Welcome

The Executive Council of the Indiana Council for the Social Studies  invites you to join ICSS for this academic year.  As an Indiana affiliate of history, geography, economics, and other organizations related to the social science disciplines, ICSS is a growing professional organization with hundreds of members annually.

 

Members of ICSS are provided with statewide contacts that support textbook selection, program evaluation and curriculum issues.  ICSS members remain current on new trends in social education through the following membership benefits.

 

Benefits

  • ICSS Newsletter Viewpoints published four a year provides current information regarding re-certification, professional fellowships, grants, awards, and conferences...
  • ICSS Annual Conference where connections with colleagues develop and thrive.
  • Announcements regarding regional and national social studies conferences.








Hosts the

The Great Lakes

Social Studies Conference

at St Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th St. Indpls, IN



St. Luke's United Methodist

How Cotton became King



Slavery in America, cotton, the Cotton Kingdom, and the economy of the United States from the invention of the cotton gin to the out break of the Civil War is a difficult super concept for students to grasp. The many concepts and their relationships to one another in this super concept require instructional planning and a solid anchor activity to found its development.  We suggest beginning with cotton, the actual physical product and allowing students to discover the problem that the cotton gin was intended to solve.


August Professional Development is here






Time to sharpen the knife with ICSS Professional Development!

For August we have an important PD session.


1.  Changes to the AP social studies courses & tests

     Thursday, 20 August 2015, 700 pm EDT/6:00 CDT


Brown University's Acclaimed The Choices Program

The Choices Program and Your Classroom


Engage students in social decision making with the Choices Program.  The program sets students to making choices about issues in history and current events.

 
Learn more here.


Choices Program's Free Teaching the News


The Choices Program provides access to current events lessons for your classroom.  Just visit the Teaching the News section of The Choices Program website here.

The Choices Program's Free Scholars Online Videos


Bring scholars into your classroom with the 1-3 minute long Scholars Online Videos.  Your students can experience the presentations of scholars and learn to critique the presentations of scholars.  And they are free.  Check them out here.

New Menu Item


A new menu item appears on our website titled CONVERSATIONS.


The new menu item will allow you access to articles, blogs, podcast episodes, forums, and classroom tips.  We hope this new menu item provides you with access to many helpful materials.

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