Our Mission

The Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement builds transformational schools that ignite curiosity, promote agency, and elevate active participation in civic life.

Our Vision

Every student has the skills, knowledge, and habits necessary to effectively contribute to and participate in the social, political, and economic life of their communities and world.

Meet the Team

Latest News and Updates

NEW Partner Directory

Looking for an exciting partnership to enrich your classroom instruction or student-led inquiry project? Look no further! Visit the Partner Directory to connect with School Partners.

We're Hiring! Grow with SSCE

Looking for innovators in K-8 Social Science. We're hiring Content Specialists and a K-5 Social Science Manager.
If you are passionate about culturally responsive inquiry in Elementary School - please apply today on Taleo

  • 220000U1: SS Content Specialist, 6-8
  • 220000P8: SS Content Specialist, K-5
  • 220000PC: Social Science Manager


Social Science Department Chairs Retreat

Join us with Dr. Clint Smith and Dr. Asif Wilson. A day of learning on new IL SS Standards and resources to support you and your team in preparing for new & exciting changes in social science instruction. Department Chairs or Course and Grade Level Leads can register on Learning Hub using Class Code: 110167.

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Recent Blog Posts

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Discover and Exercise the Power of Voting—for Those of Us Who Can’t

Oct. 30, 2020 | By: Crystal Campos

Crystal Campos is a 12th-grade student at John Hancock College Preparatory located in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chicago.

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Why Society Must Address Intersectional Discrimination

June 14, 2021 | By: Tabitha Walton & Alexis Saunders-Davis

Tabitha Walton and Alexis Saunders-Davis are 11th graders at Orr Academy High School located between the West Garfield and Humboldt Park neighborhoods.

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Multicultural Arts High School Cross Content Exploration of 1919-Red Summer

Feb. 1, 2022 | By: SSCE Staff

An interview with Anna Deem and Ryan Williams on their interdisciplinary unit of Red Summer.