Social Studies News and Updates
New State Social Standards Update
Access to Documents
You can access them in two ways. First, directly from MDE's Social Studies website located here. Second, via my SS Teacher Leader Resources Google Drive folder along with a 2007-2019 comparison document (not available on MDE site). Here is the pathway: SS Teacher Leader Resources>MDE Related Information>Revised Standards 2019. If you do not yet have access, send me an email and I will add you.
Save the Date
NOTE: This will be the first day for both the Secondary Social Studies Teacher Leaders meetings and the Elementary Social Studies Teacher Leaders Meetings.
The remaining Secondary Social Studies Teacher Leader Meetings are as followings:
- Monday, November 18, 2019
- Wednesday, February 26, 2020
- Thursday, March 19, 2020
The remaining Elementary Social Studies Teacher Leader Meetings are as follows:
- Wednesday, October 30, 2019
- Thursday, February 6, 2020
- Thursday, March 12, 2020
You will soon receive another announcement specific to the Leaders' meetings that will contain details and registration link.
High School Financial Literacy Event
The Financial Literacy Live event is 60-75 minute program presented by one of two different bands, Gooding (rock) or Carter Hulsey (Alt Rock/Americana). Using the power of a live music performance and their own personal stories, Gooding and Carter Hulsey, inspire young people to take control of their financial future with some teaching on general financial literacy, entrepreneurialism, work ethic, S.M.A.R.T. goals, the importance of a credit score, and creating a financial savings and investment plan. They show them how smart financial decisions will help them realize their own dreams.
WHEN: the week of 4/6/2020
COST: No cost to schools. “Funding the Future” works with donors and local contributors to fund the event. Most donors and local contributors require a minimum of 250-300 students per event. Less than 250-300 students will be considered on a case by case basis.
How: If you are interested in hosting a concert at your school, send an email to Roy Sovis (firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating your preferred date and band. He will follow up additional details to get reservation confirmed.
A Walk Through Michigan History & Government
Put on your walking shoes and come learn about the many fieldt rip opportunities for your students in Lansing! The program begins at 10a.m. in the State Capitol followed by a catered lunch in the Michigan History Center and a walking tour of the Museum, Archives and Library. Presentations include State Capitol Tours, the Michigan History Center, the State Archives, the Library of Michigan and the Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center. SCECH credits available at no extra charge. This course is designed for teachers of all grade levels.
Newly Discovered Resources
Clickable Maps for Almost Everyone
Civic and US History Oriented
Video Resources- short clips featuring historians on a variety of topics
Digital Library- thousands of images to explore on all aspects of White House history
Podcast – 1600 Sessions, with episodes featuring interviews with former White House workers and more
Books- They regularly release new publications like To Live on Lafayette Square: Society and Politics in the President’s Neighborhood by historian William Seale. Soon to be released as an audiobook.
Plus, historian articles, images, and more on their website.
Elementary - Civics
- In Kidcitizen episodes, children interactively explore Congress and civic engagement through historical primary resources and connect what they find to their daily lives.
The United States Vietnam War Commemoration
This site and its numerous resources is a result of the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 110-181 SEC.598) which authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
There is a Teacher's Toolkit that contains a lot of great resources, as well as other pages like this one which provides facts sheets, maps, and primary source material.