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Program Specialist 6-12 Social Studies: BEN PHILLIS (352) 253-6893
Program Specialist K-2 ELA & Social Studies: SHERRIE SMITH (352) 253-6867
Program Specialist 3-5 ELA & Social Studies: Beth Petty (352) 253-6865  


The goal of the Social Studies Program is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.  Social Studies consist of the following core subjects: Civics-Government, Economics, Geography, and History, and also includes Humanities and Social Science electives such as Law Studies, Psychology, and Sociology. The vision for Social Studies education is to develop educated citizens of good character.  Instrumental to this vision are courses founded in the Common Core State Standards and taught by educators committed to rigorous educational opportunities for all students.