REGISTER NOW! – Teaching Social Studies with Courage, Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Teaching Social Studies with Courage

Fall Conference 2021

Speakers and sessions on the new African American/Black/Latino high school course and on establishing an effective classroom setting will highlight the conference.

Registration is open for the Virtual CCSS Annual Fall Conference- Registration is included at no charge to CCSS members! click here to register 

On Thursday, October 28 the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies will be holding a summit for social studies leaders from across the state. A session on the new Roadmap for Educating for American Democracy and a special panel on “Teaching Social Studies with Courage” will highlight the summit, along with several very provocative guest speakers. If you are a social studies leader in your district, you are invited to attend this session. More details on the schedule for each event and registration information will follow shortly.

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Nataliya Braginsky
2021 Gilder Lehrman Awardee

Connecticut High School Teacher Nataliya Braginsky Named 2021 National History Teacher of the Year

2021 National History Teacher Of The Year Press Release

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to our 2021 CCSS Awardees!

CCSS 2021 Awards Announcement (PDF)

Excellence in Social Studies Education – K-8 –Caitlin Boles, Bethel Middle School, Bethel

Excellence in Social Studies  – 9-12 –Jennifer Trainor, Bethel High School, Bethel

Special Projects –Amy Perry, JFK Rocks the Community, John F. Kennedy Middle School, Southington

Pre-Service Social Studies Teacher Award – Grades 9-12 –Steven Bates, University of Bridgeport

Bruce Fraser Friend of Social Studies Award –Sally Whipple, Connecticut Democracy Center at the Old State House, Hartford

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Congratulations to the new CCSS Officers and Board Members who were inducted on May 13, 2021 during the Annual Spring Meeting. Click here to view entire board.

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Anti-Racism Statement – Drafted by the CCSS President and approved by the CCSS Board

Frederick Douglass reminds us that in the time of the American Revolution, colonists struggled to declare allegiance. He said the decision “tried men’s souls.” Mr. Douglass’s words ring true 168 years later as we are faced with a new revolution. CCSS not only believes that BLACK LIVES MATTER, we are committing the next year to confront implicit racism and bias within our organization. Click below for more about our commitment to anti-racism.

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African American Studies / Puerto Rican & Latino Studies Course

1) All high schools in Connecticut must offer this course in the beginning of the fall of 2022. High schools may begin to offer this course in the fall of 2021.

2) Schools must offer this as an entire one-year course. Schools cannot offer this as a 1/2 year course.

3) Schools must offer this course; not every student must take this course.

4) Schools must utilize the curriculum that is presently being finalized. Schools cannot develop their own curriculum.

5) The intent is that this course will be approved by the State Board of Education in December, 2020. Professional development to follow.

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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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