Standards & Instruction - Social Studies

On April 19, 2019  Governor Mills signed LD 283, which contained the revised Maine Learning Results for Social Studies. While personal finance has always been included in the standards, this bill and the subsequent revision of the standards were designed to make explicit the importance of this content area.

The signed bill is currently going through the Maine Administrative Procedure Act to officially become law through the Secretary of State’s office. The law went into effect on June 23, 2019. Planning is underway for a series of professional development opportunities around the state in 2019 and 2020, as well as online resources to help support schools as they transition to use of the revised standards.

In the meantime, this page has been created along with links to related pages and resources to help educators and districts to begin planning for any curricular changes that are deemed necessary in light of the revised standards.

As part of the scheduled periodic review of the Maine Learning Results, the Maine Department of Education completed a revision of the Social Studies component of the Maine Learning Results. See button below for the 2019 version of the Maine Learning Results for Social Studies. The 2007 version of the Maine Learning Results for Social Studies are available at the bottom of this web page.

Maine Learning Results for Social Studies - Revised 2019

The social studies standards include four content areas (Civics & Government, Personal Finance & Economics, Geography, History) with performance expectations that embed the application of social studies processes, knowledge, and skills. Each content strand breaks down the standard into performance expectations for each separate grade K-5 and grade bands for grades 6-8 and 9-Diploma. The standards also include an introduction with more information about the Guiding Principles and a section of key ideas in the social studies standards.

Local schools make decisions about the identification of resources that will support teachers and students in their learning and understanding in social studies. The Maine Department of Education offers materials on this page to assist schools in their local efforts.

Check out the introductory videos below to learn more about the standards:

Revision Process

 

Overall Document

 

Changes to Elementary Framework

 

Guiding Principles & Introduction

 

The Embedding of Skills and Processes

 

Addition of Foundational & Developing Notations

 

 

Grade Level and Content Specific Versions of the Revised Social Studies Standards
Strengthening the teaching of Maine Native Americans:
  • During the revision process, effort was given to strengthen the teaching of Maine Native Americans. There is a Maine Department of Education resource page related to teaching about Maine Native Americans. You can learn more about the work that was done in the video below:

 

Emphasizing the role of Personal Finance:
  • During the revision process, effort was given to emphasize the role of teaching Personal Finance. In order to support teachers and districts in teaching about Personal Finance, the Maine Department of Education in partnership with the Maine Jump$tart Coalition, has created a financial education resource, titled the Maine Financial Literacy Framework & Resource Guide. The Maine Department of Education also maintains a web page devoted to resources and organizations that support the teaching of financial literacy. You can learn more about the work that was done in the video below:

 

Supporting Materials Specific to Social Studies