Social Studies Education

Posted: Mon, 10/10/2011 - 10:53am Updated: Fri, 07/12/2013 - 9:59am

"Too many people equate social studies to what they remember from their school days—no matter how long it has been since they were in school. We need to communicate that social studies is changing to meet the challenges of today’s world. It is not enough for students to memorize dates or locations on a map. Today’s social studies provides students with the knowledge, critical thinking skills and experiences that will allow them to grow into effective citizens." -National Council for the Social Studies

About the Common Core State Standards in Indiana

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a significant and historic opportunity for states to collectively develop and adopt a core set of academic standards in mathematics and English Language Arts, which includes literacy in history/social studies, science and technical subjects. The Common Core State Standards, released June 2, 2010, build directly on recent efforts of leading organizations and states that have focused on developing college- and career-ready standards and ensuring these standards are evidence- and research-based and internationally benchmarked to top-performing countries. These core standards represent critical learning targets for literacy and numeracy. Indiana adopted the Common Core State Standards June 10, 2010.

Social Studies Educators on the Learning Connection

For more information and resources for teachers, please join the IDOE - Social Studies Collaborative on the Learning Connection.

Follow these steps to become a member of the Social Studies Collaborative Learning Connection community:

  • Log in to the Learning Connection
  • Click on REGISTER and follow the registration directions (you do not need a Registration Code or a School Personnel Number in order to register)
  • Log in to the Learning Connection
  • Click on Find a Community
  • Type in "IDOE – Social Studies Collaborative"
  • Click on Join Community
  • Click on Files and Bookmarks to find Social Studies resources

Resources and Documents

Social Studies Toolkit

Indiana Academic Standards

Indiana Common Core (INCC)

Understanding the Common Core and State Standards and Literacy Standards PowerPoint

Common Core Resources (More resources are available on the Social Studies Collaborative Community on the Learning Connection)

Organizations and Programs

Research on Content and Pedagogy