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Ms. Nohlgren's Class  

Social Studies/ 7th Grade Civics
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Welcome to 7th Grade Civics at Madeira Beach Fundamental Middle School
We have an exciting year ahead as we pilot a new curriculum entitled "Civics," which will be the new required curriculum in 2012 for all 7th graders in the state of Florida. This will be our second year at Madeira Beach Fundamental piloting the curriculum. Every Pinellas County middle school will be involved this year. So my students and I are not alone in this exciting educational experience.
This summer all the piloting teachers were involved in an intense week-long series of classes at the University of Central Florida. Under the direction of professors from the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida, the teachers were introduced to the new standards for the course and received a thorough overview of the curriculum. The curriculum is so new that there will not be a textbook for the course, but all the piloting teachers have received numerous resources and complete lesson plans for the whole year. The piloting teachers will have ongoing discussions with the professors and fellow colleagues as we continue to refine the curriculum in preparation for 2012. The curriculum is based on the "new generation" standards for Civics. A copy of these standards is located in your child's Civics notebook (reference section).

Ms. Nohlgren's Professional Background
o Bachelor's Degree from Eckerd College in American History/Political Science
o Master's Degree from University of South Florida in Specific Learning Disabilities
o Thirty seven years teaching experience in Pinellas County schools, mostly middle school level
o Secretary of Pinellas Council for Social Studies (PCSS) since 2005
o Active member of Florida Council for Social Studies (FCSS)
o Member of the planning committee for hosting the 2008 FCSS annual conference in St. Petersburg
o Representative from Pinellas County to the 2006 NCSS Conference in Washington, D.C.
o Eighth Grade Team Leader for ten years at Southside Fundamental Middle School (SFMS)
o Member of the SFMS Professional Book Talk Group
o Coordinator of the Extended Learning Program (ELP) at SFMS
o Coordinator of the annual Veterans Day Assembly at SFMS for 14 years, and now at Madeira Beach Fundamental Middle School
o Coordinator of the annual Talent Show at SFMS for 14 years.
o Member of the Pinellas County writing team for Essential Learnings and exit exams in 8th Grade Social Studies
o Member of the Pinellas County writing team for Finance Park Curriculum
o Member of the Pinellas County writing team for the Career Education and Planning component of the Finance Park curriculum beginning in 2008-2009
o Participant in the 2006 Summer American History Grant in Pinellas County completing college course work on Life in Southern Colonial America, developing lesson plans, and traveling to sites in Virginia
o Participant in the 2007 Summer Teaching American History Grant in Pinellas County completing college course work on the Impact of Industrialization on American Life (1790 to 1840), developing lesson plans, and traveling to sites in New England
o Participant in the 2008 Summer Teaching American History Grant in Pinellas County completing college course work on The Civil War, developing lesson plans, and traveling to sites in South Carolina
o Selected by Pinellas County to attend a week-long 2007 summer institute at University of California Berkeley Campus studying "Building Academic Literacy through History"
o Session Presenter at Social Studies District Training Day August 17, 2007 and August 15, 2008
o Selected in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 to pilot the new 7th Grade Civics curriculum which will be required for all 7th graders in 2012.
o Facilitator for the 2009 Lawton Chiles Leadership Corps (LCLC) which trains high school and college students to become active in civic-minded projects within their communities.
o Judge for the National History Fair in Pinellas County (February 20, 2010)
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