"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
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.
Colorado’s District Sample Curriculum Project- Phase
This summer, the final phase of
Colorado’s District Sample Curriculum Project will
bring together teachers and district leaders to
create instructional units for all grades and
content areas based on the
curriculum samples (unit overviews).
Participating educators will work in teams to
develop one sample into a full instructional unit,
using a process that reflects a model of educators
working together to plan for the instruction of all
students. These units will include learning
strategies, resource suggestions, differentiation
options, and assessment ideas linked to helping all
students achieve the big understandings
(generalizations) in the (unit overview) samples.
Participants will attend one three-day
workshop that will focus on the creation of grade
and content specific materials. More information on
the workshop dates, participant-team specifics,
reimbursement details, and the application procedure
for participating in this phase/work can be found by
clicking on the link above.
Posted: May 9, 2013
Social Studies Curriculum Samples
The curriculum samples are
now available in Microsoft Word
to support educators'
ability to modify and
personalize the units for their
also been added to the site.
Posted: March 15, 2013
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.
Content Connection Samples
are designed to provide examples
within the Colorado Academic
Standards at grades kindergarten
Posted: January 3, 2013
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