Leaders, instructional coaches, and 8th grade teachers

Do your 8th grade social studies teachers need support?

Eighth Grade Social Studies teachers and students find the depth, breadth, and complexity of the Social Studies TEKS and revised STAAR test to be challenging. With the lack of HQIMs, updated TEKS, and new STAAR requirements, fresh approaches to professional learning and instructional practices are needed.

We can help.

lead4ward and Social Studies Success™ have joined forces to bring you socialstudies+ with yearlong support that addresses the challenges teachers face: the “what” and the “how”! socialstudies+ allows teachers to spend constructive time within their PLC breaking the content into manageable chunks, analyzing the data, and previewing resources that support high-quality social studies instruction. These instructional resources are designed to be implemented with lead4ward’s “Learn It, Comprehend It, Apply It” planning model.

socialstudies+ includes:

  • Major topics subdivided into lead4ward’s cluster/subcluster organization to encourage focus during PLC meetings
  • Two 10-15 minute learning videos for each subcluster to simplify the “what” and the “how” of quality instruction
  • lead4ward’s Grade 8 social studies field guide
  • Ready-to-implement instructional resources for each subcluster
  • Built-in differentiation to provide access for all learners
  • Vocabulary and language acquisition support for emergent bilinguals
  • Exploration and Colonization
  • American Revolution
  • Constitution 
  • Early Republic 
  • Age of Jackson
  • Westward Expansion
  • Industrialization 
  • Reform and Culture 
  • Sectionalism and the Civil War 
  • Reconstruction 

All topics include content videos and high-quality instructional materials for teacher planning!

socialstudies+ service year is June 1, 2024 - May 31, 2025.