Social Studies Cadre of Educators
The Social Studies Cadre, established in 2010, consists of 35-40 educators (a minimum of three per ESD) who have both teaching experience and expertise in social studies education. The Cadre serves as a social studies teaching and advisory team for the state.
The Cadre believes in the power of social studies to enrich student learning across disciplines and inspire lifelong civic-mindedness.
Purpose & Practices
The Cadre reviews and revises social studies resources and materials and provides workshops (through local or regional trainings) on the following:
- Washington State Social Studies Learning Standards: the Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) and Grade Level Expectations (GLEs);
- OSPI-Developed Assessments for Social Studies (also known as Classroom-Based Assessments (CBAs)); and
- College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework and Six Proven Practices for Enhancing Civic Education.
Note: OSPI does not compensate Cadre members for trainings other than those arranged by OSPI for statewide professional development. If Cadre members receive training requests from individual school districts or from regional partners, it is the responsibility of Cadre members and their schools or districts to negotiate these requests. If ESDs or individual districts request training support from Cadre members, they will be expected to negotiate compensation of the Cadre member for expenses such as preparation time, substitute coverage, mileage, meals, lodging, and materials costs.