The daffodils blooming in Missouri are a much-welcomed reminder of nature’s enduring resiliency in these confusing days. If history is made through our responses to challenge, then certainly, we are writing history in these days.
As these weeks require us to be especially thoughtful and creative, our mission at DESE continues to be to provide access to opportunity for our students, our schools and our Missouri educators. Below are some thoughts and resources to support you as you seek to provide a meaningful and relevant education to the children in your care.
- For many of us, the challenge is not lacking Social Studies resources, but rather, how filter the barrage of resources that flood our email and social media every day. How do we discern useful resources among so many options?
Here is a list of questions to consider as you sift through the vast number of resources available to you.
- Does it promote engagement in learning?
- Does it reflect the MLS Expectation(s) you are teaching toward?
- Is it culturally responsive to the needs of your students and your community?
- Does it require students to employ critical thinking and social science thinking skills?
- Does it support multiple perspectives and interpretations?
- Is it built on “best practices”—reading, writing, speaking, listening, use of high quality complex texts, inquiry etc.?
- Does it integrate supports for students with language needs, special needs or accelerated students?
Your response to these questions, combined with your professional judgment, can facilitate informed resource decisions whether you are looking for a website, a podcast, a lesson plan, a printable task, a video or any other resource to support your students’ learning.
- DESE has created a curated list of solid resources suitable for students with and without electronic access: Supports for Both Teaching and Learning.
Click on the Social Studies tab for content specific resources.
- The Missouri Writing Project Network has two excellent opportunities for educators looking for new instructional ideas or a discussion forum.
- The Show Me Online Teaching by the Missouri Writing Projects Network features a guest teacher sharing a different practical lesson for online learning.
Every Monday 2:00 p.m.—Elementary
Every Wednesday 2:00 p.m.-Secondary
Every Friday 2:00 p.m. either/all
Each thirty-minute episode features a guest teacher sharing a practical lesson for online learning. You can join live on the Zoom call or watch when you can. Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/130213043
- The MWPN also produces, Write On!, a great place to connect with teachers working together through this uncertain time. This will be a recurring opportunity to ask questions of other Missouri educators about issues facing you in your schools and classrooms.
Every Thursday 10:00 a.m. Join the MWPN Write On! Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/105219116
- The Missouri Bar also has an extensive collection of presentation, exercises, lesson plans and other resources, which may be of use to you. You can access these free resources at http://missourilawyershelp.org/resource-center-for-learning-about-government/
We hope you find this information useful in your work. Please feel free to reach out with thoughts, questions or ideas as changes develop. As we work through this time together, the mindset of challenge to opportunity remains paramount in our work and in our lives.
Director, Social Studies
Office of College and Career Readiness
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Waivers for the US Constitution, Missouri Constitution and Civics Initiative
Please see this information regarding waivers for the US Constitution, Missouri Constitution and Civics Initiative testing for the seniors in the 2019-2020 school year. Please review page 5 for specific details.