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"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education." ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Today’s social studies provides students with the knowledge, critical thinking skills and experiences that will allow them to grow into effective citizens.” ~ NCSS

This site provides a hub of Social Studies information and resources to support the academic achievement of all students in Colorado.

Content support through the Colorado Department of Education will address essential elements of a comprehensive district plan to offer standards based teaching and learning. Our intent is to:

  • provide tools and supports,
  • deliver clear, timely communication,
  • enhance collaboration between and among all stakeholders,
  • identify research-based approaches to curriculum development and teaching and learning,
  • promote professional development opportunities, and
  • align and integrate elements of CDE's Strategic Initiatives where appropriate.

We aim to to provide tool for the empowerment of all stakeholders to actively participate in the process of implementing the Colorado Academic and English Language Proficiency Standards and transforming teaching and learning throughout the State of Colorado. This two-page document provides brief descriptions of the history, substance, and instructional shifts of the Colorado Academic Standards and their focus on all students, all standards.

Important Announcements:

Instructional Unit Samples - NOW AVAILABLE! 

Colorado teacher-authored instructional units are on our website. Hundreds of teachers from 116 school districts participated in workshops for the creation of Colorado Academic Standards-based curriculum overviews and instructional units. 
Posted: April 1, 2014

Free Elementary (K-5) Professional Development in Financial Literacy

The Colorado Council for Economic Education (CCEE), through the financial support of Great-West Financial, is offering free professional development to elementary teachers throughout the state of Colorado. Teaching Personal Financial Literacy in the Elementary Grades is an online class that will be offered six times during the rest of 2014. It is standards-based and will help you meet the PFL requirements in the Colorado Academic Standards and its testing. Class fees, credit (2 semester hours from UCCS), and resources (Financial Fitness for Life lesson books) are being provided, free of charge, by Great-West. 
Posted: April 1, 2014

Fast Facts: Social Studies

If you are new to Colorado or are just interested in learning about the overarching headlines regarding Social Studies education, this one page reference sheet is a good place to begin! Use the navigation links on the right side to read even more about the exciting world of Social Studies education in Colorado!
Posted: November 8, 2013

Colorado Environmental Education Plan (CEEP):

The Colorado Kids Outdoors Grant Program Legislation, HB10-1131, was signed into law in May 2010. This legislation requires the State Board of Education to adopt a statewide plan for environmental education. In December 2012, the Colorado State Board of Education formally adopted the Colorado Environmental Education Plan.


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