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DISTANCE LEARNING: Strengthening Online SOCIAL STUDIES Instruction (Grades 6-12)

Presented by Mark Clements
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 while working with students online
  • Proven approaches to improve Grades 6-12 Social Studies/History students' retention of key social studies concepts
  • Free and easy-to-use technology ideas, including web-based tools, resources, Google Classroom and more all perfect for
  • Social Studies/History classes using distance learning
  • Timesaving ideas, strategies, activities, tech tips and resources

Practical Ideas and Strategies

In this NEW seminar designed specifically for Grades 6-12 Social Studies/History teachers, you will discover practical, easy-to-implement strategies to enhance your existing social studies program whether it is delivered in a traditional setting or via distance learning. Learn new ways to utilize technology to improve student engagement and increase academic results. Strengthen your repertoire of differentiation techniques without adding to your workload. Identify key vocabulary and success criteria, motivate your students with the latest tech tools and explore a variety of instructional practices that benefit student learning.

During this energetic day, outstanding Social Studies educator and national presenter, Mark Clements, will specifically discuss the use of technology and engagement strategies, the use of maps, graphs, tables, primary and secondary sources as well as the powerful impact flipped classrooms can have on your students. Learn how student goal setting can empower students to further their learning and create autonomy and skills that will transfer beyond the social studies classroom.

You will leave this highly practical, idea-packed seminar with resources sure to increase your students' engagement and bring greater relevance to your social studies/history instruction whether you are working with students in-person, through distance learning, or in a hybrid format.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Increase Student Learning in Your Grades 6-12 Social Studies Classroom
    Updated, effective strategies that enable students to stay "tuned in" to their own learning whether they are learning in-person or in a virtual setting
  2. Connect with ALL of Your Students During Distance Learning
    Specific strategies for engaging the full range of students in your online classroom … Enrich, engage and support every student – from highly capable to struggling – using teacher-friendly, tech-based differentiation strategies
  3. Increase the Engagement of Grades 6-12 Social Studies Students
    Improve student understanding through novelty, high-interest online work … Increase student engagement and motivation using the power of technology
  4. Timesaving Distance Learning Instructional Techniques
    Uncover teacher-friendly distance learning strategies that tap into your students' interests and strengths … Enhance your focus on key objectives that make online assessments easier and less time consuming for busy teachers
  5. New, Updated Strategies to Improve Student Collaboration and Discourse Skills in the Virtual Classroom Setting
    Harness the power of technology to get better cooperation and collaboration results … Improve civil discourse skills while preparing your Social Studies students for participation in a global society
  6. Discover Practical Strategies to Apply to Your State's Social Studies Standards
    Numerous key elements of effective instruction to deepen and enrich the social studies content you're already teaching … Increase rigor in ways that make sense and are practical to do whether you are teaching in-person or online
  7. Utilize Powerful Technology Tools … FREE and EASY-TO-USE
    Explore a menu of free, easy-to-use motivating technology tools that enhance traditional social studies assignments … All tools are free, easy-to-use and align with your current Social Studies curriculum, and are ideal for distance learning
  8. Practical Strategies to Increase Students' Reading and Writing Abilities
    Improve student literacy and increase motivation … Practical strategies to ensure your Social Studies students in grades 6-12 develop the literacy skills they need even when working in a distance learning format
  9. Ensure Accurate and Equitable Assessment and Timely Feedback in a Virtual Setting
    Increase the depth and frequency of feedback while ensuring accurate assessments. Increase rigor in assessments while reducing time spent grading and accelerating student achievement
  10. Receive an Extensive Digital Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive a highly practical, digital Social Studies/History resource handbook full of ideas, strategies and resources you can immediately implement in your own distance learning efforts

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Practical and proven distance learning and in-person classroom strategies to incorporate meaningful reading and writing into your social studies/history instruction
  • Clearly define learning targets and empower students to assess themselves while closing the gap between where they are and where they could be as social studies learners
  • Harness the power of technology to improve students' reflection techniques that help them deepen their understanding
  • Timesaving, differentiated lessons and assessments that improve student performance for the distance learning and in-person classroom
  • Highly effective ideas to increase academic vocabulary
  • Using technology and other tools for alternative assessment strategies that push student thinking to a higher level
  • Maximize class time by incorporating elements of the flipped classroom model
  • Increase your students' comprehension and push them to read more complex text online or in class
  • Inspire students to produce meaningful, engaging presentations and other publications for demonstrating their learning
  • Flexible grouping methods that help you reach more students at their instructional levels – ideas for using the technology you have to support this
  • How to simplify vocabulary instruction to increase student acquisition and retention
  • Teach students to research and cite material using credible sources for virtually every assignment you require
  • Help students appreciate more rigorous writing and project-based assignments, including homework even when learning from home
  • Improve student debate and civil discourse using classroom-tested strategies
  • Harness the power of blogging, social media and other technology to improve student learning
  • Encourage students to become critical thinkers by applying economic concepts to everyday situations
  • Learn how powerful, interdisciplinary units such as Historical Dinner Theater and Crime Scene Investigation can model and increase collaboration while applying content learning to other areas of student life

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

For the first time in many years, I see our social studies students in Grades 6-12 fired up about our country and democracy. You and I know as social studies teachers that the work we do carries ramifications beyond the classroom and extends into our democratic society. Our students' ability to not just learn ABOUT social studies, but to learn FROM social studies is imperative to their future. There isn't a better, nor a more important time to do the work we do.

Are you faced with the challenge of doing all of this in the virtual classroom? Distance learning is the new layer placed upon us. As teachers, we must find a way to take what we know works in the classroom and adapt it for when we may be teaching virtually. If you are looking for ways to streamline your efforts and make technology work for you, then I encourage you to join me. Would you like to expect more from your students and get it? I will share countless, simple and practical strategies for enhancing your Social Studies instruction that can be adapted to any social studies course in grades 6-12 – effective tools that can easily be used in either the traditional classroom setting or in our new virtual classrooms. We will cover a variety of strategies including ideas to engage and motivate your students, assessment strategies that reduce your grading time, how to improve student argumentative and nonfiction writing, ways to help students make connections between the past and present to better retain and apply key social studies concepts, using social media and much more!

My goal for this seminar is to share with you practical, classroom-proven strategies that improve the learning of ALL students in your Grades 6-12 Social Studies/History classroom whether you are teaching from your classroom or from your home. Our day together will be filled with ready-to-use ideas that I know work best in today's classroom including the virtual one. From increased reading and writing skills, to meaningful collaboration, this seminar is designed to enhance your existing social studies program and help you add tools to your toolkit as you navigate the two classrooms we are all faced with: traditional and virtual. I am excited to show you the plethora of resources to strengthen your repertoire.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing tools and strategies that work!

Mark Clements

P.S. Join me for an idea-packed day, hands-on seminar filled with ready-to-use ideas and strategies that will not only help your students achieve but will reduce your workload!

Who Should Attend

Grades 6-12 Social Studies/History Teachers and Administrators

About BER Live Online Events

With the current health challenges, all BER in-person PD events are currently being presented in a Live Online format:

  • Outstanding Instructors
    All programs are led by outstanding BER national trainers
  • Extensive Resource Handbooks
    You'll have access to an extensive digital Resource Handbook before, during and after your seminar
  • Highly Interactive
    You'll be able to ask questions in real time and interact with the instructor and other participants
  • Program Guarantee
    As we have for 43 years, we guarantee the high quality of our programs. If you are not satisfied, we'll give you a 100% refund.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Grades 6-12 Social Studies/History Digital Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies before, during and after the seminar. The handbook includes:

  • The most effective strategies to improve student efficacy and autonomy while empowering your grades 6-12 social studies students
  • Innovative ideas to improve content knowledge while simultaneously developing literacy and critical thinking skills even as you work with students online or in a hybrid model
  • Differentiate your distance learning instruction to meet the needs specific to whole group and individualized needs of your learners, including those in need of remediation or extension
  • New classroom-tested assessment strategies to reduce Social Studies teachers' workload

Consultation Available
Mark Clements will be available to answer your specific questions and the unique needs of your own program.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
Participants of both the Live Online Seminar and those completing the Recorded Version online can receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify five continuing education hours. State CEUs are available for both versions of the course. For specific details, visit www.ber.org/ceus.

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