Press Release: Public Meeting on Changes to Social Studies Standards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2009
Public Information Meeting on Suggested Changes to Social Studies Curriculum

El Paso, Texas – The Texas State Board of Education is revising the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)—the standards that govern social studies teaching in the public schools. What are the proposed changes? Will they remove César Chávez and Thurgood Marshall? Who will make the final decision? What do they want Texas children to learn? Get answers to these questions and find out how to get involved at the TEKS Public Information Meeting from 6:00‐8:00 p.m. on September 24, 2009, at the Ysleta Cultural Arts Center Theatre, located at 9600 Sims Drive, El Paso, TX.

The meeting will feature El Paso’s representatives on the TEKS review committees: Holly E. Garza, Social Studies Instructional Specialist in the Ysleta Independent School District (economics committee), Wendi Miller‐Tomlinson, Social Studies Facilitator in the El Paso Independent School District (8th grade U.S. history committee), Dr. Julio Noboa, Associate Professor of Education at UTEP (11th grade U.S. history committee), Dr. Sylvia Peregrino, Government Instructor at EPCC (3rd grade committee), and Veronica Torres, world history teacher at Ysleta High School (world history committee).

The meeting is sponsored by the Center for History Teaching & Learning, a division of UTEP’s History Department designed to promote scholarly teaching among department faculty, to support teacher education among our students, and to provide outreach and professional development opportunities for area social studies teachers. The meeting is part of the Center’s new “TEKSWatch” initiative.

CONTACT:

Keith A. Erekson, Director, Center for History Teaching & Learning, kaerekson@utep.edu

URL for the “TEKSWatch” Initiative: http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=61097

URL for the Center for History Teaching & Learning: http://www.utep.edu/chtl

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