Social Studies


Greg Frank  Gregory Frank
K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Specialist
Phone: (860) 474-1449
Email:  gfrank@swindsor.k12.ct.us
Michelle Rondinone
Administrative Secretary
Phone:  (860) 291-1255
Email:  mrondinone@swindsor.k12.ct.us
>> Link to CSDE - Social Studies
>> Link to C3 Social Studies Standards

The Social Studies curriculum will prepare all students to live in the global community of the 21st century. This standards-based and developmental curriculum will challenge all students to develop literacy skills, intellectual curiosity, decision-making abilities, and critical and creative higher-order thinking skills. Therefore, all students will be motivated to become active, responsible, and open-minded citizens. The curriculum is designed to allow for a wide variety of learning experiences appropriate to students at each grade level. All students are provided opportunities to demonstrate knowledge and skills in the areas of history, geography, civics, economics, and behavioral sciences.

The major goals of the Social Studies curriculum are:

  • To engage students through the inquiry process which includes developing questions and planning inquiry, applying interdisciplinary concepts and tools, evaluating sources and using evidence, and communicating conclusions and taking informed action.
  • To cultivate essential skills such as gathering and interpreting information from primary and secondary sources as well as electronic media, and to have students demonstrate an understanding of history and social studies issues in written work.
  • To develop and demonstrate an understanding of cultural contributions from various past and present civilizations.
  • To foster each student’s understanding of significant events and themes in United States history, world history, and international studies.
  • To understand the role of Connecticut in major events in United States history.