What is the Social Studies ePLC?

Social Studies ePLCs engage leaders, instructional coaches, and teachers in the complexity of teaching and learning in the social studies classroom. The volume of standards, depth and breadth of content must be woven into a rich, process-based instructional model. The content from the online, pre-recorded webinars helps participants facilitate constructive conversations about the rigor and requirements of their social studies classrooms.

lead4ward offers two Social Studies ePLC series to meet district needs:

  • Social Studies Foundations ePLC focuses on content literacy, 4th grade-EOC, that enhances classroom environments/instruction to better prepare students for the required rigor of STAAR 2.0.
  • 8th Grade Social Studies ePLC dives deep into the 8th grade content and provides process-based instructional ideas for teachers to use in their planning process.


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Social Studies Foundations ePLC


Leaders, instructional coaches, & grades 4-EOC teachers


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 is going to require a new level of content literacy, and we need to start preparing 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 webinars are 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, the webinars provide tangible, easy-to-implement strategies and ideas for enriching the classroom environment and process-based instruction.


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

  • 8 pre-recorded webinars
  • 3 live Q & A sessions for participants to collaborate with other ePLC members, grow in their understanding of concepts introduced, and have an opportunity for clarification!
    • August 3, 2021 3:30 – 4:30pm
    • October 26, 2021 3:30 – 4:30pm
    • February 22, 2022- 3:30 – 4:30pm


8th Grade Social Studies ePLC


Leaders, instructional coaches, and 8th grade teachers


Teachers often struggle to translate the volume of TEKS standards and Social Studies content into manageable chunks of instruction. Front-loading teacher planning time with the 8th Grade Social Studies ePLC allows them to spend constructive time within their PLC designing engaging experiences and planning targeted lessons that promote content retention, comprehension, and historical thinking skills. Each cluster contains 2 to 4 short sub-cluster learning videos and an intervention learning video.


The 8th Grade Social Studies ePLC helps teachers build their understanding of big-picture concepts and content nuances through 40+ webinars and other resources that address the major topics.


The 8th Grade Social Studies ePLC:

  • Aligns with the streamlined TEKS and trends from STAAR
  • Embeds process-based instructional best practices and strategies from the Social Studies Playlist
  • Subdivides major topics into units of study to allow more flexibility during PLC meetings
  • Is organized by lead4ward clusters/subclusters
  • Includes a 10-15 minute learning video for EACH subcluster and a cluster-specific intervention learning video
  • Addresses the “how” and “when” for intervention (with strategies) – How and when should we intervene to ensure students are successful? And what methods could we use for students at different thresholds? Topics also include a webinar that discusses what intervention could look like for students who are struggling to access the stimuli and/or need support with inferential thinking.
  • NEW Includes ready-made think along plans to introduce lead4ward’s spiral review throughout the year

Webinars for the Foundations ePLC

Webinar Topics

  • Getting Started
  • Setting up the Social Studies Classroom
  • Embedding Vocabulary & 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


  • $675 per campus
  • $4500 district-level membership
  • Membership Aug, 1 – July 31

Webinars for the 8th Grade ePLC

Webinar Topics

  • Exploration and Colonization
  • American Revolution
  • Constitution
  • Early Republic
  • Age of Jackson
  • Westward Expansion
  • Industrialization
  • Reform and Culture
  • Sectionalism and the Civil War
  • Reconstruction


  • $875 per campus
  • $6500 district-level membership
  • Membership Aug, 1 – July 31

Social Studies Consultant

Jodi Denton

Social Studies enthusiast, Jodi Denton, M.Ed., serves as one of lead4ward’s content leaders. Utilizing the experiences of her 20 years of service in education, Jodi empowers teachers, instructional support teams and administrators to meet the increasingly complex requirements for student success. She recognizes the challenges and sense of urgency regarding Social Studies and uses her diverse knowledge, high energy, and fresh approach to support teachers and leaders in developing and implementing innovative instructional practices. Read more–>

For content questions, email jodi@lead4ward.com
For technical questions, email info@lead4ward.com