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

Utah State Office of Education (USOE) Social Studies Blog
Keep current with social studies news and professional development opportunities.

Archived Newsletters
Regular newsletters have been replaced by the USOE Social Studies Blog.

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.

Utah Secondary Core Social Studies Standards Revision (Survey Monkey)
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. 



Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects

Social Studies Core


Online Social Studies Endorsement Course Schedule

Summer Methods Course

Curriculum Areas

Teaching and Learning

Professional Development/Teachers

Exemplary Social Studies Teachers

Great Opportunities for Teachers

OnTrack Professional Learning Center

Professional Development for Teachers


Celebrate Constitution Day

Civic & Character Education in Utah


Internet Resources for Maps and Mapping (Examples)

Life Skills

Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC)

Utah Council for the Social Studies

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