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Social Studies Resources
Social Studies Institute

Social Studies Institute

Registration is under way for the 2019 Best Practices in Social Studies Institute, which will be held in Johnston June 19-20.


Iowa Social Studies Standards

Social Studies Standards

Members of the State Board of Education adopted new statewide social studies standards in May 2017 following an Iowa-led writing and review process that began more than a year ago.

Social Studies Update newsletter

Social Studies Update Newsletter

Want to stay connected with what’s happening in social studies in Iowa? Sign up to have the Social Studies Update Newsletter delivered directly to your email inbox each month. View past issues of the newsletter.


Tools to design instruction that supports all students to meet Iowa Core expectations in social studies.

Understanding and Implementing the Standards

Planning for Delivery and Implementation

Applying Skills and Content


Tools to engage in assessment for learning and assessment of learning the Iowa Core in social studies.

Best Practices in Social Studies Assessment

Additional Social Studies Assessment Resources

Professional Development

Tools to use in professional development in social studies.

Professional Learning Resources

Self-Paced Professional Learning

Professional Learning Events

Rebecca HellandThe Iowa Core helps social studies teachers know how to spend their instructional time. In a world saturated with information and endless opportunities, it's a daunting task for districts and teachers to prioritize how what to focus on. The Iowa Core has already done the work of developing a reliable sequence of skills and content, yet it doesn't take away the art of quality teaching. There's still freedom for districts and teachers to select the materials and instructional strategies that are most effective for the students sitting in front of them while ensuring that all Iowa students have equal access to a quality social studies education.