Social Studies News and Updates

September 2019

New State Social Standards Update

Access to Documents

If you have not already heard from my previous announcement or via other channels, the newly revised 2019 Social Studies Standards were approved by the State Board of Education.

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

There will be an official MDE Social Studies Standards Roll-out full-day session on Monday, October 14, 2019, at the Genesee ISD Erwin L. Davis Education Center. Details and registration are available via this link. Seating is limited.

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 ( 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.

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • $20/person includes lunch, 5.5 SCECHs and resource materials.
  • Deadline-Friday, September 13, 2019
  • For additional information about the event, please contact: David Hales
  • To Register:

Newly Discovered Resources

Clickable Maps for Almost Everyone

Be sure to check out the new Big Ideas Teacher Page from the MI Open Book Project. Although this resource is designed to support the use of the 6th Grade Mi Open Book, there are some useful resources for World History and Geography and US History and Geography inside the Big Ideas Clickable Launcher. Toward the bottom of this page, 4th grade teachers will find a clickable map of Michigan.

Civic and US History Oriented

White House Historical Association

Classroom Resource Packets – 30 different topics to explore, download as PDFs for free

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.
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