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!
State Assessment & RUbrics rolling out
The Kansas state assessment and scoring guides have evolved in preparation for the full rollout starting in 2021-2022. Focusing exclusively on Benchmark Four, the class-based assessment now asks students to demonstrate the ability to make a claim using evidence.
Earlier rubrics versions have also been revised with the goal of making the scoring more consistent and streamlined.
Learn more about the assessment schedule and download rubrics at the KSDE social studies assessment page.
Contact KSDE consultant Marcia Fiorentino with specific questions.
Pub PD Coming Soon
We're looking forward to meeting together again face to face, getting reacquainted, and learning together.
And we're convinced that informal gatherings coupled with some structured PD make for the best professional learning. So we're busy making plans for our 2021 Pub Professional Development activities!
Yup. Zoom happy hours have helped keep us sane over the last year but we're looking forward to hanging out with you at our favorite watering holes. We'll share a cold beverage, do some Q & A, chat about best practices, and generally have a good time.
We're working out the details so keep an eye here and on your social medias for upcoming details.
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