Social Studies

Grant Wood Area Education Agency provides support in developing Social Studies units based on primary source sets and supplemental support to the Iowa Goldie History Kits. Staff are available to assist in gathering supplemental materials through the Grant Wood AEA media center, lesson development, and unit design.


Annual Opportunities:

  • United States Senate Youth Program. Each year, Iowa selects two students to participate in this program. The students’ receive a $10,000 scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C.
  • National Council of Social Studies (NCSS) – 2021 marks 100 years of NCSS services to social studies teachers, administrators, and professionals. To celebrate, NCSS is planning a year-long series of virtual events.

​Grant Wood AEA Canvas Course:

Iowa Core Social Studies CourseHighlights of the Grant Wood AEA Canvas Social Studies course include:
Personalized Navigation: Individual modules in any sequence depending on the needs of the individual or group.
Interactive Components: The course includes discussion opportunities for participants to ask questions (to fellow educators and to the GWAEA Social Studies team members).
Sharing Opportunities: The course also has provisions for sharing units and lessons. We often have requests for what are other districts doing, can we see examples used in the classroom, what resources are being used. The two choices do share many common ideas and links.
Additional Resources: In addition to the content being shared in regards to navigating and implementing the standards, there are a variety of resources shared within the course to support a deepened understanding of unpacking standards, creating proficiency scales and navigation usage rights, as well as links to resources to use with students.

If teachers already have a Grant Wood AEA Canvas account, they can self-enroll in the course. Alternatively, if educators do not have a GWAEA Canvas account, they can sign up here and use the following join code: TFGELM.

Support for Implementation and Resources

For any further questions about implementation of these resources, please contact one of the Grant Wood AEA Social Studies team members:

Important contacts

Staff Directory
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Andrea Compton

Curriculum Consultant

3193996700 Email Andrea Compton
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Dawn Kruse

School Improvement Consultant

3196261209 Email Dawn Kruse