Most of my work lately has been trying to figure out what our districts and educators need from me to help with a smooth rollout and shift to the newly revised standards. Right now, what does that look like?
Here are some of the overall ideas I have:
- An unpack/repack activity similar to what was recently revised for our mathematics and ELA standards (https://dpi.wi.gov/ela/standards/unpackrepack)
- A resource looking at the shifts from the old standards to the new - this will be vitally important, as there have been enough changes, especially in layout/format, that there will NOT be any kind of crosswalk between the WI Model Academic Standards for Social Studies and the new Wisconsin Standards for Social Studies.
- There will be a new webpage dedicated to standards rollout, which will include an elementary support page, and a CESA support page.
- Social media - virtual communities (both statewide and CESA/regional), Twitter, FB, and Instagram
- A K-5 suggested scope & sequence with resources
- Essential questions tied to the revised standards
- Support for learning about inquiry in the social studies classroom
- Ties to American Indian Studies/Act 31, Environmental Literacy and Sustainability, Disciplinary Literacy, Personal Financial Literacy, and the new Information and Technology Literacy Standards
- Expansion of the suggested historical eras and themes
- A crowdsourced K-12 Scope & Sequence spreadsheet for districts to see what other districts are doing
- A "best practices" rubric
- Webinars and virtual leadership
As you think about the new standards, let me know if there are things that pop into your head - like "oh, this type of resource would be so helpful!". We're all kind of jumping into something brand new!