Stephen Lazar testifies before Congress

January 22, 2015

C3 Teacher Stephen Lazar testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on January 21, 2015 about changes to No Child Left Behind. 

See his testimony here.

Read the testimony here

Stephen's blog on C3 Teachers is available here

C3 Clinic at NCSS

November 22, 2015

We had a great time in Boston at NCSS. One of the highlights of the conference was our C3 Clinic on Thursday where 75 teachers spent 3 hours learning about the C3 and inquiry and began the process of developing new instructional materials to share on We've initiated some cool new projects from our work in Boston. Stay tuned for more! 

New York Social Studies Toolkit Project

September 29, 2014

C3 Teachers is partnering with the New York State Education Department and Binghamton University on the New York Social Studies Toolkit Project. Joe Karb and Stephen Lazar are members of a 14 teacher writing team that are developing 84 inquiries for use in New York schools. For more on the project see

Connecticut takes steps to change social studies

July 12, 2014
By The Associated Press

HARTFORD >> Connecticut is taking the first steps toward changing how elementary, middle and high school students learn social studies, tying lessons more closely to critical thinking about government and the economy.

The state board of education approved a statement Wednesday giving school districts guidance on developing a social studies curriculum that prepares students to enter a “globally competitive workforce” where economics, geography, technology and culture play a role.

“It gives students the skills of being citizens, asking questions about government, economics, about the past,” said John Tully, a Central Connecticut State University history professor who worked with the board on the curriculum changes.

Read more from the New Haven Register News 

Hawaii Looks to Adopt the C3 Framework

July 2, 2014
By Alia Wong

The educators described the new framework — also known as “C3,” short for College, Career and Civic Life — as a breath of fresh air, particularly as the state ramps up testing requirements for students in math and language arts. They also indicated that the program would help students think critically about current events and inspire them to make a difference in the world, attributes that many teachers feared were going to be stamped out of classrooms three years ago when the DOE nearly slashed its social studies requirements

Read more from the Honolulu Civil Beat


About C3 Teachers

C3 Teachers is an open, collaborative website, sponsored and supported by the National Council for the Social Studies where you can interact with other teachers about enhancing social studies, aims to empower teachers as they wrestle with the big ideas and instructional implications of the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards. 


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Thankfully, for those of us who teach social studies we have a game changer on the horizon – a newfound focus on inquiry. This is the major reason why I am so encouraged about the work being done through the publication of the C3 Framework.  -- Brady Webe

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Download the C3 Framework fromNCSS - HERE

Download the C3 Framework fromNCSS - HERE