Have you ever asked “How do I prepare myself to be the best social studies educator possible?" Are you a social studies educator looking for courses or professional development opportunities which can be taken any time and depending upon your LEA's approval may be eligible for CEU credits? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this wiki page may link you to just the opportunity you have been looking for.

Both facilitated and self-paced professional development can offer educators opportunities to expand their content knowledge, skill sets, methodology, and pedagogical practice. As recent as September 15, 2015 Edutopia emphasized that ongoing professional development keeps teachers up-to-date on new research on how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, content knowledge, new curriculum resources, and more. Along with the links to PD opportunities in social studies, the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards have been linked for easy access in helping determine which professional teaching standards best align to PD you might find.

Aligned North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards

Standard I - Teachers demonstrate leadership.
Standard II - Teachers establish a respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
Standard III - Teachers know the content that they teach.
Standard IV - Teachers facilitate learning for their students.
Standard V - Teachers reflect on their practice.

K-12 Social Studies Professional Development Menu

Click this link to navigate to a menu of professional development opportunities for K-12 social studies leaders, local school districts and individual schools which support the development of social studies curriculum, the meaningful design of instructional programs, and the planning of effective PD.

Keeping Abreast of Current Trends In Professional Development

  • An EdCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is a somewhat intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants who are the main actors of the event. Take a few minutes and become knowledgeable about the EdCamp by viewing a short YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr7teMAk-hA that describes an EdCamp and gives an idea of what we are hoping to accomplish with the EdCamp.

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If you are one of our NCDPI social studies partners, an institute of higher learning, a partner state agency, or other social studies related organization and would like to request your social studies related PD, event, or course be posted to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's K-12 Social Studies professional development wiki page, complete and submit the information requested at this link. We will respond to your request within two to three business days of your submission.