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Message from the President


Welcome to the new website of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies. CCSS, an affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies, is the professional organization for Connecticut’s social studies educators; personnel from museums, historical sites and cultural organizations; and others with related interests.

This website is designed to highlight the many activities of the Council and to provide links to important information and materials related to the teaching of history, geography, economics, civics and the other social studies. The site contains important information about professional development
conferences and workshops sponsored or co-sponsored by the Council. An important link to the CCSS Public Affairs Committee will lead you to the latest activities in the Council’s efforts to publicly advocate for the importance of the social studies in a well-rounded education.

The website also links to the Yankee Post, the CCSS online newsletter, featuring important information about the Council’s activities, professional development opportunities, awards and provocative articles. We hope you will find the website a valuable tool connecting you to what’s happening in the social studies in Connecticut. And, we invite you to join CCSS and become involved in our professional development programs and advocacy efforts – you can find membership information on the website too!

Dan Coughlin

CCSS President


Social Studies News

  1. Register for the NCSS Conference in Boston! Special Rate for New England: Local Registration
  2. Participate in a google hangout every Sunday night between 7:00 and 8:00. For one hour social studies teachers can come on and talk about the new state frameworks, inquiry, or anything else that they want to. More specific details will be forthcoming.
  3. The Draft Social Studies Frameworks are ready for your review. See the October 23 post to the right.

C3 FRAMEWORK: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards -Download the C3 Framework for free at: www.socialstudies.org

Connecticut Updates: CT Core Standards and SEED
CT Common Core Website for Educators and Parents
CTcorestandards.org Provides Vetted Resources for Teachers and Useful Information for ParentsRead about SEED: Connecticut’s System for Educator Evaluation and Development Model.
Common Core of Teaching Rubric (PDF)

Draft CT Social Studies Frameworks

Draft Social Studies Frameworks Please review the Draft CT Social Studies Frameworks. The frameworks will be discussed at the State Board of Education meeting on November 5, 2014. The plan is for the frameworks to be approved by the State Board on December 3, 2014. All comments and feedback should be directed to Stephen.armstrong@ct.gov.

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New CT Social Studies Consultant

Join us in congratulating Steve Armstrong, CCSS Board member, in his new position as the Social Studies Consultant for the State Department of Education. We are very pleased that Steve will provide leadership and support to districts and teachers in social studies education. Stefan Pryor, SDE Commissioner, released the following statement: The Academic Office welcomes our new Education Consultant […]

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