Welcome to the New Year,
Even the coldest of weather does not mean Missouri Social Studies teachers freeze up! Indeed, it seems the colder the weather, the harder you work to nurture a well-informed citizenry in your communities and to continue your growth as professional educators.
Here are a few opportunities you and your students might be interested in:
- Missouri Citizenship Award Application. This state-wide award recognizes outstanding high school students who demonstrate leadership, civic virtue and service to their schools and communities. Each year, deserving high school student leaders are recognized by the Missouri Bar and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. For more information and an application click on the 2020 Outstanding Citizenship Award in the Quick Links box.
- Missouri Council for the Social Studies Conference: February 21-22, 2020 Missouri Council for the Social Studies presents its annual conference, Social Studies Provides 2020 Vision to the Present, at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. Keynote speakers include former Governor Jay Nixon and Missouri teacher and author, Bethany Petty. For more information and to register go to https://www.mosocialstudies.com/conference
- 3rd Annual Teaching Black History Conference: July 24 and 25, 2020 in Kansas City, MO. Educators are invited to attend the 3rd annual Teaching Black History Conference hosted by the Carter Center for K-12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri. The conference is for K-12 educators, community educators, and persons interested in the learning and teaching of black history. Workshops will focus on the conference's theme, Teaching Black Herstories, where presenters will help attendees understand the historic contributions of Black women throughout the globe. Black Herstories explores the distinct lived experiences and frameworks that deepen understanding of the entanglements of race, class and gender. For more information go to https://education.missouri.edu/learning-teaching-curriculum/carter-center/
- Professional Development Opportunities: Summer 2020 The National Endowment for the Humanities offers tuition-free opportunities for K-12 educators and higher education faculty to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1200-$3,300 help to cover expenses for these one-to four week programs. Topics this summer include: On Hallowed Ground: Gettysburg in History and Memory, Voices of the Ancients: Archeology and Oral Tradition in the American Southwest, Saipan’s Land and Sea: Battle Scars and Sites of Resilience and 45 awesome other offerings. For more information go to https://www.neh.gov/grants/professional-development and click on Summer Programs.
As always, 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