"We don't accomplish anthing in this world alone; whatever happens is the result of a whole tapestry of one's life and the weavings of individual threads one to another."
...Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
The Social Studies Curriculum Department is proud of the work and camaraderie established through Social Studies Vertical Team. The team is comprised of twenty-five educators, media specialists, counselors, and administrators representing grades 5-12. Its active discussion of the needs and concerns of both students and teachers alike has resulted in a stronger social studies program.
Vertical Team Goals
This is the House that Edmond Builds
What Works in Schools
Professional Learning Communities
Good to Great
On Common Ground
In the past years, the Social Studies Team has worked on many projects to achieve its goals.
Among these accomplishments are:
Revision of district curriculum in all required
classes, grades 1-12, and all elective courses
within the Social Studies program.
Providing on-going district training for all
teachers, based upon member participation and
leadership in statewide and nationwide
Publication of the STEPS HANDBOOK for
teachers, describing and demonstrating effective
strategies for teaching process skills (applicable
in all social studies classrooms, grades 4-12).
Study of educational research in the areas of
reading, writing, and critical thinking in the
Coordination and presentation of annual summer
institutes for social studies teachers.
Vertical alignment of suggested instructional
strategies and assessments.
Creation of suggested timelines for completion
of major instructional units for grades 3-12.
Recommendations for district grading philosophy
Support for implementing Strategies
in the content areas.