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Message from the President


Welcome to the new website of the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies. CCSS, an affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies, is the professional organization for Connecticut’s social studies educators; personnel from museums, historical sites and cultural organizations; and others with related interests.

This website is designed to highlight the many activities of the Council and to provide links to important information and materials related to the teaching of history, geography, economics, civics and the other social studies. The site contains important information about professional development
conferences and workshops sponsored or co-sponsored by the Council. An important link to the CCSS Public Affairs Committee will lead you to the latest activities in the Council’s efforts to publicly advocate for the importance of the social studies in a well-rounded education.

The website also links to the Yankee Post, the CCSS online newsletter, featuring important information about the Council’s activities, professional development opportunities, awards and provocative articles. We hope you will find the website a valuable tool connecting you to what’s happening in the social studies in Connecticut. And, we invite you to join CCSS and become involved in our professional development programs and advocacy efforts – you can find membership information on the website too!

Dan Coughlin

CCSS President


Social Studies News

  1. Register for the NCSS Conference in Boston! Special Rate for New England: Local Registration
  2. Starting on October 5 social studies educators of Connecticut will have an opportunity to participate in a google hangout every Sunday night between 8:00 and 9:00. For one hour social studies teachers can come on and talk about the new state frameworks, inquiry, or anything else that they want to. More specific details will be forthcoming.
  3. On Wednesday, October 15 there will be a meeting of interested museum educators and interested teachers to discuss how to improve collaboration between teachers and museums. Museums want to find a way to reach more teachers; many teachers want to find ways to make museum visits and contacts more valuable: this session will consist of dialogue between museum educators and teachers on these topics. The meeting will take place from 4:00-6:30 at Central Connecticut State University. If you are going to attend, please notify Kristin Steeves, project intern at Kristin.Steeves@ct.gov. If you have questions about the session contact Steve Armstrong at Stephen.Armstrong@ct.gov

C3 FRAMEWORK: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards -Download the C3 Framework for free at: www.socialstudies.org

Connecticut Updates: CT Core Standards and SEED
CT Common Core Website for Educators and Parents
CTcorestandards.org Provides Vetted Resources for Teachers and Useful Information for ParentsRead about SEED: Connecticut’s System for Educator Evaluation and Development Model.
Common Core of Teaching Rubric (PDF)

New CT Social Studies Consultant

Join us in congratulating Steve Armstrong, CCSS Board member, in his new position as the Social Studies Consultant for the State Department of Education. We are very pleased that Steve will provide leadership and support to districts and teachers in social studies education. Stefan Pryor, SDE Commissioner, released the following statement: The Academic Office welcomes our new Education Consultant […]

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