Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 2/13/2019 - 7:00 PM
Category: Action Items
Type: Info/Action
Subject: Approval to Post Elementary Social Studies Standards
Vision 2022:
Student Learning
Design curriculum and learning experiences that ensure high literacy and math skills while also developing creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and communication skills.
Policy: 6.40 - Curriculum Development
Background: The Illinois State Board of Education has adopted new IL Social Science Learning Standards (Social Studies). These Standards define what students in Illinois public schools should know and be able to do as a result of their elementary schooling. The IL Standards are based on the C3 Framework (College, Career, and Civic Life). The C3 Framework was developed to serve as a guide for states to upgrade their social studies standards, establishing fewer, clearer, and higher standards for instruction.

The IL Social Science Standards focus on the disciplines of civics, history, economics, financial literacy, and geography. The use of inquiry skills are applied while teaching and learning these disciplinary concepts. An inquiry process encourages teachers to harness children’s natural curiosity about history and the world around them. Using this process, students will learn and analyze foundational knowledge, develop questions, apply research tools, evaluate evidence, then develop and share conclusions.

For more information on the IL Social Science Learning Standards and Mandates:
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Summary: In summary, the disciplinary concepts of: civics, history, economics, financial literacy and geography are taught in conjunction with inquiry skills. Specific content at each grade level is determined by District 200 and reflects the for social science.

A committee of District 200 teachers and administrators, including representation from every elementary school, has been meeting to plan for implementation of the standards for the Fall of 2019. The process has included reviewing the standards, developing content maps and inquiry activities for each grade-level, posting and seeking feedback of the standards from the community, and then finally Board approval.
Recommendation: It is recommended that the Board approve these standards for community review.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Faith Dahlquist - Asst. Superintendent
Signed By:
Jeff Schuler - Superintendent
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Jim Vroman Moved, Member Ginna Ericksen seconded to approve the Original motion 'It is recommended that the Board approve these standards for community review.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 5 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 5 - 0
Jim Vroman     Yes
Jim Gambaiani     Yes
Brad Paulsen     Yes
Jim Mathieson     Yes
Ginna Ericksen     Yes