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Social Studies

Good day,

As the spring semester draws to a close, I want to share some late spring/early summer information with you.

1. Our final Social Studies Colloquium will be May 4, 2017. In this final session, we will explore how to teach the historical thinking skill: Contextualization. Even if you have not been a part of this series, we welcome you to this day of thinking and learning. Our visiting scholar will share his research on historic and contemporary human trafficking, we will explore how teachers can develop inquiry skills in their classrooms and we will make some plans for next year’s Social Studies Colloquia. For more information contact [email protected]

2. We still have a few openings for educators interested in the Missouri Learning Series Social Studies Expectations on June 15 for K-5, and on June 16 for 6-12. These days will focus on implementation of the 2016 Social Studies Expectations, on integration of other content areas into the social studies and on upcoming assessment development opportunities. For more information contact [email protected]

3. UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

4. UPCOMING CONFERENCES

  • Missouri Council for History Education (MOCHE) announces its fall 2017 conference: Best Practices in History Education to be held at the Gateway Conference Center-St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank on September 19 and 20. Registration and presentation submissions information is available at http://www.mohistoryeducation.org/news//2017-moche-conference-call-for-proposals
  • Missouri Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) announces its spring 2018 conference, Balancing Security and Liberty: Past Present and Future, to be held February 23 and 24, 2018 at the National World War I Museum, in Kansas City, MissouriRegistration and presentation submissions information is available at: http://www.mosocialstudies.com/conference

5. Because we have so much information to share, we are working to re-organize this page.  To see our latest efforts, scroll to the bottom of this page and check out the tabs.

Regards,
Dixie

Dixie Grupe
Director, Social Studies
Office of College and Career Readiness
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
1-573-751-0398
[email protected] 


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://joefossinstitute.org/citizenship-survey/ 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 [email protected]

Social Studies Missouri Learning Standards

Assessed Standards

The End-of-Course assessments will continue to be based on these standards through the 2018-2019 school year.

Social Studies - Grades K-8: PDF | Word | Excel
Social Studies - High School: PDF | Word | Excel

Revised Standards

The Revised standards, approved on April 19, 2016 are for implementation beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year. They will be assessed beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

Social Studies - K-5: K-5 PDF | K-5 Word
Social Studies - 6-12: 6-12 PDF | 6-12 Word
Social Studies - K-12: K-12 Excel 

Crosswalks

K-5 | MS American History | MS World Geography | MS World History | HS American Government. | HS American History | HS World History

Teacher View

These are the new Missouri Learning Standards K-12 Expectations for Social Studies, but the alternative layout includes details and resources classroom teachers may find helpful. 

Additional Resources

Professional Development Opportunities

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/(link is external) 

Dar al Islam Teacher Institute

Free 2 week seminar in New Mexico: http://daralislam.org/programs/education/teachers-institutes.aspx

Fulbright-Hayes Seminars Abroad

Free with stipend (Applications are closed for 2017, but you can be thinking about 2018 as applications become available in August, 2017.  This summer participants are traveling Thailand, Bulgaria or Chile.) http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/sapfacts.html

GEEO

Teacher Travel Opportunity: Sponsored by Global Exploration for Educators (GEEO), a 501c3 non-profit organization. With GEEO, educators can earn professional development credits and optional graduate credit while seeing the world. GEEO's trips are 7 to 21 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO also provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests. For more information, go to www.geeo.org

Goethe Institute USA

Seminar with trip to Germany: https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/spr/eng/top/top_teachers/top_study_tour.html

Judicial Learning Center

Teaching about the Judicial Branch: Sponsored by the Judicial Learning Center.  This free summer PD will focus on Alexander Hamilton’s lasting impact on our judiciary and on our country. Designed for high School and middle school government and American History teachers, participants will see the court in action and take home a wealth of ideas, resources and lessons.  There is a one-day session in Cape Girardeau on July 17 and a two day session in St. Louis on July 19 and 20. For more information go to: http://judiciallearningcenter.org/summer-teacher-institute/

Missouri Council for History Education

Build your own Professional Development: Sponsored by Missouri Council for History Education. The Missouri Humanities Council has partnered with MOCHE to sponsor a Visiting Scholars Program.  They will line up a team of experts (subject and curriculum development) to meet with your faculty and either talk about improving history education overall and/or how to improve teaching about specific topic areas your faculty suggests. They will bring in university researchers, authors, and seasoned teachers to help your faculty start the year with ideas to energize their classrooms; all at no cost to your district. Interested school districts’ in-service coordinator should contact Flannery Burke, Visiting Scholars Coordinator to set a date. [email protected]

Missouri Learning Series Social Studies Expectations

We still have a few openings for educators interested in the Missouri Learning Series Social Studies Expectations on June 15 for K-5, and on June 16 for 6-12. These days will focus on implementation of the 2016 Social Studies Expectations, on integration of other content areas into the Social Studies and on upcoming assessment development opportunities. For more information contact [email protected]

NEH Summer Learning

Free 3-4 week seminars in the US with stipend: https://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs

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/ 

Professional Development Series Resources

K-5:

6-12:

Teacher Awards

James Madison Fellowship

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. Fellowship applicants compete only against other applicants from the states of their legal residence. As funding permits, the Foundation plans to offer one fellowship per state per year.   Deadline is March 1, 2017.  For more information  go to  http://www.jamesmadison.gov/

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The National History Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding K–12 American history teachers across the country. The national winner receives a $10,000 prize presented at an award ceremony in their honor in New York City. State winners receive a $1,000 prize, an archive of classroom resources, and recognition at a ceremony within their state. Deadline for application is March 31, 2017.   For more information go to https://www.gilderlehrman.org/programs-exhibitions/national-history-teacher-year

 

Student Awards

 

Social Studies Colloquia 2016-2017

This four-part series will bring together Missouri educators, K-12, who have an interest in Social Studies pedagogy and content. In addition to providing updates on curriculum and assessment developments, sessions will focus on the theme, Thinking Like a Social Scientist, an idea central to the new Social Studies K-12 Expectations.

Each colloquium will focus on a single skill related directly to improving students’ learning.  it will identify a skill highlighted in the Expectations, demonstrate anchor experiences to introduce that social science thinking skill to students, suggest ways to teach that skill in K-12 classrooms throughout a variety of content areas and grade levels, and elicit ideas for implementation from teachers and other social studies practitioners.

 

September 1, 2016

Causation: How do social scientists identify and then analyze relationships among historical causes and effects?  How do social scientists distinguish between causation and correlation? How do social scientists explain contingency, the idea that historical effects result from a complex variety of factors which can come together in unpredictable ways and often produce unanticipated consequences? How can we use grade-level or course-specific curriculum to teach causation to our students?


November 3, 2016

Comparison: How do social scientists use multiple perspectives on a given historical event to draw accurate conclusions?  How do social scientists compare multiple historical developments within a society and between societies? How do social scientists compare perspectives from different time periods and in different geographical contexts? How can we use grade-level or course specific-curriculum to teach comparison to our students?


March 2, 2017

Periodization:  How and why do social scientists divide history into discrete and definable periods?  How and why do they choose specific turning points? How are those decisions influenced by one narrative or by one region or by one influential group?  How can we use grade-level or course-specific curriculum to teach periodization to our students?


May 4, 2017

Contextualization How does understanding context help a social scientist understand specific historical events? How do regional, national, or global processes affect our understanding of specific historical events? How do social scientists connect historical processes and events to specific circumstances of time and place? How do we use grade-level or course-specific curriculum to teach contextualization to our students?

Our final Social Studies Colloquium will be May 4, 2017. In this final session, we will explore how to teach the historical thinking skill: Contextualization. Even if you have not been a part of this series, we welcome you to this day of thinking and learning. Our visiting scholar will share his research on historic and contemporary human trafficking, we will explore how teachers can develop inquiry skills in their classrooms and we will make some plans for next year’s Social Studies Colloquia.

All sessions will be held in Jefferson City, at the Harry S Truman Building, Room 400, from 9:00 a.m. -- 3:00 pm, with lunch provided. 
 

Note: You may register for a single session or for all four sessions.  Space is limited. Registration will remain open until sessions are filled. Please respond to Dixie Grupe , Social Studies Director at [email protected] with your name, school district, position/grade level, and the session (s) if you are interested.

Colloquia Resources

Economics Contests

National Economics Challenge

 

Economics Professional Development

Teacher Professional Development from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Click here for the registration page.  For more information see the flier below.

KC Federal Reserve PD Flier

Teacher Resources and Professional Development from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis