As social studies educators, 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!
State Assessment training
Pick your location & learn about the upcoming state assessment pilot
Join KSDE's social studies guru Don Gifford this spring during workshops designed to assist teachers in creating state assessment tasks for next year’s social studies pilot assessment. Teachers from grades 3 through 12 will be provided with information, guidance, templates, graphic organizers, rubrics, and time to work on assessment activities. This training will help teachers develop rigorous and effective activities that allow students to demonstrate their ability to construct knowledge and meaning around important topic in the social studies.
Where and when?
Don is scheduled in seven locations around the state. Six of the sessions are three hours morning sessions. ESSDACK in Hutchinson is offering a full day session with Don in the morning and ESSDACK consultant Glenn Wiebe in the afternoon.
KCSS 2020 Teacher of the Year
The KCSS Judy Cromwell Excellence in Teaching Award is intended to reward and encourage high quality instruction in the social studies. Winners of the award exhibit innovative and effective instructional strategies, utilize state and national standards, foster a spirit of inquiry, develop democratic beliefs and values, and participate in professional organizations.
Nominations for the 2020 KCSS Teacher of the Year are now being accepted at both the elementary (K-6) and secondary (7-12) levels. Winners will be announced at the fall state social studies conference and are awarded $100, conference registration, and travel expenses. Both winners are automatically considered for the Kansas State Combined Teaching Award and are also eligible for the National Council of the Social Studies Teacher of the Year.
Check out the details and nominate a great social studies teacher! (You are allowed to nominate yourself.)
Questions about the process? Contact Cassie.
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 this Tool Kit 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 in this campaign; and
- Practice solid public relations each day of your professional career.
NCSS Advocacy Resources: