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Professional Learning Resources for Social Studies

Social Studies Research


Learning Social Studies: An Evidence Based Approach - Provides an overview of best practices in the teaching and learning of social studies.

Learning in the Humanities

Speaking Up for Science and Social Studies - Dr. Nell Dukes describes why science and social studies is so important for literacy instructions.


Tackling Controversial Topics: Developing Thematic Text Sets for Elementary Social Studies

Elementary Social Studies: Strategies for Strengthening Teaching and Learning - A white paper describing the problems facing elementary social studies education and works to address these problems.


How Students Learn: History in the Classroom

A Road Map for Large-Scale Improvement in Geography Education

Six Proven Practices for Effective Civic Learning

Equity in Social Studies

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in the Early Elementary Classroom

Teaching materials from the Minnesota Historical Society give examples of equity-focused curriculum and classroom instruction. 

AEA Social Studies Contacts

AEA Name Email Social Studies Webpage
Central Rivers Sherri Walker None
Grant Wood Carol Cassells
Great Prairie Seth Denney None
Green Hills Andrea Danker
Heartland Alex Glade None
Keystone Patricia Lehmann
Mississippi Bend Dan Nietzel None
Northwest Judy Sweetman and Tyler Youngers and
Prairie Lakes Leslie Pralle Osborn None

Blogs/Social Media


  • #sschat
  • #iasocialstudies


Professional Organizations