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Making the Case for Elementary Social Studies

Updated: Sep 27, 2021


A sign with the phrase, It's Time for Social Studies, being held up

Instructional time for elementary social studies decreased dramatically after No Child Left Behind, as schools and districts shifted their focus to math and reading scores. However, there is a growing body of research that indicates that decreased instruction time in social studies has been detrimental to students, especially students of color.


Throughout the year, inquirED will Make The Case for Elementary Social Studies through a series of webinars co-hosted with the National Council for the Social Studies that convene experts in literacy, policy, and curriculum.




Our goal is simple, to demonstrate how social studies instruction can:

  1. Create better readers and writers

  2. Build knowledge crucial for future success

  3. Promote civil discourse and civic engagement

  4. Support culturally responsive teaching by honoring lived and historical experiences

  5. Develop future-ready skills

All resources will be compiled here. We encourage you to attend and Make the Case for Elementary Social Studies in your school or district. #itstimeforsocialstudies


 

Webinar Schedule

If you aren’t able to attend live webinars, recordings will be sent the day after.

 

Making Case For Elementary Social Studies: The ELA Connection

Tuesday, October 20th @ 12:00 pm/CST

  • Explore the latest research on the connection between elementary social studies and improved reading comprehension. Adam Tyner, Associate Director of Research at the Fordham Institute, will join NCSS President Stefanie Wager and inquirED CEO Shanti Elangovan to examine the findings from the Fordham Institute’s latest analysis of data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study. Join this important conversation regarding the power of elementary social studies instruction.

  • View the blog post and watch the recording of this webinar.


Making Case For Elementary Social Studies: Knowledge Building

Tuesday, November 17th @ 12:00 pm/CST

  • Join special guest Natalie Wexler, author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System—and How to Fix It and inquirED CEO Shanti Elangovan to discuss the role of elementary social studies instruction in building deep background knowledge.

  • View the blog post and watch the recording of this webinar.


Making Case For Elementary Social Studies: District Leaders