Call for more attention to social studies and science

The Council of Chief State School Officer’s Social Studies Collaborative has been exploring ways to address the marginalization of social studies at the elementary level. Members hold that dedicated time for social studies is a requisite for overcoming curricular inequities that impact student achievement and abilities to engage effectively in civic life.

In June of 2018, literacy researcher Nell K. Duke (University of Michigan) presented to the Social Studies Collaborative. Professor Duke shared research on how social studies and science support literacy development, and urged the social studies/science and literacy communities to become allies in the causes of social studies/science and literacy achievement.

Calls for more attention to social studies and science are coming increasingly and from many quarters!  In this video, invited by the CCSSO Social Studies Collaborative, Professor Duke makes her case for greater time for social studies and science.

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For more information, contact Stefanie Wager, DE Social Studies Consultant, at