Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year,
As you prepare your mind and heart along with your classroom and school building for the opening of another school year, please take a few moments to explore what is going on in Missouri Social Studies.
- The application for Missouri students and the United States Senate Youth Program is now available. This amazing opportunity is open to Missouri high school juniors and seniors who have a demonstrated commitment to public service and who current serve in a capacity where they represent a constituency. For more information click on the Senate Youth title in the Quick Links box.
- At the end of July, more than 200 Missouri Social Studies, ELA and Arts educators met in Jefferson City to explore the ideals, practices and realities of content integration in teaching and assessing the Missouri Learning Standards Expectations. If you would like to see the PowerPoints from those workshops go to K-5 | 6-12
- It has been a busy summer of many Missouri Social Studies educators as we work together to produce an new End-of Course assessment in Government and United States History. If you were a part of that process, thank you so much for your thoughtful time and effort. If you wish to be a part of ongoing Social Studies assessment work, please sign-up through https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WorkOpportunities2017 We have a lot of work still left to do.
- Plans are underway for the third year of our Social Studies Colloquia: Working like a Social Scientist. This free Professional Learning series focuses on the Missouri Learning Standards Expectations for Social Studies and is open to K-12 educators with an interest in high quality social studies teaching and learning. For more information and to register, go to: Colloquia Invite.
- Missouri Council for History Education is sponsoring The Annual Best Practices in History Education Conference on September 20-21, 2018 at the Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri. Featured speakers include Dr. Yohuru Williams, a scholar on African-American History and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Thomas University and Dr. Merry Wiesner-Hanks, a Distinguished Professor of World History at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, focusing on women, gender and sexuality in global history. For more information, and to register go to www.mohistoryeducation.org
- Teach MO Maps! is a professional development opportunity for K-12 educators in the state of Missouri seeking an introduction to teaching with ArcGIS Online. Sessions will be held at Lindenwood University St. Charles, Mo. Participants can choose between 2 dates: Saturday, September 8th, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or Saturday, September 15th, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For more information and to register go to https://lindenwood.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=be4e8194674846948309177946ba7c9c
- Here is a GREAT opportunity for Missouri K-5 teachers interested in Project Based Learning, Social Studies and Arts Integration. Led by DESE Arts Education Director, Tom Tobias, participants will learn about and then design integrated, meaningful learning tasks for elementary students. For more information go to: https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/curr-fa-pd-10.4.18-flyer.pdf
As always, my most important responsibility is to support the essential work you do preparing our young people to become active, ethical, contributing citizens. Please call or email with questions or ideas.
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