Happy almost summer,
For many Missouri educators, summer is a time to reflect on the past school year, make plans for the upcoming year and, hopefully, find much-needed time to recharge one’s own batteries after a busy school year.
At DESE, summer is a busy time too for social studies teaching and learning. This summer the DESE Professional Learning workshops will focus on integration of Social Studies with ELA and with Science in K-12 classrooms. All three content areas share Missouri Learning Standards Expectations that require the effective use of complex texts to promote deep, rich, learning. Further, all three content areas identify argumentation and use of evidence as essential skills to both their disciplines and to their professional practices.
These interdisciplinary connections will be explored over three days designated by grade level: K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. For more information and to register go to:
Here are some other summer opportunities, which may be of interest to you:
Truman Presidential Inquiry Project: Kansas City, Mo., June 3 –7, 2019
This workshop focuses on creating inquiries using archival material from the Truman Presidential Library. We structure the inquiries using the Inquiry Design Model from the National Council of Social Studies. This week a will be a learning experience that is as much about inquiries as it is about Truman. For more information go to:
Economics for Leaders: Washington University, St. Louis, July 15-21, 2019.
In this one-week program, high school teachers “go back to school” and are taught by university professors and mentor teachers. Free housing with most meals paid by the Foundation for Teaching Economics and optional graduate credit is available. Both new and experienced teachers will benefit from attending the Economics for Leaders program. For more information go to: www.fte.org
U.S. Courts Summer Professional Development: July 2019
- Tuesday, July 9, 2019. St. Louis, MO. 1-day institute for teachers of Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics.
- Thursday & Friday, July 18-19, 2019. St. Louis, MO. 2-day institute for social studies teachers focusing on First Amendment freedoms, through the lens of the judicial branch.
- Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Cape Girardeau, MO. 1-day institute for social studies teachers focusing on First Amendment freedoms, through the lens of the judicial branch.
Additional details, printable flyers, and registration links can be found at the following link. Registration is now open. https://judiciallearningcenter.org/summer-teacher-institute/
Four Hundred Years and Counting: Teaching Slavery and its Aftermath: Columbia, Mo July 26-27, 2019
The CARTER Center For K-12 Black History Education Conference at the University of Missouri is hosting the 2nd annual Teaching Black History conference 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, 400 Years and Counting: Teaching Slavery and its Afterlife. For more information go to:
The Presidency of George Washington: August 21, 2019
Sponsored by The Missouri Humanities Council in partnership with Teaching American History
Join teachers from across Missouri at the first seminar in a partner series between TAH and the Missouri Humanities Council. This seminar will focus on the presidency of George Washington, and how our first president established the office, dealt with challenges of governance and growing political parties, and set precedents that have lasted into our times. Lunch and aa certificate for continuing education will be provided to all who attend. A printed copy of the documents reader will be sent to all registrants in advance of the program. For more information go to:
So, as you can see, it promises to be a summer filled with diverse opportunities to enrich your social science learning. As always, please feel free to reach out by phone or email if we can help you in the important work you do. Our goal is to support you in every way we can; that success begins with communication.
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