Summer interns- Nat History Day



Good morning,

We are looking for summer interns for the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest and we’re hoping you might know a few potential applicants. Please share this with any former participants (at any level) who may be interested.


   Contest interns receive housing and a stipend and also get to work behind the scenes at the National Contest! 


More information: 


Download an application here:


Contest Intern Criteria:
1. Applicant must be a past NHD participant (at any level).
2. Applicant must be enrolled in college and have completed at least two years.
3. Applicant must be at least 18 years old.
4. Any major can apply.
5. Applicant must be able to join the national office by June 1st at the latest and stay through the end of the month.


Gary Pettit

Director of Communications

National History Day®

4511 Knox Road, Suite 205

College Park, MD 20740


2016-2017 Inspired Year




Inspire WV is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Inspired Year!  We will be accepting 100 students from 35 schools across WV.  Applications will be received on a rolling basis.  If you would like to nominate a rising junior or senior to become an Inspired Leader please complete the nomination form HERE!
Inspire WV is part of Inspire U.S., a national youth leadership program that empowers students to improve their communities through voter registration and civic leadership. Our program is free for schools and students.  You can learn more about Inspire WV and the Inspired Year by visiting our website here.

Inspire West Virginia

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WV Geographic Alliance- Korea




Please share the following information about our TEA-NCTA summer institute Korea with West Virginia social studies teachers via your newsletter, listserve, and/or website throughout March and April. Applications will be accepted on a rolling-admission basis until April 30, 2016. Thank you very much.



Catherine Higbee Ishida

NCTA Staff Associate &  Japan and Korea Projects Coordinator

Program for Teaching East Asia

University of Colorado at Boulder

UCB 595

Boulder, CO 80309



The Program for Teaching East Asia, the NCTA National Coordinating Site at the University of Colorado, is accepting applications on rolling-admission basis for its 2016 summer institute on Korea.


Korea’s Journey into the 21st Century: Historical Contexts, Contemporary Issues. July 24-28, 2016. Rolling Admissions. Final application deadline: April 30, 2016. In this four-day residential summer institute on the University of Colorado Campus, secondary teachers will consider modern and contemporary South Korea’s distinct history, geography, intra-peninsular and international relations, and transnational cultural transmissions (e.g., K-pop, film, and design). Participants will work with specialists to learn about the Korean peninsula beyond the media coverage, drawing on Korean narratives and texts to enrich their teaching about contemporary South Korea in the classroom. Participants will receive travel allowance, room and board, materials, and stipend.

Art 21 PD



ART21 Educators is a year-long professional development program designed to support K-12 educators in any subject area who are interested in bringing contemporary art, artists and themes into classroom learning and teaching.


ART21 has established itself as the preeminent chronicler of contemporary art and artists through its Peabody Award-winning, PBS-broadcast television series, ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, available for FREE online.  ART21 Education Programs engage audiences in dialogue about contemporary art and the artists featured in ART21 films.  Please visit our website to learn about the variety of ways ART21 resources can be used to enhance Social Studies curriculum.   


The application deadline is April 3, 2016.  A flyer and e-blast on the program are attached, and applicants can find more information by visiting the ART21 Educators page.


Please contact Ms. Noyes if you have questions.

Pauline Noyes

Coordinator, Education Initiatives ART21

646 747 9782

Apply Now for the Sixth Year of ART21 Educators
Application Deadline Extended to April 3



Warm greetings from ART21. Don’t miss your chance to apply for the upcoming year of the ART21Educators program. The deadline has been extended to Sunday, April 3, 2016.

ART21 Educators is a year-long professional learning community that brings together teachers from all subject areas interested in using contemporary art and ART21 films as resources for innovative teaching and learning across subject areas. Teachers are invited to apply from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The 2016-2017 program combines a six-day summer institute in New York City (July 6-11, 2016) with participation in a virtual community and distance learning sessions (July 2016-May 2017).

Visit the ART21 website for additional information about the program, including FAQs, and a link to the online application.

Applications must be received by April 3, 2016.


ART21 Educators is sponsored, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, Brenda R. Potter, the Lambent Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Rolin Foundation USA

Want to do more?

ART21 videos, images, texts, and educational materials:
Weekly writings, features, and updates: ART21 Magazine
The PBS television series: ART21 on PBS
Watch more ART21 videos: YouTube | Vimeo | PBS Video | PBS Mobile
Connect with ART21Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram


ART21 is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Donations to ART21 support the production of ART21‘s films, education initiatives, digital resources, film archive, and other ART21projects.

Changes to social studies courses


As most of you know Policy 2510 is currently out on comment.  One change is to Social Studies, many stakeholders actually requested that the social studies requirement be reduced from 4 credits to 3 like Science, however with allowing some flexibility you will notice that the proposed version of Policy 2510 retains 4 credits for social studies.  Below is the charts of the current social studies requirements along with the new proposed charts.  Below the charts I will clarify a few misconceptions that seem to be floating around out there.  I know Allegra is now the Social Studies contact however, when I see incorrect information being shared from the field I have to stop and go back to my social studies roots.  Let’ all keep in mind I am a social studies person so believe me when I say there was a lot of time and thought put into this policy to protect the integrity of our programs while offering students the courses that will most benefit them.


Current Required Proposed 2510
Social Studies* 4 credits

World Studies (Grade 9) or an AP® Social Studies course

United States Studies (Grade 10) or an AP® Social Studies course

Contemporary Studies or an AP® Social Studies course

Civics for the Next Generation or AP® Government and Politics.

Social Studies* 4 credits

World Studies or Geography or an AP® Social Studies course (see Chart V)

United States Studies or United State Studies-Comprehensive or AP® U.S. History

One additional Social Studies course or an AP® Social Studies course (see Chart V)

Civics for the Next Generation or AP® United States Government and Politics.

Current Optional Electives Proposed Additional Course Options
Social Studies* Economics


A minimum of one AP® social studies course

Other social studies courses based on student need and interest

Social Studies college courses

Additional AP® Social Studies courses

IB Program Courses

Social Studies* Contemporary Studies


A minimum of one AP® social studies course

AP® Art History

AP® Comparative Government and Politics

AP® European History

AP® Human Geography

AP® Macroeconomics

AP® Microeconomics

AP® Psychology

AP® World History

IB Program Courses


Social Studies college courses




You will notice that there are still 4 required credits for social studies.  You will also notice that counties may choose to offer World Studies or Geography, the option for an AP® course here has not changed at all.  The big change is for United States Studies in the current policy you will notice it says or an AP® Social Studies course, for years this has allowed student who take AP® to get around taking U.S. Studies or AP® US History.  The new proposed version of Policy 2510 will require every student to take either US Studies, AP® US History , or US Studies Comprehensive (which is a course that will cover US History from its inception to today, standards will be created if this is approved, along with standards for Psychology and Sociology). This change will require every students to have a US History/Studies Course before graduation.  There are no changes to Civics or AP® Government and Politics this is in state code.  Finally for the 4th credit, which we were able to retain, we will be able to allow students to personalize the type of social studies course they want to take to align with their interests or post-secondary education plans.


So to clarify the information that is being circulated around that this will eliminate students from taking US History, that is totally wrong, this policy will actually require it unlike the current policy.  Secondly, when you look up the definition of Geography you will notice that it is defined as the study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human activity as it affects and is affected by these, including the distribution of populations and resources, land use, and industries.  Is this not something that goes along with world history and would benefit our students?  Keep in mind we are still teaching World History in Grade 7.  Lastly I want to say that there is nothing in this Policy, other than requiring every student to take a US History Course, that will stop counties from doing exactly what they are doing now if they so choose.


If you have concerns or like the proposed changes please comment on the policy.  Also please feel free to ask Allegra or myself and further questions, we will be glad to respond with the correct information.




Robert “Joey” Wiseman Jr.

Executive Director

WVDE Office of Middle/Secondary Learning

Building 6 Room 603

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, WV 25305-0330

304.558.5325 P

304.558.1834 F

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Social Studies in other states

Good Afternoon Everyone,


I am so glad my email sparked lots of great conversations today, I want to think you all for your dedication to your field.  I just wanted to share a chart that was created as these conversations began.  Below you will see the Social Studies Requirements from other states.  The info is almost 2 years old and some may have changed slightly but good food for thought.  I have also included the link the bigfuture College Board has for the number of high school courses most colleges look for .    Please continue to comment on the policy.




Robert “Joey” Wiseman Jr.

Executive Director

WVDE Office of Middle/Secondary Learning

Building 6 Room 603

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, WV 25305-0330

304.558.5325 P

304.558.1834 F

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