Social Studies Education

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Welcome to Social Studies Education

Social Studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.

National Council for the Social Studies, 1992

Nebraska Social Studies Vision and Mission Statements

Link to the updated 2019 Nebraska Social Studies Standards

Nebraska Social Studies Standards (2019)

Nebraska Social Studies Standards – 2019

Adopted in November of 2019, the Nebraska Social Studies Standards describe the knowledge and skills that students should learn, but they do not prescribe particular curriculum, lessons, teaching
techniques, or activities. These standards create a framework for teaching and learning, and they articulate a trajectory for knowledge acquisition across all grade levels. This ensures that student learning builds on prior knowledge and becomes more in-depth over time. Standards describe what students are expected to know and be able to do, while the local curriculum and instructional materials are used to help students master the standards. Decisions about curriculum and instructional materials are made locally by individual school districts and classroom teachers. The Nebraska Department of Education does not mandate the curriculum or instructional materials used within a local school.

Mercator Projection Maps Guidance

The Nebraska legislature recently passed into law LB1329. The legislation outlines several aspects of policy, including Section 90 (pg. 102), which addresses the use of Mercator projection maps. The Mercator Projection Maps page offers more guidance regarding this law, which takes effect during the 2024-2025 school year.

Updated July 10, 2024 11:28am