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.
Constitution Day September 17, 2014
Robert C. Byrd inserted a provision into a massive spending bill that Congress passed in 2004 requiring every school and college that receives federal money to teach about the Constitution on Sept. 17, the day it was adopted in 1787. Throughout his life, the West Virginia Democrat kept a copy of the Constitution in his pocket. I hope that each and every one of us will take a few minutes to remember Senator Byrd on Constitution Day.
Constitution Day Lesson Plan Resources:
94th NCSS Annual Conference
November 21-23, 2014
John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
The West Virginia Geographic Alliance is offering West Virginia teachers the opportunity to take three graduate level courses this semester for free through Concord University.
The courses are:
1. Teaching With Maps (Dr. Todd Sink; email@example.com)
2. Political Geography (Matt McCormick; firstname.lastname@example.org)