K-12 Education

Public input sought on new social studies standards

Grant Wood Area Education Agency hosts meeting Thursday

(File Photo) Third grade students Jaquon Acheneach (from left), 9, of Cedar Rapids, Sawyer Slezak, 9, of Shueyville, Jake Unstead, 9, of Walford, and Aiden Heisdorffer, 8, of Walford work on a project on their computers as a third grade class from Prairie Ridge Elementary School visits the SCALE-UP classroom at Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, February 6, 2014. SCALE-UP stands for Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)
(File Photo) Third grade students Jaquon Acheneach (from left), 9, of Cedar Rapids, Sawyer Slezak, 9, of Shueyville, Jake Unstead, 9, of Walford, and Aiden Heisdorffer, 8, of Walford work on a project on their computers as a third grade class from Prairie Ridge Elementary School visits the SCALE-UP classroom at Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, February 6, 2014. SCALE-UP stands for Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Iowa Department of Education is collecting public input on the first update to the state’s social studies standards since they were adopted in 2008.

The Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 4401 Sixth St. SW, is hosting an input meeting from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

The update embeds Iowa history and financial literacy throughout K-12 standards, which are not currently in the state’s social studies standards, Iowa Department of Education Social Studies Consultant Stefanie Rosenberg Wager said in an email.

It also creates separate standards for U.S. history and world history at the high school level and introduces “anchor standards” that appear across multiple grades. Those are meant to “provide cohesiveness throughout the document and to outline what a graduate should know and be able to do in social studies,” Rosenberg Wager said.

“For example, one of the anchor standards is ‘apply civic virtues and democratic principles,’ ” she said. “This anchor standard shows up throughout the document, but the (standard) in Kindergarten looks different from the standard in high school.”

The proposed draft of the updated standards is under consideration by the department’s Social Studies Standards Review Team, which includes teachers and school administrators from around the state.

The team will consider public comments and is expected to make its final recommendation to the State Board of Education in the spring, according to a news release.

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The overview of the draft standards identifies the following key concepts students at each grade level should be learning:

• Kindergarten — Spaces and places

• First grade — Communities and culture

• Second grade — Choices and consequences

• Third grade — Immigration and migration

• Fourth grade — Progression and regression

• Fifth grade — Rights and responsibilities

• Sixth grade — World regions and cultures

• Seventh grade — Contemporary global studies

• Eighth grade — U.S. history and civil ideals

• Ninth through 12th grades — U.S. and world history, behavioral sciences, geography, civics and government and economics.

Comments about the draft plan can also be made Thursday at satellite sites at the Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Pocahontas and the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency in Bettendorf.

l Comments: (319) 398-8330; molly.duffy@thegazette.com

If You Go

• What: Iowa Department of Education meeting to collect public input on proposed draft for new social studies standards.

• When: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

• Where: Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids.

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