About 150 social studies educators heard an exclusive video address from Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor regarding the importance of civics education during the Maine Council for the Social Studies civics-themed conference, “Strengthening the Common Corps: Teaching for Citizenship in the 21st Century,” on Nov. 9.
Day O’Connor also responded to questions from Maine social studies teachers. If you weren’t in attendance, you can still watch the video.
During the event, Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen provided an overview of the Department’s strategic plan to attendees. Maine DOE Social Studies Specialist Kristie Littlefield explained LD1211: “An Act to include Civics in the Social Studies and History Courses required for a High School Diploma,” which was passed during the 125th Maine State Legislature. Littlefield also shared information on the development of “College, Career, and Civic Life (C3): Framework for Inquiry in Social Studies State Standards,” scheduled for release in 2013.