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Social Sciences

Wyoming Academic Transition Initiative

Social Sciences SignupSocial sciences, in this context encompassing Geography, Political Science and civics, History, and Economics is also a Hathaway Curriculum content area and a focus of the Partnership in its Lost in Transition initiative. These events are coordinated by the Wyoming School-University Partnership. The Partnership is still currently looking for the best way to bring together educators across levels in these vast and disparate specializations. Events were funded by support from the Qwest Foundation.

2017 Spring Social Sciences Institute

(History, Geography, Political Science/Civics, and Economics)

Friday, February 24, 2017

Casper, WY  


Rescheduled as a ZOOM meeting, 4-6 pm, Friday, February 24

Registration Open

Registration is free, but required. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. All travel and lodging expenses are participants’ responsibility.  PTSB renewal credit will be available for Wyoming certified teachers.


  • Foster conversation and collaboration about social sciences (political science, government/civics, history, geography, and economics).

  • Examine and discuss expectations, strategies, and learning culture for college/university readiness.

  • Revise and update Partnership Trifold Disciplinary social sciences document (e.g., possible bookmark, brochure, poster), and brainstorm components of online, interactive, digital presence such as a website.

  • Examine resources to improve collaboration and communication, as established by standards of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships ( and the Higher Learning Commission (

Working Agenda 

Agenda subject to change.

8:30-8:45        Registration and morning refreshments

8:45-9:00        Welcomes, overview of the day

9:00-10:50      Transition Chart Revision team panel discussion, followed by large and small group work time.

  • Discuss revision process so far, the overarching vision of the new transition document.
  • In table groups, examine new draft and discuss current revisions. Feedback and edits on the draft framework will be collected from each table. Note ground rules for this activity.
  • Large group report out and discussion of revision feedback. 

10:50-11:00    Short break, new table groups  

11:00-11:45    College success and the blurring line between high school and college, Conley excerpts table discussions

11:45-12:15    Lunch

12:15-1:45     Round Robin Sharing: Examples from representative Social Sciences courses at Wyoming community colleges and University of Wyoming,  

  • Presenters share their 1000-level course syllabus round robin style with participants. 
  • Large group reporting out 

1:45 - 2:00      Short Break

2:00-2:30    Students talking to students: Examples of content for digital presence

2:30-3:30    Re-examining the new transition framework, future steps

  • In original groups, revise initial feedback and add new feedback based on day’s discussions.
  • Next steps, invitation to participate in next revision phase.

3:30-4:00    Meeting evaluation, adjournment

Past Events

Social Sciences InstituteTwo participants during gallery walk

Lost in Transition: Teaching History, Geography, Political Science/Civics, and Economics: Integration of Inquiry, Digital Literacy Skills, and Wyoming Standards

May 9. 2016
Casper, WY

Total number of participants: 39
13 k-12 educators
12 University educators
 4 community college educator
10 other (e.g., WDE, WY Museums)


Agenda; C3 Framework; Contact Information; Evaluations

2015 Wyoming Project Citizen: Teaching Public Policy Through Student Engagement

Panel for Wyoming Project Citizen January 2015

January 30-31, 2015
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming campus, Laramie

Total number of participants: 28
8 k-12 educators
8 University educators
1 community college educator
3 educational organization representatives
5 other


Agenda; Panel Questions and Panel Contact Information; Evaluations

2013 Social Sciences Lost in Transition Institute

May 15, 2013
3-5 p.m. via Wyoming Equality Network (WEN) video

Total number of participants: 14
5 k-12 educators
6 University of Wyoming educators
1 community college educators
1 education organization representative
1 other 



American Heritage Center (AHC) Primary Source Off-Site Assignment
AHC Instructional Support for K-12 Educators

Star Lane Center Curriculum Map
Star Lane Center Fremont Map

Participants discuss what they would like to see at future Social Science Transitions meetings.

2012 Social Sciences Transitions Meeting: A working dinner in Laramie

April 20, 2012
Laramie, Wyoming.

Total number of participants: 18
3 k-12 educators
10 University of Wyoming educators
4 community college educators
1 other 

2011 Social Sciences Transitions Meeting

March 25, 2011
Cody, Wyoming.

Total number of participants: 25
15 k-12 educators
7 University of Wyoming educators
1 community college educators
2 other

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