Vista USD | BP 6142.94 Instruction
History-Social Science Instruction
The Board of Trustees believes that the study of history and other social sciences is essential to prepare students to engage in responsible citizenship, comprehend complex global interrelationships, and understand the vital connections among the past, present, and future. The district's history-social science education program shall be designed to develop students' knowledge of historical events within a chronological and geographic context and shall include, at appropriate grade levels, instruction in American and world history, geography, economics, political science, anthropology, psychology, and sociology.
The Board shall adopt academic standards for history-social science which meet or exceed state content standards and describe the knowledge and skills that students shall be expected to achieve at each grade level.
The Superintendent or designee shall develop a comprehensive, sequential curriculum that is aligned with the district standards and is consistent with the state's curriculum framework. At each grade level, the curriculum shall integrate age-appropriate instruction designed to develop student achievement in the following areas:
1. Knowledge and cultural understanding, including historical, ethical, cultural, geographic, economic, and sociopolitical literacy.
2. Democratic understanding and civic values, including an understanding of national identity; constitutional heritage; and an individual's civic values, rights, and responsibilities.
3. Skills attainment and social participation, including basic study skills, critical thinking skills, and participation skills that are essential for effective citizenship.
The district's history-social science curriculum shall include a multicultural education component which is designed to teach students to respect and appreciate cultural diversity and different points of view while also developing their understanding of commonalities and collective experiences. The curriculum shall reflect the experiences of men and women and of various cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, and social groups and their contributions to the history, life, and culture of the local community, California, the United States, and other nations.
The Board shall adopt standards-aligned instructional materials for history-social science in accordance with applicable law, Board policy, and administrative regulation. In addition, teachers are encouraged to supplement the curriculum through the use of biographies, original documents, diaries, letters, legends, speeches, other narrative artifacts, and literature from and about the period being studied.
The Superintendent or designee shall provide a standards-based professional development program designed to increase teachers' knowledge of adopted instructional materials and instructional strategies for teaching history-social science.
33540 History-social science curriculum framework
51204 Course of study designed for student's needs
51204.5 History of California; contributions of men, women, and ethnic groups
51210 Course of study, grades 1-6
51220 Course of study, grades 7-12
51220.2 Instruction in legal system; teen or peer court programs
51221 Social science course of study, inclusion of instruction in use of natural resources
51225.3 High school graduation requirements
60119 Public hearing on the sufficiency of instructional materials
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, rev. 2005
Model Curriculum for Human Rights and Genocide, 2000
History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, October 1998
California Council for the Humanities: http://www.calhum.org
California Council for the Social Studies: http://www.ccss.org
California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov
California History-Social Science Course Models: http://www.history.ctaponline.org
California Subject Matter Project: http://csmp.ucop.edu
National Association for Multicultural Education: http://www.nameorg.org
National Council for History Education: http://www.nche.net
Policy VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: April 21, 2011 Vista, California