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

The Social Studies Foundations ePLC is a great way for leaders and instructional coaches to gain valuable insight into the updated social studies TEKS as well as 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.

How can we build a solid foundation of social studies thinking?

Students need tools to analyze social studies information (content standards) and the ability to effectively communicate their understanding (process standards). The updated process standards are vertically aligned from Kindergarten-EOC, and STAAR 2.0 requires students to rely on a solid foundation of social studies thinking. We need to prepare students for that level of thinking now. The Social Studies Foundations ePLC addresses the fundamentals of social studies thinking and provides strategies for student engagement.

The Social Studies Foundations ePLC provides a virtual learning and a support system throughout the year with 12 pre-recorded learning videos, including 3 new ones for 2024-25!

  • Overview of updated process TEKS K-12
  • Making a claim and supporting with evidence
  • Foundational language skills to engage in civil discourse


  • Getting Started
  • Setting Up the Social Studies Classroom
  • NEW Overview of Updated Process TEKS K-12
  • Embedding Vocabulary and Teaching Terms
  • Using and Evaluating Visual Sources
  • Making Sense of Primary Sources
  • Understanding Context and Point of View
  • NEW Foundational Language Skills to Engage in Civil Discourse
  • Sequencing, Categorizing, Identifying Cause-and-Effect Relationships
  • Drawing Inferences and Conclusions
  • NEW Making a Claim and Supporting with Evidence
  • STAAR 2.0 – Helping Students Show What They Know with Short Constructed Response


Leaders, instructional coaches, & grades 4-EOC teachers
The Social Studies Foundations ePLC service year is June 1, 2024 - May 31, 2025.