Secondary Social Studies (6-12)


  • Social Studies prepares students to have an understanding of political, social, and economic issues to make informed decisions.
  • Learning about the past, allows humans anticipate and prepare for the future.
  • It is important to be an informed and active citizen within your community, city, state, and country.
  • Classrooms foster student agency by allowing choice and encouraging student efficacy.
  • Discourse and collaboration are essential to student learning.
  • Receiving timely and personalized feedback is one of the biggest factors of student success.

Guiding Principles

Social Studies classrooms

  • provide intentional instruction that is clear and purposeful to the learner
  • critically appraise historical and contemporary claims, decisions, and issues
  • analyze the complex interaction between humans and their environment
  • provide opportunities for students to understand their role as a citizen
  • define assessment as any feedback from the student - it goes beyond a test or quiz, including observation, discussion, quick writes, exit slips, portfolios, etc.
  • provide feedback during the learning so there is time to reflect, adjust, and act
  • integrate technology in a meaningful way that promotes better understanding of the content
  • recognize that students' questions matter more than the teachers'
  • value and promote collaboration, discourse, and inquiry
  • encourage and facilitate student voice and choice in learning
  • allow opportunities for students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their own performance

Parent Resources

Scholarship Opportunities and Essay Contests