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Social Studies





 
J
udy Wyatt Newgent, Social Studies Specialist, K-12
10th Floor, Andrew Johnson Building, (865) 594-1730




Mission Statement:

The mission of the Knox County Social Studies department is to teach the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable students to become responsible, active citizens in a diverse, global society.

Department Beliefs:

The Social Studies department believes:

  • Social studies links the past, present, and future.
  • Social studies develops an appreciation for our country’s heritage.
  • Social studies develops an understanding of an individual’s role in the family, the community, the state, the nation, and in a global society.
  • Social studies promotes an understanding of global cultures past and present.
  • Social studies develops knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable individuals to make informed personal and social decisions that contribute to life-long learning.
  • Social studies develops the skills that enable individuals to develop an understanding of our country’s economic system and to become effective producers and consumers.
  • Social studies promotes the attributes of good citizenship.

Student Learning 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 Curriculum/Content Provides Critical Support for Knox County’s Instructional Goals (specifically Literacy and 100-90-90-90 Initiatives), School Board & Individual School Missions, 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 Collaboratively Developed Standards- Based Curriculum with Common Pacing and Frequent Formative Assessments.
  • Using Data to Improve Instruction.
  • Addressing the ACT College Readiness Standards for Reading & Writing throughout the K-12 Curriculum.
  • Encouraging Cross-Curricular Instruction to  Support High-Stakes Subject Areas such as Math & Reading.

Announcements
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
Celebrating the 50 year Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
Please visit the following website for upcoming community-wide activites:

 http://www.cityofknoxville.org/civilrightsact/

Social Studies Textbook Adoption
All teachers, parents, and community members who wish to review the new K-12 Social Studies textbooks proposed for use in the Knox County Schools during the 2014-15 school year may continue to view the selections until close of business on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center (801 Tipton Avenue).
For additional information, you may also visit http://tn.gov/education/ci/textbook/Social_Studies_2013.shtml.
Social Studies Teachers
If you have visited this site in hopes of accessing your Curriculum, Grade-level Unit Tests, Teacher Tools and Resources, Folders/Files, Textbooks, Textbook Adoption Information, Announcements, Links, Updates, or anything else as it relates specifically to your Social Studies content, PLEASE visit the SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER INTRANET site, instead! If you have questions as to how to access that site, please email Judy at judy.newgent@knoxschools.org.

Thanks!
Curriculum
 Elementary Curriculum
A Framework for the KCS Social Studies Department's Essential Learning Expectations & State Student Performance Indicators (SPI's). Grades Three - Five Social Studies Curriculums are assessed through both KCS Benchmark Tests and State TCAP assessments.
 Middle School Curriculum
A Framework for the KCS Social Studies Department's Essential Learning Expectations & State Student Performance Indicators (SPI's). Grades Six - Eight Social Studies Curriculums are assessed through both KCS Benchmark Tests and State TCAP assessments.
 High School Curriculum
A Framework for the KCS Social Studies Department's Essential Learning Expectations & State Student Performance Indicators (SPI's). High School Social Studies courses include a system-wide End-of-Course Assessment, which reflects both KCS Curriculum and State Standards. The United States History course, which reflects KCS Essential Learnings and State Standards, includes local system-wide Unit Tests and a State End-of-Course Examination.
 High School Program of Studies (09).pdf
High School Program of Studies 2009
 Understanding the Tennessee Social Studies Curriculum.ppt
Understanding the Social Studies Curriculum - presented by Brenda Ables, Director of Secondary Instruction, TDOE
 Black History Month
Attached is updated information regarding various activities reflecting Black History Month in Knox County Schools.
Resources
Department Contacts
+ Beckers, Vickie - Administrative Assistant
+ Newgent, Judy - Social Studies Specialist, K-12
+ Petko, Katherine -, Instructional Coach K-12
Click on name to see details.

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