Civics & Social Studies

The Rhode Island Grade Span Expectations (GSEs) for Social Studies have been developed as a means to identify the content knowledge and skills expected of all students (grades K-high school).

Grant Opportunity

The Civics GSEs Educator Engagement Grants are envisioned as an opportunity for Rhode Island educators to deeply engage with the Civics GSEs and to creatively think of ways to implement these standards in their classroom. Educators from all grade levels are encouraged to apply. Applications are due April 29, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified May 2nd, 2016.

Please contact Phyllis Lynch at or Kate Schulz at with questions.

The total grant pool is $9,000, with up to 9 grants awarded. Individual project budgets may not exceed $3,000. All work must be completed by June 30, 2016.

Educator teams will work together to produce materials or other deliverables that meet the following expectations:

  • Are aligned to the RI Grade Span Expectations for Civics & Government and Historical Perspectives/R.I. History (“Civics GSEs”) and may be aligned to the CCSS ELA-Literacy: History/Social Studies.
  • Are creative, innovative and forward thinking.
  • Would deepen content understanding or provide implementation support (such as lesson plans)

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • focus on implementation of Civic Education, History, Social Studies, or related areas
  • use digital media or other technology as part of the delivery model or product

To apply, please fill out the application here:

For an example application please see this document: Social Studies Mini Grant Example

 General George Washington visits with students
General George Washington visits with students at Nathanael Greene Elementary School


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