BIOFrances L. (Cricket) Kidwell, Ed.D, is an Education Consultant/Curriculum Specialist and a past President of CCSS. She has been active in National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) committees and is a past president of the National Social Studies Supervisors Association (NSSSA). Dr. Kidwell has served in public education K-12 for over 30 years. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Southern California in Educational Leadership and holds a Master’s Degree in History from California State University, Chico. She has written articles and administered projects in civic education, 21st century skills, history education, school improvement efforts, curriculum development, assessment, project-based learning, and rural education. She has been a CCSS member since 1989.
In this era of Common Core standards, we are seeing trends of how education can respond to a 21st century world through critical thinking skills, applied knowledge, communication skills, and citizenship skills. There is no subject more suitable than social studies to provide the essential skills and knowledge necessary for preparing our students for college, career, and civic life. Social studies and the core subjects of history, geography, economics, and civic education provide the content and the skills for a meaningful and relevant curriculum that engages and instructs students.
The California Council for the Social Studies has worked diligently and persistently to send this message to the larger education community, policy-makers, and the public. CCSS is in a unique position to continue this effort and to expand upon the hard work of the past to open doors that will make high-quality history/social studies an integral part of teaching and learning for all students; but the opportunity to move this agenda forward remains fragile and requires on-going time and effort in pursuing our goals.
It is my intent to work with CCSS, the CCSS Board of Directors, the CCSS staff, and our outstanding membership in a collaborative and professional effort as we work together to communicate, advocate, and promote the discipline, the goals, and the development of high-quality social studies and civic education for all students at all grade levels.