Professional development

Inquiry + Native Americans = Better Education

November’s annual Native American Heritage Month and the national holiday of Thanksgiving are times when many educators across the country turn their focus to lessons about Native peoples. At the National Museum of the American Indian, we receive many requests during November from teachers and parents looking for advice and resources to help them teach […]

Taking In4med Action: 45 Options for Dimension 4     

  In the Summer of 2015 I facilitated a two week workshop with 8 high school social studies teachers on performance based assessments (PBA). This curriculum project provided the opportunity, and context, to formally introduce the C3 Framework and IDM to Fairfax County Public Schools. The team was comprised of 8 teachers who represented the […]

Teachers Do You Need Better Resources? You’re Not Alone: Native Knowledge 360° Is Here to Help

Teachers often struggle, with good reason, to locate culturally appropriate and historically accurate teaching materials about American Indians. Textbooks, popular media, and prepackaged curricular materials typically offer minimal coverage and a single perspective on complex American Indian histories and cultures. These resources often relegate American Indians to the distant past and fail to illustrate the […]

Inquiry Design: From the Darkness into the Light

By Amanda Buchalski With night comes darkness, unknowing where each foot step will lead. Eventually however, as night continues, the sun will begin to shine again, bringing with it light, clarity and a sense of comfort.  One might say it also represents the teaching experience, growing from a beginning teacher to that of a veteran. […]

Designing C3 Inquiries that Make Thinking Visible

Recently, a department chair at one of our 25 high schools here in Fairfax County, Virginia asked me if there will be a project this summer to create additional C3 inquiries for VA standards of learning. The question made me smile as it suggested that teachers were using the 13 modules that have been created […]

Stay Intellectually Curious this Summer with C3-Minded Podcasts

Now that summer is here, the pressures of the school year are alleviated, at least partially. I can finally tackle my to-read pile! Though as a sufferer of tsundoku—a Japanese word meaning I have a problem with buying books that stack up, but not reading them—the stack of books will likely remain pretty high. One […]

C3 Next Steps: Hubs and Exchange

During the National Council for Social Studies’ Annual Conference in Washington, DC, the C3 team held two meetings at the National Museum of the American Indian. Here, we met with strategic partners to discuss the C3 Hubs and the C3 Exchange, respectively. This is an important next step for C3 Teachers. We are not only […]

A Recipe for Success

Last fall the TPS Eastern Region program offered an online Professional Development Course for teachers, librarians, and educators from museums and nonprofit organizations, Designing C3 Inquiries with Library of Congress Political Cartoons. We have been teaching similar PD courses with a different content focus since 2011.  This year yielded the best ever participant inquiries and […]

Summering With the C3 Framework: Tell Me More, Tell Me More…

During the past few annual meetings of the NCSS, the momentum behind the C3 framework has been building. From Seattle to Boston, the trajectory of implementation has been marked by excitement, professional collaboration, and a desire to explicitly articulate how the C3 framework will improve social studies education. Now planning and discussion are becoming practice. […]

The C3 Framework + IDM + 3 Hours Workshop = Teacher Leaders Driving Instructional Change

As a High School Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, I am aware that each year I am in this position, it is another year I am not in the classroom. However, a major advantage of this position is the opportunity to develop teacher leaders through curriculum, instruction, and assessment opportunities supported within and beyond […]