May 2024 Monthly Research Brown Bag

During Civic Learning Week, National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) and Thinking Nation hosted a special webinar that reviewed a recent white paper published in Education Week and commissioned by Thinking Nation. The survey data gave statistics behind the anecdotes many of us know:

  1. While Social Studies is deemed as critical for democracy, it is not viewed as a priority in most school districts;
  2. Professional Development does not currently effectively support social studies teachers;
  3. Social Studies as a discipline is not effectively vertically aligned in most contexts.

During this month’s brown bag, Thinking Nation’s Executive Director, Zachary Coté, shared how we can collaboratively work to better prioritize and resource social studies in all education contexts. The presentation brought awareness of key solutions to strengthening social studies education to a diverse set of stakeholders in education.