Junior High Social Studies
Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor
Social Studies Supervisor
Chris is a former Social Studies teacher and received a B.S in geography from Weber State University and then attended Syracuse University for graduate studies. He has wide experience in teacher training, having worked as a consultant for the College Board since 2001. He was recognized as Secondary Teacher of the Year by Davis School District in 2006 and received the national Distinguished Geography Teacher in Secondary Education by the National Council of Geographic Education in 2007. His passion is the promotion of effective instruction for all students.
- What are DESK Standards?
- Grade 7: Foundations of Social Studies - Utah Studies
- Grade 8: US History 1
- Grade 9: World Geography
- Elective: Current Issues
The DESK Standards define the content and essential skills for each of the social studies courses. These documents are based on the Utah State Board of Education's Social Studies Standards and are the focus of instruction and learning in Davis School District classrooms.
Three types of standards
The DESK Content Standards are unique to each course and outline the major topics and concepts to be explored. In most courses, the Content Standards are accompanied by a Topic Checklist that provides direction for the teacher in how to use the the standards.
The DESK Skill Standards, which are the same across all courses, identify and describe basic but essential skills used in the study of social studies course content.
The DESK Civic Preparedness Standards describe how the use of current issues and events in every social studies classroom promote both and awareness of current issues and events, and ability to understand, apply, and discuss them. They are the same for all courses.
Foundations of Social Studies|Utah Studies is the introductory course for social studies in Davis School District. Curricular content consists of key themes and concepts drawn from the social sciences of geography, history, economics, and government. Each of the concepts is explored through the use of Utah-specific examples, or Utah Studies. Literacy, historical thinking, and spatial skills are developed through the study of the concepts in the abstract and real-world Utah examples. The course focuses on the reading of both informational text and authentic and primary source materials.
Students in a current issues class use current events as an entry point to gain an understanding of ongoing and/or recurring major issues. Political, social, economic, cultural, and environmental issues will all be explored. Issues at the state, national, and international scale will be examined and compared. Emphasis will be placed on looking at multiple perspectives, problem-solving, and evaluating sources of information. Students will have opportunities to respect the opinions of those with different views.