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Social Studies

Happy July!


It is a busy time here in Jefferson City as we work to share information about the new Missouri Learning Standards K-12 Expectations with educators from across the state.  The last week in June, we met with nearly 150 teachers, curriculum coaches, administrators and professional development specialists who wanted to learn more about the new elementary expectations. See the Quick Links box, K-5 Professional Development Series link for materials from those sessions. A similar program will be presented to secondary educators during the last week in July.

If you weren’t able to make it to the Jefferson City sessions, we will be sharing this information at regional sites around the state beginning in August. See the schedule for these regional sessions at http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/curr-prof-dev-professional-learning-series-workshops-2016.pdf


If you are already involved in curriculum work this summer, below is a list of resources you may find useful. 


Professional Development Opportunities

Summer Teacher Institute: Teaching About the Judicial Branch
  • Saint Louis: Thursday & Friday, July 21-22, 2016,   9:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Cape Girardeau: Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Join the United States Courts and the Judicial Learning Center for a full-day of learning at the federal courthouse. This workshop will include a live courtroom observation and several sessions with judges and other legal professionals. NOTE for those who have previously attended - new content will be included.  REGISTRATION DEADLINE: by Monday, July 11. To make a reservation, visit: www.JudicialLearningCenter.org/teacher-registration

Bowdoin College: Founding Principles

Bowdoin College: Founding Principles is a video series of 15 episodes designed to provide an introductory, non-partisan overview and basic understanding of American government. Each episode is 10-15 minute long and designed to promote civic engagement. For more information and to access the free videos http://www.bowdoin.edu/founding-principles/ 

US Holocaust Memorial Museum: History Unfolded

US Holocaust Memorial Museum: History Unfolded is a new project at the museum asking “citizen historians” to help research the way the Holocaust was reported in local US newspapers from 1933 to 1945. For more information on this project: ushmm.org/history-unfolded.

Veterans National Education Program

This on-line resource includes free resources tied to modern history, culture, geography and current events. For more information http://v-nep.org/global-awareness-map/ 


If you have questions about these opportunities or other topics related to social studies in Missouri schools, please contact me. My goal is to support you and your students.

Dixie Grupe
Director, Social Studies



The Missouri Civics Education Initiative, passed by the Missouri legislature and signed by Governor Nixon in June 2016, requires any student entering 9th grade after July 1, 2017 to pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics.

The law states that the examination shall consist of 100 questions similar to the one hundred questions used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and may be included in any other examination that is administered on the provisions and principles of the United States and the State of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.   The full text of the law can be found at https://legiscan.com/MO/text/SB638/2016


So what does that mean for Missouri Social Studies?

  • We will continue with the current Government EOC exam and the voluntary American History EOC exam.
  • Local districts will assure compliance.
  • School districts may use an online test to comply.  The USCIS site testing materials are available at https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test
  • Districts may choose to create a crosswalk of the USCIS questions and their existing American Government, Missouri Government and American History assessment, and then to amend those assessments to comply with the USCIS content. Districts are encouraged to maintain the crosswalk and adjustments as verification of content assessed.

If you have additional questions about this law and social studies testing, please contact [email protected]