Social Studies Department

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    Our Mission
    The mission of the Knox County Schools Social Studies Department is to utilize research-based instructional strategies and cross-curricular connections to empower students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become competent, active, career and/or college ready citizens within a global society and to support excellence for every child.
     
     
    Our Beliefs
    • Engaging in Social Studies coursework nurtures growth in both personal and social skills.
    • Social Studies enhances students’ global awareness.
    • Social Studies promotes active participation in our political and economic systems.
    • Social Studies equips students with skills and knowledge to be successful in their community and world.
    • Social Studies empowers students to be problem-solvers and critical thinkers.
    • Social Studies fosters good citizenship.
    • Social Studies encourages an understanding of the past, how it applies to the present, and of how it impacts the future.
    • Social Studies promotes respect for diversity.
    • Social Studies teachers engage all students by using purposeful, meaningful, and research-based instructional strategies.
    • Cross-curricular instruction supports excellence for all children.
    • Collaboration and data-driven instruction supports excellence for every child.


    Our Goals
    • Students will develop a respect for their rights and the rights of others.
    • Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will foster responsible, global citizenship.
    • Students will develop the skills necessary to adapt to an ever-changing society.
    • Students will understand how society establishes governing institutions and distributes power and authority.
    • Students will study, analyze, and interpret data in order to develop a historical perspective to assist in making informed choices and decisions for the present.
    • Students will develop global and multicultural perspectives.

    The Social Studies standards-based curriculum/content provides critical support for KCS, including the School Board's and each school's Mission, and the Superintendent’s Strategic Plan by:
    • Supporting the common good.
    • Adopting common and multiple perspectives.
    • Applying knowledge, skills, and values to civic action.
    • Acquiring information and manipulating data.
    • Developing and presenting policies, arguments, and stories.
    • Constructing new knowledge.
    • Implementing a collaborative, teacher-developed standards-based curriculum.
    • Using data to improve instruction.
    • Addressing Career, College, and ACT Readiness Standards for Reading & Writing throughout the K-12 Curriculum.
    • Encouraging cross-curricular instruction to support high-stakes areas such as Math and Reading.
    • Supporting the building of literacy in Social Studies/History.
    • Differentiating instruction to support the needs of every child.

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