TSSP provides occasional updates about the use of the C3 Framework (www.socialstudies.org/c3
) in various states and the District of Columbia. Here are three short, recent reports:
CALIFORNIA: It’s apparent that the California Department of Education has informally used many of the ideas in the C3 Framework, but there is no formal plan or advocacy on using the document from the state level. The newly adopted (July 2016) California History-Social Science Framework (HSS) (www.cde.ca.gov/ci/hs/cf) does directly reference the C3 Framework in the introduction chapter that has a section on "Inquiry." Unfortunately, the California Dept. of Education does not advocate or promote any specific professional development activities in HSS, nor does it have any means to direct the way that HSS is taught at the local school districts.
The current standards address content. Literacy and skills (writing, critical thinking, etc.) are only peripherally addressed; however, the newly approved state framework for History-Social Science in California reinforces the skills and methodology of the C3 Framework and the Common Core ELA standards. It’s noteworthy that California legislation requires instruction to provide access and equity for all students and multicultural perspectives with “fair, accurate, inclusive and respectful representations of all people including those with disabilities, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in the history and social studies curriculum.” (See the news release of July 14, 2016, at www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr16/yr16rel49.asp.)
—Frances L. Kidwell, Education Consultant/Curriculum Specialist, California State University Faculty. Read more