning process, helps students discover and navigate their interests and grow as stewards and citizens. Participating in the National... Read More →
avatar for Peter Michaud

Peter Michaud

Fifth Grade Teacher, Reagan Elementary School
History and geography Rock.


Sunday March 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:35pm CDT
Senate A

2:45pm CDT

Supporting the Shift to Inquiry
Limited Capacity seats available

Wisconsin's new Social Studies standards require schools and districts to shift to an inquiry approach.  In this interactive session, participants will explore the core questions around supporting the shift to inquiry: What is inquiry?  What do administrators need to consider when making the shift? What supports do teachers need in shifting to an inquiry approach?

Speakers
avatar for Jeanette Baum

Jeanette Baum

Director of Partnerships, inquirED
Jeanette Baum and Elisabeth Simon are excited to attend High Aims to launch inquirED to Lakota educators- we are excited to meet you! Jeanette will also be leading a session for School and District leaders thinking about how to shift to an inquiry-based model- she will share what... Read More →


Sunday March 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm CDT
Room I

3:45pm CDT

Gaining the Mindset of an Explorer-Inquiry in the Social Studies Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Engage your students in the inquiry process! As social scientists work hard to figure out our world, it is up to the educator to help students find purpose in their discoveries. In this session we will use the top 10 discoveries that rewrote history to get students excited to ASK*: Why is it there? Why do we care? What can we learn?
Audience: 6-8.


Speakers

Sunday March 17, 2019 3:45pm - 4:35pm CDT
C/D
 
Monday, March 18
 

9:10am CDT

A Report Card for America
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s time to give America a report card from a student’s perspective through this inquiry based unit. Its 2019, how has America been progressing over the past two hundred plus years? In this unit students inquire about the goals for our country developed by the founding fathers, found in the Preamble and still driving America to continuously be improving and changing for the better. But where are we today in our progress as a country? In this unit, students learn and interpret these goals and then rate America’s progress. They create a grading system and support their grades with evidence from the past 232 years of American history. In this interactive unit students also find themselves role-playing as members of congress, showing civic responsibility by writing letters to congress, and expressing their view points on America.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Jones

Jill Jones

8th Grade U.S. History Teacher, Silver Lake Intermediate School
My name is Jill Jones and I have been a social studies teacher in the Oconomowoc Area School District for the past 29 years. Currently, I am teaching Part II of U.S. History which takes students through about a 100 years of time, beginning with a review of the American Revolution... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am CDT
Senate A

9:10am CDT

Investigating Social Studies Through Inquiry
Limited Capacity filling up

Students learn best when engaged in active inquiry that integrates Social Studies content and real-world problem-based tasks. These tasks take specific shape in the Social Studies classroom to include Civic Discussions, Project-Based Learning, and DBQ Activities. Come to this session to experience a variety of inquiry models to engage students. We will model pedagogical strategies to support student experiences with inquiry that are collaborative, creative, experiential, exploratory, and evidence-based.

Speakers
DJ

Deborah Jones

Curriculum Specialist, Pearson


Monday March 18, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am CDT
Room II

9:10am CDT

Wait you want me to think?!" Moving away from lecture to Inquiry-based Social Studies classroom
Limited Capacity full

A high school social studies teacher and an instructional coach endeavor to convert a Title 1 Social Studies curriculum to incorporate historical thinking skills, instructional technology, and the new WI Social Studies inquiry based standards. The goal is to develop assessments that push students to think critically, solve problems, and develop historical inquiry skills. This session will demonstrate how these teachers developed primary source analysis skills that better reflected student abilities by using tools such as Britannica LaunchPacs, Reading Like a Historian, and Google Tools for Education.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Bernhardt

Lindsey Bernhardt

US and AP World Teacher, Kenosha Unified
avatar for Sarah McLellan

Sarah McLellan

Instructional Coach, Kenosha Unified



Monday March 18, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am CDT
A/B

9:10am CDT

Ways of Knowing: Framing Inquiry in the Secondary Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive session will introduce participants to how inquiry can be infused into the secondary social studies classroom. The audience will engage in the planning process for how to structure and plan an inquiry unit by focusing on authentic essential questions and drawing on discipline based concepts, skills, and vocabulary.

Speakers
VP

Vicki Porior

Instructional Support Teacher; 6-12 Social Studies, Oshkosh Area School District


Monday March 18, 2019 9:10am - 10:00am CDT
Room I

12:10pm CDT

Inquiry Based Learning in the Social Studies Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

It often seems students have lost the "desire to inquire." Help develop these skills in your classroom by implementing inquiry based learning into your lessons. This student centered, collaborative and hands-on approach helps exercise the higher level reasoning and thinking skills the students needed. This approach often allows for personalized learning too. No matter the subject area, this session will provide you with approaches to tackle this in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Freesmeier

Tom Freesmeier

Pilgrim Park Middle School
I have been an educator for 13 years and have my Masters degree in Teacher Leading and recently received my National Board Teaching Certification. I have taught students in 6-8 grade mostly in Social Studies. My “trial by fire” was teaching in an At-Risk program for 3 years... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:00pm CDT
A/B

12:10pm CDT

Isn’t Inquiry Always Interdisciplinary?
Limited Capacity seats available

Sailors and sea currents? Bubonic Plague and Body Systems? Properties of Matter and Properties of Civilization? Learn about the experience of two teachers who developed and implemented an inquiry-driven, integrated science and social studies curriculum at the 7th grade level. They will provide specific examples of student inquiry projects, text sets, and driving questions, as well as how the skills of collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and accessing/analyzing information are intentionally taught. As a part of this session, time will be included to explore the C3 Inquiry Design Process and generate compelling, interdisciplinary questions that can drive unit creation in your own classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Leahy

Jessica Leahy

Whitefish Bay School District


Monday March 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:00pm CDT
Senate B

12:10pm CDT

The Other C3 Framework: Custom Core Content
Limited Capacity seats available

The new Inquiry Practices and Processes strand has been added to our state standards to reflect the C3 Framework. The next logical question after looking at the new standards is, “How can I integrate Inquiry into my curricular resources?” Newsela’s Custom Collections can help ignite student engagement to help solve this problem.

You already know that we publish 7-10 pieces of engaging content every day in five different reading levels. Now, Newsela wants to help you design a custom solution to support your curricular vision, instructional priorities, and best practices by bridging the gap between historical perspectives and relevant current events. We build the resource around your curriculum, not the other way around.

Come see how we’ve helped districts across the country, including Stevens Point Area School District, bring the C3 Framework and their Social Studies standards to life with our high-interest custom content.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Gallo

Mark Gallo

Mark Gallo             mark.gallo@newsela.comNewsela is a cross-curricular tool for students to master non-fiction. All articles are published at five reading levels with built-in assessments to engage K-12 students in high-interest nonfiction, covering current events, primary... Read More →


Monday March 18, 2019 12:10pm - 1:00pm CDT
Room IV

1:10pm CDT

C3 for K-3! Develop Questions, Apply Tools, Evaluate Evidence and Take Informed Action in Elementary Social Studies!
Limited Capacity seats available

You CAN teach elementary with primary sources and provide hands-on experiences through a C3 lens! This hands-on session includes informed action strategies and all the dimensions of the inquiry arc. Prepare students to be engaged young citizens in a way that is hands-on, memorable and fun! In this workshop we will combine primary sources, hands-on experiences and even a comic strip with reading, writing, critical thinking, speaking and listening skills. For all of us who have trouble finding time to teach social studies and must combine it with ELA, we’ve got you covered! Free lesson take-away.

Speakers

Monday March 18, 2019 1:10pm - 2:00pm CDT
Assembly