|Course Number:||EDU 5515 C42 (Graduate)|
|Location:||In-person + online/independent format|
|Dates and Times:||June 28 to July 30, 2018. Workshop Session from 8:30 am - 12 pm on June 28, 2018 at the VT-NEA, 10 Wheelock St, Montpelier, VT, followed by online coursework through July 30, 2018|
Note: Course payment or purchase order of $900, payable to RRWIB, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form. Credit card payments can also be made online. Please mail check to the Castleton Center for Schools, PO Box 6049, Rutland, VT 05701.
Students will no longer sit and listen to irrelevant Social Studies lessons where the main goal is to memorize facts. It is an exciting time for Social Studies in Vermont with the state adopting the inquiry based C3 Framework to guide our work. This course itself will be guided by the inquiry model as participants study questions, sources and activities that lead to a student’s deeper understanding of Social Studies concepts. The course will culminate with each participant having a inquiry based lesson that they can teach in their classroom.
Audience: K-12 Classroom Teachers, Administrators and Curriculum Coordinators.
Participants in this course will demonstrate their ability to do the following:
Week One: Introduction to the C3 Framework and the Inquiry Arc (In-Person Workshop in Berlin, Vermont)
Readings: C3 Framework pages 12-50
Written Reflection: How can your lessons align with the Inquiry Arc?
Forum Response: Where do questions belong in your Social Studies curriculum?
Week Two: Digging Into Inquiry & Questions
Readings: Grant, Chapters 1 & 2
Written Reflection: Making inquiry realistic in your classroom
Forum Discussion: Compelling and supporting questions
Week Three: Getting Real: Finding Sources for Inquiry
Readings: Grant, Chapter 4
Written Reflection: Which sources will support your lessons?
Forum Discussion: Sharing sources that support inquiry
Week Four: Key Components of an Inquiry Based Lesson
Readings: Grant, Chapter 3
C3 Inquiry Hub example lessons at the elementary, middle and high school level
Written Reflection: Describing the key inquiry components in your example lesson
Forum Discussion: What would you model from the hub examples in your own lessons?
Week Five: Integrating Social Studies Concepts into Other Subjects
Readings: Differentiated example lessons from the C3 Social Studies Hubs
Written Assignment: How would you integrate other subjects into an inquiry based social studies lesson?
Forum Discussion: Presenting a well integrated unit from the C3 Hubs
Week Six: Designing an inquiry based lesson for your own classroom
McTighe, J. (2005). UBD Unit Design by Jay McTighe
Wiggins, G. (2013). Introduction to Understanding by Design: Video One Video Two
Written Assignment: C3 Aligned, Inquiry Based Mini-Unit to be posted on class forum
Forum Discussion: Mini-Unit Feedback to Peers
Week Seven: Presenting your inquiry based lesson
Written Assignment: Final Draft of C3 Aligned, Inquiry-Based Mini-Unit
Forum Discussion: Reflections on the process
Classroom Action Plan: Designing a C3 Aligned, Inquiry-Based Mini-Unit that will be taught in your social studies classroom.
It is expected that participants will be highly engaged in each classroom forum discussion. Forum discussions will demonstrate the participants’ understanding of new information learned in each week. Weekly Written Reflections will demonstrate the participant’s ability to apply course concepts to their own instruction. The completion of the final project will demonstrate the participant’s ability to identify key areas of instructional improvement in the participant’s classroom and concrete steps that he or she will take to improve student learning outcomes and behavior.
Required texts are not included in the course tuition.
Grant, Swan & Lee (2017) Inquiry-Based Practice in Social Studies Education
National Council for the Social Studies (2014) C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards