What is the Social Studies eplc?

The 8th Grade Studies ePLC (online Professional Learning Community) helps teachers build their understanding of big-picture concepts and content nuances through 30+ webinars and other resources that address the major topics.


The 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
  • Addresses the “how” and “when” for intervention

Overview of the Social Studies eplc

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 lead4ward’s 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.

Includes Intervention 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.

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

Webinars for the Major Topics of Study (TEKS Cluster)

8th Grade 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

Pricing Details
Registration is by campus

  • $875 per campus for up to 5 teachers
  • $6500 district-level membership

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