Welcome to second semester,
Even the coldest of weather does not mean Missouri Social Studies teachers freeze up! Indeed, it seems the colder the weather, the more opportunities there are to promote a more well-informed citizenry and to continue growing as professional educators.
Here are a few of those 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 go to https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/dac_forms/MO5001688.pdf
- Missouri fifth graders are invited to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Missouri Children’s Day Poster Contest. For more information contact Connie Berhorst at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Missouri Humanities Council is organizing a Bicentennial Penny Drive in spring 2018. Funds raised will be used for much needed conservation of important state founding documents in celebration of our state’s approaching 200th anniversary. Funds raised will also be used for creation and publication of the digital online Encyclopedia of Missouri History by the Missouri Historical Society. For information on how you might participate contact Claire Bruntrager, Associate Director of Missouri Humanities Council at Claire@mohumanities.org
- Missouri Council for the Social Studies Conference in partnership with the National World War I Museum and Memorial holds their annual conference from February 23-24 in Kansas City, Mo. For registration and program details, go to http://www.mosocialstudies.com/conference
- The National World War II Museum is once again sponsoring an opportunity for Missouri social studies teachers to participate in their Summer Teacher Institute. This program features a week-long seminar in New Orleans at the museum during the summer of 2018 and a week-long seminar at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in the summer of 2019. For more information on this no-cost opportunity go to https://www.nationalww2museum.org/students-teachers/educator-resources/professional-development/summer-teacher-institute?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Education+FY18&utm_content=CAT+December+12-5-17
- The George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential Programs offer K-12 Educators week long seminars at Mount Vernon to explore the rich diversity of Washington’s life in the 18th century. Seminar topics include Martha Washington and the Women of the 18th century, Slavery in George Washington’s World, Washington at War and many others. Full scholarships and travel stipends are available for Missouri K-12 teachers. For more info go to http://www.mountvernon.org/education/for-teachers/teaching-institutes-professional-development/residential-programs/summer-residential-programs
- Missouri teachers interested in learning more about how to teach about Islam in a complex world are invited to participate in the Dar al Islam Teacher Institute located in Abiquiu, New Mexico. For more information go to http://daralislam.org/programs/education/teachers-institutes.aspx
- Missouri Social Studies educators K-12 are invited to participate in the 2017-2018 DESE Social Studies Professional Development Series, Social Studies Colloquia: Thinking like a Social Scientist. This four-part series, beginning in September, brings together Missouri educators, K-12, who have an interest in Social Studies content, pedagogy, and instruction. In addition to providing DESE updates on curriculum and assessment developments, sessions will focus on the theme, Thinking like a Social Scientist, an idea central to the Missouri Learning Standards Social Studies K-12 Expectations. For more information see the Colloquia Invite.
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