One Community, One Nation

A K-5 study of Community and Civics

Welcome to the One Community, One Nation Project Website

One Community, One Nation is an elementary social studies curriculum framework, currently under development, focused on teaching young people that they can make a positive difference in the world around them. Children need to understand and experience what it means to be part of a community and the essential interdependence of people within a community. They need to appreciate the value of diversity and understand that the diversity of cultures and races of the people who live here enrich this nation. They need to understand that our rights as citizen and our democratic heritage evolved over time as people confronted the need to advocate for, extend and protect religious, civil and political liberties. The One Community, One Nation curriculum will empower students to be effective, participatory citizens who thoughtfully question, connect to the past to the present, and who will enter the world with an ethic of care and service. Students in grades K-5 will be exploring the concepts of community, culture, and civics explicitly, and through case studies of American history. One Community, One Nation encourages students to value inclusive and just communities, honor and affirm cultural diversity, and become responsible and contributing members of our democratic society.

The One Community, One Nation project has its origins in the Hudson Public Schools, Hudson, MA and the Jefferson County Public Schools, in Louisville, KY. The Andover Public Schools is currently adapting this framework for implementation in our five elementary schools. We will be building teacher teams to develop the instructional materials needed to bring valuable conversations about the value of civics, community and culture to our students, in order to empower them to make a difference in their community.

OCON Andover PowerPoint July 2017

We have invited area districts to join us in the development of this framework and curriculum. This involvement can take on many forms, including partnering at the district leadership or teacher level, or sharing resources to support the development of instructional units. Please join us in the OCON Project.

Once you have joined the OCON project, you will gain access to the resources developed in previous iterations of OCON, plus any resources that are developed in Andover and/or through this partnership.