The Department of Social Science works to support its students, teachers, schools, and communities by leading professional learning opportunities, providing guidance on curriculum development, and organizing instructional resources that will help enrich and broaden learning experiences in the classroom and beyond. Our goal is for our students to build the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary to be informed and effective global citizens.
The learning that our students experience should move outside of the classroom and allow for engagement in one of the greatest classrooms in the world - the city of Chicago. Chicago has a wide range of cultural and academic offerings that not only richly supports classroom learning, but also the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to be informed and effective citizens. Student engagement should not be limited to their city, however, through their experiences in Chicago, students will be prepared to be global citizens.
As a department, we also want to support your involvement as a parent in your child’s social science education. Studies show that the family experiences that students bring to school are some of the biggest predictors of success (Hazen and Trefil 1991). So to help you help your child get the best social science education possible, we provide parent-friendly resources like the ones listed below.