Iowa social studies


Iowa educators have needs that are unique and different from other states. That’s why we made this page just for you and your needs as a social studies professional.

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Best Practices Institute for Iowa

Session: Teaching Social Studies with Stories That Stick; The State Visitor’s Center

6/20 9:10 am, Rasmussen 103

Session: Primary Sources Truth or Dare; What Happened at Ellis Island

6/21 9:00 am, Rasmussen 210

Session: Crime Scene Investigation: Analyze the Evidence; Solve the Mystery : The Black Death

6/21 1:40 pm, Rasmussen 210

Free Lessons

History's Mysteries
Black Death
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State Visitor's Center
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Historian's Apprentice
What Happened at Ellis Island
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Read our blog post,
 Iowa's Social Studies Day: What It Is and Why It Matters


Meet your state curriculum specialist

Nicole Padilla

Iowa curriculum specialist

Nicole's passion for education began back in 2010. Having children of her own opened her eyes to how important it is to help build a foundation for education at home, but to also partner and support the teachers that are helping to shape our youth.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Metropolitan State University in Denver and plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education as soon as her younger daughter starts Kindergarten.

Nicole enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and almost everything else you can do outside, along with spending time with friends and family.

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