WV Council for Social Studies Conference

The West Virginia Council for the Social Studies will hold its 3rd Annual State Conference on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Edison Staff Development Center in South Charleston, West Virginia.

This conference is being sponsored by Kanawha County Schools.


Registration will begin at 8:00 AM and run until 8:30. Lunch will be on your own. To register for the FREE conference, please visit the following link:



Those with any questions should contact Matthew Cox at MDCox@mail.kana.k12.wv.us

Additionally, the Council will be sponsoring a Holocaust Training on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Edison Staff Development Center. “Echoes and Reflections” is a collaborative effort between the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem. Participants will receive about $100 worth of materials. Those interested in the free training should contact Travis Baldwin at travisbaldwin@ucwv.edu


Robert “Joey” Wiseman Jr.

Holocaust Education training-Echoes and Reflections

Social Studies and ELA teachers: 

This is the first time this Holocaust Education training is being offered in West Virginia.

Echoes and Reflections

What is Echoes and Reflections?

Echoes and Reflections is a program that provides US secondary educators with professional development and print and online resources to teach about the Holocaust in today’s classrooms.

Specifically, Echoes and Reflections:

  • Promotes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the Holocaust to today’s students.
  • Addresses academic standards—using informational texts and primary source documents.
  • Incorporates compelling visual history testimony into ten multipart and modular lessons to engage students in the lives of survivors, rescuers, liberators, and other witnesses of the Holocaust.
  • Combines the experience and resources of three world leaders in education: the Anti-Defamation League, USC Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem.

Every participant receives a free, comprehensive Teacher’s Resource Guide.
Upcoming Program in West Virginia, space is limited to 25 participants.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017,  9:00 A – 3:00P
Edison Professional Development Center
157 2nd Ave Sw
South Charleston, WV 25303

For More information and to register, contact
Travis F. Baldwin: travisbaldwin@ucwv.edu

Cost:  $10 Includes Lunch                                                                                                                   Sponsored by:

  • WV Council for Social Studies
  • Kanawha County Schools
  • WV Department of Education
  • WV Public Broadcasting
  • University of Charleston

To learn more:  echoesandreflections.org


Esri GeoInquiries™ for World History

Esri GeoInquiries™ for World History



The Esri Education Outreach team is pleased to announce the release of a sample pack from the forthcoming GeoInquiries™ collection for World History classrooms.  The sample pack includes the first four activities supporting high school World History instruction with ArcGIS Online.  Eleven additional activities will be released over the coming weeks. Topics in the sample pack include: The Age of Napoleon, Early European explorers, Cradles of Civilization, and Trade and the Black Death.  Teachers wishing to use the activities now are invited to complete the field test survey URL found at the bottom of each activity.


The new history collection is the eight geoinquiry collection supporting the mainstream use of ArcGIS Online in schools.  Each collection contains 15 content-focused activities and is based on national curriculum standards, tied to key instructional books, and uses inquiry instruction to teach disciplinary content with ArcGIS Online.  All activities and maps are free and licensed under Creative Commons for easy teacher modification.  Explore all GeoInquiry collections at http://esri.com/geoinquiries .


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