Welcome to fall,
The school year is well underway and Social Studies educators across our state are hard at work providing quality learning experiences for K-12 students in history, government, economics, geography, civics, psychology, sociology and a wealth of other social science specialties. Over the past month it has been wonderful to hear from so many of you with ideas and questions about Missouri social studies. I encourage you to share those ideas with your peers in every way you can. Below you will find information that may be useful to you in all the great work you do:
- Membership in the Missouri Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) is now FREE. For details and opportunities to participate in this great organization dedicated to promoting quality social studies experiences for all Missouri students, and, click on http://www.mosocialstudies.com, and follow MCSS on Twitter @mosocialstudies
You can also click on the Associations tag in the Quick Links box and scroll to the Social Studies label to access information on presenting at the MCSS conference in February. Proposals are due October 31, 2017.
- The Missouri Bar has a wealth of resources for teachers including recommended websites for learning about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, exploring the philosophical and historical foundations, and for information about the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the constitutional ratification process.
- The National Constitution Center at www.constitutioncenter.org.
- The Constitutional Sources Project at www.consource.org
- The Library of Congress at www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/Constitution.html
The Missouri Bar also has targeted resources for social studies learning k-5. Go to The Missouri Bar’s Online Order Form
- What Do Lawyers and Judges Do? This is a coloring book that describes the various roles of judges and lawyers.
- How Does Our Government Work? This is a coloring and activity book that talks about rules and how our government works at both the federal and state levels.
- The Judicial Learning Center is sponsoring an exhibit on Alexander Hamilton which is free and open to the schools and to the public. Alexander Hamilton – the Man Who Made Modern America is a traveling exhibition developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and funded in part through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and based upon the New-York Historical Society exhibition of the same name. For more information http://judiciallearningcenter.org/alexander-hamilton-exhibit/
- The Supreme Court of Missouri offers rich and varied programs for students and teachers to engage Missourians in important dialog about our courts. They provide speakers, simulations and professional learning opportunities appropriate for K-12 students and teachers. Topics include, Can the School Search You and Your Stuff, Good Riddance, Mean King George! Fair Treatment for All, The Challenge of Deciding Tough Cases: Hazelwood V. Kuhlmeier and many more. For more information about these free offerings, go to https://www.courts.mo.gov/civiceducation/pages/presentation.html
- Because of legislation passed in 2016, Missouri students entering 9th grade this year are required to pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics. For details and more information, click on the Missouri Civics Education Initiative in the Quick Links box.
- Looking for help with social studies curriculum and assessment development for the upcoming school year? Take a close look at the information under the Items Specifications tab below. Each MLS Social Studies Expectation K-12 has been examined and explained by Missouri Social Studies teachers and their insights are shared in this resource. Examples of specific content suggestions and parameters regarding formative and summative assessment are included along with major strands and concepts in the social studies. See the Item Specifications tab at the bottom of this page.
- Missouri Social Studies educators K-12 are invited to participate in the 2017-2018 DESE Social Studies Professional Development Series, Social Studies Colloquia: Thinking like a Social Scientist. This four-part series, beginning in September, brings together Missouri educators, K-12, who have an interest in Social Studies content, pedagogy, and instruction. In addition to providing DESE updates on curriculum and assessment developments, sessions will focus on the theme, Thinking like a Social Scientist, an idea central to the Missouri Learning Standards Social Studies K-12 Expectations. For more information see the Colloquia Invite.
- There is a wealth of additional information to share including the resources from our Summer 2017 Professional Learning Series workshops. Scroll to the bottom of this page and check out the tabs.
If you have questions or ideas to share, please contact me at email@example.com. My hope and my goal is to serve and support you in the important work you do educating all our children to become capable, contributing citizens.
Director, Social Studies
Office of College and Career Readiness
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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 http://www.senate.mo.gov/16info/pdf-bill/tat/SB638.pdf
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. See http://civicseducationinitiative.org/take-the-test/ for ideas.
- 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. The USCIS site testing materials are available at https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test
If you have additional questions about this law and social studies testing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org