Leaders, are you supporting new social studies teachers? This can help!

The Social Studies Foundations series is a great way for leaders and instructional coaches to gain valuable insight into the intricacies of the Social Studies classroom and its unique blend of content and process. For classroom teachers – especially NEW teachers, the learning videos provide tangible, easy-to-implement strategies and ideas for enriching the classroom environment and process-based instruction.

What does content literacy mean and what does it look like in the classroom?
Content literacy is a blending of Social Studies content standards and process standards. STAAR 2.0 requires a new level of content literacy, and we need to prepare students for that level of thinking now. Since the process standards are tightly vertically aligned from 4th grade-EOC, it is important this foundation is solid. The Social Studies Foundations ePLC addresses the fundamentals of social studies content literacy.

The Social Studies Foundations ePLC provides a virtual learning and a support system throughout the year with:

  • 8 pre-recorded learning videos
  • learning video for STAAR 2.0 – helping students show what they know with short constructed response


  • Getting Started
  • Setting up the Social Studies Classroom
  • Embedding Vocabulary and Teaching Terms
  • Using and Evaluating Visual Sources
  • Making Sense of Primary Sources
  • Understanding Context and Point of View
  • Sequencing, Categorizing, Identifying Cause-and-Effect Relationships
  • Drawing Inferences and Conclusions
Leaders, Instructional Coaches, & Grades 4-EOC teachers

For content questions, email jodi@lead4ward.com

The Social Studies Foundations ePLC service year is June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024.