Social Studies Cadre Reference

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Reference Form for Cadre Applicant

The OSPI Statewide Social Studies Cadre, established in 2010, consists of approximately 30 educators (a minimum of three per Educational Service District) who have both experience and expertise in social studies education. Cadre members receive in-depth instruction on the Washington State K–12 Social Studies Learning Standards and the implementation of the OSPI-developed classroom-based assessments that support them.

OSPI Statewide Social Studies Cadre members review and revise statewide social studies resources and materials and deliver workshops at statewide conferences and local or regional trainings for teachers that specifically target:

  • Washington State K–12 Social Studies Learning Standards and connections across learning standards in other subjects (e.g., ELA and Literacy, Science, Arts, Health, Fitness, Educational Technology),
  • OSPI-developed classroom-based assessments, and
  • Connections between social studies instruction and content and the Common Core State Standards for ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies.

OSPI Statewide Social Studies Cadre members are expected to contribute to social studies teaching, learning, and professional development through the following actions:

  • Participating in a monthly one-hour "Cadre Conversation" conference call (September-June). Calls are currently held on the first Wednesday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. A repeat call is held on the first Thursday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 for those unable to participate in the first call.
  • Attending two in-person meetings per school year and presenting at the following statewide conferences when invited to do so: A two-day meeting in October held in conjunction with the WSCSS Fall In-Service Conference in Edmonds; and a three-day meeting in March held in conjunction with the WSCSS Leadership Retreat in Chelan.
  • Developing and sharing resources by participating in small group grade-level work, joining Social Studies Teachers (SST) Connect, and contributing to the WSCSS curriculum and instruction web pages.
  • Providing input by phone or email between meetings, as requested.
  • Receiving annual approval and support from building and/or district leadership to participate as a member of the Social Studies Cadre.
  • Participating in the development of a plan for how engagement in the Cadre will support building, district, and/or ESD social studies goals.

Consistent with other OSPI-sponsored educator cadres, per diem travel expenses (room, board, mileage) and substitute costs incurred in relationship to OSPI Statewide Social Studies Cadre meetings will be reimbursed by OSPI. OSPI will not compensate Cadre members for trainings other than those arranged by OSPI. If Cadre members receive training requests from individual school districts or from regional partners, it is the responsibility of Cadre members and their schools or districts to negotiate these requests. If ESDs or individual districts request training support from Cadre members, the ESD or district will be expected to negotiate compensation of the Cadre member for expenses such as preparation time, substitute coverage, mileage, meals, lodging, and materials costs.

Teacher leaders and active classroom teachers with interest and expertise in social studies education may apply. Secondary teachers should be teaching social studies classes for a majority of their day. Elementary teachers should be experienced in teaching stand-alone units of social studies and integrating social studies into other subjects of study throughout the school day.

Interested applicants must complete the online application to be considered for the Cadre. Applicants also need to ask their building supervisor to complete the recommendation form. The recommendation form must be completed by the applicant's building-level supervisor.


Open Until Filled

OSPI will review applications in order to select new OSPI Statewide Social Studies Cadre members. Each application will be reviewed and scored by a minimum of three education professionals using rubric criteria developed by OSPI. Priority will be given to fill vacancies by considering the following attributes:

  • Is recognized by peers and/or students for excellence in teaching (National Board Certification is one example).
  • Has previously conducted workshops, led lesson studies, or been actively engaged in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) or a Critical Friends Group (CFG) at the school or district level (viewed as a teacher leader by school community).
  • Teaches in a small school or district (if the applicant is from an ESD in which current Cadre members are from large schools and districts).
  • Teaches in a large school or district (if the applicant is from an ESD in which current Cadre members are from small schools and districts).
  • Brings a diverse background or teaching experience (for example, applicants with experience teaching students from racially or ethnically diverse backgrounds, or applicants who bring their own diverse background).

All applicants will be notified of their application status via e-mail.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or need further information before completing this reference form, please contact Carol Coe, Social Studies Program Supervisor, at (360) 725-6351 or by email at The OSPI TTY number is (360) 664-3631.