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 identify the essential skills and knowledge for each of the social studies courses. They are the focus of instruction and learning in Davis School District history and social science classrooms.
Priority Standards clearly define the essential skills for each course. These skills are taught and practiced through the study of the course content identified in the Utah State Board of Education Social Studies Standards.
A primary goal of all social studies courses is to encourage civic engagement. The Civic Preparedness Statement describes the skills, habits, and qualities of character that should be developed through the incorporation of current issues and current evens in all social studies 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.
World Geography includes the study of both physical and human geography; the natural environment and characteristics of the human population are examined. This course can be taught as a single semester or over the course of a full year.
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.