TCRWP Social Studies Institute

This November, the TCRWP hosted a three day Social Studies Institute. The institute was designed for teachers of students in grades 3-8 and grew out of the success of the Content Area Institutes of past years. The institute opened with a keynote by TCRWP Associate Director of Professional Development, Emily Butler Smith on the key ideas that underlie the TCRWP’s work in social studies.

Each day of the institute, participants attended large and small group sessions as well as a daily choice workshop on topics including “Engaging Students in Social Studies through Storytelling,” “Charts for Content Area Studies: Tools for Student Independence,” and “Embedding Argument in Content Area.”

At the end of the second day of the institute, participants, who came from near and far, were encouraged to visit New York City museums to participate in docent led introductions and guidance through collections. Museums included the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Historical Society Museum and Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Tenement Museum. The TCRWP is especially thankful to the National Museum of the American Indian.

Participants left the institute with a large array of new ideas and tools to bring back to their Social Studies curriculum. Response to the institute was overwhelmingly positive. One participant raved, “Thank you for the best conference I have attended in a long time. I came away with too many ideas, yup TOO many ideas. Nice problem to have, I must say. I’ve already chosen ones that I plan to implement in the classroom on my return as well as to share with my colleagues.”