Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects

The six-week course brings together the new College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies with the Smithsonian’s hands-on, museum-based educational techniques that bring historical artifacts to life for millions of visitors each year.

Through explanation, demonstration, and dynamic examples, Dr. Kathy Swan and Naomi Coquillon offer teachers practical ideas for how to entice students to craft complex and incisive questions; think critically about primary and secondary historical sources; form and support their opinions with evidence; and communicate their conclusions in ways that will prepare them to be engaged citizens of the world.

Course Start Date: October 7

C3 Framework Webinar Series: Implications for Practice

This webinar series will feature C3 Teachers in action as they facilitate participant discussions on the implementation of the C3 Framework (http://www.socialstudies.org/c3).  The series will feature C3 Teachers Stephen Lazar, Andy Snyder, James Walsh, Christy Cartner, Donna Phillips and Rod Powell.  Kathy Swan and John Lee, C3 Framework writers and co-creators of the C3 Teachers movement, will moderate the series.  This isn’t your older brother’s webinar series! Be prepared to problem solve and ask the tough questions of the C3 Framework and join the C3 Teachers movement – the webinars are a space to find instructional solutions together.

Register — HERE

For more on the series, please visit our Cs in Action Webinar series page.

Webinars will be available from the NCSS C3 Framework Webinar Series Forum. Our first webinar, HOW DO YOU MAKE QUESTIONS COME ALIVE FOR INQUIRY IN THE CLASSROOM? and can be viewed – HERE 

Breaking Bad Social Studies : Instructional Shifts of the C3 Framework

Kathy Swan, Ph.D. Associate Professor, University of Kentucky discusses the C3 Framework and the instructional shift prompted by the C3.  See HERE

Introducing the C3 Framework

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction webinar focused on the newly released College, Career, and Civic Life C3 Framework For Social Studies State Standards featuring Dr. Kathy Swan (University of Kentucky) and Dr. John Lee (NC State University) who are two of the writers of the C3 Framework, and Dr. Bruce VanSledright (University of NC-Charlotte), who wrote the scholarly argument for the document. They shared insights about the organization of the document. We discussed the implications for NC and participants asked questions of the experts! See HERE

C3 Framework Webcast

This one-hour webcast provides information regarding the release of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. The result of a three year state-led collaborative effort, the C3 Framework was developed to serve two audiences: for states to upgrade their state social studies standards and for practitioners — local school districts, schools, teachers and curriculum writers — to strengthen their social studies programs.  Produced by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the webcast features  a brief history and background of the document, the distinguishing characteristics of the Inquiry Arc and Four Dimensions that guide the work, connections to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, and the implementation phase to be led by the National Council for the Social Studies. See HERE

Host: Michelle Herczog, Los Angeles County Office of Education

  • Susan Griffin, National Council for the Social Studies
  • Kathy Swan, University of Kentucky
  • S. G. Grant, Binghamton University
  • John Lee, North Carolina State University