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Social Studies Resources
Draft Iowa Social Studies Standards

Survey on the Status of Social Studies in Iowa

Check out the draft Iowa social studies standards on the Social Studies Standards Writing Team webpage.

professional development

Statewide Social Studies Professional Development

The Iowa Department of Education offers social studies professional development in every AEA. Each AEA sets the dates professional development is offered. Check out the 2016-2017 flyer to see what is being offered in your AEA.

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.


Stefanie Wager


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

Instructional Resources for Social Studies


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

Assessment Resources for Social Studies

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.