2022 KCHE Teacher of the Year
KCHE seeks to encourage the integration of historical thinking skills and literacy rich learning at all levels of education. If you know a teacher supporting these efforts in their classroom, nominate them for the 2022 KCHE Teacher of the Year Award using the form linked HERE.
Celebrate great history teachers across the K-12 levels by nominating someone for the 2021 KCHE Teacher of the Year Award! Complete and submit this form by Sept. 15.
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2022 NCHE Conference proposals
The National Council for History Education invites proposals on the theme “Historical Communities of Promise and Practice” for the 2022 National Conference. All proposals will be evaluated by their intellectual content, their ability to engage the audience, and their overall contribution to the teaching of history. Find out more at https://ncheteach.org/conference.
OBSTACLES & OPPORTUNITIES
We are excited to announce that your Kansas social studies organizations have partnered together to bring you a unique professional development opportunity this year. It will be a series of FREE virtual PD sessions beginning in September to support your content, pedagogical, and social-emotional needs.
The kick-off event is September 23, 5:00-6:00pm, with keynote speaker Joe Schmidt, social studies content specialist for the Maine Department of Education. Join Joe to learn about obstacles and opportunities in the social studies classroom, find out about future PD sessions scheduled for this virtual professional development series, and have a chance to chat with friends near and far!
Register HERE. Space is limited so sign up now!
Kansans Can: Summer Workshops
The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the Kansas Association of Education Service Agencies (KAESA) are collaborating to bring the most innovative and updated information to our workshops. The workshops will be two days (11+ hours) of rigorous professional development for Social Studies teachers grades 4-12. The Social studies track will be a dive into the new standards document, personalizing learning, and real world applications that could be used as a new HGSS assessment task. There will be breakout rooms for other content-specific standards as well. Location/Date/Registration information is listed/linked below. Limited slots are available for each workshop.
All KSDE Summer Workshops - LINK
Garden City: Garden City High School, June 16th and 17th - LINK
Goddard: Eisenhower High School, June 23rd and 24th - LINK
Manhattan: Manhattan High School, July 14th and 15th - LINK
Call for Judges
Would you be willing to judge at the Kansas History Day State Contest? We will need around 55 judges for the state competition. State contest is Saturday, April 18th at Washburn University in Topeka. We start a more formal judges' orientation at 7:30 am with judging starting at 8:30 am or 9:00 am. At this contest, you will have access to process papers and annotated bibliographies usually a week and a half before the contest. Once again, we will provide breakfast and lunch. The day usually concludes around 2:00 pm with the awards ceremony at 4:00 pm. Times vary depending on the number of projects. Please email me if you would like to help. Please indicate what division and project preference you would be willing to judge.
Thanks, Tracie Lamb
NHD HELP NEEDED!
As many of you know, National History Day contests in KS begin next week, and we are looking for 20 judges to help us with the regional contest in Lawrence, KS, on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 7:30am-3:00pm. If you are interested, please email Tina Ellsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible.
Newman News Story!
Thank you to Scarlett Olsen with Newman University for promoting our upcoming conference with this great article in "Newman Today"! Check it out HERE.
2019 KCHE Teachers of the Year
KCHE is pleased to announce our 2019 Teachers of the Year! Ashley Umphrey of Chisholm Trail Middle School in Olathe has been selected as the Elementary Teacher of the Year which recognizes teachers at the K-6 level. Ashley was nominated by her principal, Dr. Mike Wolgast, who stated that “Ashley brings social studies to life for her students. Her students truly become historians.”
Lindsey Dowell of Washburn Rural Middle School in Topeka has been selected as the Secondary Teacher of the Year which recognizes teachers at the 7-12 level. Lindsey was nominated by her colleague, Nathan McAlister, who described her as a teacher who can “engage students, promote empathy, and produce high quality historical thinking skills.”
Awards will be given at the Kansas Social Studies Conference - Awards Reception on Sunday, October 20, 7:00pm at Newman University (Dugan Conference Center) in Wichita. Each teacher will receive a plaque, a monetary prize, and free conference registration for this year's Kansas Social Studies Conference.
Congratulations, Ashley and Lindsey! Thank you for all that you do to advance history education for the students of Kansas.
2019 KS HGSS Conference
Planning is underway for the 2019 Kansas HGSS Conference! We hope that pre-service teachers planning to enter the profession, social studies teachers currently part of the profession, and vendors passionate about supporting the profession will all join us at Newman University October 20-21 for two exciting days of networking, collaborating, and learning from one another. This year we will be joined by keynote speaker Dr. John Fea, Professor of American History at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Fea will be speaking about his book Why Study History?, published in 2013, in which he shows how reflecting on contemporary life from a historical perspective helps us better understand ourselves and the world around us. Find out more, submit a proposal to present, and register for the conference at http://ksche.weebly.com/state-conference.html.
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