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


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. 

C3 Teacher Leaders Speak Up

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 Weber


I am failing forward.  I have failed. But forward. Face first. Let me explain.

Back in May, at a faculty meeting, I heard a presentation from one of our assistant principals on our participation in the PARCC assessment program. We all listened carefully, making notes on our printed PowerPoint slides about how PARCC was different from our existing high-stakes assessments and what we would have to do to implement this improved system. He showed us sample items and explained that the new assessments placed a value on process and students’ reasoning. In the new assessment, students would be able to receive partial credit, and if they made a mistake in one area, they would not be doomed for the entire item. If they failed on one part, they could recover a few points by failing forward. Like in real life, where our little mistakes are rarely fatal to the larger effort, students were able to fail forward by learning from and correcting mistakes.

Mar 28, 2014

As teachers, we often teach like we were taught. We repeat the same lessons year after year, because they worked once before. We even use lessons from someone else just because it worked for them.  Don’t get me wrong, of course we should share our best teaching ideas, but at the same time we have to ask ourselves, are we doing the best we can? 

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. To me, the C3 has the capacity to create change for the better in social studies teaching.


Download the C3 Framework fromNCSS - HERE

Download the C3 Framework fromNCSS - HERE

NCSS C3 Framework Webinar Series: Implications for Practice

This webinar series features C3 Teachers in action as they facilitate participant discussions on the implementation of the C3 Framework (  The series features C3 Teachers Stephen Lazar, Andy Snyder, James Walsh, Christy Cartner, Donna Phillips, Rod Powell, and Joe Karb.  Kathy Swan and John Lee, C3 Framework writers and co-creators of the C3 Teachers movement, are moderating the series.  This isn’t your older brother’s webinar series! We are solving problems, asking the tough questions of the C3 Framework, and moving the C3 Teachers movement forwaed – the webinars are a space to find instructional solutions together.

Register - HERE and download the presentations - HERE


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