CCSS Trivia Night Announcement

CCSS Annual Spring Meeting


Nominations are open for the 2021 CCSS Awards. Go to the CCSS Awards Page. May 1 Deadline.

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

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Spotlight- Book coedited by Dr. Tully wins national prize

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Media Literacy Election Guide

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2020 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year

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Resources for Psychology Teachers

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Tour Locally! Historic House Tours in Connecticut

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