The Social Studies Council of Alabama is the state affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies. The Alabama Council for the Social Studies was formed in the 1960s to answer the growing need for organized curricular cooperation across the many disciplines commonly recognized as the “Social Studies.”
Classrooms seemed to be drawn away from the social studies by various legislative efforts that gave more attention to other curricular areas, the social studies began to suffer and the ACSS, in both membership and activity, saw a substantial decline. This was, however, in spite of a core group of dedicated professionals who struggled with competing demands and, in some cases, general apathy to the social studies across the country. Over the summer of 2007, several efforts were independently, but simultaneously underway to revitalize ACSS. These various efforts soon came together, and with the encouragement of both the former ACSS leadership and the National Council for the Social Studies, the Social Studies Council of Alabama was formed.
Important news, everyone
Yesterday afternoon, the College Board announced that it will be redesigning the SAT® exam in 2016. Among the changes, the exam will now include civics-based reading and writing passages.
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, our founder and Board Chair, spoke with the College Board about this exciting announcement.
The new SAT® exam will require students to analyze documents from social science sources and support their answers with evidence. As the College Board explains, “Each exam will include a passage drawn from the Founding Documents of America or the Great Global Conversation they inspire.” We’re glad the College Board has shown this commitment to civics.
As always, iCivics will continue its mission to provide engaging and effective civic learning resources to students and teachers across the country.
Social Studies Research and Practice Call for Submissions
Special Theme Issue: Early Childhood Social Studies
Social Studies Research and Practice is seeking manuscripts for a themed issueon Early Childhood Social Studies in November 2015. Dr. Lynn Kelley is serving as guest editor. Inquiries and submissions can be sent to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put SSRP Manuscript as the subject of the email.
The manuscript due date is: September 1, 2014. Submissions should include an abstract, brief biographies of the author(s), and must follow the journal’s style. Go to www.socstrp.org for guidelines. Manuscripts will be peer reviewed.
Manuscripts in the following categories will be considered:
- Action Research
- Features on Notable Trade Books, Social Justice, Technology Integration, and Interdisciplinary Education.
NEW CIVICS COURSE FROM OUR PARTNER EVERFI
Greetings from the iCivics team in Washington, D.C.! We hope you’re having a great school year and are getting ready for a nice Thanksgiving.
As an early holiday gift, we are excited to tell you about our new partnership with EverFi, an education technology company with amazing, online learning content for students and teachers. EverFi is focused on helping students learn critical life skills, such as financial literacy, digital citizenship, and health and wellness.
Today, EverFi is announcing Commons: Digital Town Square, a new civic engagement course for middle and high school students that utilizes games, interactive content, and real-world engagement to encourage civic participation among young people. The course integrates some of iCivics’ most popular games, including Executive Command and Represent Me. In addition to the iCivics games, you’ll get access to new content built by EverFi’s team, and assessments that gauge students’ retention of key concepts.
EverFi will deliver Commons: Digital Town Square to schoolsfree of charge and will partner with civically minded corporations and foundations to underwrite the cost of the course.
For more information about Commons: Digital Town Square and to sign up as an early user, click this link.
Course of Study
1964: Freedom Summer Project
The Wisconsin Historical Society has recently released a free online collection about the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer project at www.wisconsinhistory.org/freedomsummer
Besides thousands of archival documents from COFO, CORE and SNCC and papers from dozens of individual activists, the site includes a downloadable Powerpoint about Freedom Summer and a PDF Source book of key documents for teachers. Although focused on 1964, the online archive also contains many items dating back into the 1950s and forward to the end of the 1960s, so it’s useful for general civil rights movement research, too.