History & Social Science Resources
Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessment
- SOL Sample Items – Sample items that reflect the increased rigor and higher cognitive level items that appear on the 2008 History and Social Science Standards of Learning tests.
- Released SOL Tests & Item Sets – Tests and item sets representative of the content and skills included in the Virginia SOL tests
- Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Committee
– Created by the Virginia General Assembly to administer the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program, this legislative committee is responsible for annually selecting eligible Virginia residents for funding to attend approved in-state educational programs.
- Additional resources – A variety of audio, video, print resources and lesson plans selected by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Division of Legislative Services that help explain the Civil Rights movement.
- Virginia Specific Resources – Materials highlight the role that Virginia and Virginians had leading up to the landmark Supreme Court Case and the impact of Massive Resistance in communities across the state.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission
– This Virginia General Assembly agency was created in 1992 to honor the memory and legacy of the Civil Rights leader and to continue his work through educational, historical and cultural programs, public policy and public discourse.
- General Resources – Information related to Dr. King, the Civil Rights Movement and African-American history.
- Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation Proclamation Resources – Materials related to the 16th president, his life and the Civil War.
- Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Work Group Resources – Information pertaining to the work of the commission, subcommittees and work groups honoring the Emancipation Proclamation.
- 50th Anniversary of Public School Closings in Virginia – Resources pertaining to the desegregation issues impacting Virginia public schools.
- Library of Virginia – educational material on Virginia's history, culture and people including lesson plans in the Virginia Memory Online Classroom
- Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center – curriculum materials, educational audio, video, podcasts and programs for educators
- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – student and teacher resources including online art and lesson plans
- Virginia Museum of Natural History – information on professional development opportunities for teachers and resources for students
- Virginia Association of Museums – a resource list of museums in Virginia that includes many online resources for teachers and students
- Encyclopedia Virginia – in partnership with the Library of Virginia Encyclopedia Virginia includes online reference work about the Commonwealth
- Virginia Historical Society – outreach programs, SOL tours, hands-on history options and more
- Colonial Williamsburg Foundation – tools for educators related to the restored capital of Britain's largest, wealthiest and most populous 18th-century outpost
- Virginia Holocaust Museum – educational materials and resources for students and teachers
- Virginia Foundation for the Humanities – connects people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement.
- National History Education Clearinghouse - teachinghistory.org – designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom
- Geography Connects – a series of self-paced courses for Virginia teachers taught by Dr. Don Zeigler, professor of geography at Old Dominion University; may be taken to earn recertification points or for graduate credit
- Virginia Government Matters – a free online teaching and learning resource highlighting active citizen involvement, the impact of state and local government on daily life, and how individuals shape their communities in the Commonwealth.
- Online U.S. History Course: Hidden in Plain Sight – an online U.S. history course created for teachers. This course may be taken for recertification points or for graduate credit. 45 Recertification Points Participants
- Virginia Studies: Thinking Historically about Virginia – an online course for teachers may be taken for recertification points or for graduate credit.
- Virginia Consortium of Social Studies Supervisors and College Educators (VCSSSCE)
- Virginia Council for the Social Studies (VCSS)
- Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE)
- Virginia Geographic Alliance (VGA)