Readers of this book will learn more about • The challenges that elementary and middle school teachers face in keeping social studies in the curriculum. • How to align social studies lessons with curriculum standards. • Ways to promote students’ deep understanding of social studies content. • Why lessons and assessments should give students opportunities to solve problems, work on projects, and engage in simulations. • How social studies can prepare students for a lifetime of active civic involvement. • The kinds of professional development experiences that will help teachers bring the social studies curriculum to life in the classroom.