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Social Studies

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.




Behring Teacher Ambassadors Announced!
WASHINGTON, D.C. – National History Day (NHD) announced the 24
teachers selected as Behring Teacher Ambassadors for the 2015–2016 academic
year. Local teacher Mr. Daniel J. Cosgrove from Calhoun Middle / High School in
Mount Zion was selected to represent West Virginia.
The selected teachers have shown outstanding creativity, commitment and
inspiration in developing students’ interest in history. Candidates must be
excellent classroom teachers who are past winners of the Behring Teacher Award
in their affiliate program. Mr. Cosgrove was awarded the Behring Teacher Award
for classroom excellence in NHD’s junior division in 2014.






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