Professional development

Contextualizing the C3 Framework: Using IDM Modules to Support Global Education

Globalization has changed the purposes and processes of education. The prolific historian, Dr. Peter Stearns notes, “A more global framework creates new perspectives, and some fresh challenges, making American history a livelier experience and, of course, linking it to other history courses in a less fragmented way. Ultimately, I would suggest, a global approach to […]

Reflecting on the IDM Institute 2016: Three days in a C3 collaborative

One hundred seventy-five eager educators just converged in Lexington, Kentucky for the 2016 IDM Institute. Beyond the obvious, the collective group received an in depth look at the structure and design strategies for how and why the IDM and C3 Framework was created. To help kids question! There were several great one-line gems given throughout the week, but S.G. Grant delivered […]

View from the pre-service trench: Implementing the Framework as a Sisyphean task

Like many pre-service educators, I often get asked why I want to be a social studies teacher. For me, the answer is simple: I want to teach because I want to make a difference, but more importantly, I want teach because I want my students to make a difference. Given this driving passion, I am […]

Supporting teachers to use the C3

 I am sure I am not alone trying to keep up with the multiple demands as an educator. I recently stepped out of the elementary classroom after 12 years and this is my second year as a Curriculum Coordinator/ELL Coordinator. Although I have MANY duties, my central focus is to support students by supporting their […]

What gridlock? C3 is on the floor in DC

By Scott Abbott August 2, 2014 High school teachers in DC Public Schools have spent four weeks this summer learning about the C3 Framework, inquiry-based instruction, and curriculum design as part of the BLISS program (Building Literacy in Social Studies). Teachers are writing 20 instructional modules which combine elements of the LDC template with the […]

The Relevance of Social Studies: Taking Informed Action

I re-read my previous blog post discussing the fourth dimension of the C3 Framework, which discussed the idea of students “Taking Informed Action.” If you go back, you’ll see I was very excited about the idea, but also a little overwhelmed.

C3(PO) meet IBO MYP

Each summer, Fairfax County Public Schools curriculum and instruction specialists develop projects in their content area (Math, Science, Social Studies etc.) and grade levels (Elementary, Middle, High Schools).  We hire teams of teachers to work on these projects, typically lasting between 1-3 weeks.  Ultimately, the end products are part of our back-to-school Social Studies mini-conference […]