Researchers Seeking History Teachers for Survey

Two social studies education researchers, Lauren McArthur Harris at Arizona State University and Brian Girard at The College of New Jersey are conducting a research study to investigate how history teachers’ experiences inform their curricular decision-making.

If you teach at least one secondary (6-12) history course, please participate in a short 15-minute survey that will ask you questions about your planning practices for history instruction.

Posted on February 15, 2018 .

Update! Civics Bill Moved From House to Senate!

The WSCSS is co-sponsoring House Bill 1896/Senate Bill 5668 (Civic Education and Teacher Training). This bill would expand the Civics Education Teacher Program within the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to provide civics training and support for teachers within the state.

House Bill 1896 moved out of the House last week with a unanimous yes vote. It is now in the Senate K-12 Education committee.

Here's how to help!

Posted on February 14, 2018 .

Join the WSCSS Board!

This March there are two open positions on the WSCSS board up for election!  If you are passionate about the social studies, want to share your love of it with others, and want to work to improve the Social Studies for teachers and students in Washington, the WSCSS Board is where you belong!

Posted on February 11, 2018 .

Help move House Bill 1896 out of Appropriations by Tuesday, February 6th!

The WSCSS is co-sponsoring House Bill 1896/Senate Bill 5668 (Civic Education and Teacher Training). This bill would expand the Civics Education Teacher Program within the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to provide civics training and support for teachers within the state.

The bill needs to be moved out of Appropriations to be considered by the House of Representatives. If this doesn't happen by February 6th, it will not have a chance to pass this year. 

Posted on February 3, 2018 .

Kids to Parks Day National School Contest

NPT is once again hosting the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest to help educators engage their students with their local parks. This national contest is open to all Title I schools in the United States (grades pre-K through 12). Classes can receive funding for a KTP event at a park or public land/waterway in their community.

Posted on December 10, 2017 .

Breaking News! Choices Program Offering Pre-Conference Workshop Before the WSCSS Spring Conference in Skamania

Teachers across the country use units from the Choices curriculum to invigorate their inquiry units and get their students thinking deeply about the important decisions that create history. We at the WSCSS are very excited to have them offer our first ever Pre-Conference Workshop on Friday, March 9th, before the official opening of our Spring Conference at the Skamania Lodge.

Posted on December 2, 2017 .

Free K-6 Civics Standards Modules from the National Literacy Project

Two years ago, the National Literacy Project began a collaboration with several school districts in Florida and the Literacy Design Collaborative to develop a set of modules that addressed all of the K-6 civics benchmarks within a literacy-rich framework. 

You can access any or all modules at two places: the NLP website and the LDC Core Tools website (search for the NLP Civics Collection). These modules are open source, and you may modify them, post them, share them, or copy them. 

Posted on November 18, 2017 .

Teacher Workshop – Building the Transcontinental Railroad: The Chinese Experience

Celebrated as a technical marvel in its day, the first transcontinental railroad was constructed from 1863 to 1869, due largely to the contributions of Chinese workers who cut through the mountains and deserts of the American West. Thousands of men migrated from China to seek fortunes in the gold mines of California but, instead, mainly found work building the transcontinental railroads. They experienced racism, lower wages, and difficult working conditions.

This workshop focuses on art and curriculum resources to incorporate this often overlooked history of Chinese laborers into the classroom.

The Workshop Includes:

Posted on November 18, 2017 .

Come Explore Islam in the World and in Your Classroom at the WSCSS Winter K-8 Conference

Register now for the K8 conference!  You'll start the day with Professor Kayaoglu, who will present Islam 101 to all attendees.  Break out sessions will feature discussions on Muslims in America, books and other research materials on Islam, and a women's panel led by Terese Saliba.  Then, we'll have a midday panel by teenage refugees, who will speak to what teachers need to know about the refugee children in our schools. 

Posted on November 12, 2017 .