About the Project

The ESUCC Social Studies Project focuses on enhancing the work being done by the Nebraska Instructional Materials Collaborative. Participants develop units of study with an emphasis on the new instructional shifts, specifically the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) and promoting best practices in Digital Age Pedagogy. These resources are freely available to all Nebraska educators as open educational resources (OER).

Students working on project

Nebraska’s ESUs are invested statewide in supporting Nebraska social studies teachers with high quality instructional materials that reflect the latest standards and shift to an inquiry model for instruction.

What is an inquiry unit?

The Inquiry Design Model (IDM) is a distinctive approach to creating curriculum and instructional materials that honors teachers’ knowledge and expertise, avoids over prescription, and focuses on the main elements of the instructional design process as envisioned in the Inquiry Arc of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards.

Teachers Share Out
Highlights the amazing efforts and the resulting inquiry units of study developed by Nebraska educators as a part of the ESUCC's 2022 Social Studies Project.
Nebraska Inquiry Units
The Nebraska OER Commons Hub will be populated with resources as work is completed. Check back often as new resources will be added all year round.
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Fill out the linked form to receive more information and gain access to the Nebraska Inquiry Training Videos

An Overview of the NE Social Standards and Shifts


Andrew Easton – ESUCC

Digital Learning Coordinator

Special thanks and recognition for their hard work and dedication to the project goes out to:

  • Dawn Ferreyra – ESU 3
  • Lori Broady – ESU 4
  • Nicholas Ziegler – ESU 5
  • Mark Brady ESU – 7
  • Katrina Gotschall – ESU 8
  • Deb Paulman – ESU 16
  • Jessica Stoner – History Nebraska