The Houghton Mifflin Social Studies program serves as a principal guide for social studies learning. Global awareness is critical in the teaching of contemporary social studies and curriculum provides the foundation for global thinkers and leaders at an early age. Houghton Mifflin’s program offers a multicultural curriculum that seeks to introduce students to a broad global perspective and teach them to become active local, national, and global citizens. The program teaches awareness of similarities as well as differences among global societies and cultures. Children will also learn their role and responsibilities at a local and national level by studying the basic concepts and roots of our communities. Houghton Mifflin’s program ensures that students are actively reading and writing throughout the program, which is in line with the Common Core Learning Standards for ELA. Houghton Mifflin is closely aligned with the NYS Performance Indicators and standards of United States and New York History, World History, Geography, Economics, and Civics, Citizenship, and Government, ensuring that students are learning in accordance with the subjects New York State emphasizes.