1. What is the state requirement for
Iowa Education Code
281:12.5(3) b.: [Elementary grades 1-6] Social studies
include citizenship education, history and social sciences.
beliefs and values, problem-solving skills, and social and political
participation skills shall be incorporated. Instruction shall
encompass geography, history of the United States and Iowa, and
other peoples and nations. American citizenship,
study of national, state, and local government; and the awareness
physical, social, emotional and mental self shall be infused in the
The 2006 Iowa General Assembly passed and Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack signed SF 2320, an act relating to the development of an Iowa Studies Professional Development Plan and the establishment of an Iowa Studies Committee.
The charge of the Iowa Studies Committee is the development of an Iowa Studies Professional Development Plan that includes professional development materials and training measures to provide Iowa's teachers with effective ways to infuse Iowa Studies into their classrooms. The materials developed shall include an active and innovative Iowa studies learning curriculum that may be integrated into the Social Studies requirements for Iowa's secondary school students at the discretion of each board of directors of a school district or the authorities in charge of each accredited nonpublic school. The curriculum shall include lesson plans covering Iowa history, civics, government, and heritage studies. The curriculum developed shall contain enough content for the creation of a course of at least one-half unit of credit.
Copyright 2008 Iowa
, Project Director
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
, Cedar Falls, IA