September/October 2015 – NEXT STEPS?
Well, we have had some wonderful success over the past two years: A State Board of Education Position Statement in support of Social Studies, a new Social Studies Consultant, and new Social Studies Frameworks! Now we need to think about next steps. Please let us know what you think. There is new talk about graduation requirements in CT and movement in support of funds for Social Studies at the national level. There is still much to do.
April 2015 – URGENT – Find out how you can help here: http://www.ctplacesmatter.org
Governor Malloy’s proposed two-year budget (for FY 2015-17) would eliminate state support for many of your favorite heritage and cultural organizations statewide. His plan would eliminate two-thirds of the Connecticut Humanities Council budget, 75 percent of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation’s budget, and 60 percent of the Connecticut League of History Organization’s budget. Elimination of state funding would also profoundly affect support for the publication of Connecticut Explored magazine, the History Day in Connecticut program, the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition and other staples of our state’s cultural landscape.
Connecticut Humanities, in partnership with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Connecticut Historical Society, and the Connecticut League of History Organizations, is planning a “Rally Day” at the State Capitol on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 8, 2015. We hope that you and other friends of humanities and history in Connecticut can arrange to join us in person for anunprecedented show of support for Connecticut’s heritage.
The State Board of Education has unanimously voted in favor of final adoption of the Social Studies Frameworks! 2015 CT Social Studies Frameworks (PDF)
CT Council for the Social Studies Public Affairs Committee
Because Every Student Becomes a Citizen
We are teachers and advocates for the Social Studies who believe deeply that Social Studies is important in the lives of the students of the state of Connecticut and for our future as a democratic society. Therefore, we simply cannot let the fates determine if our future generations understand the duties and freedoms associated with being members of a democratic society, gain perspective on the world, or appreciate the sacrifices our parents made.
All of us need to work actively to give our students the learning experiences they need to join our ranks as educated and skilled members of our society.
We must work now to align our actions with our values.
Please take a look around the site, and JOIN US IN FIGHTING FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES and FOR OUR STUDENTS.