Social Studies Specialist
Dessie Olson, NBCT, M.Ed.
Welcome to the Salt Lake City School District Social Studies page. Here you'll find all sorts of resources and information to help students become engaged in learning and understanding social studies.
The Social Studies Department strives to help students and other stakeholders appreciate and recognize the significance social studies education has to their lives, their local and broader community, and to their future. We seek to develop a collaborative atmosphere in which we work together within and between subject matters to promote, strengthen, and deepen student learning, critical thinking, and civic competence.
Geo-Education: Essential Preparation for an Interconnected World Geo-education is more significant today than ever before. Find out about geo-education and why it's so important.
What Can History Teach Us Today?
What is Geo-Literacy? It's far more than being able to find a place on a map. Check this web site out by National Geographic to find out more.
What is Historical Literacy? In this brief but important paper, Dr. Jeff Nokes of BYU provides a comprehensive definition.
Using History to Invigorate Utah Core Standards Lessons - The days of fact finding and memorization in the social studies classroom are behind us. Find out how significant the social studies classroom is in helping us to develop student literacy and thinking skills.
Please check back often for updated information.
National History Day 2014 - Winners of the Utah History Fair will move on to compete at the national level. Open to all students in grades 4-12.
- Utah History Fair - Registration is open December 1- February 10, 2014. Schools should identify who they will advance to the regional competition by the end of January. Regional competitions dates will occur February-March. The state competition will be held the week of April 7, 2014. Check their website for more information and resources or contact UtahHistoryDay@gmail.com with any questions. Teachers can also access the National History Day link above for more resources and ideas.
GettyReady - Join with schools throughout the state in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 2014. Activities will be taking place throughout the year. Please check their website for more information and ideas, opportunities, and how this might look in your classroom and school.
United States Senate Youth Scholarship - A great scholarship opportunity for junior or seniors, who must be nominated by their school. Nominee and submission deadline is October 18, 2014.
Veteran Speaker Series - Hear war veterans tell their experiences at the Salt Lake City Library.
Geography Bee - Be sure to check out the Teacher and Parent tab for registration information. Registration period ends December 14.
National History Bee information. This is a great opportunity for any student who was born after September 1, 1999 AND has not completed the eighth grade. Check their website or click here for a flyer..