Social Studies Showcase

Social studies showcases provide a glimpse inside our public school classrooms where, on a daily basis, teachers and students are engaged in the work of teaching and learning. These showcases focus on what is arguably the most important classroom work of all: preparing students to become enlightened, engaged, and effective members of society.

Held once or twice each school year, showcases provide an opportunity to learn from the successes and the challenges experienced by teachers as they use the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework to teach toward Washington State Social Studies Learning Standards. Each showcase focuses on the work of an individual teacher and classroom within the context of a specific school and district. Through this lens, we are able to shine a light on social studies in action.

The C3 Framework is a powerful tool for enhancing social studies instruction. With inquiry at its core, the four dimensions of the C3 Framework center on the use of questions to spark student curiosity, guide instruction, and deepen investigation. The Framework is aligned with Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies; it challenges students to acquire deep content knowledge in civics, economics, geography, and history, and to rigorously apply it using skills needed for effective civic participation.

Previous Showcases

Upcoming Showcases

To attend a social studies showcase or host one in your district, please email Social Studies.