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Staff Development

Includes online and in-person training for educators intended to provide social studies content or teaching strategies.

Teacher Workshop Presented by the LBJ Library - "The Struggle for Voting Rights: From the 15th Amendment to Today"

Join the LBJ Library on Feb. 21, 2018 from 8:30am-3:30pm for a teacher workshop on the history of minority voting rights in the United States. Experts on the subject will present and time will be allotted for teachers to utilize the National Archives DocsTeach platform to create lesson plans. Additionally, the LBJ will provide classroom resources for teachers. Bring your own device, preferably a laptop, to use during the event. CPE credit will be awarded. 


2313 Red River Street

The Alamo Educator Workshop Series

2018 marks the 300th anniversary of San Antonio. To commemorate the occasion, the Alamo presents the Tricentennial Educator Workshop Series. The series of workshops will cover the eras of Texas History from 1400-1836. Specifically, the series will focus on the significant role of the Alamo over the 300 years of San Antonio history. The intended audience for each workshop is educators and CPE credit hours are offered at each event. The events are filled on a first come, first served basis. Contact the Alamo at (210) 225-1391 ext. 6002 or mmcclenny@thealamo.org to register. 

2018 Region 4 Social Studies Conference

The one-day 2018 Region 4 Social Studies conference will be held on January 27th, 2018 for all Social Studies teachers, supervisors, and coordinators. The conference aims to deliver best practices for the 21st-century social studies classroom. Major themes at the conference will be technology applications, instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners, differentiation, and effective assessment. The conference will include concurrent presentations, vendor displays, and an exhibit hall. 

Date: January 27, 2018

Real Places 2018

The Texas Land Title Association, Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction, and the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission have partnered together to present Real Places 2018. The event will include addresses by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Texas writer Joe Nick Patoski, preservation economist Donovan Rypkema, and others. Entertainment will be provided by Ray Benson (of Asleep at the Wheel) and the Peterson Brothers.  The event seeks to draw awareness to the need for historical preservation in the small towns and big cities of Texas. 

TSHA Annual Meeting

Every year since 1897, the Texas State Historical Association has held an annual meeting. The largest gathering of its kind for Texas history enthusiasts. Join the leaders in the field for three days of sessions, networking, events, and professional development that will expand your knowledge, energize you, and help you to deepen your connections with the state's extraordinary past.

New History at Old Red

New History at Old Red: Democracy
Experts Discuss State, Naional, and Global Democracy
Lectures from Southern Methodist Univsersity include:
9-10am Sarah Rodriguez, Texas-Anglo Immigration to Texas in the Nineteenth Century
10-11am Jeffrey Engel, United States - The Four Freedoms: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Evolution of an American Idea
11am-12noon Jo Guldi, World-Democracy and Participation in Britain and the World, 1867 to 1968
12noon-1:15pm Lunch
1:30-2:30pm Workshop Session - Handling Hot Topics in the Classroom (Speaker TBA)

Exploring Texas Workshop Series

TSHA hosts the Exploring Texas Workshop Series every year. Teachers in attendance can receive professional development credit for attending sessions with accessible historical content and pedagogoical advice from renowned scholars, respected classroom practicioners, and organizations with expertise in the fields of history, geography, economics, civics, and skill building.
2017-2018 Schedule
Amarillo - July 21, 2017
Richardson - August 7-8, 2017
Austin - November 7-8, 2017
Houston - February 5-6, 2018

TCSS Annual Conference

Every year the Texas Council for the Social Studies hosts a conference with thousands of attendees looking to share teaching strategies, business practices, and stories.  They host panels throughout the event on the cutting edge teaching techniques and research being done in the field.

The 2017 Conference will be held from October 20-22 at Omni Mandalay, Las Colinas, Texas.