Posts Tagged ‘social studies’

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Item Review

In Alerts on July 16, 2019 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Office of Standards, Assessment and Accountability (OSAA), is seeking classroom teachers (grades 3-12) and content specialists working in support of teachers to review items for future Kentucky assessments in Reading and Writing, Mathematics and Social Studies. Senate Bill 1 (2017) requires that the department implement a process to review Kentucky’s Academic Standards (KAS) and the alignment of corresponding assessments for possible revision or replacement.

Current classroom teachers (grades 3-12) or content specialists working in support of teachers interested in the review of assessment items are needed. A pool of candidates is being gathered for this critical work and participants will be notified if accepted. Currently, applications are being accepted through August 15th, 2019.

Applicants who are selected will be required to meet in Frankfort or Lexington for multiple days. Substitute teacher expense along with travel will be reimbursed. Timeline of activities will be communicated to individuals once they are determined, with work taking place in early fall.

If you have any questions, please e-mail them to dacinfo@education.ky.gov.

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Standards

In Alerts,Spotlight on July 9, 2019 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

Revised Kentucky Academic Standards for Social Studies adopted for 2019-20 school year

Kentucky Department of Education News Release, July 9, 2019

After undergoing a rigorous revision process that began in January 2018, revised standards for social studies became law on July 5.

The newly adopted standards will be implemented in Kentucky classrooms beginning in the 2019-2020 school year and may be accessed at kystandards.org. A “Getting to Know Your KAS for Social Studies” module also is available to support educators in the implementation of the new social studies standards.

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) adopted the revised social studies standards in February, and they received legislative review in May.

The process of revising the standards, last adopted in 2006, was part of the ongoing review of content area standards and aligned assessments mandated by the Kentucky General Assembly in Senate Bill 1 (2017).

Kentucky educators were involved in every step of the development of the standards. Educators, along with business and industry professionals, comprised advisory panels and a review and development committee. There were revisions by educators and community members informed by public feedback, along with review by the KBE, before the standards underwent final legislative review and became law.

The standards written by teams of Kentucky teachers outline the minimum knowledge and skills Kentucky students should learn at each grade level.

For more information on the standards revision process, visit the Kentucky Academic Standards Revision Process webpage. Contact the standards team at standards@education.ky.gov with any questions regarding the newly adopted standards or the standards revision process.

Kentucky Department of Education

Media Contact: Jessica Fletcher

Chief Communications Officer

Office: (502) 564-2000, ext. 4611

Cell: (502) 229-1915

Jessica.Fletcher@education.ky.gov

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KCSS statement

In Alerts,Spotlight on April 20, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , , ,

The Kentucky Council for the Social Studies (KCSS) has issued a statement advocating the inclusion of more Social Studies as a graduation requirement for Kentucky high school students. See the Kentucky Department of Education’s website on minimum requirements here: https://education.ky.gov/curriculum/hsgradreq/Pages/default.aspx

KCSS seeks to have more attention paid to civic health – and readiness for civic engagement as an adult. Read the KCSS statement on their website here:

http://www.kysscouncil.org/kcss-position-statements/graduate-requirements

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U.S. slavery

In Spotlight on February 21, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged:

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has released a powerful research report on the teaching of history of American slavery. Entitled “Teaching Hard History” the report concludes that we, collectively, are not adequately teaching this important part of U.S. history in high school. Indeed, since slavery was at the core of our beginnings and formation as a nation-state, we must face squarely this history’s part in the persistent disparities African Americans face today.

The report details the SPLC findings:

  • High school seniors struggle on even the most basic questions about American enslavement of Africans.
  • Teachers who are serious about teaching slavery struggle to provide deep coverage of the subject in the classroom.
  • Popular textbooks fail to comprehensively cover slavery and enslaved peoples.
  • State content standards are timid and fail to set appropriately high expectations. 

“We can and must do better. Read the report. Take the quiz. Engage with hard history.”

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Women

In Spotlight on January 23, 2018 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: , , , ,

An announcement from Liz Maurer at the National Women’s History Museum about their new report from an analysis of K-12 curriculum standards for each state in the U.S. We might not be surprised by the overall finding that women are most often portrayed in the curriculum standards in a domestic role.

Pie Chart on topics discussing women

Analysis from the National Women’s History Museum’s survey of K-12 social studies curriculum standards across the U.S.


I am pleased to announce that National Women’s History Museum’s recently released its new report, Where are the Women? A Report on the Status of Women in the United States Social Studies CurriculumWhere are the Women? examines the status of women’s history in state-level social studies standards. It is the most up-to-date evaluation of women’s history integration in US public, K-12 education.

Download the report here. https://www.womenshistory.org/social-studies-standards

The report discusses the ways that that women’s history is characterized in US K-12 social studies standards and, by extension, in textbooks and public school classrooms.  Interesting findings include:

  • Names of 178 individual women named in state standards
  • Most and least studied women’s history topics
  • Women’s history marginalization in standards

The report includes the women’s history standards for each state.  Readers can see for themselves how women’s unique history is presented state-by-state. Teachers and museum educators will have complete standards for each state to use in creating lessons and programs. Women’s history scholars will see the expected knowledge base for incoming freshmen. Education and curriculum researchers will have access to the data set for their own work.

Please reach out with any questions or comments.

All the best,

Liz Maurer

 

Elizabeth Maurer
Director of Program
National Women’s History Museum
205 S. Whiting St. Suite 254
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: 571-800-6556

www.womenshistory.org

 

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Civics Ed workshops

In Alerts on May 28, 2017 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

The Kentucky Department of Education will host the 2017 Kentucky Civics Symposium to promote best practices in civic education. This symposium will occur 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in three locations across the state:

  • June 19 – Frankfort, Old Capitol Building and Kentucky Historical Society
  • July 10 – Elizabethtown, Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center
  • July 14 – Ashland, Kentucky Educational Development Corporation

Join us as speakers provide educators with hands-on support in creating civic curricula with robust, relevant learning experiences for students in an effort to promote the “doing” of social studies through action civics. You can:

  • learn new social studies-related strategies that engage and motivate students;
  • dig into effective strategies for improved student achievement; and
  • gain a deeper understanding of civics best practices.

Information regarding the new citizenship test will be provided. [See Senate Bill 159 signed into law in March that requires all public high school students to pass a civics test in order to receive a regular diploma.]

Register for this event by clicking here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/kdecivics). For more information, see the attached flyer or contact Lauren Gallicchio, KDE’s social studies consultant.

Lauren Gallicchio, NBCT
Social Studies Academic Program Consultant
Division of Program Standards
Office of Teaching and Learning
Kentucky Department of Education
300 Sower Blvd, 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-9850, ext. 4140
lauren.gallicchio@education.ky.gov

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