Social Studies Education Homepage


Social studies draws its content from the following social science disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. It utilizes content, concepts, skills, values, and methodologies from other discipline areas such as mathematics, philosophy, law, the arts, humanities, the natural sciences, and religion.

The study of social studies helps young people learn about their social, cultural, and physical world and their own place in that world. It provides a context where young people can understand the structure and processes of our society and apply their knowledge and skills to make informed personal and social policy decisions and to adapt to changing social, political, and economic conditions.

Social studies is both single discipline and multi-discipline oriented. Since social scientists do not have a single theory about society, specialists from each discipline observe society from different frames of reference. Often these perspectives are superimposed upon one another to help explain social phenomena.

Social Studies Education in Wisconsin


Kris McDaniel, WI DPI Social Studies Consultant

(608) 266-2207



Wisconsin Social Studies Educators Listserv & Newsletter

Professional Development Calendar for Wisconsin Social Studies Educators


General Information:

Professional Organizations:



Wisconsin Model Academic Standards in Social Studies


Social Studies Scope and Sequence


Wisconsin Laws and Statutes pertaining to Social Studies


What can I teach with my Social Studies license?


FAQ’s on Social Studies licensing


General information on licensing


Social Studies License based on content testing


Social Studies Publications from DPI


Social Studies Assessment


Political Science and Citizenship Models from the Civics Action Task Force


Educator Effectiveness and Student Learning Objectives










National Council for the Social Studies

Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies

Center for Civic Education

Constitutional Rights Foundation

Council for Economic Education

Economics Wisconsin

National Geographic

Wisconsin Geographic Alliance

National Council for History Education

American Psychological Association

Resources on Wisconsin history, geography, economics, and government


"The Challenge of Civics Education" - Joint Editorial by State Superintendent Tony Evers and Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley


Disciplinary Literacy Resources for Social Studies


Personal Financial Literacy Resources


Labor History Resources


Wisconsin Observance Days




The Veterans History Project and the Wisconsin Veterans Oral History Program

Wisconsin Media Lab

Financial Literacy: Teach it!


State Bar of Wisconsin Law-Related Education

Wisconsin Historical Society Teacher and Student Portal

Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History


For questions about this information, contact Kristen McDaniel
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