SDE and CCSS is teaming with various organizations to provide timely and relevant webinars. Check our posts for information regarding these webinars.


NCSS is providing resources to assist educators with planning online lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here_


Update: NERC50 scheduled for October 4, and October 5, 2020

NERC50 planning committee is working closely with Cape Codder Resort and Spa in Hyannis, MA, and we have confirmed dates for our NERC50 – Sunday, October 4, and Monday, October 5.

50th Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies
Preparing Students to Hold the Office of Citizen
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CCSS is proud to announce that the council has achieved one of the highest honors and is recognized as a Gold Star Council by the National Council for the Social Studies for its impressive achievements to advocate and build capacity for high-quality social studies in 2019.

CCSS was presented with a Certificate of Achievement at the 99th Annual Conference in Austin, Texas during the House of Delegates meeting on Friday, November 22, 2019


Award Winners for 2020 will be announced soon!

Congratulations to the CCSS 2019 Awardees

Join us to recognize the awardees at the Fall Conference luncheon on October 4th!

Excellence in Social Studies Education – Katelyn Tucker, Shelton Intermediate School

Pre-Service Social Studies Teacher Award –  Joseph Grabowski, Central Connecticut State University (CCSU)

Service Award- John Tully and Matthew Warshauer, History Department, CCSU

Bruce Fraser Friend of Social Studies Award – Bruce Reinholdt, History is Central, History Day

Pamela Bellmore Gardner Social Studies Leadership Award – Bryan Watson, Bethel Middle School

Special Projects Award – Dennis Culliton, Elisabeth C. Adams,Middle School, Guilford

John Stedman Passion Award – Sara DiGiacomo, Joseph A. Foran High School, Milford


The Connecticut Council for the Social Studies (CCSS), a Gold Star affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies, is the professional state organization for social studies educators. Our mission is to advocate for and advance the teaching of social studies at all grade levels. Our board is comprised of volunteer K-12 teachers and administrators, college professors, and personnel from museums and historical/cultural organizations.

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Historical Fiction in Classrooms Survey – Grades 3-8 Teachers

Two researchers are conducting a study of historical fiction books 3rd-8th grade teachers use in their classrooms. The findings will contribute to educational research, specifically social studies teacher education. They are looking for teachers to complete a one-time survey which will take no more than 30 minutes. If you  are interested, please follow this link: […]

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Resources for Psychology Teachers

The American Psychological Association (APA) has been providing members, educators, and the public with up-to-date resources and information on topics such as stress, mental health care, and online learning.  We hope these resources will be helpful to you. The APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) has made 20 unit lesson plans and a new, searchable […]

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New SDE web-series: “Digital Dialogues: Achieving Balance on a Shifting Landscape.” 

The Connecticut State Department of Education, the Connecticut Council of the Social Studies and Connecticut Democracy Center at Connecticut’s Old State House are co-sponsoring a new web-series: “Digital Dialogues: Achieving Balance on a Shifting Landscape.” Participants will talk about the pandemic’s effect on our communities and our ideas of citizenship. The conversations will draw on participants’ […]

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Updated: SDE Webinar Series

UPCOMING WEBINARS (all co-sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Education) I. Series on Best Online Practices for Social Studies Educators (co-sponsored by Connecticut Council for the Social Studies) Best Online Practices for Social Studies Teachers (II): May 5: 4:00 Best Online Practices for Social Studies Teachers (III): June 2: 4:00 II. Digital Dialogue […]

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New NERC50 Information

Please share with your members! Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies is working closely with Cape Codder Resort and Spa located at 1225 Iyannough Road in Hyannis, Massachusetts, to hold its 50th Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies (NERC50) on Sunday, October 4, and Monday, October 5, 2020. Many of the on-site workshops that were supposed to present in April NERC50 […]

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3 UPCOMING WEBINAR SERIES – Genocide, Best Online Practices & Music

Series on the Teaching of Genocide (co-sponsored by SDE & Voices of Hope) Webinar on Genocide in Bosnia: April 23: 4:00 pm (David Pettigrew, Southern Connecticut State University plus classroom teachers). Register here Webinar on the Teaching of Genocide: An Overview: April 30: 4:00 pm (Glenn Mitoma, University of Connecticut plus classroom teachers). Register here […]

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Tour Locally! Historic House Tours in Connecticut

Spring tours have been postponed to the summer and fall. Histoury is a nonprofit that specializes in guided architectural history tours in Connecticut. Fifteen localities will be featured this year. Each tour will have a unique theme and showcase over twenty buildings. Guests will ride on comfortable buses or old-fashioned trolleys as guides discuss the […]

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The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding offers free professional development workshops at the venue of organizers’ choice. The speaker’s honorarium and all travel expenses are paid by the ACMCU. The workshops can be customized to meet the needs of the organizer—a school district, community center, university department, or private school. These workshops […]

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Nominate Now: CCSS Awards

Nominate an outstanding social studies professional: CCSS Awards Flyer Nominations are open for 2020. Deadline is March 1 for most award categories (May 1 for Pre-Service and Stedman). AWARDS 2020 – Read descriptions below for the following awards: Excellence in Social Studies Education (Two Awards: Grades K-8 & Grades 9-12) – Nomination Form Bruce Fraser […]

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Psychology Teachers – 2020 Student Competition

2020 TOPSS Competition for High School Psychology Students High school psychology students are invited to write an essay of no more than 3,000 words that addresses the topic of psychology in politics. The essay should discuss psychological concepts that can help in understanding political polarization, and how psychological science can explain how individuals and groups […]

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