Welcome to Colorado Council for the Social Studies
Colorado Council for the Social Studies has been awarded the 2013 Astra Silver Star Council, for the 8th consecutive year!
HIGH-SCHOOL ECONOMICS INSTRUCTOR
Liberty Common High School is seeking a full-time 7-12th grade Economics teacher for immediate employment. LCHS is in Fort Collins, Colorado and is a Poudre School District charter school dedicated to Core Knowledge principles, and college - preparatory instruction. The school currently enrolls over 430 junior - high and high - school students.
Update: Essential Components of Teacher Preparation Program Survey
Thanks to all of you who have already taken the survey and shared it with other professionals. Thus far we have had more than 140 responses. That indicates tremendous interest in this issue. The survey will remain open until November 2nd. We will then compile and share the responses. Click here to access the survey
Legislature to tackle Licensure reform this year.
As you know teacher licensure is next on the state reform agenda. Already a group known as LEAD (Licensing Educators for Academic Development) is meeting to discuss ways to change both initial teacher licensure and ongoing re-certification. The proposal is intended to increase teacher quality. One idea on the initial licensure portion is to allow anyone who has a bachelor degree, completes background tests and passes a Praxis like exam to receive a license. Student test scores would then be used to determine if the teacher can become non-probationary.
Your input on the issue is requested.
We are interested in hearing your thoughts what is essential for an initial teacher license. Simply click on this link to complete a short survey. We also encourage you to contact your state legislators to discuss the issue.
Please share with other social studies types.
The survey is designed to increase awareness and engagement with the issue and to give social studies educators a chance to weigh in. So, feel free to forward the link to other social studies types. The results will be shared with various groups considering the issue, LEAD, legislators, higher ed. groups, social studies departments, etc.
Thanks for your time and thoughtful consideration.
CCSS Higher Education Liaison
We need your help! Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey for educators and teachers. The TEACHER link can be found here:
If you could forward this to 5 other teachers, we would be very grateful! And we'll end up with an amazing finished product based on your feedback!
We are also looking for students to fill out a different online survey and tell us a bit and how they like to learn and what their experience (or interest) in digital badges is. PLEASE forward this link to your students or kids--we are especially interested in 4th, 8th, and 11th graders. Here is the STUDENT link
Thank you for your time and for supporting Colorado history!
Financial Literacy for Your Middle and High School Students
Your middle and high school students are invited to participate in Junior Achievement (JA) Finance Park through our field trip or virtual computer lab!
Over 10,000 students across our Colorado region participated last school year, and we want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to register before the Park is booked to capacity this academic year.
Please contact Emily with questions or concerns about JA Finance Park or to learn about other JA programs (including those for elementary schools):
Manager of High School Events | Junior Achievement–Rocky Mountain, Inc.
1445 Market Street, Suite 200 | Denver, CO 80202
Direct: 303-628-7377 | EMilian@JAColorado.org
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards
After three and a half years of hard work, led by more than twenty states in cooperation with fifteen social studies content organizations with the participation of dozens of scholar-writers and over 3,000 reviewers, College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards is here!The C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards is a powerful guide to help each state strengthen instruction in the social studies by establishing fewer, clearer and higher standards for instruction in civics, economics, geography and history, K-12. The C3 Framework will also be an invaluable tool for teachers, school districts and curriculum writers to strengthen their social studies programs. Its objectives are to: a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines; b) build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens; and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.
Learn more and download from www.socialstudies.org/c3
World of 7 Billion Video Contest
Bring technology and creativity into your high school Social Studies classes by incorporating the World of 7 Billion video contest into your syllabi. Challenge your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population at 7 billion and one of the following: climate change, global poverty, or water sustainability. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 21, 2014. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at www.Worldof7Billion.org.
Essential Components of a Social Studies Teacher Licensure/Preparation Program
Confronting Homophobia in History and Today, Educator Workshop
Register for events at www.facinghistory.org/denverevents
Geographic Bee Registraiton Info
For schools interested in the State and National Geographic Bee…
Here is the link for principals to register their schools for the Colorado Bee:
Bee line phone number - 202-828-6659
CDE releases high school test questions for Social Studies. Click on link and check them out.
Field test practice tests for SS
link and instructions to see the released items and practice assessments for 4th and 7th grade (CDE has not yet released HS items.): http://www.pearsonaccess.com/cs/Satellite?pagename=Pearson/QuickLink/co
Project Learning Tree trip to the Amazon!
Two Colorado Educators attended this trip last year and loved it!
Apply for $1000 Professional Development Scholarships (March 1, 2014 deadline)
http://www.amazonworkshops.com/educators--naturalists.html (case sensitive)
2014 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest + Machu Picchu
The July 1-11, 2014 Educator Academy is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:
- 21st Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design, Inquiry-Based Exploration, STEM Problem-Based Learning
- Inquiry Protocols: Project Learning Tree, GLOBE, Cornell Lab’s BirdSleuth
- Global and Cultural Perspectives: Service Learning, Sustainability, Global Education
Join Dr. Mo Walters, ASU; Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree (PLT); Jennifer Fee (BirdSleuth), and Christa Dillabaugh, Amazon Rainforest Workshops; and work side-by-side with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo. The Amazon experience is a real world lens through which to view global issues as -- sustainable development, global health, energy, population, water, quality of life and the meaning of service. Experience:
- a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway and research on Weather and Climate
- interactions with Indigenous Yagua, Riberenos and a Village Service Project
- ReNuPeruEthnobotanical Garden and problem solving inspired by Biomimicry
- Monkey Island Conservation Project
PLT Certification, BirdSleuth and GLOBE training and PD Hours included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional. Land cost is $2140, plus air. $1000 scholarship deadline March 1, 2014. Land cost is $1140 for scholarship recipients. Space is limited! Register early to secure your spot! See Syllabus on Webpage: http://www.amazonworkshops.com/educators--naturalists.html (case sensitive). Contact email@example.com or 1-800-431-2624.