The Department of Education indicated it would take nominations for the new K-12 social studies standards commission that Governor Kristi Noem hopes will produce standards more suited to her ideological, anti-education bias and Presidential campaign. But you don’t have to wait for a nomination: if you’d like to help write South Dakota’s social studies standards, you can apply directly to serve!
According to a DOE press release from last Wednesday, the Department is taking applications for the commission through this coming Sunday night. The application form, in which the DOE promises to appoint commission members “to include experts from a variety of disciplines and perspectives,” lays out these expectations:
Commission members need to be available for in-person and virtual meetings, beginning in December 2021. See this tentative schedule for more information. https://doe.sd.gov/contentstandards/documents/ss-Schedule.pdf It is likely that night and weekend work time will be required. Members of the commission will need a reliable computer and internet access and must be comfortable accessing and participating in virtual meetings and remote work. Commission members will be compensated. Associated travel expenses will be reimbursed at state rates [SD Department of Education, “Application—Social Studies Standards Revision Commission,” Google Docs, retrieved 2021.11.08].
You don’t just check boxes to get on this commission; the Department poses five essay questions:
- Briefly describe why you would like to serve on the standards revision commission.
- Briefly describe what makes you a strong candidate for the commission.
- Briefly describe any relevant expertise and experience as it applies to the social studies disciplines: history (world, US, SD, Native American), public service/political science/government, geography, economics.
- Briefly describe any knowledge of and experience with standards, curriculum and instruction.
- Briefly describe any special perspective(s) you would bring to the commission [DOE, retrieved 2021.11.08].
The application asks for two references to back up your claim to a seat at the curriculum standards table. So line up a couple friends to apply with you, and you can all serve as each others’ cross-references!