Traditionally, the overarching goal of social studies instruction has been to prepare students to be knowledgeable, informed, and active citizens in an increasingly diverse community and nation and interdependent world. Social Studies programs exist to promote civic competence and ensure that the values and ideals that have shaped our democratic republic continue to be instilled in our youth.
Department of Social Sciences, has identified six best practices to serve as the foundation as to how to reach this goal. These are:
- The social studies K-12 curriculum is rigorous, standards-based and supports improved student achievement.
- Teachers are provided professional development opportunities designed to enrich their content knowledge and strengthen their pedagogical approaches to teaching social studies.
- Co-curricular programs, activities, and academic competitions are designed to provide students with opportunities to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they acquired through social studies instruction.
- Quality instructional resources are available to support the K-12 social studies instructional program and the District's efforts to improve student achievement.
- Social Sciences works collaboratively with other District offices, government agencies, community and not-for-profit organizations, and colleges and universities to enrich the K-12 social studies instructional program.
- Effectively communicates information regarding curriculum and instruction to all schools in the District.