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2020 CCSS Virtual Fall Conference, November 6-7, 2020, “CONNected: Community, Nation, and World”  was a success! Conference WebSite. FLYER Sessions were recorded and archived for future viewing.

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Congratulations to the CCSS 2020 Awardees

View this YouTube video about our winners.

Excellence in Social Studies Education, K-8 – Erin Rooney, Hillcrest Middle School, Trumbull (Flipgrid Video)
Excellence in Social Studies Education, 9-12 – Brian Moore, Bullard Havens Technical High School, Bridgeport (Flipgrid Video)
Pre-Service Social Studies Teacher Award – Brenda Fernandes, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), New Haven (Flipgrid Video)
Service Award- Thomas Thurston,Director of Education and Public Outreach at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University (Flipgrid Video)
Bruce Fraser Friend of Social Studies Award – Jason Mancini, Executive Director at Connecticut Humanities and Co-founder of Akomawt Educational Initiative (Flipgrid Video)
Pamela Bellmore Gardner Social Studies Leadership Award – Ian Lowell, Masuk High School, Monroe (Flipgrid Video)


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.


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.


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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News Release- Statement on History and Social Studies Education in CT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 20, 2020 Statement on History and Social Studies Education in Connecticut (Link to PDF) We are Connecticut historians, social studies professionals, and teachers, who steadfastly believe in the importance of history as a guiding and transformative way to understand our nation’s current political and cultural struggles. We are committed to helping […]

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Spotlight- Book coedited by Dr. Tully wins national prize

Congratulations to CCSS Board Member and former President- Dr. John Tully! The American Historical Association has named “Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement,” a recent volume in the Goldberg Series co-edited by Dr. John D. Tully, as the winner of the 2020 James Harvey Robinson Prize. This national prize is the AHA’s highest award […]

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Media Literacy Election Guide

Project Look Sharp Creates Media Literacy Election Guide Help your students with free media literacy resources and approaches related to the elections that will work with either online or face-to-face or instruction. View the Guide.

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2020 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year

Federico Fiondella, SCSU, M.S. ’03, 6th Yr. ’18, a teacher at North Haven High School, has been named the 2020 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education. Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of […]

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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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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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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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Civic Online Reasoning (COR)- A New Curriculum

A new curriculum: Civic Online Reasoning (COR) Students are confused about how to evaluate online information. We all are. The COR curriculum provides free lessons and assessments that help you teach students to evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world. The COR curriculum was developed by the Stanford History Education Group as […]

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Free Resource: Portraits of America: Democracy on Film

Portraits of America: Democracy on Film is FREE to all teachers who register at Briefly, the Film Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is the protection and restoration of film. The education outreach program challenges students to read film not simply for its narrative elements but also as historical and cultural documents.

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