Social Studies Update

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Social Studies Update

Stefanie Wager Social Studies Consultant [email protected]

Social Studies Is… (Current reality) Social Studies Should Be….

(Desired Reality)

A Vision for Social Studies in Iowa

• Moving away from “dates and dead people.” • Best Practices in Standards/Curriculum – Focus on ELA Literacy in History/Social Studies Standards.

– Focus on the Iowa Core in Social Studies. • Best Practices in Instruction – Promoting 21 st century technologies to support the teaching of social studies. – Promoting instructional “best practices.” • Best Practices in Assessments – Focus on formative assessment, writing historically and performance assessments.

The C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Historical Background

• Work on the C3 Framework began in 2010. • Created through CCSSO’s Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction (SSACI) Collaborative • Who was involved: – State department social studies consultants – Over 15 professional social studies organizations – Higher education – Classroom teachers • Aligned to ELA Standards • Published by the National Council for the Social Studies

Purpose of the C3 Framework

• “The primary purpose of the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards is to provide guidance to states and districts on the concepts, skills and disciplinary tools necessary to prepare students for college, career, and civic life. In doing so, the C3 Framework offers guidance and support for rigorous student learning.”

Elements of the Framework

• Conceptual vs. curricular focused • Inquiry Arc (pg. 17-64) – Four Dimensions (The MEAT of the document) • ELA Alignment (Emphasis on R1, W7, SL1) • Indicators and K-12 Pathways – Each category contains a set of “end of grade 12” indicators and a suggested pathway for how students might develop proficiency towards that indicator. • Grade banded – K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 • Appendices that include behavior sciences

C3 Framework Organization

Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries

Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries

Dimension 2: Applying Disciplinary Concepts and Tools


Dimension 3: Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence

Gathering and Evaluating Sources

Dimension 4: Communicatin g Conclusions and Taking Informed Action

Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions Economics Geography History Developing Claims and Using Evidence Taking Informed Action

Digging In

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Digging In

• Break into groups: – Group 1: The Inquiry Arc (pg. 17-21) – Group 2: Dimension 1 (pg. 23) – Group 3: Dimension 2- Civics (pg. 29) – Group 4: Dimension 2- Economics (pg. 35) – Group 5: Dimension 2- Geography (pg. 40) – Group 6: Dimension 2- History (pg. 45) – Group 7: Dimension 3 (pg. 53) – Group 8: Dimension 4 (pg. 59)

Possible Next Steps

- The Statewide Social Studies Leadership Team is reviewing the C3 Framework. - A “task force” could be formed to revise the Iowa Core in Social Studies. - If standards are written, we will proceed with asking for State Board approval. - Roll out and implementation of the “new” Iowa Core in Social Studies.

Social Studies Leadership Team

• Meet four times throughout the year • Includes AEA social studies contacts, teachers, higher ed, social studies curriculum specialists • Task Teams – Agora – Model Curriculum Framework – C3 Framework – Professional Development

Professional Development

• Best Practices Institute – June 24-25, 2014 in Des Moines – FREE for any K12 social studies teacher • Cadre of Trainers



– click on social studies • Elements – Includes links, calendar, lesson exchange, etc.

Other News

• Social Studies Update Newsletter –Email me ( [email protected]

) to be added to the List-serv • Medal of Honor Foundation Workshop –June 26, 2014 in Johnston