Arizona schools leadership and OER Project believe that teachers are the key to providing students with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead our country into the future. In that spirit, we are collaborating to provide a series of workshops for teachers looking to add a few new tools to their toolbox. Developing students’ skills in any social studies classroom is imperative for understanding the content. These sessions will dive deep into a particular skill and leave you with ideas and tools that can be implemented immediately in your classroom. OER Project team members will work with the Arizona Department of Education to design each session with your needs in mind. We are excited to begin this partnership and look forward to learning together throughout the school year.
Recorded January 24, 2024
In argumentative writing, making a claim is half the battle, but finding the evidence to support that claim helps you win the war. Providing students with the tools needed to strengthen their writing is paramount. Rubrics, formative feedback, and writing progressions assist teachers as they coach students to become successful writers.
Recorded November 8, 2023
Now that we know how to utilize the Three Close Reads strategy, how do we ensure that this strategy meets the needs of all learners? It’s very much like learning to ride a bike: We start with training wheels, for safety. But when do we take them off? How do we know it’s the right time? What’s the next step? Learn about how to take your reading instruction to the next level and how to adapt our teaching tool to fit any context.
Recorded September 13, 2023
As social studies teachers we work to develop sound historical thinking practices in our students as well as build their reading and writing skills. The foundation of any piece of writing is its organization. Even the most thorough thoughts, if not well-organized, are incoherent. Assisting students in the organization of their writing is critical to making sound historical arguments.
Recorded August 23, 2023
Who and what are maps for? What do they tell us about the people who made them? How can we use maps to better understand the world around us? The OER Project’s approach to geography offers students a window into the worlds and minds of mapmakers while still providing them with a clear understanding of the power of place. In this session, educators will explore some of the OER Project’s collection of maps and practice strategies to assist students in using theses sources to analyze the places that shape our understanding of world history.