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Social Sciences Professional Development


As the result of reform efforts that began with the Oregon Act for the 21st Century expectations for students, and consequently teachers, have been raised. To meet these new expectations educators are being asked to master new skills and responsibilities and deepen their content knowledge. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is one way to meet these needs.

Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Update: A monthly e-newsletter that provides teachers and other educators with information about professional development opportunities, teacher and student competitions and awards, and lectures, concerts, and exhibitions.

Social Sciences Videoconference Materials

ODE staff offered professional development sessions to aid teachers in implementing the Social Science Analysis work sample beginning during the 2004-2005 school year. Materials from the sessions are available here that provide guidance for classroom instruction and work sample scoring.

These maps provide guidance in organizing instruction that provides students with the opportunity to master Oregon's Common Curriculum Goals and Content Standards in the social sciences.

Private Organization Supported Professional Development

George Washington Teachers' Institute: Seeking Oregon Participants, July 22-27, 2014

Established in 1999, the George Washington Summer Residential Teachers' Institute is a highly competitive program which brings teachers to Mount Vernon, Virginia for an intensive week of study at Washington's home. Participating teachers immerse themselves in the study and discussion of this critical period of American history and the remarkable role George Washington played in the founding of our nation. Teachers have the opportunity to:

  • Examine the character and accomplishments of George Washington while living on his 18th-century estate.
  • Engage in active discussion of 18th century history with top historians.
  • Explore Mount Vernon and the Washington, D.C. area through interactive workshops, tours, field trips, and group projects.
  • Discuss how to integrate teaching history into English, Science, Math and Geography curricula in accordance with current education standards.
  • Return to your classroom with new knowledge, teaching materials and enthusiasm to share with your colleagues and students.

In 2014, Mount Vernon hosted sessions by state to build the foundation for statewide collegial networks of teachers who can share classroom ideas, lesson plans and resources.

This year's sessions were held June 22-27, 2014. Application deadline was March 14, 2014.

All teachers accepted into the institute received a travel stipend and reside on the grounds of Washington's home. Participants were required to complete one lesson plan for dissemination to teachers across the nation on the Mount Vernon website, and perform one in-service session for colleagues in their home district or state.

Through private funding, the George Washington Teachers' Institute is open only to teachers in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.

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