Meets at JCISD, Room 215, Second Monday

October - May

(No February Meeting; April Meeting on the 15th)

Secondary 3:30-5:00 pm, Elementary 4-5:30 pm

Register for SS Network Meetings - Elementary

Register for SS Network Meetings - Middle/High School

Monthly meetings led at the JCISD by Western High School teacher, Erika Sponsler

contact info:

Updates on SS Benchmarks (Sept 2018):

MDE SS Consultant updates MCHE Board on Social Studies Standards Project

(A) At its Sept. 15th meeting, the MCHE Board was provided with a full briefing by MDE Social Studies

Consultant Jim Cameron on the status of the Social Studies standards Project. By September 30, MDE will

have completed a series of public “Listen & Learn” hearings along with an online survey. NOTE: You can

still participate in the online survey at e,4615,7-140-28753_64839_65510-


(B) To complete this project, MDE is forming a new Social Studies task Force. If interested, you may apply

using the Application attached to this E-Notes or Email Jim Cameron at Those

interested in serving on the Taskforce must submit an application and a one-page summary of their

resume/Curriculum Vitae.

(C) The Task Force will review info from the surveys and the “Listen & Learn” public hearings in order to

compile a document to submit to the State Board of Education in Spring 2019. After accepting the report, the

State Board will determine a meeting date for voting on approval of the Social Studies Standards. Six

subcommittees of the Social Studies Taskforce (K-4, 5th/8th/HS US History & Geography, 6th/7th/HS World

History & Geography, Economics, Civics/Core Values, and Bias Review) will be tasked with revising the

2007 Standards. The Social Studies Taskforce members will be selected based on educational background,

teaching experience, ethnic/cultural diversity, and geographic diversity. Students, teachers, parents, and

community members will join the subcommittees to appropriately represent Michigan stakeholders.

(D) The Taskforce will hold an organizational meeting on October 15, 2018 at the Crown Pointe Hotel in

Lansing. The final meeting of the Taskforce will be held December 19, 2018 also at Crown Pointe. Up to three

additional meetings will be held between those dates to complete the work.

SS May 2018 Cut Cap Final.pdf

Social Studies Standards--Cut Cap FINAL

This is the newest (2018) document being presented to the MDE. It opened for public comment in May and will remain open until September 2018.

**This version is for you to see the edits...the public version will not show edits***

Updates to the Social Studies Content Standards--FAQ

Social Studies Standards Update Frequently Asked Questions

Social Studies content standards:

Social Studies standards can still be found at the MDE online. These are the original, 2007, benchmarks.

SS COMBINED August 2015.pdf

Social Studies Draft update from 2015

These were the original draft of the updated content standards. They have been presented and updated several times since 2015.