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Resources for Using the C3 Framework

Resources from the C3 Literacy Collaborative


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The College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards re-envisions the purpose and instructional practices of social studies education in the states. Through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Council for the Social Studies, in partnership with the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), developed these free professional learning tools, and resources to help school teachers from across the nation use the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards.


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The C3 Framework and the National Social Studies Standards

NCSS published the national curriculum standards for social studies in 2010. "The Links between the C3 Framework and the NCSS National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies" by Michelle Herczog describes the ways in which the C3 Framework corresponds with the national standards and identifies the distinctive contribution made by the C3 Framework.

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The Development of the C3 Framework

The C3 Framework can revamp state social studies standards that have been stuck in an outdated model. Social Education September 2013 Read More

The Importance of the C3 Framework

The C3 Framework anchors social studies in the process of inquiry while ensuring that social studies classrooms provide an emphasis on civic action. Social Education September 2013 Read More

Climate Change in the Social Studies Classroom: A Why and How to Guide Using the C3 Framework

The inquiry process outlined in the C3 Framework provides an ideal structure for teaching about climate change and debating the roles of citizens and the government.

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Implementing the C3 Framework: Monitoring the Instructional Shifts

The strategies outlined by the author for implementing the C3 Framework will help teachers strengthen the study of civics, economics, geography, and history. Social Education September 2014

The C3 Framework: One Year Later

In the first year since its release, many states have integrated the C3 Framework into their standards while others are in the process of incorporating the key tenets — inquiry, disciplinary literacy, student agency, and civic engagement — into state policy documents. Social Education September 2014

Why Vote? 5th Graders Take Informed Action

What does the C3 Framework look like in a fifth grade classroom? This five-minute video produced by Social Studies School Service provides a snapshot of high quality C3 social studies instruction designed to prepare students for active and engaged citizenship.

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Develop Your Own C3 Lessons

Presented by Michelle Herczog, this recorded webinar describes how Social Studies and English Language Arts Methods Instructors at Schools of Education can utilize the C3 Framework as a vehicle for training teacher education students how to use the C3 Framework to meet the Common Core State Standards through the social studies curriculum.

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Lead the Way! Tips and Tools to Introduce, Plan, and Implement the C3 Framework at your School Site/District

In this recorded webinar, participants explore resources and suggestions for guiding educators through various implementation phases of the C3 Framework.

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What Every Methods Teacher Should Know about the C3 Framework

An introduction to the Inquiry Design Model™ (IDM), a distinctive approach to creating curriculum and instructional materials that honors teachers’ knowledge and expertise, avoids over-prescription, and focuses on the main elements of the instructional design process as envisioned in the Inquiry Arc of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for State Social Studies Standards.

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Using the C3 Framework to Inform State Policies and Practices

This recorded webinar describes how state departments of education can utilize the C3 framework to create new state social studies frameworks, update social studies standards, support existing social studies standards and, most importantly, improve classroom instruction. The presenters will describe how adopting and/or supporting the use of the C3 Framework can support and strengthen overall social studies education, improve civic learning, and enhance the integration of literacy standards.

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