Made By Teachers, Made For Teachers
A committed group of teacher-leaders developed these grade-specific citizenship resources that directly align with Saskatchewan Social Sciences curricula. Classroom teachers vetted the resources and their feedback was used to revise and improve the design.
The classroom resources reconfigure the outcomes and indicators of Social Studies with other existing K-12 curricula to examine citizenship questions faced by students today. Students apply the learning outcomes of power and authority, interactions and interdependence, resources and wealth and dynamic relationships through the lens of citizenship. What are the citizenship responsibilities now that students understand this information? What will they do with this new learning?
These resources were designed with the knowledge that teachers are experiencing increased professional demands and their classrooms are becoming more diverse every day. The Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation has committed to developing teacher-friendly resources that align with learning outcomes, have been vetted by teachers in the field and are Ministry approved to support teaching and learning. Social Studies is the first curricular connection but the inquiry questions are designed so that teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders (SCCs) can extend citizenship competency development and understanding by connecting to other subjects as well. By using these resources, teachers explicitly and intentionally create the opportunities for students to develop the skills, knowledge and dispositions of five essential citizenship competencies. At each grade level teachers help students uncover the big ideas that need to be considered – and reconsidered – as the inquiry progresses in each area of citizenship study.
Citizenship is impacted by history but is lived in the present. Teachers will find that many of the questions students are asked to think about are ones that Canadian citizens are still challenged to address. Examination of Canadian citizenship would not be complete without exploring Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples and the Métis nation through exploration of the treaty relationships, understanding the legacy of residential schools, and considering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
Citizenship extends beyond the classroom and the school to the community. These resources also provide a pathway for teachers, administrators, and schools to engage with their community.
To learn more about these resources, the pedagogy behind them, and how they integrate within the existing curriculum, please feel free to read the Essential Citizenship Competencies document.