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Do your 8th grade social studies teachers need support?

Eighth Grade Social Studies teachers and students find the depth, breadth, and complexity of the Social Studies TEKS and revised STAAR test to be challenging. With the lack of HQIMs, updated TEKS, and new STAAR requirements, fresh approaches to professional learning and instructional practices are needed.


We can help.

lead4ward and Social Studies Success™ have joined forces to bring you socialstudies+ with yearlong support that addresses the challenges teachers face: the “what” and the “how”! socialstudies+ allows teachers to spend constructive time within their PLC breaking the content into manageable chunks, analyzing the data, and previewing resources that support high-quality social studies instruction. These instructional resources are designed to be implemented with lead4ward’s “Learn It, Comprehend It, Apply It” planning model.


socialstudies+ includes:

  • Major topics subdivided into lead4ward’s cluster/subcluster organization to encourage focus during PLC meetings
  • Two 10-15 minute learning videos for each subcluster to simplify the “what” and the “how” of quality instruction
  • lead4ward’s Grade 8 social studies field guide
  • Ready-to-implement instructional resources for each subcluster
  • Built-in differentiation to provide access for all learners
  • Vocabulary and language acquisition support for emergent bilinguals


Click here for extended information about socialstudies+!



Jodi Denton, lead4ward


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–>



Dawn Viñas, Social Studies Success


During her 30-year journey in education, Dawn Viñas, M.Ed., has served as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach, and a Social Studies coordinator at the district level. Her vision of transformative social studies instruction led her to create Social Studies Success LLC in 2015. Social Studies Success instructional resources and professional development services have allowed Dawn to empower thousands of educators around the world.



Leaders, instructional coaches, and 8th grade teachers


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


All topics include content videos and high-quality instructional materials for teacher planning!


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  • $2750 per campus
  • Membership year June 1 – May 31
  • Contact us for a special quote for a single 8th grade teacher campus or group registrations for 10+ campuses

Questions about socialstudies+? Email [email protected]