REGISTER NOW! 2020 CCSS Virtual Fall Conference, November 6, 2020, “CONNected: Community, Nation, and World.”  For more information on the schedule, sessions, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and registration click here to the official Conference WebSite. FLYER



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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.


The Connecticut Council for the Social Studies is proud to announce our 2020 annual conference on November 6, 2020, “CONNected: Community, Nation, and World.”  For more information go to conference page.


Postponed: NERC50 Due to a variety of “unknowns” about returning to school this coming fall stemming from the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (Mass Council) made the tough decision to postpone the 50th Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies (NERC50). For more information go to


CCSS is proud to announce that the council has achieved one of the highest honors and is recognized as a Gold Star Council by the National Council for the Social Studies for its impressive achievements to advocate and build capacity for high-quality social studies in 2019.


Award Winners for 2020 will be announced soon!

Congratulations to the CCSS 2019 Awardees

Join us to recognize the awardees at the Fall Conference luncheon on October 4th!

Excellence in Social Studies Education – Katelyn Tucker, Shelton Intermediate School

Pre-Service Social Studies Teacher Award –  Joseph Grabowski, Central Connecticut State University (CCSU)

Service Award- John Tully and Matthew Warshauer, History Department, CCSU

Bruce Fraser Friend of Social Studies Award – Bruce Reinholdt, History is Central, History Day

Pamela Bellmore Gardner Social Studies Leadership Award – Bryan Watson, Bethel Middle School

Special Projects Award – Dennis Culliton, Elisabeth C. Adams,Middle School, Guilford

John Stedman Passion Award – Sara DiGiacomo, Joseph A. Foran High School, Milford


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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Resources for Psychology Teachers

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Tour Locally! Historic House Tours in Connecticut

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Psychology Teachers – 2020 Student Competition

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Civic Online Reasoning (COR)- A New Curriculum

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Free Resource: Portraits of America: Democracy on Film

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“Then They Came for Us” Documentary Offer for Teachers

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