The National Council for the Social Studies defines social studies as "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.” The National Council also states that the primary purpose of social studies education is to help our children and young adults "develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.”
Social studies promotes engaging participatory citizenship where global awareness of civic issues such as financial literacy, healthcare, domestic affairs, foreign policy and the environment are actively monitored and influenced by all citizens interacting internationally for the benefit of all mankind.
United States Senate Youth Progam Finalist 2016
Five finalist for the United States Senate Youth Scholarship Program had an opportunity to visit with State Baord Members and WVDE Chief Academic Officer, Clayton Burch, during their visit to Charleston on November 10, 2015.
An exchange program, between Concord University in WV and Volga State University in Russia, allowed Vladmimir Shaelaev, Dean of Social Technology and 3 of his students to visit the West Virginia Department of Educaiton on November 9, 2015.
The group is pictured above with Dr. Joe Manzo from Concord University, Allegra Kazemzadeh, social studies coordinator and Chief Academic Officer Clayton Burch.