Social Studies

 Oklahoma Academic Standards for the Social Studies,

Pre-Kindergarten - 12

On February 28, 2019, the Oklahoma State Board of Education adopted the Oklahoma Academic Standards for the Social Studies, Pre-K - 12 as the new Social Studies curriculum standards framework for Oklahoma's schools. The framework sets forth a challenging and focused course of study and is designed to lay the groundwork for citizenship development.

Social Studies Standards

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Brenda Beymer-Chapman, J.D.
Director of Social Studies
(405) 522-3523

Michelle Singleton

Social Studies Coordinator




COVID-19 Guidance:

Monthly Virtual Meetings

June 2 @ 10:00 am


United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)

The 59th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is held in Washington, D.C. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Delegates hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Each delegate is awarded a $10,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies. Information about the national program can be found at Also, access the national brochure.

The Oklahoma Application 

The Oklahoma State Department of Education coordinates and implements the USSYP on a yearly basis. It is overseen by Brenda Beymer-Chapman, the Director of Social Studies Education in the Office of Instruction on behalf of State Superintendent. The USSYP is a competitive scholarship program in which two Oklahoma high school students will win a one-week, all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 college scholarship from the Hearst Foundations.

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week will be held online the week of March 14, 2021. The exact timeframe of the program is to be decided. Two students from each state will be selected to attend the online program and each will receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Students may qualify to apply through leadership positions they currently hold per the USSYP official criteria for the current 2020-2021 academic year. If students are unable to hold leadership positions this year due to the pandemic, they can submit the position they held during the 2019-2020 academic year. All student leadership qualifying potitions are subject to the judgement of the state selection administrator and will be verified and confirmed. Access the USSYP Brochure here.

Oklahoma applications can be accessed here and are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 20, 2020. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Finalists will be notified by December 31, 2020. Finalists will be required to attend a virtual interview the week of January 11-15, 2021. On the basis of the personal interview, essays, letter of recommendation, and application, judges will select two student delegates to represent Oklahoma and a first and second alternate. The two students chosen to represent Oklahoma as delegates and the two students chosen as alternates will be notified by the middle of February.

For additional information contact Brenda Beymer-Chapman 

Constitution Day

US Federal Law Requires Lessons on Constitution: Pub. L. 108-447, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Dec. 8,2004; 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45, “Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.”

Celebrate Freedom Week

 Celebrate Freedom , An Oklahoma Act relating to schools; amending 70 O.S. 2001, Section 24-152, which relates to Veterans Day in public schools; designating Celebrate Freedom Week. Read the full bill.


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Last updated on May 14, 2021