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Session Purpose/Overview

Beginning with the 2011 Summer Institute, the primary scope of work in the area of K-12 Social Studies has been understanding the Essential Standards, creating conceptual units, and aligning classroom instruction and assessments. As we embark upon Phase III, participants will expand their understanding of the paradigm shift in the Social Studies Essential Standards through the incorporation of daily conceptual instruction and the effective incorporation of resources.

Session Description (Content Design)

This session will focus on how individual instruction has shifted in the Social Studies classroom to ensure mastery of the conceptual standards. Additionally, this session will provide access to quality resources in order to build capacity for social studies instructional programs.

Session Objectives

  • Understand how to ensure alignment of the standards, generalizations, and instruction to classroom performance tasks.
  • Exemplify learning experiences that will lead to the mastery of targeted understandings.

Learning Outcomes

After this session, participants will be able to:
  • share all information and resources from this session with the leaders and teachers within their LEAs and schools.
  • articulate the process of aligning learning experiences to performance tasks for effective Social Studies instruction in North Carolina.
  • evaluate progress toward effective implementation and instruction of Social Studies Essential Standards.

Aligned North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards
Standard I - Teachers demonstrate leadership.
Standard II - Teachers establish a respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
Standard III - Teachers know the content that they teach.
Standard IV - Teachers facilitate learning for their students.
Standard V - Teachers reflect on their practice.


1. Please review the screen-cast-o-matic on generalizations if you are not familiar with them already. It is available here.
2. Sign up for a twitter account.
3. Complete the Conceptual Unit Planning/Lesson Planning self-assessment (available by end of May).

Click here for the participant page.


Digital tools used during the course of this presentation have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing digital environment, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these tools are the exclusive digital tools for the purposes outlined during the presentation.

Click To Link To The NC DPI Official Social Studies Wiki For One Stop Shopping