Review and comment on new secondary Social Studies standards draft

A draft of revised secondary Social Studies standards has been completed by teams of Hawaii teachers and content experts in the field to ensure the most up-to-date pedagogy and scholarship. Teachers were crucial to the work creating these draft standards, the first update in 13 years.

The Social Studies standards were last reviewed in 2005, and the initial conversations about the latest revision began in 2015 when the Board of Education adopted the C3 Framework for two purposes: 1) To provide the foundation for new standards in social studies; and 2) to support the development of meaningful, broad-based and rigorous curriculum.

The C3 Framework explains why an update is so important.

“The call for students to become more prepared for the challenges of college and career is united with a third critical element: preparation for civic life,” the C3 Framework said. “Advocates of citizenship education cross the political spectrum, but they are bound by a common belief that our democratic republic will not sustain unless students are aware of their changing cultural and physical environments; know the past; read, write, and think deeply; and act in ways that promote the common good. There will always be differing perspectives on these objectives. The goal of knowledgeable, thinking, and active citizens, however, is universal.”

To directly access information and links to the draft standards, please copy into the address bar of your web browser. To view this information from the Hawaii State Department of Education’s website, please paste into the address bar of your browser. The link to the standards review is contained on the front page under the heading titled, “Draft Secondary Social Studies Standards open for public review through April.”

The review process goes through April 30. There are eight courses (6-12) available for review on Google Forms and no limit to the number of courses a person can review. The surveys were designed to encourage comprehensive input within the survey. Options for each standard are to be kept as is, to be revised, or to be discarded. The latter two require a revision and/or rationale from the reviewer. The data will be provided to the Secondary Social Studies Standards Review Team for their consideration. The DOE seeks broad input from both teachers and the public, so please share the link with family, friends and colleagues.

If you have any questions, contact Educational Specialist for Social Studies Rosanna Fukuda at 808-305-9713 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You may also contact Social Studies Resource Teacher Tracy Monroe at 808-305-9641 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .