As a social studies educator, you are responsible for teaching students the content knowledge, discipline specific thinking skills, and civic values that are vital for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. Our task as the Kansas Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support to make your job easier.
So we've redesigned our site to highlight teacher resources such as lesson plans and web sites, membership details, annual conference information, and updated social studies news / announcements. We're also excited about our Doing Social Studies KCSS blog and social media tools - our hope is that you will use all of these resources to connect with others and to improve social studies instruction in Kansas. We're looking forward to working with you.
Have questions or comments? I would love to hear from you!
Pub PD Coming 9/26 - save the date!
It's been too long since you've had the chance to sit and talk social studies stuff with other social studies teachers!
So we're busy making plans for our free Pub PD meetups at three local breweries across the state!
There's no real agenda - just the chance to connect with others. We'll share a cold beverage, probably do a little state assessment Q & A, chat about best practices, and generally have a good time.
Drop in any time. Stay as long as you like. (But to help us plan for the perfect amount of nacho cheese and chips, we'd love if you let us know you're coming.)
So find your nearest KCSS friendly pub and we'll see you there!
Date and time:
Sunday September 26
Fields and Ivy Brewery, 706 E 23rd Street
Third Place Brewery, 620 E Douglas Ave
Iron Rail Brewing, 705 S Kansas Ave
State Assessment & RUbrics rolling out
The Kansas state assessment and scoring guides have evolved in preparation for the required field test in 2021-2022. Focusing exclusively on Benchmark Four, the KSDE Class-Based Assessment asks students to demonstrate their ability to make a claim using evidence to support that claim.
Earlier rubrics versions have also been revised with the goal of making the scoring more consistent and streamlined.
Get additional details about the assessment schedule and download rubrics at the KSDE social studies assessment page.
Contact Nathan McAlister, KSDE Social Studies guru, with specific questions.
Today's Social Studies: Creating Effective Citizens
That's what we do, and our task is essential to maintaining an effective democracy. However, not everyone understands this. Working together, we can create greater awareness of the important work each KCSS member does every day.
There's no group better suited to be advocates for the social studies profession nor better equipped to communicate the importance of social studies education than the National Council for the Social Studies, KCSS, and you.
You have the best understanding of social studies; you are in every corner of the state, and you can reach out to people throughout Kansas.
Use the resources from the NCCS ToolKit to promote social studies education in your district and community. Using this kit, you can influence key audiences locally. A partnership between the national office and local affiliates is the most effective way to deliver our important message.
There are two ways you can help advocate for social studies:
Practice solid public relations each day of your professional career
Quick start guides
Tips for meeting with legislators