Welcome to summer,
Both the calendar and the thermometer make it official; summer has arrived in Missouri. Another sign of summer is a wealth of wonderful teaching and learning opportunities for Missouri educators interested in Social Studies.
- In early June, more than 100 social studies educators spent a day in Jefferson City working together exploring new curriculum and assessment resources, developing ideas for implementing the Missouri Learning Standards Social Studies Expectations, and creating strategies to integrate other content areas into powerful social studies lessons. See the details and materials under the Professional Development Series Resources box at the bottom of this page.
- In February 2017, 50 Missouri Social Studies teachers worked together to develop item specifications for each MLS Social Studies Expectation. Every teacher in Missouri now has access to an explanation of each individual standard, guidance regarding specific content to consider as he/ she writes curriculum and information regarding quality assessment of that standard. If you are writing curriculum or developing assessments this summer, check out this valuable resource now available under the Professional Development Series Resources box at the bottom of this page.
- As you make plans for next school year, please consider inviting a judge into your classroom or school. The Civic Education Speakers Bureau is sponsored by the Supreme Court of Missouri. Its goal is to use judges to connect Missouri students with their courts. Speakers are local judges who provide presentations on topics of interest to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Topics such as “The Case of the Missing Recess” and “Good Riddance, Mean King George” are targeted for elementary students, while presentations like Tinker V. Des Moines or Hazelwood V. Kuhlmeier are focused on high school students. For a complete listing of offerings or to contact the organization please email [email protected]. There is no cost for this great way to help Missouri students learn about our courts and our civic life.
- UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES:
- 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/
- 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]
- 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, Missouri. Registration and presentation submissions information is available at: http://www.mosocialstudies.com/conference
- 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.
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://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]