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.



  • 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.

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.

New Professional Development Year in Planning.

The Indiana Council for the Social Studies is preparing for its new year of professional development.  PD years begin immediately after the annual conference in November.  The central focus of the 2015-2016 professional development is using primary sources in social studies classrooms.

Four areas of using primary sources will be covered:

  1. Discovering and curating primary sources
  2. Instructional structures for using primary sources
  3. Reading strategies to allow students to read and use primary documents
  4. Constructing Document Based Questions for your classroom

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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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