Revitalizing Social Studies: Work That Matters
In recent years, Social Studies educators have often found themselves at the center of national conversations about education, while simultaneously working to navigate the constant growth and change in their field. In Colorado, we have seen legislation demanding a more inclusive and diverse story in our classrooms, clarifying expectations around Holocaust and genocide studies, and additional legislation addressing civics, personal financial literacy, and media literacy expectations. As a result, the revised Colorado Academic Standards for the Social Studies will go into effect at the start of the 2023-24 school year. Even with this increased attention on the national, state, and local level, many districts have continued to push Social Studies to the margins.
While these factors have certainly made our work harder, they also constantly remind us of how important our work is. It is in our Social Studies classrooms that our students learn to think critically about the past, engage in respectful and thoughtful discourse, and develop the skills they need to be financially and civically responsible adults. At the conference, teachers will interact with professionals and scholars from across the social studies to revitalize their practice. Sessions will explore how teachers can diversify the historical narrative, incorporate more local history, build their own knowledge around expanded requirements, such as genocide studies and PFL, and tackle the issues that matter with our students in safe and productive ways. We hope you will join us for our 35th annual conference and take advantage of the rare opportunity to pause, reflect, and thoughtfully plan for your future students and practice.
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