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Social Studies Department Goals

  • Provide high quality Blackboard courses
  • Follow the updated Social Science Framework “to teach content, develop inquiry-based critical thinking skills, improve reading comprehension and expository writing ability, and promote an engaged and knowledgeable citizenry in history and the related social sciences.”
  • Promote quality content, inquiry, literacy, and citizenship.
  • Provide suggestions for social science standards-based curriculum and online resources
  • Present lessons and primary source documents to promote discussion and historical critical thinking skills.
  • Provide EE oversight for Social Studies portfolio review
  • Continue to develop and maintain the Social Studies department webpage
  • Be available by phone or e-mail to assist students, parents, or ESs with any social science-related questions

Shanda Rickman- Social Studies Department Chair


Office: 1-800-808-9895 ext 284

For the Social Science Framework go to CA Social Studies Framework.