Barry Thomas - Supervisor Secondary Social Studies
Mission of Social Studies
• It is the responsibility of our curriculum to prepare students for life in a complex and evolving world. Students should be ready to perform in college, careers, and citizenship.
• Through the OPS secondary school experience in social studies classrooms, we expect our students to be able to compete to perform complicated tasks and confront and solve problems with innovation and social consciousness.
Vision of Social Studies
• The focus of Social Studies moving forward will be two-fold:
I. Develop Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessments that pushes students to learn, acquire, and utilize 21stCentury Social Studies Skills
II. Present scenarios that require students to critically think through the vantage point of a historian, economist, geographer, or civic-minded citizen
NDE Social Studies Standards