The National Council for the Social Studies defines social studies as "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence." For students to become fully empowered participants in democracy, attention must be paid to this "civic competence." The social studies, including history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, are central to the mission of public schools.

Social Studies News

To keep current with social studies news and professional development opportunities, check out the USOE Social Studies Blog.

Regular newsletters have been replaced by the blog. Here are our Archived Newsletters.

Secondary Core Standards Revision Process
We are currently engaged in the process of secondary core standards revision. Committees have been formed to begin the work, and a new oversight committee called a standards review committee will soon be forming to review and recommend revisions to the existing core standards as well.

As we move through this process, we will make the core standards revision process as transparent and open as possible. These standards, written by Utah educators and stakeholders and for Utah students, will provide a great opportunity for us to come to consensus about the attributes necessary for the best quality social studies education for Utah students.

Below is a link to a survey monkey where you can leave comments or questions about the core standards revision process. Your input is welcome. When drafts of the standards are available, they will be posted as well for comment.


Exemplary Social Studies Teachers
See what some exemplary Social Studies teachers are doing in their classroom.

Great Opportunities for Teachers
Remember to check out the great opportunities for teachers, often free of charge.

Teaching and Learning
For more information on other curriculum areas at the Utah State Office of Education (USOE).