As a social studies educator, you are responsible for teaching students the content knowledge, discipline specific thinking skills, and civic values that are vital for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. Our task as the Kansas Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support to make your job easier.

So we've redesigned our site to highlight teacher resources such as lesson plans and web sites, membership details, annual conference information, and updated social studies news / announcements. We're also excited about our Doing Social Studies KCSS blog and social media tools - our hope is that you will use all of these resources to connect with others and to improve social studies instruction in Kansas. We're looking forward to working with you.

Have questions or comments? I would love to hear from you!

Jill Weber
KCSS President

Save the Date:

Join Your Social Studies Colleagues in Philadelphia, December 2-4, 2022

The National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference is the largest gathering of K-12 social studies classroom teachers, college educators, curriculum specialists, and social studies supervisors.

And it's back!

After two years of virtual sessions, we get the chance to meet face to face in Philadelphia. With great history! Cheese steak sandwiches. The Rocky Steps! It's gonna be awesome

Start making your plans now.

Nacho PD sessions are back!

There are never enough opportunities to get together with other social studies teachers. So we need to take advantage of as many chances to mingle as possible!

Make plans to join one of our May 6th Nacho PD sessions. There's not a lot of structure or formal presentation - it's all about making connections, casual chats, and learning a little bit from one another.

We'll kick things off at 4:00:

  • Wichita
    The Monarch, 579 W Douglas

  • Lawrence
    Field & Ivy, 706 E 23rd

  • Topeka
    Iron Rail Brewing, 705 S Kansas

Advocacy Toolkit

Today's Social Studies: Creating Effective Citizens

That's what we do, and our task is essential to maintaining an effective democracy. However, not everyone understands this. Working together, we can create greater awareness of the important work each KCSS member does every day.

There's no group better suited to be advocates for the social studies profession nor better equipped to communicate the importance of social studies education than the National Council for the Social Studies, KCSS, and you.

You have the best understanding of social studies; you are in every corner of the state, and you can reach out to people throughout Kansas.

Use the resources from the NCCS ToolKit to promote social studies education in your district and community. Using this kit, you can influence key audiences locally. A partnership between the national office and local affiliates is the most effective way to deliver our important message.

There are two ways you can help advocate for social studies:

  • Become involved

  • Practice solid public relations each day of your professional career

Toolkit Contents:

  • Quick start guides

  • Tips for meeting with legislators

  • Contact information

NCSS Advocacy Resources: