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Social Studies

Social Studies Fall/Winter 2015


With the school year well under way, I wanted to update you on several upcoming events and opportunities related to Missouri Social Studies:

  • Missouri middle school and high school teachers are invited to apply for Okinawa’s Challenge: Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future. This opportunity includes a two-week study tour for teachers in Okinawa and Japan in the summer of 2016; as well as a reading seminar and workshops in the spring of 2016 and the following school year. College credit is available to participants through Lindenwood University. Contact Tiffiny Creech at 314-324-9809 if you have any questions. Applications are due by Nov. 2, 2015.
  • Missouri Council for History Education (MoCHE) had a great conference in St. Louis at the end of September and I enjoyed meeting many of you there. The national conference is scheduled for April 21-23, 2016, in Niagara Falls, New York.  More information 
  • The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History sponsors the History Teacher of the Year Award. The state level award provides a $1000 cash prize and a wealth of American History teaching resources; the national award winner receives $10,000 at an awards ceremony in New York City. More information 
  • The Outstanding Citizenship Award honors 15 seniors from public schools throughout the state for their leadership, extra-curricular activities, and community service; those applications will be available on this site in Jan.  2016.
  • Applications for the Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom® Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute are now available.  This program is open to students and teachers. Fifteen student/teacher teams will engage in a rigorous study of D-Day and World War II in Washington D.C., and in Normandy, France: lectures presented by leading World War II historians, scholarly studies of the war memorials in the D.C. area, and walks in the footsteps of history on the beaches of Normandy. The institute covers room and board, field trips, meals, international flights, and professional readings.  Deadline for applications is November 30, 2015.
  • Applications for Gilder-Lehrman Summer Institutes for teachers offer intensive week-long opportunities to explore contemporary topics and issues in American history. Registration, room and board are fully covered and there is a travel stipend. Deadline for applications is February 29, 2016. 
  • Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge will offer graduate courses for teachers this summer at their campus near Valley Forge National Park. The courses focus on the development of character and citizenship through the study of American history and social sciences. On-line applications are currently available.

If you have questions about these opportunities or other topics related to social studies in Missouri schools, please contact me. I look forward to working with you throughout this school year.

Dixie Grupe
Director, Social Studies