How will you invest in your learning this year? We’ve chosen these shared materials for your department because they inspire us to think about what it means to “do” social studies, not just study it.

“You Are Here” invites us to consider the ways that maps communicate stories, power and per- spective. Cartography is a familiar “language” in social studies, but the maps included in this col- lection challenge our understanding of what a map can be: Is it a data visualization? (Life in Los Angeles, page 138) Must it be visual? (Body Map of My Life, page 36). Must it be “accurate” - and to whom? (United Shapes of America – Maps Drawn by Las Vegas Teenagers, 1991, page 110).

City of Women is Rebecca Solnit’s reimagination of the NYC subway map if all of its stations were named for women. “How does it impact our imaginations that so many places in so many cities are named after men and so few after women?”

The “Voice of Witness” collection offers four perspectives on what contemporary social studies might look like: There’s a DIY guide for social justice storytelling, narratives about the impact of solitary confinement, oral histories from young refugees fleeing countries in Central America for the United States, and a collection of stories about the contemporary Indigenous experience.

“I AM Everything Affirmation Cards” are an acknowledgement that while teaching will be tough this year, you already possess the amazing qualities you need to thrive in and beyond your class- room. You can use them with yourself or your young people for affirmation as needed.