Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (PASS) Mini-Grant Projects

The Social Studies Faculty Collaborative Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (PASS) project links university professors and K-12 pre-service social studies teachers to a systematic approach for social studies instruction and the creation of an authentic learning environment.

The project includes an initial workshop to introduce faculty to the Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (PASS) program and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS).

Faculty then incorporate PASS and CCRS into their pre-service classes. Final results and recommendations from the use of PASS and CCRS in pre-service instruction are then presented at a CCRI Culminating Conference and in a final report.

The PASS program offers a systematic approach to teaching social studies and the creation of an authentic learning environment. PASS training establishes education communities of teachers who are equipped with principles and strategies that lead to creating a powerful, engaging classroom.

Based on the National Council for the Social Studies position statement of powerful social studies teaching and learning, educators are taught to provide learning experiences that are meaningful, integrative, value-based, challenging, and active.

Further guided by recommendations from the Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, the PASS program includes the construction of knowledge, disciplined inquiry, and value beyond school when building authentic social studies teaching experiences.

Final results and recommendations from the implementation of the PASS methodology in pre-service instruction were presented at the May 2013 CCRI Culminating Conference, and are expressed in the following reports.  We hope these analyses are useful to all faculty instructing pre-service social studies teachers.