Civics/ American Government

  • Annenberg Classroom- Resources for Excellent Civics Education
  •  Civic Online Reasoning (COR)– Free curriculum.
  • is a new website on state government that includes coverage of the state budget,education, the economy, health, human services etc.
  • CT News Junkie has covered the State Capitol and other state news for a while.
  • Constitution Day, September 17: On Constitution Day, the Youth Leadership Initiative invites your students to take a trip back in time and visit with the man who made our Constitution possible. James Madison and a handful of middle and high school students join together in Pavilion IV on the historic Grounds of the University of Virginia to share a lunch and discuss the Constitution. YLI’s “Discussion with James Madison” will be available for FREE via the the YLI website,, YouTube and the Center for Politics Website, beginning on Friday, September 11th.
  • Dream of a Nation – a free and open-source resource designed to foster civic understanding and engagement.
    The book and materials are geared for grades 8-12 and is filled with diagrams, pictures and charts that encourage visual literacy in economics, civics and math, as well as narratives which deepen social and historical understanding. Dream of a Nation makes social studies, civics, and economics relevant for students, through the discussion of issues which define our world, and encourage young people to take an active part in addressing these issues to create a better world for tomorrow.

In honor of Human Rights Day, teachers are encouraged to talk about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and teach it to their students. There are many outstanding resources online including: (this whole website is great)


Join CCSS for the Annual Spring Meeting with Trivia Night

CCSS will virtually bring together colleagues for our annual spring meeting to celebrate the accomplishments of CT Social Studies with trivia. All donations will go to CT Food Bank. Register for your ticket today: Agenda 6:30 PM- CCSS Meeting/Voting of Officers 7 to 8:15 PM- Trivia with BarRated Trivia 8:15 to 8:30 PM- Announcements We […]

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CT History Day Needs Judges!

Sign-up here to be a judge! Virtual judges are needed for the State Contest! Judges training is Saturday, April 17. The first round results are due April 22, and the final results are due April 28.  A day of virtual State Contest activities will be held on May 1st with the Awards Ceremony on May 3 at 5 pm. […]

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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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