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What Do the Common Core State Standards Mean for History Teaching and Learning?

John Lee, S.G. Grant, and Kathy Swan
Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction Collaborative (SSACI)

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The Common Core is only a first step. With the solid statement validating history and social studies literacies that the Common Core offers, our efforts now should be to establish a larger framework for social studies that compels and supports democratic life.  Read more »

Stephen Lazar
High School Teacher, Academy of Young Writers (Brooklyn, NY)

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These changes cannot be done to teachers, but rather must be accomplished through the collaboration of teachers, and their students.  Read more »

Sarah Drake Brown
Assistant Professor of History, Director of History Department’s Teacher Education Program (Ball State University, IN)

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The language in the standards merely skims the surface of historical thinking, but the CC provides us with two key opportunities: to educate the public about what a vibrant history classroom looks like and to spearhead rigorous history teacher preparation.  Read more »

Katherine Suyeyasu
Seventh- and Eighth-grade Teacher, Oakland Unified School District (Oakland, CA)

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Teachers need access to a wide range of historical writing models beyond those offered in history textbooks. Teachers also need access to resources that are based in pedagogical methods that align with an understanding of history as a dynamic discipline based in interpretation.  Read more »

Lynne Munson
President and Executive Director of Common Core

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We should seize this opportunity to both infuse the “ELA block” with rich history and civics content but also to revitalize the teaching of the most important history and civics content in the social studies classroom.  Read more »

Karen Parks
Fifth-grade Teacher, Mesa Elementary School (Fountain, CO)

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Elementary education is designed so content knowledge is acquired through skills-based instruction. The fact that the Common Core Standards are internationally benchmarked, and the elementary reading and writing standards contain provisions for analyzing historical documents provides a degree of structure that most educators at the elementary level will find advantageous.  Read more »