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


Questions? Email [email protected]



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–>


Leaders, instructional coaches, & grades 4-EOC teachers


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



  • $675 per campus
  • $4500 district-level membership
    (note: districts with less than 10 campuses can register with per campus price based on specific district size)
  • Membership year June 1 – May 31