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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

(click image for a complete copy of the standards document)

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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

  • August 11 @ 4:00 (Geography)
  • September 1, 2020 @ 4:00 (SS)
  • September 8, 2020 @ 4:00 (Geography)
  • October 6, 2020 @ 4:00 (SS)
  • October 13, 2020 @ 4:00 (Geography)
  • November 3, 2020 @ 4:00 (SS)
  • November 10, 2020 @ 4:00 (Geography)
  • December 1, 2020 @ 4:00 (SS)
  • December 8, 2020 @ 4:00 (Geography)
  • January 5, 2021 @ 4:00 (SS)
  • January 12, 2021 @ 4:00 (Geography)


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.

Due to the many uncertainties posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Hearst Foundations’ planning for Washington Week 2021 is currently on hold and applications nationwide are NOT being accepted at this time. Please check for updates here that we will post as soon as we have heard from the USSYP with additional information.

For additional information call 405-522-3523.

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 August 7, 2020