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  Apply for social studies standards revision workgroup by March 31

South Dakota K-12 educators are invited to apply to participate in this summer’s K-12 social studies content standards review and revision. South Dakota core content standards are reviewed and revised every seven years.

The South Dakota Department of Education seeks up to 50 workgroup members comprised of K-12 educators, postsecondary educators, administrators or curriculum directors, parents, and business/industry partners to participate in this review and revision process.

The review process allows educators and stakeholders to analyze what is effective in the standards, identify challenges, and propose revisions. Review and revision will take place this summer. Throughout school year 2021-22, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards will hold four public hearings on the revised standards.

Workgroup members will be reimbursed for travel expenses and compensated for work completed. Workgroup members must participate in the following meetings. Currently, these meetings are scheduled to be held in-person in Pierre, though due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings may be moved to a virtual setting.

  • June 15-18
  • June 21-23
The revision process requires a lead for each grade level to assist other team members. Grade-level table leads will be required to meet virtually on June 7 in addition to the dates listed above. Grade-level lead responsibilities are outlined in the application. If interested in this role, please indicate on the application.

Applications will be taken through March 31.

Workgroup members will be identified and notified by mid-April.

Training required

All educators who are notified they will be workgroup members will be expected to attend C3 Framework training webinars on the dates listed below. These five one-hour online sessions are necessary to prepare workgroup members to understand the C3 Framework elements already in the standards in order to effectively revise them.

  • Elementary applicants: April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25
  • Middle/high school applicants: April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27
CEUs will be offered for attending these trainings. Workgroup members are required to attend their grade-level sessions but are also welcome to attend both elementary and middle/high school sessions to build capacity and earn additional CEUs. Separate from these trainings, educators will also have the opportunity to receive up to 56 CEUs as a table lead and 42 CEUs as a workgroup member for the revision work.

Session 1: Using C3 Standards, Inquiry, and State Standards to Develop Curriculum
Social studies teachers are tasked with a herculean duty: to develop young Americans into critically minded citizens who perform civic tasks. Designing curriculum for this obligation is difficult, but fortunately we have tools to help. This workshop will focus on an introduction to the C3 Framework as well as strategies that meld standards, inquiry theory, and contemporary perspectives to create a curriculum that is meaningful to the education of American citizens. CEUs will be offered for participating in this webinar training.

April 27 (elementary): Register
April 29 (middle/high school): Register

Session 2: Informed Action and End Products
Social studies teachers have a civic obligation to provide means for students to make an impact on their community. This workshop will focus on theories from project based learning and civic engagement to help design curriculum in which students will produce something impactful at the end. CEUs will be offered for participating in this webinar training.

May 4 (elementary): Register
May 6 (middle/high school): Register

Session 3: How to Create Compelling and Supporting Questions
Questions should drive all lessons because students become more eager to participate when they are pursuing answers. This workshop will focus on strategies to design compelling and supporting questions. CEUs will be offered for participating in this webinar training.

May 11 (elementary): Register
May 13 (middle/high school): Register

Session 4: Applying and Assessing Disciplinary Concepts and Skills
Curriculum is powerful when it contains disciplinary concepts and skills that transcend the classroom. This workshop will focus on creating a list of key concepts and skills, incorporating them into a unit design, and assessing them. CEUs will be offered for participating in this webinar training.

May 18 (elementary): Register
May 20 (middle/high school): Register

Session 5: Finding Credible Sources and Integrating Them into Inquiry-Based Lesson Plans
A unique challenge to teaching in the 21st century is the mass volume of teaching resources, websites, and educational materials. Being overwhelmed is a natural reaction to the multitude of resources. This workshop will focus on sifting through resources efficiently and finding materials that are credible and useful. CEUs will be offered for participating in this webinar training.

May 25 (elementary): Register
May 27 (middle/high school): Register

Questions? Please contact Melinda Johnson, the department’s social studies specialist, or Stephanie Hansen, with the Division of Learning and Instruction.

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