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Increasing Student Learning and Engagement in Your U.S. History Classes

Presented by Glenn Wiebe
Outstanding Educator and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Grades 6-12: Social Studies/History Teachers and Administrators

  • Significantly increase student learning and engagement in your U.S. History classes
  • Research-based approaches for improving Grades 6-12 students' retention of key history concepts
  • Free and easy-to-use technology ideas including web-based tools, gamebased apps, Google Workspace, and more
  • Over 100 innovative strategies, lessons, ideas, and helpful resources for strengthening student learning and engagement in your U.S. History classroom

Practical Strategies

In this NEW seminar designed specifically for secondary U.S. History teachers, you will discover practical, easy-to-implement strategies that will enhance your existing instructional strategies. Come ready to learn new ways to unpack and align your state Social Studies standards, improve student engagement, and increase learning. Identify foundational knowledge and success criteria, motivate your students with the latest EdTech tools and explore a wide variety of instructional practices that create active and engaged learners. During this hands-on and active learning experience, outstanding U.S. History teacher and national presenter Glenn Wiebe, will share collaborative learning and engagement strategies, methods for integrating maps, graphs, photos, primary and secondary sources, and highlight the best methods for increasing historical thinking skills. You will leave this highly practical, idea-packed seminar with strategies and resources designed to increase your students' engagement and bring greater relevance to your U.S. History instruction.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Increase Student Learning in Your U.S. History Classroom
    Innovative, student-friendly, time-efficient strategies and outstanding resources for increasing student learning in U.S. History
  2. New, Updated Strategies to Improve Student Collaboration and Civic Discourse Skills
    Increase student cooperation and collaboration results . . . Improve civic discourse skills while preparing your students for participation in a global society
  3. Increase the Engagement of Grades 6-12 History Students
    Improve student understanding through creative, high-interest activities and stimulating dialogue while increasing student engagement and motivation
  4. Break Away from Traditional Assessments and Discover Problem and Passion-Based Learning
    Think differently about formative and summative assessments and discover innovative, time-saving assessment strategies perfect for U.S. History classes
  5. Establish an Academic Culture that Supports the Critical Use of Primary Sources and Other Pieces of Evidence
    Uncover effective methods for increasing students' ability to collect, organize and analyze evidence needed to solve problems . . . Expand their ability to sift and select evidence from multiple sites and sources
  6. Discover Practical Strategies that Align to Your State's Standards
    Create effective instruction that deepens and enriches the Social Studies content you're already teaching . . . Increase rigor in practical and powerful ways that have an immediate impact
  7. Utilize Powerful EdTech Tools that Are Free and Incredibly Effective
    Dig into a menu of free, easy-to-use engaging tech tools that enhance and align with your current assignments
  8. Develop Powerful Reading, Writing, and Communicating Skills in Your Students
    Explore unique and practical strategies to ensure your history students develop the skills needed to succeed when they step out of your classroom . . . Leave with readyto-use note-taking, summarizing, research, and writing activities and tools
  9. Connect Your History Classroom to the Real World
    Discover effective ways to inject relevant experiences that link contemporary issues to your history content . . . Increase student voice and choice in ways that don't require mountains of essays to grade
  10. Receive an Extensive Digital Resource Handbook and Website Access
    Walk away with a highly practical digital resource handbook and access to a website full of ideas, strategies, and resources you can immediately implement in your U.S. History classes

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Practical and proven classroom strategies to incorporate meaningful reading and writing into your instruction
  • How to find and use primary source archives such as DocsTeach, Google Arts and Culture, and the Smithsonian Learning Lab
  • Time-saving tips and tricks for using free EdTech tools, including Google Workspace resources, to enhance your students' learning
  • Building student appreciation of more rigorous writing and project-based assignments
  • High-interest, high-impact strategies that build students' historical thinking skills
  • Powerful, research-based activities such as Project Zero, Eduprotocols, and Why Won't You Just Tell Us the Answer to model and increase student collaboration and engagement
  • Implementation of the classroom-tested Structured Academic Controversy strategy to support critical thinking, student debate, and civic discourse
  • Innovative techniques for using gamification theory, board games, and video games to deliver content and provide formative assessment data
  • Dynamic discussion - leading strategies that help students better articulate their positions and connect learning to their lives
  • Innovative ideas and activities for integrating literacy skills that will strengthen the reading, writing, and communication skills that students need
  • Innovative lessons which highlight the diverse and often complicated nature of American history
  • Powerful reflection techniques that help students deepen their understanding

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

The traditional social studies lessons and strategies that we've used for years need a serious update. Our students are entering a vastly different political, social, and economic environment than even ten years ago. They're dealing with learning gaps due to Covid. Anxiety. Worry. Disengagement. They require a different set of skills to be successful in their local, state, national, and global communities. And this makes our task as history teachers more critical than ever.

My goal is to share the best classroom-tested strategies, tools, and resources that can be rolled out immediately to enhance your teaching and increase student learning. All are classroom-tested and ready-to-use with your own students. During our time together, I will share the best of what I've found to be successful. And you'll get special access to our seminar-specific handbook and website!

I designed this seminar expressly with the needs of both you and your students in mind. It will be a practical, hands-on learning experience specifically developed to improve history instruction and assessment so that your students learn more and are better pre-pared for the future.

What you do every day is too critical to leave to chance, so I'll make sure you leave with the most effective ideas that I know really work, all ready to use immediately.

I'm looking forward to learning with you!

Glenn Wiebe

P.S. Come ready to learn, share and engage during this fast-paced learning day full of outstanding strategies you can use the very next day!

Who Should Attend

Social Studies/History Teachers and Administrators in Grades 6-12

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Practical strategies to increase students' reading and writing abilities
  • The most effective strategies to improve student learning and engagement
  • Printable student handouts and links to digital versions
  • Whole group, small group, and individual activities that can be implemented as soon as you return to your classroom

Each participant will also receive access to the seminar's website. The website is loaded with:

  • Bonus resources, online tools, and materials
  • Links to seminar activities
  • Brand-new tools and activities Glenn has recently discovered
  • Downloadable digital tools

For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Share Ideas with Other Educators
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their own U.S. History program.

Consultation Available
Glenn Wiebe will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own U.S. History program.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you'll be fully satisfied or you'll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

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