Spring is a busy time in schools across our state and here in Jefferson City. Here is some of what is happening in Social Studies around our state.
1. Social Studies begins with meaningful content, but it includes so much more. Our students need to read, write, speak, and listen and they also need tools to think critically about the world in which they live. Please join Missouri social studies teachers in Jefferson City in June as we explore ideas on how to integrate the Missouri Learning Expectations for K-12 Social Studies with these skills and with multiple content areas to enhance student learning.
Click here to move to registration site: REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 12, 2017. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/registration-for-k-12-professional-learning-series-summer-2017-registration-32597847038 )
2. Thanks to all of you who have participated in our Social Studies Colloquia. It has been a great time to learn from social science researchers and to work with peers to apply that new learning in Missouri classrooms.We have one Social Studies Colloquium remaining this year. Please consider joining us for our the final 2016-2017 session on May 4. See the Colloquia heading in the Quick Links box for further information.
3. You are cordially invited to apply for the second annual Social Studies Teachers’ Summer Workshop on July 14, 2017. Mapping Missouri: Geography Teacher Workshop is sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University and the Missouri Humanities Council. This one-day event will explore innovative ways to combine technology with geography education in the grades 6-12 classrooms. Applications are due to Dr. Courtney Kisat, [email protected] by March 31, 2017.
4. Other opportunities and resources of interest to Social Studies teachers:
- Teacher Curriculum Resources: Teacher Friendly Views, Crosswalk, and Curriculum Frameworks
- The Federal Reserve in Kansas City and the Federal Reserve in St. Louis have a wealth of materials, resources and opportunities for teachers. See the Economics link in the Quick Links box for further information.
- The Centennial of the United States entry into World War I is Thursday, April 6 2017. Sign-up for the Great War Education Newsletter for more information about commemorating the centennial events. For more information and classroom resources go to https://www.theworldwar.org/education#signup
- C-SPAN Summer Educators’ Conferences offer opportunities for middle and high school teachers to travel to Washington D.C. for a two-day conference held at C-SPAN’s offices. Airfare, hotel and meals provided by C-Span. See https://www.c-span.org/classroom/opportunities/ for more details.
Thanks for all you do for our Missouri students,
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]