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College, Career, and Civic Life C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards

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June 16-17, 2015 

C3 Framework and the Inquiry Design Model Workshop Materials






C3 document is here

C3 Framework.pdf

C3 Overview.ppt



College, Career, & Civic Life C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards


The College, Career, and Civic Life Framework C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards has been published and released by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). The C3 document is the result of three years of work by a state led collaborative. It has multiple audiences and purposes:

  • For states it is a guide for developing and/or revising state social studies standards

  • For teachers, schools, and districts it is a document to assist/guide in developing and strengthening current social studies curriculum.         


All social studies educators and curriculum specialists are encouraged to read this document as there are instructional shifts emphasizing the acquisition and application of knowledge and clear connections to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. The format of the C3 document is different than that of other social studies standards and frameworks; there is an inquiry arc, four dimensions, and several pertinent appendices including a scholarly rationale for the document. 


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) revised the ADE Social Studies Curriculum Frameworks in the summer of 2014. The C3 Framework is one of the documents that the revision committee examined closely when revising our state frameworks. The newly revised ADE frameworks are valid 2015-16. 


Maggie Herrick

Public School Program Advisor, Social Studies



JUNE 16-17, 2015

2-DAY Workshop on C3 and Inquiry Design Model (IDM)


presentation power points and handouts are available on the  C3 Arkansas page



New York Toolkit 

Contains free inquiry lessons for use in K-12 classrooms, spanning all social studies content areas. May be downloaded, printed, aligned to AR standards.



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