Alexander Pope is an assistant professor in the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies at Salisbury University. He also serves on the KDP Public Policy Committee.
Last week, a consortium of professional organizations released the College, Career, and Civic Life C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards. Like the Common Core State Standards, C3 does not specify content standards for the different states. Unlike Common Core, the C3 standards do specify social studies—specific skills and targets for all grade levels.
According to the National Council for the Social Studies, which helped author C3, the standards were developed to serve two audiences:
- for states to upgrade their state social studies standards
- for practitioners—local school districts, schools, teachers and curriculum writers—to strengthen their social studies programs.
Given that these and other standards are meant to guide teacher practice, how do you work to incorporate new standards? Do you find them helpful, challenging, a nuisance…?