Social Studies

Published: 9/13/2017 1:25 PM

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) states that social studies "is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence." For students to become fully empowered participants in democracy, students must draw upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology as well as content from the humanities to develop broad conceptual understandings in social studies. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions as citizens of a diverse democratic society in an interdependent world. 

Civics Education Introduction​: A Presentation from Dr. Larry Paska​

This summer Dr. Larry Paska, the current president of the National Council for the Social Studies, joined the Kentucky Department of Education at each of our Civics Symposia to discuss data about social studies in the nation's schools and its impact on civics education. The video of Dr. Paska's presentation is available hereThe PowerPoint Dr. Paska references throughout his presentation may be found here​
Sunday, September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day! This day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution. Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students. Since this day falls on a Sunday, institutions may observe the day the week before or the week after September 17th.
The Kentucky Department of Education does not mandate or prescribe particular curricula or lesson plans. The information below contains links to learning resources created and maintained by other public and private organizations. This information is provided for your convenience and as examples of resources on Constitution Day that you might find helpful.
U.S. Department of Education has assembled a variety of resources that can be used to plan your Constitution Day activity.
To assist students and educators in their studies, the National Archives and Records Administration offers a variety of resources on Constitution Day such as
Free online resources for Constitution Day are available from The Library o​f Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Senate.
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