Elementary Social Studies

Dawn Harper
Elementary Social Studies Specialist

State Standards

What materials we use now:

Adoption process and timeline

  • Elementary Social Studies curriculum parent input survey responses - November 2016
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  • Teacher adoption committee: October 19, 2016
  • Teacher adoption committee meeting dates
    Each meeting date includes its planned main agenda item(s), then links to the specific meeting summary when available
    • December 15, 2016 - share goals and timeline/schedule, establish norms and consensus process, review research and parent survey results, share district vision and best practice, review of standards, creation of Big Ideas and compelling questions.
    • March 2, 2017 - review district vision and best practice, review standards, completion of Big Ideas, Compelling and Supporting Questions.
    • May 8, 2017 - review district vision, material review and alignment
    • June - August 2017 - make field testing decisions
    • January 2018 - Field Test Review
  • IMC review and decision, February 2018
  • ISD Board Review, TB
  • Community review and input (TBD, contingent on IMC recommendation)


March 2, 2017
The Elementary Social Studies Adoption Committee reconvened to continue their work. They reviewed the C3 framework (College, Career and Civic Ready) which emphasizes common language and inquiry-based learning. Big Ideas K-5 were established and consensus was reached. The committee began their work on developing compelling and supporting questions for each Big Idea. Next steps will involve reviewing and confirming compelling and supporting questions and evaluating materials that support this work.

December 15, 2016
The Elementary Social Studies Adoption Committee met for the first time on December 15, 2016.  This committee will be recommending curriculum for implementation in 2018-19. Norms were established, the charter was shared and the "most" for consensus decision-making was agreed upon. The group reviewed input from parent and teacher surveys, identifying trends and perspectives. The idea of using an equity lens and culturally responsive instruction was shared, discussed, and validated by the group. State standards and the C3 framework (college, career and civics) were explored and research was used to provide guidance for future decisions. We began the work of identifying "Big Ideas", K - 5.