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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 create 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.

Atkinson, Greg, Tarleton State University

pdfCollege & Career Readiness Initiative Faculty Collaborative in Social Studies: 2012-2013 Social Studies Teacher Education Institute
pdfReport Appendix

Blevins, Brooke, Baylor University

pdfCCRI PASS Grant Summary

Bustos, Charlene. Angelo State University

pdfCCRI – Faculty Collaborative in Social Studies: Summary of Active Citizenship Plan Spring 2013

Colby, Sherri, Texas A&M University-Commerce

pdfImplementation of PASS Standards into a Graduate: Social Studies Methods Course
pdfReport Appendix A
pdfReport Appendix B

Evans, Russell T., Texas A&M University

pdfFostering Citizenship among Pre-Service Teacher Education using the ‘iCivics’ Platform in conjunction with the College and Career Readiness Standards and Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (Shortened Summary)

Kapavik, Robin, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

pdfReport for the Social Studies Teacher Education Faculty Institute Faculty Collaborative in Social Studies: College and Career Readiness Initiative University of Texas at Arlington

Laney, James, University of North Texas

Final Report for the Social Studies Teacher Education Institute
pdfPart 1
pdfPart 2

LeCompte, Karon, Baylor University

pdfCCRI PASS Grant Summary

Phillipose, Sandy, Austin College

PASS materials implementation Results: Integrating Relevance into the History Curriculum: “How to Keep it Real”

Schlosser, Polly, University of Texas at Dallas

pdfPASS Final Report
pdfSample Assessments
pdfSample Assessments Scoring Rubric
pdfSample Lesson
pdfSample Lesson 3 Rating
pdfStandards Lesson Rating

Shahid, Julia, Austin College

pdfImplementation of CCRS and PASS Materials into Course for Social Studies Teachers

Shulsky, Debby, University of Houston-Clear Lake

pdfCollege and Career Readiness institute Summary Report: Spring 2013

Tunks, Jeanne, University of North Texas

pdfPASS Report

Webb, Lorrie¸ Texas A&M University- San Antonio

pdfElementary Social Studies Methods (EDED 3349)

Woodall, Sharon, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor

pdfSummary of PASS Implementation/Results: May 2013