Each year the state of SC establishes priorities for purchasing instructional materials and resources for our students. Currently, the state is funding new Social Studies materials. Social Studies courses expand as students progress from elementary through high school, so there are multiple areas to preview. We have tackled this in 2 “rounds” because not all materials were available to us earlier. Round 1 materials were approved at the April 28, 2022 meeting and Round 2 materials are now available for your feedback.
As a reminder of the review process, before reaching our schools, the SC State Board of Education seeks stakeholder input from across the state and approves a broad list of textbooks for schools to review. Following state approval, textbook publishers formally presented their materials to school districts and distributed samples of their resources for our review.
The Social Studies Textbook selection process has been completed at the state level and it is now time to complete the approval process at the district level. For “Round 2”, SDPC invites the public to review textbooks and instructional materials that have been proposed for use in Pickens County schools for these areas.
We have narrowed the state-approved textbooks down to the resources linked by area below. Our SDPC Social Studies teachers are reviewing and giving input in the final selection, and we are opening our community stakeholder review as well.
Social Studies - Round 1
4th and 5th Grade Social Studies
8th Grade South Carolina History
Sociology (elective course)
Psychology College Prep (elective course)
Psychology Advanced Placement (elective course)
US Government College Prep & Honors
US Government Advanced Placement
United States History College Prep & Honors
United States History – Advanced Placement
The materials will be on display in person and online from May 16 through May 25, 2022 with instructions for submitting comments available in-person and online.
Community stakeholders may review and give feedback on the resources:
In-person at Central Services
Curtis A. Sudden Administrative Building
1348 Griffin Mill Road
Easley, SC 29640
8:30am until 4:00pm Monday through Friday
OR Online by visiting the links listed above:
Elem Materials & Secondary Materials - https://bit.ly/3yEUUBc
Login information for the textbook publisher sites are listed at these links.
There will also be a link to a survey that will allow you to give us feedback.
Our goal is to be able to send the SDPC Board of Trustees the final recommendation for each level the week of June 3. This timeline is crucial in order to receive instructional materials prior to the beginning of the 2022-23 school year.
We appreciate your input in this process.
Director of Communications and Virtual Learning (PCVA)