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First Book and the Hoosier Family of Readers  

Learn how First Book and the Indiana Department of Education's Hoosier Family of Readers are working together to promote a love of reading among children across the state. Discover how you can access brand new, affordable books from First Book to support your reading activities.

First Book is a nonprofit organization that provides access to new, affordable books for children in need. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 100 million books to educators and program leaders serving children in need. First Book is transforming the lives of children experiencing poverty and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis.

Download docx file for the webinar  First Book aggregates the voice of the largest and fastest growing network of educators and program leaders serving children in need. Through pioneering partnerships with children's book publishers, First Book secures high-quality titles that help those in its network create enriched learning experiences for the children they serve.

Added 30 May 2014

The May Viewpoints is now available to members via the members only tab.  You must be logged in to the website to access the content of this tab! 
Added 29 May 2014

These are some of the recent resources added to the Members Only tab of this website.  Join ICSS and have full access to all the resources we create.

New Pearl Tree added.  Covers the four River Valley Civilizations and concept of civilization.  Check Members Only >Resources>World History

Just one more advantage of ICSS membership.

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Articles Added  15 May 2014


Get your copy of the new Indiana Social Studies standards  here!

The proposed Indiana Academic Standards (replacements for Common Core) can be viewed here.  Download the literacy standards for history/social studies here.


FREE PD workshop for US history and Indiana history teachers:

Are you ready to incorporate more Hoosier stories into your American history classroom? Join us for a FREE one-day teacher workshop in preparation for the 2016 State Bicentennial. Get resources to help you use Indiana as an example in your American history and social studies classes.

Each one-day workshop features:
-"Indiana History in the American Story," keynote address by Dr. James H. Madison

-"Hoosiers and the American Story," a new 300-page supplemental student text by Dr. James H. Madison and Lee Sandweiss that explores Indiana examples of the topics taught in the American history classroom. FREE copies for you and your students!

-"Destination Indiana for the Classroom," an exciting way to explore Indiana online through more than 300 virtual historical journeys around the state.

Choose one of three dates:
1) Thursday, November 6, 2014 (Indianapolis)
2) Thursday, November 13, 2014 (Fort Wayne)
3) Thursday, November 20, 2014 (Madison)

Free workshop includes substitute teacher reimbursement, travel stipend, lunch, free books for your students, and more.

Register at . For more information, email

Made possible by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., and endorsed by the Indiana 2016 Bicentennial Commission. Sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana Humanities.

Becky Schlomann, Indiana Historical Society

preRevolution Conference at Evansville, IN open for registration

The EVSC ICATS are excited to announce that we have opened registration for the 2014 eRevolution Conference which will take place at Central High School in Evansville, Indiana on July 9-10, with a special preRevolution day of workshops on July 8th.

This year’s conference continues the long tradition of excellent learning opportunities that people have come to expect from the eRevolution, while adding many new and exciting features.

What’s New?

CSSIE (the Center for Social Studies & International Education) has changed its name to reflect its expanding mission. It is now CIEDR.

The Center for International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR) at Indiana University-Bloomington promotes an international scholarship of engagement through cross-cultural educational research and development to improve education and the social condition in the U.S. and abroad.  Guided by democratic aims and culturally sensitive pedagogy, the Center is particularly concerned with advancing education for historically marginalized and disadvantaged populations in developed and developing countries.  With educational policymakers and practitioners, CIEDR helps the national and international community through educational research, development needs, curriculum assessment, policy analysis, and teacher education.  CIEDR is the IU School of Education’s gateway for grant development with an international or global dimension.

Founded in 1968, the Center has expanded its focus from improving social studies education to helping schools, universities, and communities through transnational research and development.  As a national leader in citizenship education and international comparative education, CIEDR focuses on: democracy and civic identity; globalization and indigenous knowledge; human rights and gender equity; teacher education; and educational leadership and policy.  CIEDR has received support from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and ministries abroad.  CIEDR continues to expand its involvement in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America.

The Board of the Indiana Council for the Social Studies has undertaken a program designed to enhance and expand ICSS. 

The program will work to:
  • increase membership in ICSS
  • increase the services that ICSS members receive from ICSS
  • increase the professional development options available to members
  • provide members with materials designed to solve curriculum gaps in major commercial materials
  • extend and enhance presentations at ICSS state conference
  • develop online professional development possibilities for members

The Board has established a new closed MEMBERS ONLY Facebook group.  You MUST be a member of the group in order to see the content in the group.  If you are a member, make certain you have ask to join.  Your membership will be checked against the online membership database, and when confirmed, you will be admitted to the closed members only group.

During the month of March, the ICSS official website (this site) will undergo a redesign.  While general information will be available on the front page of the website, many important resources will be moved to the member-only section of the website. 

The Board is implementing the use of Adobe Connect through the Director of Communications.  Adobe Connect will allow for video conferencing and the creation of audio/video classrooms.  It will also allow ICSS to archive materials developed for ICSS members.  Members will be given usernames and temporary passwords when the system is in full operation.  These logins will allow for participation in virtual events and rapid access to archived ICSS e-resource classroom materials.

Not certain what we are talking about when we refer to ICSS e-resources for the classroom.  Check out a couple examples

Conference pictures and highlights

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