Happy Winter Break,
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, 15 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 here.
- African Americans and the Making of Early New England is a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for K-12 teachers and librarians hosted by the Deerfield Teachers' Center of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA. The workshop will be presented the week of July 7 through July 12 and again the week of July 21 through July 26, 2019. The workshop places slavery in the north into the context of the history of colonial New England. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019. There is a stipend to help defray travel and lodging. Go to http:// http://afram-workshop.deerfield-ma.org/ for a description of the program and instructions on how to apply.
- Kinder Institute Residential College. If you teach high school juniors or seniors considering a degree or career in public service, journalism, law, or other social studies-esque degrees and are considering Mizzou as their school, direct them to the Kinder Institute of Constitutional Democracy. This innovative program is Mizzou’s first undergraduate residential college, providing unrivaled opportunities for first-year students interested in American history and politics to live and learn together in historic Wolpers Hall. For more information go to https://democracy.missouri.edu/rc/
- Missouri Council for the Social Studies Conference: February 22-23, 2019 Missouri Council for the Social Studies presents its annual conference, The Summer of ’69 at the Capitol Plaza and Convention Center in Jefferson City, Missouri. Keynote speakers include Gary Kremer, Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, speaking on Missouri’s Complicated Racial Past: Causes and Consequences and Jongwoo Han, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, speaking on the Korean War Veterans Project in the Classroom. For more information and to register go to https://www.mosocialstudies.com/conference
- 400 Years & Counting: Teaching Slavery and Its Aftermath: 2nd Annual CARTER Center for K-12 Black History Education Conference. This conference, to be held July 26 and 27, 2019, is inviting presentation proposals for PK-12 grade educators, activists and researchers. The theme is organized around the long history of the African diaspora prior to European contact and the lingering effects of slavery focusing on history as well as Black agency. For more information on proposals and conference details go to https://education.missouri.edu/learning-teaching-curriculum/carter-center/
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.
Dixie Johnson Grupe
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