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Curriculum and Instruction
Education in the social sciences aims to help students develop as rational, humane and productive citizens in a democratic society. Four elements of social studies education are necessary to help develop such citizens-knowledge, skills, values and participation. Democratic values, such as freedom, equality and due process, are the core of our national experience. Students should be involved in the thoughtful examination of ideas, viewpoints,



Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Updates

  • Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Updates - E-Newsletters
    The Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Update is a monthly e-newsletter that provides teachers and other educators with information about professional development opportunities, teacher and student competitions and awards, and lectures, concerts, and exhibitions. Distributed by listserv the current issues are posted here.
  • Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Updates - Archives
    The Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Update is a monthly e-newsletter that provides teachers and other educators with information about professional development opportunities, teacher and student competitions and awards, and lectures, concerts, and exhibitions. Distributed by listserv past issues are posted here.


Task Force


  • Civics and Financial Education Task Force
    The Civics and Financial Education Task Force was established by the 2007 Oregon Legislature through the passage of HB 2584. The Task Force will study and make recommendations about how to increase and improve civics and financial education in kindergarten through grade 12.


Standards-based Resources





Educator Resources


  • Gilder Lehrman Preserve American History Teacher of the Year Award    
    The Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Award honors outstanding teachers of American history across the country.
  • Additional Teacher Resources  External Link  
    (by Subject Area)
  • Center for Digital Storytelling  External Link  
    The Center for Digital Storytelling is a California-based non-profit arts organization rooted in the art of personal storytelling. We assist people of all ages in using the tools of digital media to craft, record, share, and value the stories of individuals and communities, in ways that improve all our lives.
  • Draft Social Science Analysis in the Classroom PDF  06/29/2004 (78.86 KB)
    Sample classroom activities or assignments that support the instruction and practice of the social science analysis content standards and scoring guide dimensions.
  • Educating the Heart: Lesson Plans for the Peace Study  External Link  
    The lesson plans developed for the Educating the Heart Youth Summit to promote the study of peace and Nobel Peace laureates.
  • Lewis & Clark links to Social Science Standards K-12 PDF  12/10/2002 (15.56 KB)
    The Lewis & Clark Expedition can be used to teach to Civics, Economics, Geography, History and Social Science Analysis at a variety of grade levels.
  • Materials by Subject PDF  01/13/2005 (80.70 KB)
  • National Student Parent Mock Election  External Link  
    Get information and materials about the Mock Election program!
  • Oregon Public Affairs Network  External Link  
    ORPAN is an Oregon, not-for-profit, corporation dedicated to the prospect that all Oregonians have the right to observe the operations of their government. To that end OPAN exists for the purpose of providing Oregonians with news and information about government and other public affairs in their state.
  • Social Sciences 9/21/04 Video Conference PowerPoint Power Point Presentation  12/02/2004 (4.98 MB)
  • Social Studies Report versus Social Sciences Analysis PDF  01/27/2006 (56.72 KB)
    The Topic Statement Makes the Difference!
  • Social Sciences Teacher Leaders    
    A contact list for a cadre of social science teacher leaders (workshop facilitators, professional developers).
  • The Oregon Encyclopedia  External Link  
    The Oregon Encyclopedia is an authoritative and free resource on all things Oregon, from the expected to the unexpected. Learn more about the people, places, events, and institutions that define the history and culture of Oregon.
  • The Oregon History Project  External Link  
    An online resource for learning about Oregon’s past. In these pages, historians and writers can help you explore the history of Oregon through the perspectives of the people who helped shape Oregon. Teachers and students can browse the Learning Center for suggestions on interpreting and researching historical records and for first-person accounts written by students and teachers who have studied and taught Oregon history.




Contacts
  • Andrea Morgan Email    (503) 947-5772
    Instruction, Standards, Assessment, and Accountability - 1 - Ed. Specialist, Social Sciences Curriculum and Advanced Placement Incentive Prog

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