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.


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







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


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.


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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Trinity College Research Project on Ethnic Studies in CT Public Schools

Are you a public school teacher in Connecticut teaching about the histories and experiences of people of color? If so, please consider participating in a 45–60-minute virtual interview with Professor Elise Castillo and her undergraduate students at Trinity College in mid-October. Interview participants will receive a $10 e-gift card. If you are interested in participating, please contact […]

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The Hearst Foundation United States Senate Youth Program annually recognizes two students from each state for demonstrating leadership in their schools and academic performance.  These two students are awarded a $10,000 scholarship and a weeklong seminar in Washington, D.C.  Please direct interested students to download: Information Letter and Application DATES & DEADLINES Each school may […]

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CT Teacher Nataliya Braginsky Named 2021 National History Teacher of the Year

2021 NHTOY Press Release Connecticut High School Teacher Nataliya Braginsky Named 2021 National History Teacher of the Year Award Sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History among Most Prestigious for History Educators NEW YORK, NY (September 15, 2021) –The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History announced today that Nataliya Braginsky, a social studies […]

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CCSS President’s Message

President’s Message (Sept 2021) From the Desk of Tony Roy, Predicated on the success of last year, the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies (CCSS) is starting the 2021-2022 fiscal year in a remarkable position. For me, the Annual Meeting was a fantastic culmination to a year marked by progress. Holding a virtual Annual Meeting […]

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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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