Our curriculum is aligned to Michigan State Standards [hyperlink]. As called for by the standards, in the primary grades, the curriculum begins introducing students to disciplines of social studies- geography, economics, history, civics, and government- through familiar, age-appropriate concepts. Concepts become increasingly more complex as students matriculate.
Our schools currently use textbooks aligned to the Michigan State Standards and detailed pacing guides to accompany those textbooks. In addition to required courses, the Office of Social Studies offers a myriad of electives across our schools.
For insight into the future of Social Studies instruction and the direction the standards are moving, read the C3 Framework.
Curriculum and Assessment Support
In grades 5, 8, and 11, students take the state social studies assessment, the M-Step. In the same grades, students take a district assessment times a year.
In alignment with our commitment to developing the whole child, the Office of Social Studies provides students with numerous enrichment opportunities.
Michigan Council for Social Studies’ Social Studies Olympiad
Annually, DPSCD sends students from across our district to the Social Studies Olympiad. Students in grades 3 through 12 are eligible to participate in this educational and fun state-wide competition. The competition is designed to increase student and teacher interest in social studies education. This is also an opportunity for students and teachers to gain individual and team recognition for academic accomplishments.
YMCA of Michigan’s Youth in Government
100 students from high schools across our district will participate in the Youth in Government Conference in Lansing, Michigan. This “program provides high school students with a unique opportunity to become acting state legislators, lobbyists, lawyers and members of the press corp. The students simulate all phases and positions of the actual state government. These students are challenged with many of the issues our real legislators must face in their elected offices.”
Michigan History Day
Annually, DPSCD students participate in Michigan History Day, a project-based educational competition designed to encourage students to explore historical subjects through self-directed research on an individually chosen topic. This competition encourages students to apply the disciplines of Social Studies while learning about a topic they find meaningful.
This spring, the Office of Social Studies will begin to re-write pacing guides to ensure they are aligned with standards.