• Social Studies Department
    Mr. John Wimmer, Chairperson


    Our students will know and understand the past. They will engage with and act in the present; they will design and impact the future.


    The mission of social studies education in Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools (HWPS) is to prepare our students to participate productively and responsibly in a rapidly changing, technological and global society. Recognizing the interdependence of the world community, learners will develop a sense of global awareness and an understanding of how their school community fits into the neighborhood, town, county, state, country and world.


    Social studies curriculum, instruction and assessment should be meaningful and engaging to assure that all students, as active learners, achieve high standards of success.
    Meaningful and engaging curriculum, instruction and assessment consist of:
    • Formative assessments (assessment for learning) and summative assessments (assessment of learning) that are demonstrations of learning and reflective of higher order thinking skills; performance based assessment that is conducted over time and demonstrates transfer and application.
    • A variety of assessment processes including:
      • Self-reflection
      • Peer review and discussion
      • Teacher feedback
      • Audience (individual or group) feedback
    • Curriculum based on New York State and district standards, essential questions and themes (National Council of Social Studies, 2009) that may include:
      • Culture
      • Time, Continuity and Change
      • People, Places and Environments
      • Individual, Development and Identity
      • Individuals, Groups and Institutions
      • Power, Authority and Governance
      • Production, Distribution and Consumption
      • Science, Technology and Society
      • Global Connections
      • Civic Ideals and Practices
    • Instruction that is equitable and differentiated to meet the needs of diverse learners guided by established research and best practice.
    • Instruction that promotes integration of multiple disciplines.
    Students are active learners when they:
    • Are involved in inquiry-based learning that promotes opportunities to investigate and research essential questions
    • Engage in critical reading, discussion, writing and thinking
    • Explore, apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate human actions and interactions
    • Work individually, cooperatively and collaboratively to investigate
    • Are involved in co-curricular activities that expand the corecurriculum and related skills
    • Use information and communication technology (ICT) to research reflect and demonstrate thoughtful learning authentic issues
    • Ask probing questions
    • Engage in dialogue
    • Recognize patterns
    • Design, create and innovate.
    Students can achieve high standards of success when:
    • Teachers are caring and foster positive relationships
    • Families and community are partners in their children’s learning
    • Expectations for learning are clearly delineated
    • Exemplars and rubrics are provided
    • Creative and innovative thinking is nurtured
    • They demonstrate understanding of essential questions
    • Curriculum, instruction and assessment are differentiated in ways that challenge all students and meet their individual learning needs
    • There is time for the deep explorations of ideas
    • They develop the capacity to make informed decisions as citizens of a culturally diverse world.

    Social studies education in Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools represents a combination of a strong comprehensive core curriculum with the skills and competencies of an informed 21st Century citizenry.