QTEL SOCIAL STUDIES INSTITUTE

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OVERVIEW

The QTEL Social Studies Institute introduces participants to the current shifts in secondary history/social studies classrooms in response to new standards for literacy in history/social studies. Participants will experience and understand powerful models of learning which they will then be able to transfer into the design of their own lessons.  Specifically, the institute addresses topics such as developing historical thinking and skills with a focus on the disciplinary genres of explanation and argumentation. In addition, the institute addresses how secondary school teachers are held responsible for the disciplinary language development of students who are English Language Learners while providing students with 21st Century skills.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Social Studies teachers in grades K-12 that want to engage English Learners in rigorous social studies and history content while developing their academic language practices.

Participants will:

  • Understand how to transform broad standards into powerful learning experiences for students in secondary history/social studies classrooms

  • Develop expertise in engaging students in close and careful reading of primary, secondary and tertiary sources by participating in authentic performance tasks

  • Understand how to support students in acquiring the needed language, academic skills, and conceptual understandings to succeed in secondary history/social studies classrooms

  • Understand how to develop students’ capacity to reason, read, write and participate in historical conversations

  • Use the QTEL approach to design lesson and/or unit plans that incorporate multiple scaffolding tasks to support students’ acquisition of standards-based content and academic language to access grade level texts

"I have gained insight about scaffolding and strategies that I would be able to use in my class interaction. Most importantly, this training has reminded me of being a good teacher who supports students and has high expectation at the same time.”

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